Out of the country of Greater Arabia
Shall be born a strong master of Mohammed...
He will enter Europe wearing a blue turban.
He will be the terror of mankind.
Never more horror.
June 6th was a picture-perfect day in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Lynette Frichette went to work at THE GAZETTE. Her daughter Dawn caught the bus to Billy Mitchell High School, and her husband Jim drove nails into the walls of the home he was building on Silent Rain Drive. From the Middle East, Ayatollah Amad al-Din Kajar unleashes a nuclear nightmare that will change their lives forever. Beneath the Arizona desert, an American scientist conducts a grisly experiment that may mean the survival of the human race.
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Who is your favorite author?
Hmm, favorite author. That’s not an easy question to answer. Sandra Brown is one I will always read. She writes awesome sex scenes and I learn something new from every book of hers I read. I was happy when she started venturing into mystery writing. It’s the genre that I enjoy writing. I’ve tried, and I can’t write traditional romance. I need the excitement of a good whodunit to keep me stimulated and writing.
What was your first sale as an author?
I originally self-published Phoenix through Iuniverse.com. That was back when self-published was a dirty word. The book was available through Amazon, Barnes and Nobel and Iuniverse. So the first books I sold were through those venues. I recently updated Phoenix and e-published it through Amazon, Barnes and Nobel. Paperbacks are also available on those websites and through Create space.com. Phoenix is even more topical now than when I originally wrote it. It’s an apocalyptic story about the nuclear destruction of the United States by Iran.
What do you think makes a good story?
I like my books fast, furious, and sexy. I think it’s a sign of the times that most people won’t plow through War and Peace or even one of Stephen King’s thousand page tomes. It’s what I call the USA Today mentality. We want the facts, ma’am just the facts. Get ‘er done. I like that. I want my books concluded right around three hundred pages.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
I don’t use a set formula to write my stories, but I do map out where the story is going to go. I’ve tried outlining, but I find that too tedious. Often my stories will go in a different direction from my original plan. That’s okay. It’s a magical part of the creative process.
If you were to write a series of novels, what would it be about?
It would be a crime series about cops. I love my two characters Nick Winston and Pat Strom from The Love Songs Murders. These two have a great rapport.
Do you use a pen name?
Yes. Years ago, when I was in radio, a consultant told me he loved my voice, hated my name. “Change it,” he said. I did. My sister and I sat down and came up with Kelly Marshall. Interestingly enough, I have a niece with that name, but it was only years after I had chosen the air name that I discovered I had a relative with the same moniker.
What are your favorite TV shows?
I seldom get a chance to watch TV. I catch the national news shows often, but the only thing I watch regularly is The Amazing Race. I don’t know why. Maybe I’m secretly in love with Phil. I would give anything if they’d bring Jack back. 24 was my all-time favorite television show.
What are you passionate about these days?
I am passionate about my grandson Dawson. Most of my daily energy is consumed with raising him. He is my only grandchild and I have the wonderful opportunity to impact his life. I am very pleased he is involved with Boy Scouts. I am going to plug this great organization. It guides young men towards a life of service, responsibility, and good citizenship. Along the way, these young boys develop valuable relationships and a respect for others. We have a lot of fun with the campouts and projects.
What one word best describes you?
I am kind. When they bury me, that’s how I want people to remember me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Marshall spent thirty years as a radio announcer. One of her jobs was a love songs radio show called Lights Out. She now is devoting herself to her two great passions, raising her grandson, Dawson and writing. Kelly Marshall lives in the Pacific Northwest and is working on her next novel about Seattle Homicide Detectives Pat Strom and Nick Winston.
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