|A Weapon of Opportunity |
by Kiernan Kelly.
Kiernan, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever! What made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?
Back in the day, when Kayelle Allen and I were trolling for hot men at Gaylaxicon, we were invited to participate as guests at a brand new convention in Atlanta called OutlantaCon. We were among the very first guests to hold panels there, and have come back every year since. [Note from Kayelle - I will neither confirm nor deny... LOL]
How did you hear about Outlantacon?
From its creators, at its inception.
What panel are you looking forward to the most?
That's hard to say. I love Match Game, both as a spectator and panelist. I want to be Charles Nelson Reilly again this year.
Do you play role playing games? Which ones?
Writing leaves me very little time for anything else. That said, it often feel slike I'm roleplaying when I'm writing, since the characters move into my head and take over. I become them, at least while I'm at the keyboard.
The Public Can Find Me Here
Blog: Join me at my Gay Romance Isn't Fiction blog, http://kiernan-kelly.blogspot.com/
What new project are you working on now?
I've always got at least a half dozen projects in progress on my desktop. At the moment, I'm working on a serial killer novel that takes place in Orlando, Florida, and another novel involving a man with supernatural healing abilities that takes place in the 1960's. Plus, I have a few shorter works going on.
How do you come up with ideas?
Inspiration comes from all over – photos, conversations, people-watching. For instance, the other day I was driving along, minding my own business, when I saw an older dude on a motorcycle pull up next to me. He was wearing a sock monkey hat with a Mohawk, and a black leather jacket that read "Crippled Old Guys Bike Club." A short story instantly wrote itself around this guy.
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
Write. It's important to promote yourself, but it's very easy to get caught up in the marketing aspect of your career, spending long hours promoting your books, and leaving very little time to create new work. If you don't write, you have no product to promote.
How do you balance life with deadlines and work?
When I have a deadline, life gets put on hold. I lock myself in my office and pray the hubs will remember to slide food under the door now and then. Other than that, I write at least ten hours a day, but always keep a few hours in the evening free to spend with my family.
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid?
Sadly, I never did anything crazy. I was the kid in the corner with the Coke bottle-glasses and her nose in a book. Boring, I know. I did once pick all the flowers in front of our church. Other than that, I was a dull child. Good thing I have an active imagination, or my characters would be the most boring on earth.
List two authors we would find you reading.
Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Or John Grisham. Or Sherilyn Kenyon. Or any number of other authors. I read A LOT.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Woman Licks Cat, Spits Up Hairball. Or something equally silly.
How do you respond to negative people?
I don't. I ignore them. Life's too short for negativity.
What's the best way to say no?
Depends on the question. For example, the answer to "Would you like lemon in your tea?" would be, "No, thank you." However, I would answer, "Would you like a swift kick in the ass?" with a, " Uh, hell no."
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Middle Earth, with the hot elves. Oh, wait, you meant in real life? Um, Bali...with the hot elves.
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
I'm thinking if I were a tool, I'd be battery operated. I think you can see where I'm heading with this...
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Again, we're talking battery-operated appliances. And coffee. Kind of an X-rated Starbucks.
How about an embarrassing story about me?
Last October, I attended Gay Rom Lit in New Orleans (a convention for LGBT Romance readers and writers). The owners of Torquere Press got me so drunk, I gave a balloon a blow job in the middle of Bourbon Street. Yeah, not gonna live that one down for a while.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Caution: May explode under pressure.
Please fill in the blanks
I love pizza with pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms, and anchovies.
I'm always ready for a road trip. I love to travel.
When I'm alone, I write.
You'd never be able to tell, but I once wanted to be a Paleontologist.
If I had a halo it would be in the hospital with a broken neck, because that's the ONLY way I'd get one.
If I could fly, I'd spend a lot of time hovering over Alexander Skarsgård's house.
I can never skydive because there's no freaking way I'd jump out of a plane unless you pushed me out the door, and even then, I'd take you with me.
You can find me at:
Outlantacon Atlanta May 4 - 6 2012
Gay Days Orlando May 31 -June 4 2012
St. Petersburg Pride, June 30, 2012
Dragon Con, Atlanta, GA, August 31 – September 3, 2012
Gay Rom Lit, Albuquerque, NM, October 18 – October 21 2012