Today, I've got a great interview with the magnificent Kerry Conelly, the author of Observation City!
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What gave you the idea to write Observation City?
Observation City was inspired by circumstances of friends, strangers and some that I also found myself in which I wanted to try and make sense of as well as ideas and concepts which I found to be interesting. For eg: A friend was constantly asking my advice on a bad relationship and so the idea for ‘The masochist in us’ was born, whereas pieces such as ‘The Notion’ and ‘The new 27 club’ were inspired from a constant feeling of unhappiness I kept hearing from people in their 20’s. Observation City spans three concepts, that of ‘Love’, ‘Attitude’ and ‘Life’.
I heard you designed the fabulous cover for the book, is that true? How long did you work on designing it?
Yes I did design it J It took probably a good 2 weeks to truly be happy with it, mainly focusing on the colour palate.
Where do you usually spend your time writing?
I usually write from home with my laptop, notebooks, resources and cups of coffee J
Are you currently working on anything at the moment? If so, could you give us a little insight?
Absolutely, at the moment I’m working on a non-fiction novel about emotional abuse and depression called ‘Shaken’. Inspired by my own experiences with the topic it dually serves as a self-help book of sorts for those who may find themselves in the midst of an emotionally abusive situation and / or battling with depression. I also have designed the over for ‘Shaken myself which is very dear to my heart and I will be revealing it soon. ‘Shaken’ will be out in the coming months of 2013. You can join me on Facebook and my website for updates and upcoming excerpts.
What books do you enjoy reading?
I love non-fiction, memoirs, autobiographies, stories of psychology as well as captivity and survival stories and celebrity bios.
Would you recommend any books to us readers?
Oh I could recommend many J depending on what you like.
My favourite 4 books are, ‘The lovely bones’ by Alice Sebold (the only fiction on my favourites list), ‘Eat, Prey, Love’ Elizabeth Gilbert, ‘The Flock: an autobiography of a multiple personality’ Joan Frances Casey and ‘Girl. Interrupted’ Susanna Kaysen.
As far as celebrity memoirs/bios go Jenna Jameson’s book ‘How to make love like a porn star” is amazing and for books on captivity and survival I would suggest “The simple gifts of life’ –Colleen Stan and ‘3096 Days’ Natasha Kampush, both books written as the survivors account but I must warn Coleen Stan’s account is very graphic.
Did you face any challenges when writing?
I think the biggest challenge lies within yourself, how to construct a title for the audience and how far you’d like to go with marketing it.
If you had to describe Observation City in three words, what would they be?
Funny, relatable, inspiring.
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