Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill, by N.M. Kelby (audio author interview)

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A bit about N.M. (“Nicole”) Kelly:
N.M. Kelby is the author of Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill, Whale Season, In the Company of Angels, and Theater of the Stars. Named “Outstanding Southern Artist” by The Southern Arts Federation, her work has been translated into several languages and offered by The Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and Quality Paperback Book Club. Nicole is working on the film version of Whale Season along with Actor/Singer Dwight Yoakam.

Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill:
Laguna Key is a typical South Florida beachfront retirement community, mired in a swamp. It has everything you need including vultures, bats, the rumor of a resident Skunk Ape, and an authentic tiki bar with a Barry Manilow tribute artist. But, unfortunately, no golf. When a body is found in the dumpster near the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill, the town’s secrets start to unravel. Who’s the killer? Is it Whit, Laguna Key’s loopy millionaire developer? The righteous, yet befuddled, president of the town’s Chamber of Commerce? Or the saxophone-playing stranger who lurks in the mangrove swamp? Helping to solve the mystery are a quartet of unlikely investigators: the community’s only cop, a beach boy (on many levels of the term) who flunked out of the F.B.I.; MacBeth’s last living relative, a charismatic kilt-wearing clown who runs the Rose and Puppet Circus; the Developer’s beautiful daughter, left blind after a scuba accident; and the glamorous owner of the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill, “The Queen of Scream,” who once starred in a string of horror films. As they hunt for the killer, they have their own misadventures, including run-ins with the law, thwarted kidnappings, and stirrings of love.

Quick & Wordy? Yeah, right…sometimes the best intentions turn out differently from our initial expectations—that’s why I try hard not to have too many—expectations, that is. After I recorded the “Quick & Wordy” intro, I started speaking with Nicole and I wasn’t about to cut her off, based on some pre-conceived time limit ~ She’s lovely and so eager to share about the writing craft and her life, so sit back and enjoy.

The book was inspired by a number of nameless homeless men who were found murdered in Sarasota and “no one seemed to care,” according to Nicole. She Googled “Homeless Guy” and suggests checking out Kevin Barbieux’s blog site, The Homeless Guy—He chronicles homelessness in America.

Nicole Says:Nmkelby

  • “I think that life can be a morbid adventure and we all need to be reminded to laugh and take a moment to look at the beauty that is around us.”
  • “Being mentored saved my life,”…listen in to find out how Nicole turned pain positive.
  • “What a gracious man,” Nicole says of Carl Hiaasen. She says what she learned from this writing mentor was “It’s not just about the craft, but how to live in the craft.”
  • “Everything I write, I write with a broken heart,” says Nicole referring to the death of her daughter Hannah. “It’s [writing] hysterical, but it has weight to it.”
  • “I think when you write a book you begin a conversation with the world…and you just can’t walk out,” says Nicole about her relationship with her readers.

Please be sure to check out the previous written Words To Mouth interview and Nicole’s website.

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I’ve got one more copy of Murder at The Bad Girl’s Bar & Grill ~ Leave a comment below or call 206–309–7318 and leave a voice mail message to be entered to win!

As always, “Thanks” to Natalie Brown for her song You Gotta Believe from the Podsafe Music Network.

There Are 11 Responses So Far. »

  1. How sad about the homeless men this book is based on! I have a friend whose younger brother was schizophrenic. He was a very talented musician. When he was on his medicines, he was fine. When he wasn’t, he lived homeless on the streets. The last Elizabeth heard about him, is that he may have been murdered on the street in Hollywood!
    Please enter me in your drawing for this book. Many thanks, Cindi

  2. Please enter me!

  3. Wow! What a funny lady! This book sound great! Thanks for the interview!

  4. Thanks for introducing me to Nicole ~ she is a new author for me. I’d love to read Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill

  5. Nicole is a funny lady and her book sounds like a fun read! I LOVED the broken heart quote you sited for her. Who was that by? Please enter my name in this book drawing.

  6. Loved the interview…would love the book

  7. I absolutely loved listening to this one. She is very engaging and the book sounds really good. I would love to win a copy of this book, please sign me up. 🙂

  8. She was so much fun to listen to and I absolutely loved the concept of her book. Please sign me up for the drawing. 🙂

  9. Great interview…. funny book !

  10. Fun interview. Would love the book!

  11. “I think when you write a book you begin a conversation with the world…and you just can’t walk out,” says Nicole about her relationship with her readers.
    What a fantastic quote. I’ll try to remember it as I begin this years NaNo. I’m going to have to listen to this interview.

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