Author Interview: Sheila Kell

Sheila Kell

1)      Do you argue with your characters?

My characters are more apt to argue with each other than I am with them. I’m happy to say that Kate usually wins.


2)      What makes a story interesting to you to write? How about read?

I’m a suspense junkie so I need something suspenseful, even if it’s slow to build. In a romance, we know they are going to get together at the end (or should), but what about what it happening to prevent them from getting together – the outside forces. That’s what I like to read.


3)      How do you escape writer’s block?

I turn to my mom to talk things out (sometimes my two good friends). She usually doesn’t have to say a word. I just need to talk it through out loud. And if that doesn’t work, we make jewelry which takes my focus away from the book and clears my mind to start with a fresh perspective. I’ve made lots of swag for my street team.


4)      What’s your writing fuel?

I write mostly in the morning so a pot of coffee keeps me going. Once that is gone, I switch to Diet Coke. I know, bad habits. I’m trying to break drinking Diet Coke, but I’m not giving up the coffee. I’ve heard a lot of writers say they drink tea so I plan to try it in the afternoons when I write. I also sneak chocolate in there from time to time.


5)      The best joke you ever heard?

Three bulls heard the rancher was bringing in another bull.

First bull: “I’ve been here five years. I’m not giving this new bull any of my 100 cows.”

Second bull: “I’ve been here three years and have earned the right to 50 cows. I’m keeping all my cows.”

Third bull: “I’ve only been here a year, and so far, you have only let me have 10 cows. I may not be as big as you fellows, but I’m keeping all 10 of my cows.”

Just then an 18-wheeler pulls up in the pasture carrying the biggest bull they’ve ever seen. At 4,700 punts, each step he takes strains the steel ramp.

First bull” I think I can spare a few cows for our new friend.”

Second bull: “I actually have too many cows to take care of. I can spare a few. I’m certainly not looking for an argument.”

They look over at the third bull and find him pawing the dirt, shaking his horns and snorting.

First bull: “Son, don’t be foolish – let him have some of your cows and live to tell about it.”

Third bull” Hell, he can have all my cows. I’m just making sure he knows I’m a bull.”


6)      Rapid fire section:

Ink, Typewriter, Computer: Computer of course. Although I do still have dozens of notepads filled with my scribble.

Coffee, Tea or Hard Liquor: Without a doubt coffee

Hot, Cold or Warm: I like the cold. I miss snow in the south.

Cat, Dog or Bird: I love them all, but right now I’m a cat person. I would like a bird, but I don’t think a bird would like my house with three cats around. I do miss having dogs.

NC17, R or PG13: R all the way

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