Summer has taken over my senses. It’s warm, lovely, and lazy outside, and all I want to do is find a shady spot with a breeze, and open a new book to fall in love with. If you have the time and inclination to do the same, I hope you’ll consider Kelly Simmons’ new novel, ONE MORE DAY. Meet Kelly:
What have you learned from parenting, or from your own parents, that you bring to your work as a writer?
I love this question! My father studied architecture, had a love of engineering and was one of the most patient people I’ve ever met. I think building a book requires similar qualities, and I only hope I modeled some of his behavior!
Where do you write? What do you love about it?
Laptops and smartphones make it easy to write or brainstorm wherever I am. Since I have a “real” job and three kids, I need to grab snatches of time wherever I find them. Also, when I’m writing from home, I love to move to the sunniest corner, like a cat!
If you had a motto, what would it be?
When the croutons are gone, the salad is finished.
Who inspires you?
Passionate people in every field inspire me. I love reading about scientists or designers or political activists and how they operate, their tenacity.
What charity or community service are you passionate about? Why?
I co-run a mentoring writers group, where published writers meet with fledgling writers to help them with issues with the craft or business. It takes up a lot of time, but I wish I had a group like that when I was starting out.
What are you reading now, and/or what book do you recommend?
I just read a truly funny, lively novel about some of the early followers of Karl Marx called MRS ENGELS by Gavin McCrea. She is a character you won’t soon forget.
Kelly Simmons’ novels have been hailed as electrifying, complex and poignant, and aren’t those nice words? Her third novel, ONE MORE DAY, just came out and everyone calls it riveting, so don’t buy it unless you want to stay up all night reading it. She’s a member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Tall Poppy Writers and The Liars Club, a group of published novelists dedicated to helping fledgling writers.