August 14th, 2008

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Megan Kelley Hall!



SISTERS OF MISERY

A modern day witch hunt is ignited when “Mean Girls” Meets “Practical Magic.”

What happens when a hazing prank goes terribly wrong and a young teenage girl goes missing? The debut suspense novel, SISTERS OF MISERY, brings us inside a small, seaside town near Salem, where Maddie Crane, the teen protagonist investigating her eccentric cousin’s disappearance, ignites the wrath of the Sisters of Misery – a powerful high school clique, whose activities mirror the witch hunts of the seventeenth century. Hawthorne is a town filled with secrets and the supernatural. Stories hidden for decades come to light after Cordelia’s tragic disappearance. Cordelia’s mother, Rebecca, descends into madness while internal struggles amongst Maddie’s family members are all consequences of the supernatural “gifts” that they possess. Maddie Crane must choose between the allure and power of the Sisters of Misery and her loyalty to her beloved cousin and her own family. Fans of Alice Hoffman, Jodi Picoult and Stephenie Meyer will be haunted by this story of three generations of women and their struggles against each other and a town ruled by fear.

Jenn: Do you write full-time?

Kelley: I started a literary publicity company with my mom and sister a few years back. Originally, I was just working as a freelance writer for magazines and as a PR writer for high-tech companies. I needed a job where I could work from home, because my daughter, Piper, was a 2.5 preemie and she had very low immunity for the first few years of her life and couldn’t be around other kids (daycare was out of the question).

We started Kelley & Hall Book Publicity (www.kelleyandhall.com) because my sister worked in publishing and noticed that there were a lot of great books that were being overlooked and the in-house publicity teams were often under-staffed and overworked. We thought it was a great niche and a good way to pool our individual talents. My mother ran an advertising agency for many years, my sister is a freelance writer/book reviewer and, in addition to my writing, I had experience working for a PR company. My brother used to work in bookstores and he has just recently joined our company. Together, we make up a very well-rounded company. And we are bound by our love of books (no pun intended).

I need a course in time management skills, because I have none. Never had, probably never will. My only saving grace is my husband who is the most structured person I’ve ever known. If it weren’t for him, I don’t think I’d be able to feed myself most days. I would love to have the freedom of just being able to focus on the writing aspect of my career, but the publicity side always seems to wriggle its way into my daily life. Being a stay-at-home mom, literary publicist, freelance magazine writer and a novelist requires me to be a great multi-tasker. Unfortunately, I haven’t quite mastered that yet. It might get easier once my daughter heads off to kindergarten.

Jenn: Where do you write?

Kelley: I write in an office in our house (really a third bedroom—if we ever have more kids, I’ll have to find another spot) that serves as a catch-all for toys, clutter, files, books, stacks of magazines, games, and other random objects. I have the Writer’s Desk calendar and I’m always so envious of other writer’s offices. My office always looks like it was hit by a tornado.

Jenn: What makes you happiest about writing?

Kelley: I like having control in a world that at times feels completely out of control. I enjoy creating characters and places and relationships. What makes me happiest about writing is entertaining people with my stories and giving them a little escape from their own lives. That’s what reading has always been for me. An escape. Writing has always been a form of therapy for me as well. When I was recovering from my recent open-heart surgery, the only way that I got through those difficult and painful months was to work on my novel and to write on my blog (as well as in my personal journals). Writing has always been a way for me to get through difficult times in my life.