Interview and Giveaway with Kelly Gay!

Please welcome Kelly Gay to the blog! Kelly is the author of the Charlie Madigan Urban Fantasy series, and a brand new YA series as Kelly Keaton!

I’ll also be giving away a copy of The Better Part of Darkness, to one winner, and Kelly will give away some awesome swag to a 2nd winner! Please see giveaway details at the end of this post!

MBW: Kelly, thanks so much for being here!
It’s a pleasure! Sure thing! Now that my bigger deadlines have passed, it’s nice to get back to interacting with readers and talking books!

You’ve enjoyed success with your Charlie Madigan urban fantasy series, and now you have a new YA series (as Kelly Keaton), starting with the just-released Darkness Becomes Her! What made you decide to write a YA novel, and how did it differ from writing adult urban fantasy?

The YA leap came after the fact. It was really the story itself that made the YA decision for me. Ari came to me as a seventeen year old girl trying to make her way in this really unique, dark world. I was writing adult at the time and I suppose I could’ve made Ari older, but I had to go with what I saw in my mind and let the story develop as it wanted. So there was no decision made beforehand in terms of writing YA. Honestly, I don’t give too much thought to genre and markets while writing and creating in the early stages; I don’t want to box myself in with any genre or age specific boundaries. But once the idea is developed or the rough draft is written, then it usually becomes clear what genre I have and where it would best fit into the market.The YA differs from adult in that my heroines are on two very different paths in their lives. Ari is learning who she is and what she wants to be in life while Charlie is a single mom and very grounded in who she is and what she does. Their paths/character growths are much different.

Do you have in mind how many books you’ll write in the YA series?
I’m contracted for two, but I’d love to do one more at the very least. And I would love to write Violet’s story one day. The world is so big and varied that are a lot of options for the series.

Book 3 in the Charlie Madigan series, The Hour of Dust and Ashes, is coming out this summer. Can you give us a teaser?
Sure. The book focuses on the off-world drug, ash and how it makes its victims the perfect vessels for possession. When ash victims begin taking their own lives, it leaves Charlie scrambling to find answers. Is it the drug or is it something more sinister, like murder via possession? And since Charlie’s sister Bryn is an ash addict, this really hits close to home. Readers will see what lengths Charlie will go to in order to save her sister, see a lot of Rex and Hank in this book, and learn about Hank’s mysterious past. And you’ll get a chance to go into Charbydon and get a firsthand look into the place that inspired our idea of hell.

Do you have more books planned in the Charlie Madigan series, or will you just see where she takes you?
I have one more planned (and that I’m contracted to do), which come will out next year. After that, I’m not sure. There are a few characters I’d love to write side novels about, namely Pendaran, the Druid King, and Aaron and Bryn’s story. I don’t want to become stale with Charlie, and it’s important to me to love what I write about. So, I’ll have to see how I feel after the 4th book… If Charlie is still speaking to me and still has work to do, then I’ll most likely continue. If she’s quiet, I might just write those side novels.

When you write, do you have a favorite writing spot? Anything you especially need get you in the zone?
I usually write on the recliner or on one end of the sofa, which is also a recliner, with my laptop. One of these days I’ll get a proper office, but I’ll have to move the sofa into that space – I’ve written six novels on that sofa! I don’t really need anything to get me into the zone. Coffee in the morning and quiet time in which to create, and I’m usually good to go.

You have great taste in movies! I read on your bio that Ladyhawke is one of your favorites! It’s one of mine too (I cry every time I see it ,which has probably been about 30 times). Are there any current movies that you’ve really enjoyed?
Yay! Another Ladyhawke fan! Hmm. I’ve been so behind on current movies. I think the last one I saw that I really loved was How To Train Your Dragon (yes, I admit it, I cried, LOL). And one I’m *really* hoping will be awesome is Thor which is coming out in May.

I won’t ask about favorite authors, since I know that’s a long list, however, are there any recent books that you really enjoyed?
I’m super behind on my reading as well (double deadlines can do that!). I just read Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson, Not That Kind of Girl by Susan Donovan, and Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. All three were really good and fun to read. I’m in a contemporary romance/romantic comedy phase right now.

