Some questions are simpler to answer, so I may just start with them.
1. Vio asked: What do you wake up to? A rooster crowing on my cell phone.
2. Beach or Mountains? Mountains one weekend, and beach the next. Living in Maryland makes that possible J
3. Cats or Dogs? Snakes. … ok, I would pick "dogs." I like OTHER people’s cats, I just don’t want one. I have a dog. But I also have 7 snakes and a turtle in my bathtub.
4. Macky asked: Laughing Buddha or Thai Buddha? IDK
5. Who would be your ideal dinner date? Like fantasy date? Um, Trevor Wright, because he’s hot. Or Huge Jackman. And I think Ian McKellen would be interesting to talk to over dinner. And Joseph Godon-Levitt is just plain cool!
6. If you didn't write which other Talent would you like to have? I’d love to sing. My key is very limited and I screech a lot.
7. If you were an animal what would you be and why? I have a thing for cheetahs because they are super fast! And beautiful.
8. Deeze wanted to know: If you could have one super power what would it be? Answer: I’d like to fly. And I still have no clue as to what kind of risky areas there could be to a super power? X-ray vision, maybe? Lol... But I just want to fly!
9. Do you have a favorite Musical? On stage: Wicked. Movie: Meet Me in St. Louis
10. What came first the chicken or the egg? lol. Chicken
11. Back to Macky: If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled Peppers (here's the real question)How many pecks of pickled pepper did Peter Piper ( actually) pick? My answer: a heck of a LOT
12. If you could choose any other era to live in when would it be and why would you have liked to have lived then? No, I like living now. Other eras have poor health care, short-lived lives, bodily-waste in the streets… no thanks. I like now.
13. Do you believe in the supernatural? yes
14. Do you prefer the old batman series or the newer batman films? Tough call. I think they both have something cool to offer.
15. If you won a million dollars what’s the very first thing you'd do with it? Pay off my house!
16. Do you have a favourite song? I have lots. I love music.
17. What smell would bring on a memory? Moss. And that “wet” smell near streams. My family always went trout fishing together when I was younger.
18. Would you ever do a reality TV show? No, they seem pointless. I don’t like THAT much exposure. I deal with enough already.
19. If "Jock" was made into a film who would you choose to play Ellis and Cole? I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt could pull off Cole, especially if he grew a goatee and had lighter brown hair. (Or Jamie Bell if he had brown eyes and a goatee.) Ellis: Nicholas Hoult if he had longer hair. What do you think? Can you see it?
20. How old were you when you wrote your first story? Complete story: 38
21. Do you get inspiration for your stories from real life or dreams? Both.
22. West Thornhill: What is the most important thing you need to keep the writing flowing? Music? Total silence? Both serve to help me think. It depends on the section of the story I am stuck in.
23. Nyia Pring Thompson: What do you do to relax & get back into the grove when you get writer's block? I read another author’s story. I know I need to read more anyway, (they say writers need to read a lot,) but I tend to read when my muse is silent. Then, I get inspired. And sometimes, it is not a NEW novel I pick up, but one I have read before and loved. I've read American Love Songs, and The Locker Room three times.
24. Karen Hatfield: How old are you? 44
25. Lynn Schmitz: What do you like to do when you're not writing? Sleep. LOL, but that rarely happens. Um, eat. I love to cook.
26. Terry Farris: Were you the jock or the nerd? Nerdy jock. ;) I played sports but was not good at them. Coach liked me because I tried hard. I was kind of a loner, good at math, and very quiet.
27. Cody Kennedy: How do you manage social media v. shyness (presumption)? Um, I am learning to relax and let go of fear. I am not typically shy anymore, although I used to be. Because of the “social media” and the prospect of meeting people at Bok Fairs and (for example) GRL, I am learning I need to get over being shy and embrace life.
28. Terry Farris What made you decide to become a writer? And What do you think contributed the most to your being such an amazing writer? I started writing poetry in the 90’s. In 2006 I wrote what was basically a trilogy, and it was the first work that was a complete story. From there, I saw that I had the ability to follow through. Before that, no story ever got finished. So, I just kept writing from that point. As far as being "Such an amazing writer?" Lol… um, Probably going through a bunch of personal shit that pushed the limits of pain and emotion in my life and my only escape was to write it. Writing is my therapy.
