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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.
- “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.
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A bit about N.M. Kelby:
Nicole M. Kelby is the author of Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill (Shaye Areheart/ Random House), Whale Season (Shaye Areheart/ Random House), In the Company of Angels (Theia/Hyperion), and Theater of the Stars (Theia/Hyperion). 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.Her short stories have appeared in many publications including One Story, Zoetrope ASE, and the audio magazine Verb. Her story “Jubilation, Florida” was selected for National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts, and later recorded by actress Joanne Woodward for the NPR CD Travel Tales, and included in New Stories from the South: Best of 2006 (Algonquin Books). Kelby is working on the film version of Whale Season along with Actor/Singer Dwight Yoakam. She is the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Inter-Arts grant, the Heekin Group Foundation’s James Fellowship for the Novel, both a Florida and Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in fiction, two Jerome Travel Study Grants, and a Jewish Arts Endowment Fellowship.
Carrie: What inspired you to write this book?
N.M.: 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. I like to say that I write wildly poetic prose for people who are still willing to believe in joy.
Carrie: Tell us about Murder at the Bad Girl’s Bar and Grill without giving too much away.
I was playing around on Chris Brogan’s website where he graciously lists his subscriber’s podcasts (Rockstars) and was thrilled to find Books On the Night Stand ~ A conversation about books and reading ~ by Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman. Both work for Random House, but are quick to point out their views are no way affiliated with their employer.
I appreciated Michael and Ann’s latest “Top Ten” and wanted to share it with you. I struggle to find time in the day to read and the list below offers some great ideas. I had to laugh at the synchronicity of finding this list today, because just last evening my youngest daughter and I had a “conversation” (yes, a bit heated) about her goal of reading at least one book this summer. So what if it’s Stephenie Meyer’s third novel, Eclipse, boasting nearly one million pages. Hey, that was her choice, not mine. Anyway, I’m waiting for her to wake up, so I can share the list. Something tells me, she’ll opt for #5 to find more time to read. Not an option!
Hmmm, maybe I should present the Top 9 Ways to Find More Time for Reading…
10 Ways to Find More Time for Reading
- Unplug. Seriously. Step away from the computer. Turn off the television. It’s a no-brainer, but it might be the hardest thing to do all day. A newspaper story about author James Patterson reported that “he also reprimanded adults who say they don’t have time to read: ‘People read thousands of pages. No content. No stories. It’s called your BlackBerry’.”
- Embrace television, but in an old-fashioned way. Drop the Tivo remote. Use the commercial breaks to squeeze in some reading time. Short stories work great for this, or books that have short chapters. I recently read Seth Godin’s MEATBALL SUNDAE this way. The chapters are short, but thought-provoking, making them perfect for commercial breaks. If you’re still reading when the commercials are over, you can pick up the remote and pause the TV until you’ve finished the chapter.