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We love to be entertained here, and I often suspect we’re just big kids at heart. Which is one of the reasons I’m happy to introduce you to my friend, Lynn Kelley. She tries her best to keep her overactive imagination in check and was successful at that for a good long time. Although she worked as a court reporter for 25 years while she and her husband, George, raised their four children, these days (and like the kids she writes for) it’s not easy to get Lynn to sit still for very long —
What the heck is that???
Lynn Kelley: Woo hoo! I’m so thrilled to be here with the awesome Diane Capri that I’m doing my Happy Dance (in my silly Funny Bones skeleton getup)!
Diane Capri: *laughs* Good grief, Lynn, you scared me! That is absolutely the first time I’ve ever seen a court reporter do such a thing!! Let’s first show folks that you’re a normal looking writer before we take their breath away, okay?
Lynn Kelley: *laughs* If you insist!
Diane Capri: When you’re not dancing your happy dance, you’ve told me most of your time involves books: either writing books, reading books, or making altered art books. Your first chapter book, Curse of the Double Digits, for ages 7 to 10, debuted on October 10, 2012. You also coauthor the spooky, fun Monster Moon mystery series for ages 8 to 12 under the pen name BBH McChiller. Do you have some sort of mental mind meld with short people?
Lynn Kelley: *laughs* Absolutely! I started writing for children when I turned 40. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of my life. The highlight of my life is the days spent with my grandchildren.
Diane Capri: Grandchildren?? You’re scaring me again! You can’t possibly old enough for grandchildren! Okay, tell us three more things we’d be surprised to know about you right this minute and get all this frightening stuff out of the way! What the heck are you doing to this kid?
Lynn Kelley: At 41, I joined my daughters’ karate class, never dreaming I’d ever achieve black belt, but that became a reality not quite five years later. Regular attendance, constant practice, and perseverance paid off.
Diane Capri: *backs away* Well, that didn’t make me feel more relaxed. You are mortal, right?
Lynn Kelley: *sighs* I’m not the fastest reader in Cyber Ville, and I often get eyestrain. I use the text-to-speech feature on my Kindle to keep up with books on my to-be-read list. The voice sounds like a robot, but I’m able to block it out and enjoy the stories.
Diane Capri: But you do like to have fun, don’t you? How do you unwind and relax?
Lynn Kelley: Playing around with special effects for photos and video clips helps me relax. Here’s one of the still photos I created with Photobucket’s editing features. I started with this photo of my husband’s birthday cake… and ended up with this cake for Becky’s 10th birthday. Becky’s the main character in Curse of the Double Digits.
Diane Capri: All kidding aside, Lynn, I’m in favor of anything that gets kids interested in books and reading. Maybe because I became enthralled with reading as a child, or maybe because we know that reading can literally save our lives. I really hate it when I hear about kids that never learn to read. But what the heck is this??
Lynn Kelley: Kids learn better when the process is fun. It took me a year and a half to discover the special effects in iMovie. Since then I’ve made some strange and fun clips that the kids love, like this one called Pirate Jokes For Kids:
Diane Capri: What one word best describes you?
Lynn Kelley: Goofball! If you need any more proof, here’s a photo I love:
Diane Capri: Well, I love the earrings, but the cigarette?
Lynn Kelley: *laughs* Relax! I’m not a pirate or a skeleton either, remember? I don’t smoke, but I love bubble gum cigarettes! Those candy and bubble gum cigs added a touch of childhood nostalgia and extra fun at my hubby’s 60th birthday party (hippie theme) in July 2012. As Anonymous once said, “You know how it is in the kid’s book world; it’s just bunny eat bunny.”
Diane Capri: *laughs* And they say the mystery/suspense/thriller book world is violent! Thanks for sharing with us today, Lynn Kelley. I’ll bet your books are as much fun as you are. No wonder kids love ’em! Here’s the great covers and links to more information about her books: