Interview with Kelly Eileen Hake & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Kelly Eileen Hake  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word

Kelly Eileen Hake received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract a decade ago, she’s fulfilled twenty contracts ranging from short stories to novels. In her spare time, she’s attained her BA in English Literature and Composition, earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools, and went on to complete her MA in Writing Popular Fiction.

Writing for Barbour combines two of Kelly’s great loves—history and reading. A CBA bestselling author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she’s been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Reader’s Choice Awards and is known for her witty, heartwarming historical romances.

A newlywed, she and her gourmet-chef husband live in Southern California with their golden lab mix, Midas!

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Savanna: Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Kelly! Congratulations, first of all, on your newest release, Trails and Targets, and the beginning of a new series, Dangerous Darlyns. I can’t wait to read them and I love the names, by the way! 😉

Did you have a favorite scene to write from Trails and Targets? Without giving too much away, can you tell us a little bit about it?

Interview with Kelly Eileen Hake  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordKelly:  There was some fun with the proposal scene, but my favorite is probably toward the very end of the novel, where the Darlyns and I held an incredibly unconventional, action-packed job interview!

Savanna:  Of all the heroic cowboys you’ve written, is there a particular one that has a special place in your heart? And if so, can you tell us why?

Kelly:  While I typically write Westerns, it occurs to me that most of my heroes aren’t cowboys!  My heroes come from a variety of backgrounds and professions, but I will say that I think that the ‘most unusual occupation’ award has to go to the hero of Trails & Targets, who roams the prairie as a buffalo bone-picker.

And the hero who holds my heart is usually the most recent one I wrote, so right now the bone-picker wins!

Greyson Wilder is a wounded man walking, which I originally envisioned as giving him a somewhat gothic, Mr. Rochester-esque sort of brooding.

Funny how what I envision is so rarely what winds up on the page.  Yes, Grey is battling regrets and past failures, but he’s got a sharp sense of humor and a deep appreciation for irony. Grey can’t help but put a premium on justice and personal honor.  His deep determination not to get involved dries up every time he sees someone in need–and, more importantly, every time he so much as glimpses Beatrix Darlyn!

Savanna:  Awww, I can’t wait to read more about him! 😉 It’s obvious to see you love history. If you had to pick just one historical figure from the past, who would you enjoy meeting in person and why?

Interview with Kelly Eileen Hake  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordKelly:  Hm. The majority of historical figures were men whose eras and worldviews would complicate–if not outright prevent– intellectual conversation with a female.  So while there is an entire army of people I’d love to chat with, for the sake of not wasting the opportunity, I would be more likely to chose a woman.

Then I would probably go ahead and narrow it down to a woman who lived in the 19th century, as it is my very favorite, and would be most useful to my work!

It also seems to me that I shouldn’t select someone whose views marched too closely in step with mine.  Where is the fun in that?

So going by these criteria, the 19th century woman I would love to meet would have to be:  Victoria Woodhull.

She and her sister enjoyed great popularity as mediums.  They traveled extensively, and she so impressed Cornelius Vanderbilt that he bankrolled her in establishing the first female-run stock brokerage company.  She married more than once, and in 1870 started her own weekly publication to express her ideas about social reform.  She advocated suffrage, birth control, and social equality.  The journal was the first to publish an English translation of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto.  In 1872, she became the first woman to run for US presidency. Later, she married again and moved to England, where she continued to write and publish.

Interview with Kelly Eileen Hake  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordI cannot support all of her beliefs or endeavors, but I can only applaud her for the depth of her convictions and her passion in pursuing them well past the avenues available to women of her time.  She had intellect, charisma, a wide variety of interests, and such marvelous moxy!

Savanna:  Wow! That’s fascinating. I’d never heard of her before.  Thanks for sharing!

On your website it says your newlywed hubby is a gourmet-chef. What is your favorite dish he makes?

Kelly:   Anything except what he calls ‘killer beans.’  These are a lethal concoction involving bacon, corned beef hash, baked beans, and cheese.  He INSISTS that the combination of fat, carbs, and protein makes it ‘brain food.’  I insist that it’s lethal and I think The Flash might envy my husband’s metabolism–it’s just that fast!

Savanna:  😀 You’ve written many novels and novella collections. Which is easier for you to write and why?

Interview with Kelly Eileen Hake  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordKelly:  I began with novellas, working up to category length novels and reaching full-length novels of 80k words, then full-length novels of 100k words.  So for a very long time I would have said that novellas were easier for me.  In many ways, they still are.  Of necessity, they are simpler works.

However, it seems as though the pattern is holding. My characters and plotlines are increasingly complex, and I find it more and more difficult to be brief! Plots & Pans and Trails & Targets were both much longer works, which had to be edited down to fit the printing template!

Savanna:  You received your first writing contract when you were 17. That’s amazing, by the way! Do you have any advice for other young writers just starting out?

Kelly:   Have fun!  Ignore anyone who is rude enough to treat you as a novelty or a dilettante.  We are all blessed with personal passions and purpose.  Explore yourself and your calling.  Surprise yourself and everyone else as you discover what you have to say to the world–and revel in the freedom and creativity of your craft, so you can say it in the best possible way!

Interview with Kelly Eileen Hake  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  It’s been so fun to have you here, Kelly! I’ve been reading your books for years and I’m so excited to have you as our guest this week! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us? 

Kelly:  Trails & Targets is the first of the Dangerous Darlyns series, so Ariel and Cassia are enjoying their own adventures and romances!

Savanna:  Can’t wait for their stories. Many blessings on your writing, Kelly!

