Thursday, February 21, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Character Interview from the Chalkboard Outlines Series

Today I'm featuring  new to me author, Kelley Kaye of the Chalkboard Outline cozy mystery series who is interviewing one of her characters of the series.
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Kelly is offering e-copies of
Death by Diploma & Poison by Punctuation
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Kelley's Character interview:

What is your full name?
Leslie Genevieve Parker

What is your Profession?
High School English Teacher (This year, one of my new classes was SCIENCE FICTION! Coolest days ever—talking about ideas Ray Bradbury put into stories that are all HAPPENING now in our everyday lives. Well, excepting the mass book burnings, thank goodness. I also have a second and third profession, I suppose—that of crusader against PDAs (Public Displays of Affection) in school hallways, and educator of anyone who’ll listen about the joys and genius of William Shakespeare. Indeed, “I count myself in nothing else so happy/As in a soul remembering my good friends!” I consider William a good friend . . . 😊 (that’s from Richard II, by the way. I don’t think I’d be Richard’s good friend!)

Oh, and I’ve now assisted my good friend Emma three times in catching a murderer. Neither of us want that to be our profession.

What is your current favourite book or movie?
I am currently in the middle of my second Fredrik Backman book—called My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. The first one: A Man Called Ove—is so wonderful, and now this one is turning out to be as well. I think he is topping my list! His characters are oh-so-flawed but you can’t help but love them. Kind of like me. “If sack and sugar be a fault, God help the Wicked!” Henry IV

What is your go to comfort book or movie?
Stephen King is another one of those geniuses I allude to regularly. I gravitate toward The Green Mile when I’m feeling saucy and paranormal, or The Shawshank Redemption when I’m remembering the joy of karma. Both of those for that reason, I guess. I also love love love Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury. Sometimes I teach that book or I read it just for fun—it’s got sauciness, karma, paranormality, amazing figurative language AND the title of the book is from Macbeth: “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” Oooh, witches, great, scary allusion! Quadruple threat, that one!

If someone was to play you in a movie who would it be? OR what would be the character you would want to be in a book?
It’d have to be someone evil in a book—the villains are much more fun. Maybe the Red Queen? Muah ha hahahahaha . . . OFF WITH HER HEAD!

If someone were to play me in a movie of my life, I think it should be a mashup of Jennifer Garner—she’s so sassy—and CharlizeTheron—she’s so stylish.

What is your ideal evening?
Gah! Because of recent events, my ideal pastime of eating copious amounts of fried foods in the presence of whatever hottie is currently accompanying me, has been compromised. Grr. I’ll have to embark upon a new search for my bliss. Any ideas? Let me know!

Kelley's YA novel
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About the author:
Kelley Bowles Gusich writes young adult novels under the pen name Kelley Kay Bowles and cozy mysteries under Kelley Kaye. Her debut novel, cozy mystery Death by Diploma, was released by Red Adept Publishing on February 2016, went #1 on Amazon for cozy mysteries in August that same year, and is first in her Chalkboard Outlines® series. Book # 2, Poison by Punctuation, was released April 2018.
Kelley's new young adult novel, Down in the Belly of the Whale, was released May 5th, 2018, by Aionios Books, and won their title 'Victor Indie Book of the Year'. Look for it in Kindle, paperback, and audio book (narrated by Kelley!).
Kelley taught high school English and drama for twenty years in Colorado and California, but a 1994 diagnosis of multiple sclerosis has (circuitously and finally) brought her to the life of writer and mother, both occupations she adores and dreamed about way back when she was making up stories revolving around her Barbie and Ken dolls.
Kelley has two wonderful and funny sons and an amazing husband who cooks for her. She lives in Southern California.
She wants to hear from you, so don't be shy about emailing her at, and follow her on social media @Kelkay1202. #HarpersPower
Kelley remains ever grateful to her readers for sharing their reviews, comments, and insights. Yay, books!

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