Kelly Bennett Seiler

Kelly Bennett Seiler is the author of The Plan and Shifting Time. A former high school English teacher and school counselor, she has written articles for such websites as eHow and Livestrong, in addition to creating questions for nationally standardized exams. She’s been featured by Woman’s Day magazine, NPR and PBS and was on the cover of Military Spouse magazine. Kelly has edited numerous books, including a New York Times bestseller. She received both her Bachelor’s degree and her Master’s degree in English from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. A native of New Jersey, Kelly currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and three children.


Books by this Author

The Plan
Shifting Time

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. She, who can make her friends laugh, is blessed.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I admire a number of people, but most especially, people like Amy Purdy (the para-Olympian who lost both her legs and kidneys as a teenager.)  She has overcome unimaginable odds to not only walk again, but play sports at such a high level and dance more beautifully than anyone I have ever seen!  She gives me chills.  What an inspiration!  She should give us all hope that nothing is impossible!

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Mrs. Danvers from the book "Rebecca." She had a unhealthy obsession with the first Mrs. DeWinters and thus, torments the second wife to such an extent, she nearly convinces her to commit suicide.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. To me, perfect happiness is contentment.  Life will not always be perfect, but if you can be content in your circumstances, you can find great joy.  Let's take a family vacation, for instance.  Something is GOING to go wrong. A child is going to get sick or multiple children are going to fight.  The stress of being together, 24/7, is going to get to you.  But, if you can find contentment in this less-than-perfect situation, you can be happy with the way your trip turned out.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I'm not sure she would be called a 'historical figure,' but I find I relate a lot to the late Erma Bombeck. She found the fun and humor in every day experiences - especially those that revolved around being a wife and mother. My friends (especially my Facebook ones!) always say I do the same.

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