Sunday, April 10, 2011
I write in common fears, anxieties, prayers and hopes.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Finished a novel…and I didn’t even really do it alone. God did the work. And I think it’s quirky because I never thought I’d write fiction as a career.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I’m still discovering this…still terrified of every new project. But, The Moral Premise has really gone a long way in helping me overcome the driving terror.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Little House on the Prairie to Flannery O’Connor…
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Sanity is a relative term I’ve come to realize, so I don’t run as much as I used to…Just learning to be still and to finish what I start.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
Syllabic cadence. Sounds snotty, but it’s true…whatever sounds work well enough together to listen to for a whole book works for me.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’m bad about the proud stuff…I start to think of something but then realize that it all goes back to God.
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
Snow Owl. Beyond beautiful.
What is your favorite food?
Food of memories…Aunt Ruth’s roast beef; Donna’s raisin cookies, pizza with my mother…
Again, sheer terror. Not feeling adequate, going through the “wrong man, bad plan” God scenario. Educating myself, talking with other writers, and just by hitting the ball against the wall of actually doing the writing is what helped.
Tell us about the featured book.
Lilly’s Wedding Quilt is the sequel to Sarah’s Garden. Jacob Wyse, the handsome Amish man who lost his heart to Sarah but didn’t win out, learns to love again—this time under very deliberate circumstances. It’s about choosing passion in life, battling depression and coming out on the other side, and has subplots of illiteracy and child abuse. Hmmm….sounds like a lot when I write it….One reviewer called me the “Queen of Edgy Amish Fiction,” so I guess I like to push the mark of what a book does and is.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Pine Creek, PA
In the moments between heartbeats he heard the ominous report of a gun, then lurched forward from a burst
of blinding pain. He groaned aloud and stared down at the dark sleeve of his left arm in the moonlit winter night. He tightened his muscular thighs against the horse. Stay on. Stay on. The voice seemed both his own and that of a fading echo. He wavered, then concentrated on the saddle horn, the reins, and the lead of the other horse behind him. Primal and metallic, the smell of his own blood mingled in his senses with the distancing shouts of the shooter, and he managed a grim smile. He was now, among supposedly other intriguing things, a horse thief . . .
Not the usual prologue for an Amish novel. I'm intrigued. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I’m on Facebook a lot on Fans of Kelly Long
I blog for Amish Hearts on Fridays which shows up on AmishLiving.com
I twitter @KellyLongAmish
Thank you, Kelly, for spending this time with us. By the way, I believe all of us authors experience the fear and questioning when we write.
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