STARLA KAYE welcomes Kerri Nelson, multi-published author

I’m excited today to have Kerri Nelson as my guest author today. She takes her writing seriously. She is multi-published and is active in several writers’ organizations including Romance Writers of America, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, and Sisters in Crime. Kerri is currently promoting her newest book, Courting Demons.

Kerri, give us two random thoughts about yourself, something that might surprise your readers.

  1. I have a slightly unreasonable level of pure disdain for all things with glitter on them. Yes, glitter.
  2. I never lick envelopes or stamps.

 

How and why did you decide to use a pen name? Do you have more than one?

I have an alternate pen name that I use for writing Young Adult, Children’s Books and Inspirational Romance and that name is K.G. Summers.  I chose to do this because I wanted to be sure that my works of sensual and erotic fiction didn’t accidentally get picked up by the wrong reader!

(Starla) I totally understand this and I use a different name for my women’s fiction and senior adult romances.

 

What two things do you wish you had known before you started writing?

  1. I wish I had known what a long and torturous journey it would be.  But having known that, would it stop me from pursuing it?  Not even one little bit.  I’m crazy like that.
  2.  Reviews can break your heart.  It is best to avoid reading them on most occasions (but I still do).

 

What do you want your readers to take from your books?

Mostly, I’d just like my readers to feel like they can relate to one or more characters in the book.  In Courting Demons my character Paisley turns her cheating hubby into a rodent.  I think most women have had a man in their life that they’d like to work a little voodoo on from time to time.  I hope it resonates in a humorous way with my female readers.

(Starla) I loved reading this part. Yes, there have been a couple of men in my life that would make very nice rats!

 

What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict?

Almost always I come up with the title first.  I came up with this one while taking a bath and the rest of the story just formed from there.  The title, then the plot and the characters just jumped in and took on a life of their own really.

 

How do you deal with rejection?

Still get ‘em.  Still hate ‘em.  But just file them away in my old Rejection Smejection labeled folder and move on.  It just motivates me to submit more stories to other publishers.  I don’t like to be told “no.”  I’m stubborn like that.

 

Now let’s talk specifics about Courting Demons

Title:  Courting Demons

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 978-0-9835892-9-7

Length: 70K

Release Date: September 15, 2011

Publisher: Jupiter Gardens Press

Buy Link-Amazon: Courting Demons

Free gift available with purchase of print copy—while supplies last here: Jupiter Gardens Press

 

Did you have a favorite character in this book?

Yes, I think my favorite supporting character was Mrs. Chow.  Her straightforward way of getting things done and her addiction to David Letterman won me over.

 

Will there be any sequels to this book?

Yes, I have a sequel already in progress.  It is set a couple of years in the future and features a lot of new characters and some “old faves” as well.  And that’s all I can say about that…for now.

 

BLURB

Paisley Barton was already having a bad day before she turned her husband into a rat.

First, she was fired by her boss and then came home to find hubby in the shower with a naked blonde chick. They say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned but this break-up may just unleash hell on Earth when Paisley casts a spell of vengeance against her philandering husband.

After her spell casting inadvertently opens a portal between dimensions, Paisley finds her family home transformed into a nightly courtroom for settling disputes between demons of the underworld and she’s the judge! If that’s not enough, she’s got to deal with a charming, ancient demon named Camden who wants to be her personal bodyguard while trying to explain her husband’s sudden, mysterious disappearance to sexy police Detective Dalton Briggs.

But Paisley will show them all that an everyday working mom is better equipped than most to deal with the mystical mayhem…and with a tempting demon hottie and a flirtatious young detective vying for her affection, she soon learns that being single again isn’t so bad after all.

 

“When a wronged wife turns her cheating husband into a rat, you know you have to keep reading! Kerri Nelson offers up a lot of fun and wild magic in Courting Demons!” —Bestselling author, Linda Wisdom, Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend

 

EXCERPT

Excerpt link for Courting Demons: http://www.jupitergardens.com/excerpts/kn_cd.html

 

Additional Information & Prizes:

Author Bio:

Kerri Nelson discovered her love of writing at an early age and soon became a columnist for her local newspaper winning the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts.

After a fifteen year career in the legal field, Kerri fulfilled her lifelong dream of publication and is now an award winning multi-published author of nearly every genre under the sun (and moon) and also writes young adult fiction under the penname K.G. Summers. 

A true southern belle, she comes complete with a dashing southern gentleman and three adorable children for whom she often bakes many homemade treats. 

 

Giveaway for the day:

Leave a question or comment to be entered to win today’s prize: A Custom made Momwitch Bread Bag Clip and a choice of e-books from my back list!