29. Vio: Which Hollywood actor of the golden era would you consider to be kissable? Clark Gable (He’s in that era, right?)
30. Candice, If you could leave something for future generations that would give them a glimpse into life as it is now, what would you leave? I seriously have no idea. Time Magazine, maybe?? IDK.
31. Deeze asked: If there was a movie about your life, who would you like to see play you in a movie and who do you think would best suit playing you in a movie? lol. Like to see? Meg Ryan because she is my favorite actress. Best suit me? Mere Winningham (maybe) Although I do not look like her.
32. and then Cody Kennedy asked a gazillion questions: Are you a shy person? I used to be. Then I grew out of it. Then I went back in when I was betrayed by people I knew for 10 years. Now I am coming back out of that shy-shell and learning to embrace myself for who I am. And I am NOT shy.
33. Does social media scare you (like it does me?) YES, but probably not for the same reasons.
34. What is your favorite color? LOL, red. Although I wear more grey or brown more than anything.
35. What do you do on your days off from work/writing? Drive my 3 children all over creation. I'm basically an un-paid taxi driver.
36. Do you watch movies? LOVE watching movies. Read? Sometimes. Climb mountains? Leap tall buildings in single bounds? No, I’m too lazy for that.
37. Why do you write what you do? IDK. Personal pain just sort of inspired them I guess. My therapist asked me where I thought my stories came from. I told her: God.
38. Which of your stories was the hardest to write and why? The one I am writing now. Love, Trust, and Learning to Live Again. It is complicated and being a 3rd book in a trilogy I have to keep facts straight, combine information from the other two, and try to make it interesting to read. (As apposed to boring.)
39. I have never met you, so what does the real Wade Kelly look like? Long, brown hair, blue eyes, 5’1”, older than most people think. I wear Converse All Stars, and sarcastic T-shirts most of the time. :p
40. Since you raised it, why was 2010 an awful year for you? LOOONG story condensed to a nut-shell: Wade Kelly is a pseudonym. I was published a few years ago (under a different name) with DSP and the church I attended (at the time) found out it was a gay romance. Someone had stalked me, googled me, and printed out "evidence," went to someone else, who went to the pastor, who showed up at my door. He accused me of "fostering homosexuality" in the youth at that church and told me it was an abomination and therefore I needed to delete my website, Twitter, Blog, identity, etc. and stop writing things that were "very unchristian like." I was shocked, horrified, and terrified. I was going through an adoption and could think of nothing but the possibility of losing my child. So, I consented to do whatever necessary to get them off my back and out of my life. I lost ALL my friends because they treated me like a leper. No one talked to me. And I almost gave up writing. BUT... A different story kept whispering in my ear. WLINE. So, I took my pain, and wrote.
41. Alternatively, why do you believe 2013 is your year? Because life has come full circle. I fear EVERYTHING back then. People I knew for 10 years turned their backs on me. But now, I am in a different place. The church I attend NOW, is supportive of choices, desires, and talents. I have even started to open up to people I know, and they are excited I'm a writer instead of being appalled at what I write. I see the world changing. Not only in my personal life, but in culture. Maryland now supports gay marriage! Life and times effect how people live. For three years I lived in fear of everything and everyone. Now, I am letting go of fear.
I hid who I was because it was the only way I could write, and feel free to express myself, without my stalkers (and the people at the previous "church",) finding out. My intent was not to deceive readers, but hide from those out to persecute me. Now, in a time where I feel more secure about being ME, I feel the need to be honest about myself. Hiding was never about "selling more books," if it was I would never come out about being a woman. I've only got a couple novels published. I hope readers will still enjoy what I bring to them. Gender aside. The Cost of Loving is my experience with the church, in many ways. It comes out in August / September. (I fill you in on the date when I have one.) I have always intended to write from what I see, what I experience, and what I think others need to hear. I desire to bring hope to a broken world. If you want to know more: e-mail me.
Thanks to everyone for the questions, they were fun!
And Cody... I like quiet snakes, not squawking parrots! ;)