Author Revealed

About Kelly Creagh

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 8/11

Q. Previous occupations

A. bookmobile driver/service provider, waitress, library assistant, computer lab supervisor and bellydancer.

Q. Favorite job

A. Instructing and performing bellydance.

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to high school at DuPont Manual/Youth Performing Arts School. For College, I attended UofL and, for my masters, I graduated from Spalding University's MFA in Writing program.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. My favorite band is My Chemical Romance. I also a big fan of Muse and I love the scores and music of Danny Elfman.

Q. Favorite movie

A. It's a toss up between Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Q. Favorite television show

A. I love supernatural investigation shows like Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Coffee, good company and a cool autumn day.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Heights. Usually airplanes are okay, though.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Little Italy in Baltimore, enjoying some decadent delicacies with my closest friends.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Edgar Allan Poe. Who else?

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Tim Burton and J.K. Rowling

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Maaagical!" "I know, right?" and "I'll have a non-fat mocha, please."

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not investing in an espresso machine.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Being able to speed read. Or, if I can use magic, being able to read any book just by touching the cover.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. So far, it has been writing my first novel.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I am sometimes too hard on myself.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. My wicked good sense of humor.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. a pegusus unicorn.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My hair. It's huge. Blessing and a curse...

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Severus Snape

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Captain Hook

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. It goes without saying that I would love to meet Edgar Poe. I would like to tell him how much the world loves his work and how, through his writing, he spawned the genre of mystery fiction. I'd also like to thank him for the inspiration. Then I'd probably barrage him with all sorts of questions and, if it didn't seem like too sensitive a subject, I'd ask him what happened on the night he was found delirious in Baltimore.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. When people perform Poe's work with a British accent. It's a little petty, but Poe was a Southern gentleman!

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Teaching and performing bellydance.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Writing! Though it would also be cool to be a ghost hunter.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Sense of humor, ability to laugh at oneself and honesty.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Chocolate!

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. This is How I Dissapear by My Chemical Romance, Poor Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Micro Cuts by Muse, El Fenoun by Dr. Sammy Farag and Emily Not, Not Gone by Cemetery Sighs

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Susan Kay, Robin McKinley, Libba Bray, J.K. Rowling, Joyce McDonald, L.A. Meyer, Stephen King, Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespere, and, of course, Edgar Allan Poe.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Phantom by Susan Kay, Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, Beauty by Robin McKinley, The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks, and The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Yes. Beauty by Robin McKinley.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write something you would love to have read.