Then, enter to win my book tour Grand Prize Kindle by following me on tour and e-mailing me the answers to each question of the day at the end of tour.  The more questions you answer, the more entries you gain.

Question of the Day: 

Name two female supporting characters in Courting Demons.

Details on how to enter to win the GRAND PRIZE Kindle at the end of my “Dark Days of Demons Tour” located here:

http://kerribookwriter.blogspot.com/2011/09/courting-demons-blog-tour-win-kindle.html

 

AUTHOR CONTACT INFO

Author Website: Kerri Nelson

Author Blog: Kerri Book Writer

Twitter: Kerri Book Writer

Amazon Author Page: Kerri Nelson

Email: [email protected]

20 thoughts on “STARLA KAYE welcomes Kerri Nelson, multi-published author

  1. Rebecca

    Hi Kerri!
    Great interview. Is that your new promo picture you mentioned a couple of blogs ago? Looks good.

    BTW, Interesting about the glitter. If your girls are anything like my nieces, you’ll be up to your eyeballs in pink plastic princess items covered with glitter. LOL!

    Thanks for hosting the interview, Karla. Nicely done!

    Rebecca
    rrgreene62(at)gmail.com

    Reply
    1. Kerri Nelson

      @Rebecca~You are not kidding. My 10 year old comes home from school with it on her EVERY single day. I’m always freaking out about it. She doesn’t understand me. LOL My life will be long for the next few years, for sure. Glitterphobe. Hugs, K.

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  2. Starla Kaye

    No problem, Rebecca, with the “Karla.” With a name like Starla, that most people have never heard of, I get Karla and Darla a lot. No big deal.

    Kerri, I’m happy to have you hear today. Best of luck with your sales.

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    1. Kerri Nelson

      @Jean~I know. I try not to take the rejections personally or too seriously. Most of them are form letters anyway. I sometimes wonder if the really all get read. I tend to get rejections on Friday afternoons. I think they are only cleaning out their inbox for the weekend! LOL

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  3. Paisley Kirkpatrick

    Well, now, Kerri I think my favorite character is Paisley. 🙂

    I’m so impressed that you decide on a title for your story and then write it. Most people, including me usually struggle choosing a title.

    Always love your interviews and learn something new every time. Hoping you never have another rejection…. Best of luck with loads of sales, Kerri.

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    1. Kerri Nelson

      @Paisley~Yes, I look at titles like I’m naming one of my kids. I just don’t think it is right to give birth to something and it not have a proper name, you know? Of course, that’s not saying that sometimes the name just doesn’t fit the book. But so far, I’ve only had one book and one publisher make me change a title. That’s pretty good–I think.

      Thanks again for all your kind words, continued support and encouragement. So glad to know you, my friend!

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  4. Dawn Chartier

    Hi Kerri and Starla,

    Fun interview… I already have Courting Demons downloaded, I just gotta sit butt in chair to read, instead of write…lol. Good luck on your sales, Kerri.

    Hugs!

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    1. Kerri Nelson

      @Dawn~Thanks again for picking up a copy of Courting Demons. I totally understand about having time to read. This tour and my other deadlines are really cutting into my read time as well. But when you do get a chance to peruse it–please let me know what you think of it, ‘kay? Huggers to you, my sweet.

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  5. Julie Robinson

    Hi Kerri and Starla,

    It’s too bad I didn’t have Courting Demons around when I was dating a rat—would have helped put things in perspective because of the humor. I also like how you view your “Rejection Smejection” folder—a little light-heartedness blended with practicality and determination.
    You go, girl!!
    Love ya bunches! Keep up the good work.
    🙂

    Reply
    1. Kerri Nelson

      @Julie~The feeling is mutual my long time and beloved friend. xoxo I’m still routing for you all the way. Cannot wait to see your name on the virtual shelves or otherwise. How’s your writing going lately? Hope things have settled down on the home front. Big smooch.

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  6. Na S.

    Being able to connect with a character or more is a great thing to take from a story. In fact, all of my favorites reads can be attributed to me connecting with the story and its characters, even if I am not like them or share their circumstances. In the case of your book, humor is a good thing at relieving the angst. Got to get rid of those rats!

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  7. Kerri Nelson

    ***WINNER***

    Another daily prize winner…drum roll…for the prize of: A Custom made Momwitch Bread Bag Clip and a choice of e-books from my back list…the winner is…

    NA

    Congrats! Special thanks to my adorable and charming hostess Starla. Big hugs. xo

    –Kerri

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