Readers, be sure to check out Kelly’s books and connect with her on the following sites:

http://www.authorkellyeileenhake.com/

Facebook

GIVEAWAY!!

Kelly has graciously offered to give away 3 signed copies of TRAILS & TARGETS!

Interview with Kelly Eileen Hake  & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordHOW TO ENTER:

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42 comments on “Interview with Kelly Eileen Hake & GIVEAWAY
  1. Nicole says:

    Would love to be entered for a copy! What a fun looking book!
    For extra, I Like your page on Facebook as “Nicole Laurén”!
    Thanks!
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    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Awesome, Nicole! Hope you get to read “Trails & Targets” soon! 😉 I agree, it looks like a really fun story. You’ll receive an extra entry as well. Good luck in the giveaway.

  2. Amanda says:

    Would love a copy, sounds like an entertaining read!
    I’m a subscriber and Facebook follower.
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  3. Caryl Kane says:

    Hey Savanna! Wonderful interview with Kelly. I am looking forward to reading TRAILS & TARGETS! 🙂

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

  4. Nancy M says:

    Enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the chance to get a copy of your new book! I shared this on Facebook. I subscribe, like you in Facebook and follow on twitter.

  5. Connie Saunders says:

    Thanks for a great interview.

    I subscribe to The Engrafted Word

    I have liked Savanna Kaiser author page on fb

    I follow you on Twitter

    I have shared the giveaway
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    Connie
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    We are not the author of our story. We are the characters.

  6. Melanie Backus says:

    Great interview! Count me in on this one!

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  7. karenk says:

    thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel…I’m a subscriber, too 🙂

  8. Linda romer says:

    I would love to read this book,thank you for the giveaway!
    I am a subscriber
    i like your Author page
    shared on facebook lindaromer7505
    email isisthe12th@gmail.com

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      And I hope you get to read it, Linda! 😉 Thanks for commenting and sharing the interview. You’ll receive 4 entries in the drawing. Good luck to ya!

  9. Susan Wayne says:

    Would love to get started on your latest book! Always happy to read your books.
    Thanks,
    Susan Wayne
    Waynedwop6@att.net

  10. Sierra Faith says:

    I am a Subscriber, I follow on FB and I shared the giveaway one FB(username Sierra Faith)
    Thanks for the giveaway! Trails and Targets looks really good!

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  11. Trixi O. says:

    Another great interview with a new-to-me author! Kelly, your book sounds amazing, who doesn’t love a good western? I think if I was to meet a historical woman figure it would be Annie Oakley (spelling?). She defied all odds & was a bit of a tomboy like me, lol! I am also think its amazing that you had your first writing contract when you were 17. I am sure you have learned a whole lot since then. Congratulations on 20 contracts, must be an amazing feeling! Keep up the God-given talent you have 🙂 Thank you Savanna for another great author & Kelly for taking time out of your busy life to share your story & a bit about your life. Your husband sounds amazing & can come cook for me anytime…lol!! I would love to be entered in to win “Trails & Targets”.
    I already subscribe to the Engrafted Word via email
    I already like the author’s page
    I have shared on Facebook

    Blessing to you & yours!
    teamob4 {at} gmail {dot} com

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thank you, Trixi, for taking the time to write us such a kind note. I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview and I’m thrilled to introduce Kelly to you. I’ve loved her books for years and I’m sure you’ll like them too. 🙂

      Annie Oakley would certainly have been an interesting person to meet! Great pick!

      Good luck in the giveaway. You’ll receive 4 entries in this drawing. Many blessings to you and yours as well.

  12. Kelly Youngblood says:

    What an interesting interview, Kelly and Savanna! I have enjoyed several of your books, Kelly. I especially appreciate your advice to young authors…my 16yo daughter is ALWAYS writing and desires to be a published author one day. Thank you for the interview, giveaway, and the chance to win!
    Blessings!
    Kelly Y

    (I am a subscriber, a fan on FB, and pinned to pinterest.)
    Thank you!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for sharing, Kelly! I’m so glad to hear you’re a fan of Kelly’s and that your daughter is an aspiring author too. That’s wonderful! 🙂 I hope her journey to publication is a blessed one.

      You’ll receive 4 entries in this drawing. Good luck and have a great weekend!

  13. Deanna S says:

    Sounds like a Darlyn of a book.
    I’m a subscriber & follow on FB 🙂
    dkstevensne AT outlook DOTCOM

  14. Merry Z says:

    I love Kelly’s books, they are always fun and with great characters.
    I’m a subscriber.
    I follow via Twitter.
    I Tweeted.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  15. Cheri Oggy says:

    Hi Savanna, I subscribed, I follow on Twitter, I tweeted and I shared. cheri.oggy@gmail.com

  16. Heather S says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to read the book!

    I have subscribed to your blog and followed on FB, and also I shared the giveaway on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/549579960751931131/

    professionalbookworm418 (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. The books of Kelly’s that I’ve read. ..I’ve loved!

    I’ve likrd your Facebook!

    I’m following you on twitter!

    And I would love to read this book!

  18. I’ve enjoyed so many of Kelly’s books. Can’t wait for a chance to read her latest ones as well. 🙂

    Shared this on google+ for extra 🙂

    booksbybarnes[at]gmail[dot]com

  19. Reta Zimmer says:

    I am a big fan of both Kelly Eileen Hake and her mom Cathy Marie Hake, I have not seen anything new from either of them. I am looking forward to the next Dangerous Darlyns series. Can you tell when to expect more great writing from both Cathy and Kelly? Thank you for your time

  20. Barb LaVallie says:

    I love your books Kelly, something I feel a Christian women can read. I just can’t get enough of them and my teenage granddaughter loves them too.

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