Around the Fire Welcomes Award-winning author Seelie Kay who writes scintillating tales of lawyers in love.
Thank you, Seelie, for joining me Around the Fire. I have a pot of French Roast ready to go. While I pour why don't you introduce yourself by telling us who you are other than your bio?
I won my first national writing prize in third grade and never stopped writing. My writing career supported me through college and law school, and has played a role in every job since. In 2002, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Writing was my savior, through the best and worst of times.
One of my besties struggles with that and I know the toll it can take. I'm so glad you found an outlet to help you through. What interests besides writing do you enjoy? For instance, what do you read or hobbies you have?
I love to cook and bake, and entertain. As a parent, I had the opportunity to create some pretty unique birthday parties, including a county fair. As a lawyer, I was the party planner. I once threw a Titanic party, complete with the original menu on that final evening and actors portraying passengers relaying what was happened. I still have my crystal chunk of the iceberg!
What fun! We've hosted murder mystery parties. Last Train from Paris we had a french menu, music, and my hubby built a traincar in our living room. We should host together. Who is your network or support system?
My publisher, Extasy Books, has created a pretty tight writing community. We share a lot of information and provide support when needed. I am also a member of the Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW) group, which is also a valuable resource.
Who or what books or authors are your inspiration?
I read a wide variety of genres, but legal and crime fiction are my weakness. Writers like J.D. Robb, Stuart Woods, and James Patterson always tease my imagination.
I never heard of them. Bazinga! You might as well read from some of the best. Do you have any fun or outrageous talent?
I don’t know how outrageous it is, but I can turn your hair green, pink, or purple with Jell-O!
What is your neighborhood like? Are there any places you frequent? What makes them special?
I live in a typical suburban neighborhood. We all built our homes and most have lived here for 30 plus years. Green space is very important here and there is a nature preserve and a park a few blocks away. For fun, we monitor “visitors” with our backyard RING. Sometimes, it’s a possum or a skunk, other times, deer or coyotes. The coyotes caused quite an uproar on our neighborhood bulletin board!
Our visitors are similar except for Black Bears! Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing has always been my primary stress reliever. When I get into “the zone,” I write for hours without interruption.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Stick to writing! The practice of law really prevented me from writing books until much later in my career.
What does literary success look like to you?
I am not into writing books for the money. I get satisfaction every time I hold a new book in my hand. Positive reviews are the icing on the cake!
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
It depends on the topic. I do a fair amount of research for most books. I can “Google” with the best of them. However, I write about lawyers in love, so most of my stories are inspired by personal experiences, which point me in the right direction.
How do you select the names of your characters?
I use an old phone book. I turn to a random page, pick a last name, then figure out what first name fits.
Many of today's people never had a phonebook in hand. I keep a small one in my glove compartment for emergencies. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I have had a troll for years who automatically assigns my books the lowest ratings—with no explanation--which is maddening. However, I use most reviews to determine whether they respond to the story. When something falls flat, I take note.
If you could eat anything in the world right now, what would it be?
Pain au chocolate (croissant dough wrapped around sticks of chocolate). They are my guilty pleasure.
Those sound wonderful. I may have to try making them. Seelie, it's been wonderful getting to know you. Before you start on your next writing adventure, will you leave us a bit of information about your new series? It would be great for our other visitors to know where to find out more about you, too. And everyone, be sure to scroll down to the exciting Book Trailer.
Feisty Lawyers Bundle
(Three books from the five-book Feisty Lawyers series, including Snatching Dianna, Infamy, and Cult.)
Release Date: February 17, 2023
Feisty Lawyers Series
They’re smart. They’re feisty. They play to win!
The lawyers who make up The Agency are committed to bringing justice to situations in which justice is not normally found. At the behest of the President, they intervene in matters that impact Americans around the globe. Human trafficking, terrorism, cults, and the disappeared are just a few of the cases with which they are tasked, and they execute uniquely designed solutions with determination and no small amount of courage. Their journey begins with an American law student kidnapped by a sex slave traffickers. It ends with justice served. Three heart-stopping adventures from a five-book series are combined into one scintillating bundle of romantic suspense, including Snatching Dianna, Infamy, and Cult.
The hours are counting down as investigators try to prove that Dianna Murphy has been snatched. Unfortunately, without witnesses and solid evidence, all the police really know is that she is missing.
When suburban Milwaukee law student Dianna Murphy fails to connect with her roommate, there is no real evidence that she has been snatched. Until Law Professor Janet MacLachlan, a former covert agent, discovers a single clue, one that points to a taking by a slave trafficking cartel. In a race against time, Janet recruits her husband, secret agent Cade Matthews, small-town Police Chief David Manders and his wife, criminal defense attorney Julianna Constant, and other law students to uncover the truth. Can they prove she has been taken, before Dianna disappears without a trace?
