is here to tell us a bit about her newest novel, Daddy’s Girl.
ago, native Pennsylvanian J.M. Kelley packed her bags and moved south. Now, the
wannabe Carolina Girl can’t speak a single sentence without adding the word y’all
at the end of it, and regards a blast of snow flurries as a doomsday-level
event. When the day job allows, and when she can pull herself away from
George Takei’s Facebook fanpage, she likes to go on writing jaunts to her
favorite lake, or a local coffee shop with delicious shakes and questionable
J.M. Kelley is a proud recipient of a Carrie McCray Memorial Literary award,
and is a member of The South Carolina Writers Workshop and Romance Writers of
your current release.
about confronting your past; it’s about discovering your future.
Janie McGee, the black sheep of her family, is free-spirited, uninhibited, and
never one to stay in the same place for too long. Despite a lifetime of never
seeing eye to eye, when Janie learns her father, Joe, is gravely ill, she
surprises even herself by returning home to rural Pennsylvania to care for him.
David Harris sports a pocket protector, collects coins, and is addicted to
Antiques Roadshow. Everything about the man rubs Janie the wrong way, from his
nerdy wardrobe to his enviable friendship with Joe. And to make matters worse,
Janie’s father thinks they’re perfect for each other, proof positive of
how little Joe knows his own daughter … or so Janie thinks.
A shared devotion to the elder McGee begins to close the gulf between Janie and
David, but a burgeoning romance opens the door to unexpected consequences
neither could foresee. Joe, however, remains steadfast in his resolve to show
Janie that Daddy knows what’s best for his little girl after all. Can Janie
finally open her heart to David while watching the first man she ever truly
loved fade away?
was a way to work out the pain of losing my father, who died of lung cancer in
2007. Joe McGee is a fictional character, but he feels, in some ways, like the
ghost of my own Daddy. Janie McGee isn’t really like me, but if we ever sat
down to share a couple of beers, we would find a lot of common ground to bond
book, I think, that I will always consider a doorway to my heart.
he even opened the door, David knew something was off. Late night visitors, in
his experience, rarely brought good news. When the visitor turned out to be
Janie, his heart leapt into his throat. “Janie,” he said when he threw open the
door. “What’s wrong? Is Joe okay?”
He’s fine.” Relief hit him so hard he took a step back and leaned against the
didn’t mean to.” Janie rubbed her hands up and down her arms and looked over
her shoulder. “It’s cold out here. Mind if I come in?”
Right.” David gestured for Janie to enter. “Come inside.” He followed when she
slid past him and walked into the living room.
late.” As if she needed to tell him. The atomic clock on the wall, a Christmas
gift from his mother, showed the time at almost two in the morning. Janie stood
in the middle of the room and focused her gaze on the bookcase in the corner.
“I didn’t wake you, did I?”
was reading. A little too wired to sleep, I guess.” David moved up behind her
and raised a tentative hand to her shoulder. “Are you sure everything’s okay?”
sound of his voice jolted her out of her thoughts and she jerked her head
toward him. Her movements were stunted. Wooden. “Ever have one of those moments
when you’re convinced you may float away, and no matter what you do, you can’t
keep yourself grounded? And you need to hang on tight to something until the
was going on, he thought, she was not in a good place. David gently spun Janie
toward him and gazed at her. “Tell me what you need from me.”
closed her eyes and lowered her forehead to David’s shoulder. “Ground me,
David,” she whispered and laid her hand on his chest.
story will be available in June of 2013. Almost
Magic is a paranormal romance from Turquoise Morning Press, and I have a
contemporary romance, She Let Herself Go,
to be released in May of 2014, also from TMP.
really, truly got that feeling that I was a real, honest-to-god writer was when
my first novel, Drew in Blue, was
nominated for Best Contemporary of 2010 by The Romance Reviews. I knew I didn’t
have a chance of winning, considering the competition, but the mere fact that
my story was remembered and included in the list of nominees was so thrilling. It
truly was fantastic just getting that nomination (and losing, rightfully so, to
the lovely Nora Roberts).
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
day job. The schedule changes from week to week, day to day, hour to hour. I
never know what I’m going to get, and boy, it makes writing hard. But, I have
to keep a roof over my head, so I make it work. Usually. A lot of times, I am
hurtling towards a deadline with my brain frozen, my body tired, and my fingers
unwilling to put together a coherent sentence. In the end, it all works out,
though. Let’s hope it continues that way!
might be the sloppiest writer out there. I will start at the beginning, then
pick up at the end, write backwards for a bit, come up with five chapters of
mostly dialogue, then decide I need a new ending…is that quirky, or is that
just flat-out insane?
when you grew up?
long list of oddball careers I wanted to join when I grew up. There was about a
month-long period in which I decided I had to be a Ghostbuster. I just had to.
Sadly, I found out that there’s no such thing as a Ghostbuster, and I would
never, ever get my hands on a proton pack.