Is there anything you can tell us about yourself that maybe a lot of people don’t know?
Hmm. Well, I’m actually a pretty introverted person. A total Wall Flower. I love horses and for a long time that was my profession – I managed barns, was a groom, and had my own boarding farm/business. There’s something so peaceful about tooling around the barn and being on the back of a horse. I had to give all that up when I had my daughter, but would totally love to have a few acres and a horse or two in the future.

Finally, is there any news about upcoming projects that you’d like to share?
THE HOUR OF DUST AND ASHES comes out this summer, August 30th, and then the sequel to DARKNESS BECOMES HER will be out in February of 2012.

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule, Kelly! It was a pleasure!
Thank you for having me on your blog, Kristin!

Visit Kelly at her website!


1.Giveaway is for 1 copy of The Better Part of Darkness to 1 winner. A 2nd winner will receive book swag!
2.Please leave a comment to enter along with a way to contact you.
3. I LURV my followers, so please let me know if and how you follow this blog (GFC, Twitter, Facebook, Email, etc) and I’ll give you an extra entry!
4.Must be at least 13 to enter
5.Giveaway is open to US/Canada ONLY
6.Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST on  May 13th, 2011


  1. Oh, Darkness Becomes her sounds awesome. I've had it on my TBR list for quite a while. Great interview and giveaway!

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  2. Great giveaway I just recently added this series to my TBR pile. and I have blogged this tweeted and facebooked this giveaway.

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  3. Ashley Christine

    Awesome interview!

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  4. I would love to read this, it sounds really good.
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  5. Count me in, this sounds fabulous!!

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  6. Great interview! I loved Darkness Becomes Her. I really want to read her other series. Thanks for the giveaway.


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  7. Oooh..I'd love her book =) Please count me in. I GFC follow as Tanyaw1224

  8. I soooo can't wait for the sequel to Darkness Becomes Her! I totally totally adored the book!!

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    Sounds like a great read

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  10. The Better Part of Darkness was a wonderful book. now that I see the rest of the lineup for the series I know what is going on the TBR list!
    That was a great interview. Thank you!
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  11. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  12. Love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway! I follow of GFC and twitter(Erinberry12).

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  14. Pleas enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

  15. Offbeat Vagabond

    Awesome interview! You really do have an amazing taste in movies. Ladyhawke for the win! I cried at How To Train a Dragon as well, that was just a great movie. Hard to believe it is a Dreamworks film and not Pixar. I know Thor will be great, Marvel comic films usually are and it is already at 94/100 on RT (YAY!). I can't wait to get started on your books, you have been on my wishlist for months. Thank you both for the awesome interview & giveaway, will feel great to start from book 1 finally 🙂

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    i just love a strong woman on the cover that can take care of herself and then some. I HAVENT READ YOUR BOOKS, BUT THEY LOOK AMAZING!

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  17. Congratulations on having two series out – I hear your YA series is getting great reviews, and I know I enjoyed your first book.

  18. Please count me in 😀

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  19. This is great! Thanks!

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway and interview!!

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  21. I'd definitely love to read this book. Please enter me for this giveaway and thank you!
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  22. It looks like a great book.
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  23. I loved How To Train Your Dragon too, definitely one of my favorite kids movies. I loved it enough to buy the book and oh boy did I regret that… Another great interview! Really enjoyed reading this one. Kelly was very personable.
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  24. I would love to win. I am an old follower. Please enter me. Thanks for hosting.

  25. Awesome Giveaway! I just recently read Darkness Becomes Her and loved it. Can't wait to read more from her. Count me in on the giveaway. Am a GFC follower.
    Thanks a bunch for the great giveaway:)


  26. The book sounds great and I love Ladyhawke, too. I'm really looking forward to Thor, as well.
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  27. Thanks for the giveaway! Please count me in!

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  32. Jolene and Family

    I would love to get my hands on The Better Part of Darkness. I also love swag, so I'd win either way 🙂 Thanks so much for the chance, I follow you everywhere

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  33. Thanks for the giveaway 😀

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  35. Sound like interesting books.
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  36. Loved the interview!
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  37. I would love to win this, thanks for great giveaway!

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    I have Kelly on my TBR List and am looking forward to my first read!

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