Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kersten L. Kelly, non-fiction author





AUTHOR: Kersten L. Kelly
BOOK TITLE: ec·o·nom·ics: a simple twist on normalcy
PUBLISHER: Talisman Book Publishing, LLC



Tell me a little about your book and give a short synopsis.
The book is a narrative non-fiction book that incorporates economic theory into relevant current events. Some of the information includes pop culture, social media, history, sports, and education. Economics is an enthralling science that encompasses our actions, thoughts, and emotional rationality every day in the unconscious. This book dissects economic theory into bite-size, entertaining snippets that anyone can understand and apply to their daily routines. It is a compelling depiction of history, business, pop culture, and social movements intertwined with relevant economic trends. Economics is part of daily life, and this book challenges readers to question how and why people make decisions by adding a simple twist on normalcy.

What gave you the idea for this particular book?
I majored in Economics in my undergraduate work at Indiana University. In all of the textbooks that I read, the examples were so irrelevant that it made it difficult for my peers and me to understand. I wanted to shed some light on the importance and impact of the subject in examples that people would assimilate with.

Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I am a part-time writer. It is difficult to balance my time between marketing my written work, writing additional books, and my full-time sales job. I try to squeeze in time whenever it is appropriate to write even a few paragraphs. You never know when you're going to write a masterpiece!

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
This is something I discuss towards the end of my book. I started writing stories when I was seven. I remember sitting around on Sunday afternoons and instead of relaxing, I was organizing chapters to my latest creation. I was passionate about writing and sharing my work (and still am) as a kid. Luckily, my family and friends were extremely supportive of me and continued to encourage my work.

What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
I hope readers will feel enlightened to "think outside the box" when it comes to their daily routines. Much of what I discuss in the book concerns normal activities that most people don't usually think twice about. I hope that readers can take away that Economics can be a part of their life, and it doesn't have to be all charts and graphs (although, they help explain much of what the subject is).

What types of writing do you prefer, and why?
I prefer non-fiction purely because it makes me think the most. After writing and publishing my first book, I can appreciate any type of writing. It is amazing to look at other authors and see the work they are developing. I am always open for a great referral from a friend for a book I "just have to read."
 
What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
Like all writers, I get writer's block where I just cannot think of the next words to fit the page. When this happens, I know that it is time for me to take a break and indulge in some of my other favorite hobbies. It helps if I go for a run, hang out with my friends and family, or go to a sporting event. It helps me to come back to my writing and make it better. It's always good to take breaks and brainstorm off the paper.

What draws you to non-fiction writing?
Non-fiction allows me to strategically think about the world in a different way. For my book, Economics is a perfect subject to analyze the world. The style of writing helped me to convey a message and provide an explanation for how certain parts of the economy function.

What about your book makes it special?
It is written as a narrative non-fiction so it is a very quick read and easy to understand. I included examples that almost anyone can relate to. For example, if you've ever purchased a gallon of gas, there is an explanation of how retailers create the extremely volatile prices for that gallon of gas. I wanted to reach a larger scope than just the typical Economics reader/enthusiast. I think anyone can enjoy the message.

What is your marketing plan?
I am working hard to get interviews, blog posts, a blog tour, exposure for the book's website (www.theeconomicsbook.com), press releases, reviews, and social media. It has been a challenge, but I'm up for it. I want to reach as many readers as possible so they can enjoy the book.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?

They can follow me on Twitter @KerstenLKelly, the books website (www.theeconomicsbook.com), or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KerstenLKelly.

What are your views on self-publishing versus traditional publishing?
I think everyone should try to self-publish at least once. This has been one of the hardest and one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. I get to be involved in every aspect of the book's progress. It is a lot of work, but it is more than worth the effort and time.

Any tips for new writers hoping to write non-fiction?
1. Never give up.
2. Challenge yourself.
3. Edit, edit, edit, and edit again.
4. Reach out to other non-fiction authors and ask questions. People are willing to help.
5. Write about a subject you enjoy and that you are passionate about.



EXCERPT:


Professional football players, corporate tobacco advertisers,  volatile gasoline prices, and the Cold War all share an undetected commonality—each is an intrinsic part of economics. Though not obvious to the naked eye, each entity shares a pattern with the others. This book helps to shed light on these mutual characteristics. It is an extensive compilation of theories interpreted using supportive examples.

Economics is an enthralling science that encompasses our actions, thoughts, and emotional rationality every day in the unconscious. This book dissects economic theory into bite-size, entertaining snippets that anyone can understand and apply to their daily routines. It is a compelling depiction of history, business, pop culture, and social movements intertwined with relevant economic trends. Economics is part of daily life, and this book challenges readers to question how and why people make decisions by adding a simple twist on normalcy.

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