Isabo Kelly Interview

Ester: Today I’m speaking with Isabo Kelly. First of all, Isabo, I’d like to know what made you decide to become a writer.

Isabo: Being a writer was the only way I could get all the stories in my head out!

Ester: I know what you mean.

Isabo: I can’t draw or sing to save my life, and while I can act a little, writing came easier. I don’t know where it came from, I just know it felt like the right way to tell my stories. And if I didn’t get those stories out, I’d probably have been committed by now 🙂

Ester: How long have you been writing professionally?

Isabo: This May (2009) I have been writing professionally for ten years. In fact, my first published novel, THE PROMISE OF KIERNA’ RHOAN, was just re-released from Samhain Publishing on its ten year anniversary.

Ester: Congratulations on that milestone! What do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?

Isabo: Right now, I play with my son. He’s my first and he’s a great source of fun (as well as exhaustion, frustration and terror). I also love to travel, which my hubby and I do as often as we can. Closer to home, I love to read (of course), play Sudoku, I do crewel, and I love meeting up with friends to chat. When I get to it, I also love to swim. (I think I have too many hobbies for a writer, though.)

Ester: I share that trait. Do you write full-time or part-time?

Isabo: Technically, my only source of income at the moment is writing. But realistically, I write part-time because most of my time is spent looking after an active baby–who is even now trying to scoot backward under the couch.

Ester: Where do you currently reside?

Isabo: At the moment, I live in New York City.

Ester: Tell us about your latest releases.

Isabo: Here are the back cover blurbs for my three most recent releases:

She is a Siren, capable of driving men mad with her song.

Sonia has been preparing for marriage to Vander since before her father announced their betrothal. Their marriage will unite their homeworlds against a common enemy, and Sonia has done everything in her power to be ready for that union. All her study has had an unexpected side effect, however–she’s fallen in love with him.

He is a genetically engineered soldier determined to save his homeworld.
Vander had no intention of being married in anything but
name, but as soon as he hears her song, he realizes her powerful voice will be an unmatched asset to the war effort…and will put Sonia in terrible danger.

With enemies on all sides and treachery at every pass, Sonia must find a way to use her extraordinary voice to hold back the Selmorahn Empire…and use her mind and body to win the heart of the man she loves.

When Grace Newman is approached in the woods by a mysterious stranger who tells her she’s a missing faery named Grainne, she wonders if she’s gone insane. Her attraction to Diarmaid is impossible to resist. When she starts to know things about Grainne, she can’t help but wonder if some of his story is true.

Diarmaid has been waiting five hundred years to return the Lady of the Herd to Tir na Nog. When he meets Grace, he knows he has found the right woman. But he’s made mistakes before. Does he dare risk the sanity of the woman he loves to bring her home?

Together, they’ll have to face an old foe, the very man who drove the Lady of the Herd from Tir na Nog. And Grace will have to trust Diarmaid and believe in her heritage to harness her true powers before it is too late.

Kira Farseaker led a sheltered, privileged life–until her discovery of a cruel secret plunged her into an underworld of danger. Now she vows to use her money and position to save an alien species, the Shifters, from government-sanctioned extermination.

A secret planet, a Farseaker legacy known as Kierna’ Rhoan, could offer at least some of the
evolving Shifters the sanctuary they need to survive. To get them there safely will be the most dangerous mission Kira has ever attempted–a task that isn’t made any easier by her attraction to the dark, hungry eyes of a suspected spy.

Officer David Cario’s assignment to a Shifter extermination squadron is just the break he needs to learn why his sister was executed. Earning the trust of his commander’s ex-wife, suspected terrorist Kira Farseaker, is easier said than done, especially when crossing into her world brings him face to face with truths he isn’t prepared to discover.

Swept up in a growing whirlpool of corruption and treachery, Kira and David find themselves locked in a struggle between duty and a growing passion that could destroy everything they’ve worked for. Or save both their lives.

Ester: Isabo, do you have any appearances or book signings coming up?

Isabo: The first Monday of September, I’ll be doing a reading at Lady Jane’s Salon, a new reading series here in New York City. This takes place the first Monday of every month and raises proceeds for charity, so it’s a great event if you’re in the area. For more information, visit http://www/

My last scheduled signing will be in October, at the New Jersey Romance Writers conference. I may have one or two more appearances, but they aren’t scheduled yet.

Ester: Thanks Isabo, for taking time to speak with me.

Isabo: Thanks so much for having me here!

Ester: Check out Isabo’s website at: You can link through to her blog from there.

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6 Responses to Isabo Kelly Interview

  1. Neringa says:

    Great interview, Ester. It was great meeting Isabo and I love your name. Are you named after a movie character? Congrats on your re-release and new book…

  2. Ester says:

    Thanks, Neringa. I'm not sure if you're asking about Isabo's name or mine. She does have a unique name. Hopefully, I'll have your interview up here one day.

  3. Isabo Kelly says:

    Neringa, Hi! If you're talking about my name, why yes I did steel it from the movie Lady Hawk 🙂 I spelled it wrong (it's supposed to be spelled Isabeau since it's French for Elizabeth), but I just loved the name and that movie 🙂

    Thanks for the lovely interview, Ester!

  4. Leanna Renee Hieber says:

    Great interview! Isabo Kelly is not only a great friend and critique partner, but she's been influential and inspirational in every aspect of my writing journey, I'm so glad you've featured her here! And I hope everyone who checks out this interview will check out her awesome books, they're really good. (And I'm not just saying that).

  5. Leanna Renee Hieber says:

    Great interview! Not only is Isabo an inspiration as a person, her books are really great! I'm really glad you've had her here!

  6. Lisbeth Eng says:

    I am permitted to toot your horn for you and reveal that you recently won the Prism Award for Best Erotic Romance? Gee…I guess I just did! You need to update your website and add that 🙂 I'm looking forward to getting my hands on THE PROMISE OF KIERNA' RHOAN when it comes out in print! In fact, I'll pre-order today.

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