CK: After living in North Dakota (loved it) for 13 years, my husband retired and we moved to Wellington, Utah. Wellington is a town with an entirely appropriate name, since I’ve written so many Regency Romances. I even had Wellington as a minor character in one of them. I’ve written some 28 novels, if I count two that will be out in January and June. I have two Rita Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Regency of the Year, and two Spur Awards from Western Writers of America, for best short story of the year. I enjoy writing, and many of my “real” jobs have been writing related: PR work for a tertiary care hospital; feature writer and columnist for a North Dakota daily newspaper; PR coordinator for a hospice. Other jobs have been history-related, which remains my primary interest: Ranger in the National Park Service; contract researcher for the North Dakota Historical Society; adjunct history prof at a small ND university.I have five grown children and one mostly grown husband, and a kitten named Boo. I never read romance fiction, preferring crime fiction for my escape reading.CK: I wrote the book originally in 1989, and it was published by Signet. When I left Signet to start writing for Harlequin, I took my copyrights with me. When I started writing for Cedar Fort last year, I mentioned that I had these Signet copyrights. Within the next year or so, five of those old Signet titles will be released as ebook, and some as both ebook and paperback.
CK: I asked a professional writer with 11 children (my creative writing prof at Weber State University) to give me some writing advice. “Sleep fast,” he told me. Crazy, but it works.MBA: Out of all the stories you have written which one has been your favorite and why?CK: Hard to say. I find that my favorite characters are usually the ones I am currently writing. If forced to decide, I’d say Julia Darling and her Mr. Otto in “Borrowed Light,” and then Mrs. Drew of “Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand.” My favorite book is “Here’s to the Ladies: Stories of the Frontier Army,” published by Texas Christian University Press. Part of my pleasure in that short story collection is the setting: Fort Laramie and Fort Buford, where I worked as a ranger. I dedicated it to my ranger colleagues at Fort Laramie, men I still see often. (Indian Wars historians are a small, tight-knit crew.)MBA: What are some of your writing rituals?CK: No rituals. I sign a contract, and meet a deadline.MBA: What were some of the challenges in writing “Marian’s Christmas Wish”?– Finding time when my kids would leave me alone long enough to write! (Refer to question 3)MBA: Now, Carla, tell our readers where to find you and where to purchase your books?CK: You can find my books via Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. In Utah, add Deseret Book and Seagull Books, for the LDS-themed books. One of my short story anthologies is found at Indian Wars Park Service sites.
Carla, is there anything you would like to add?
CK: The publishing business is having a bonanza right now, as publishers scramble to get ebook rights on older titles. Signet, my old publisher, will be offering four of my earlier Signet titles, starting in January.An independent publisher will be doing my first novel, Daughter of Fortune (set in 1680 New Mexico). It’s a hard book to find right now. (Hardback copies sell for more than $300.) The ebook revolution will make it and other out-of-print books available to a wider/new audience. This is true with most veteran writers, whose early books are not currently available in ebook format. Makes for crazy times.
Publisher:Cedar Fort, Inc. (September 8, 2011)
SOURCE: Received for review from the publisher and Net Galley
MARIAN’S CHRISTMAS WISH by Carla Kelly is an exciting historical romance set in Regency England. It is a fun quick read with witty charming characters. It is written with depth and details. This is the story of Marian Wynswick ,delightful,quick witted,snart,young lady her family and the charming,handsome Lord Ingraham.Their misadventures,passion,danger,love,healing,holiday spirit,mystery,and romance. “Marian’s Christmas Wish” is a light hearted that will have you turning pages from beginning to end as you watch young Marian grow into a beautiful women and Lord Ingraham find the love of his life,perhaps,if he can change his ways. I so enjoyed this delightful story of Christmastime miracles,and the coming together of a wild,lovable family who are in dare straits, for the Wynswick’s father left them nearly poverty stricken. Marian and her youngest brother Alistair’s adventures will have you laughing out loud. A must read for any historical romance,holiday,readers who enjoy a fun read with lovable characters that steal your heart as they try to control their fate and perserve their family’s way of life. Received for review from the publisher. Details can be found at Cedar Fort Inc. and My Book Addiction and More.
REVIEWED BY: April Renn