S.R.Claridge writes Mystery and Romantic Suspense novels. Her work has been said to have the energy of Dan Brown, the mystery of Mary Higgins Clark and the humor of Janet Evanovich. Claridge novels will take you to the edge of your seat, keep you guessing until the very end and ultimately warm your heart. It is on the pages of every S.R.Claridge novel that Mystery and Sensual Suspense collide.

For more information on bookings, interviews and upcoming releases, please visit the author website and Facebook fan page.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mystery We Write Blog Tour: Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, is the author of the novels Conquering Venus and Remain In Light, which was a 2012 finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. His poetry collections include Better To Travel, Slow To Burn and After the Poison and the forthcoming Render. Kelley is also the author of the eBook short story collection, Kiss Shot. A recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year Award, Deep South Festival of Writers Award and Goodreads Poetry Award, Kelley’s poetry, essays and interviews have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies around the world.


When you were a child, what did you want to "be" when you grew up?

I never wanted to be anything but a writer. I started writing when I was a child. My parents taught me to read and write very early, so by the time I was in first grade I had already devoured all of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books. I always read far above my grade level. I got into poetry in high school and my first published work was poetry. I had always wanted to write fiction and now I’ve written two novels and working on the third.


If you could have one last meal, what would it be?

I grew up in Atlanta and we love our Southern food. There’s a fantastic restaurant in Atlanta called The Colonnade that cooks up some of the best Southern cooking anywhere. I’d have the turkey and dressing with pole beans, creamed corn and a basket of the rolls and cornbread. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.


Have you based a character in your book on someone you know?

Yes, but they are usually composites of several people I know. I usually warn my friends before a book comes out that I’ve barrowed some trait or catchphrase. Everyone’s been flattered – so far. For the third book in The Venus Trilogy, I’m basing a new character on a poet friend of mine and she has offered up a couple of her poems for me to use in the novel.


What is the most adventurous thing you've ever done?

Traveling around Europe on my own. I did it for the first time in 2000 when I turned 30 and I’ve pretty much gone on my own ever since. I think I’ve become more self-reliant and unafraid to explore because of these solo journeys abroad. I love being able to come and go at my leisure and set my own timetable. I wrote a good portion of the latest novel, Remain In Light, in 2010 while I was at Oxford in England and then in Paris where the novel takes place.


Who is one of your favorite authors?

I couldn’t name just one. A few of them are Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson, Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, John Irving, Anne Sexton, Walt Whitman, Raymond Carver and Ray Bradbury. I could go on and on.



Collin will giveaway an eBook edition of each of his novels, Conquering Venus and Remain In Light, via Smashwords to a lucky winner. The eBooks will be available for download in multi-formats including versions for the Kindle, Nook and other devices. Make sure to leave a comment and Collin will randomly draw a winner, which will be announced at his Modern Confessional blog (www.collinkelley.com) on Dec. 12.


Thank you for joining us on the Mystery We Write Blog Tour.  For more information, visit www.collinkelley.com, find him on Facebook at CollinKelleyWriter or follow him on Twitter @collinkelley.


Conquering Venus and Remain In Light are available in Ebook and trade paperback formats from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Smashwords and through your favorite local bookstore.



  1. Envy you the easy access to southern cuisine. Looking forward to reading your books.

  2. Is a question missing? "Have you based a character in your book off of this person?" comes out of the blue, and I have no idea who Collin is talking about.

  3. I think the question was/should be, "Have you ever based your characters on people you know?" or something along that line. lol Susan, if you have a second, please fix. :) And thanks for hosting me today.

  4. Sorry about the mishap, Collin. It is repaired now. I obviously copied and pasted and didn't catch the error in my hasty run-thru. Thanks for being on my site today. It's been fun getting to know you a little better. :)

  5. Collin, my mouth is watering too! And like you, I also enjoy the freedom of solo travel. Though when I travel with my husband or a friend, it is very nice to share an experience. Your love of travel comes through in all your posts. I had to visit Oxford when I had the opportunity--home of Inspector Morse(played by John Thaw), based on mystery series written by another Colin (spelled differently) Dexter! Enjoyed your post.


    1. Thank you, Madeline. I'm heading back to Oxford and the UK next June! Can't wait!

  6. Ah, southern cooking. My ancestors are all from Georgia, Alabama and other southern states, and I gain a pound just thinking about my mom's cooking.

  7. Collin: I envy you being able to write in Europe. I've wanted to go back there for twenty years. Maybe soon....
    W.S. Gager on Writing

    1. I'd love to live in the UK, but it's just too expensive. Maybe after I write that bestseller... :)

  8. Great interview! I will have to try The Colonnade. Haven't been to that one! Although we've got some great Southern food in Atlanta!

  9. I tried to post earlier but my computer was acting up. All this talk about food made me hungry. Loved the post.

  10. Enjoyed learning more about you, Collin.

  11. Wonderful post, and it appears you've made many of us hungry. Thanks for sharing!
    Marja McGraw


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