Infamy. An evil or wicked act. Terrorists bent on revenge have found a way to make planes disappear from the sky, without a trace. And when one winds up buried in a Wisconsin cornfield, it’s a race against time to rescue the passengers from certain death.
When international law attorney Sheikh Harun Ali is lured to the Amazon and warned of a frightening plot against the United States, he and his wife, Marianne Benson, enlist the assistance of their neighbors, covert agent Cade Matthews and his wife, Constitutional Law Professor Janet MacLachlan. Ultimately, these feisty lawyers are pushed to the wall, desperate to find a plane that has been buried in an unknown cornfield, the passengers still on board. The terrorists’ hatred for the Alis is absolute—the Alis once left their organization bankrupt and broken—but they hate America more. And their fiendish games are just beginning. They are seeking a much bigger prize, one that could destroy a nation and possibly the world. An act that will live in infamy.
Cult (winner of the Editor’s Choice Award)
It’s supposed to be a simple assignment. A quick trip to a South American country for an “in and out” fact-finding mission. Unfortunately, the cult has other ideas.
When college students begin disappearing from American campuses, a notorious cult, God’s Delight, is the primary suspect. God’s Delight has been hosting shows featuring sex, drugs, and rock and roll around the country, and young people are flocking to them.
Among the missing is the President’s goddaughter, and he wants answers. When he asks Agent Cade Matthews, a member of a secret covert organization, to find her, the mission appears fairly straightforward. Find the God’s Delight compound, determine whether a welfare check on American cult members is warranted, and get out. Simple. Clean. Easy.
Cade sends newly-married Agents Dianna Murphy and Anders Mark to the University of Wisconsin to follow the trail to God’s Delight, but when they wind up in Bolivia, things go sideways. Suddenly, what appeared to be nothing more than a simple in-and-out could cost Dianna her life. When an Agency extraction is ordered, chaos erupts, and the question becomes, will anyone survive?
What others are saying.
“To me this is one of those series that I will be reading over and over again. From the very beginning I was drawn in, it’s got action, danger, suspense, and even, romance. I can’t recommend this series and Author enough…I highly recommend reading this whole series. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen next.” (Goodreads review)
“Seelie Kay has an unforgettable imagination, and will keep you wanting more. You can tell she brings her all, while reading this story. I love her characters, especially the strong-willed, independent women. This is a must read! Along with the rest of her Feisty Lawyers Series. Well Done Seelie Kay, Well Done.” (Goodreads review)
“This author really knows how to deliver an edgy, and dramatic story. It was heart in throat entertainment. A complicated and colourful cast filled with many events that left me gasping and wondering if I read it correctly. I was captivated and intrigued. These kinds of stories are what keep me in my happy place. They keep me entertained and out of my head. I have travelled the world and experienced every feeling and moment with theses characters. Seelie Kay has a knack for enrapturing an audience and it is a dangerously decadent state to be in, and totally addictive.” (Goodreads review)
More About the Author
Award-winning author Seelie Kay writes scintillating tales of lawyers in love, sometimes with a dash of kink.
Writing under a nom de plume, the former lawyer and journalist draws her stories from more than 30 years in the legal world. Seelie’s wicked pen has resulted in twenty-two works of fiction, including the new paranormal romance series Donovan Trait, as well the erotic romance Kinky Briefs series and The Feisty Lawyers romantic suspense series. She also authored The Last Christmas, The Garage Dweller, A Touchdown to Remember, The President’s Wife, The President’s Daughter, Seizing Hope, The White House Wedding, and participated in the romance anthology Pieces of Us.
When not spinning romantic tales, Seelie ghostwrites nonfiction for lawyers and other professionals. Currently, she resides in a bucolic exurb outside Milwaukee, WI, where she enjoys opera, the Green Bay Packers, gourmet cooking, organic gardening, and an occasional bottle of red wine.
Seelie is an MS warrior and ruthlessly battles the disease on a daily basis. Her message to those diagnosed with MS: Never give up. You define MS, it does not define you!
Seelie can be reached at www.seeliekay.com, www.seeliekay.blogspot.com, or on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok.
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Twitter: @SeelieKay https://twitter.com/SeelieKay
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Seelie-Kay/e/B074RDRWNZ/
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4/12/2023 02:09:16 pm
Thanks for allowing me to join you by the campfire! I had a great time!
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