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Collin Kelley: I'm A Writer Who Happens To Be Gay
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Collin Kelley is a writer. He writes for his job as editor of Atlanta INtown newspaper, he writes poems, he’s a prolific Tweeter, he helps organize the annual Atlanta Queer Literary Festival and, well, he’s also written two novels. This guy loves words.

His new novel “Remain in Light,” was released in October and is the second in a trilogy (the first, “Conquering Venus,” was published in 2009) that takes readers on a suspenseful murder mystery through Paris and America.

Kelley, 42, was born in Atlanta, raised in Fayetteville and now lives in the Old Fourth Ward.

When did you begin writing and why?

My parents taught me to read at a very early age. I had read all the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books by the time I was in first or second grade and wanted to move on to something more challenging. My mother checked out whatever I wanted.

I read Judy Blume when I was 8 or 9, “Gone With the Wind” when I was 10 and was already reading Shakespeare and classic poetry by the time I was in middle school. Except for a year or two when I wanted to be bionic or Wonder Woman, I never wanted to be anything but a writer. It’s hardwired into my DNA.

Why did you decide to release ‘Remain in Light’ first as an eBook and then to trade paperback? What are your feelings about eBooks and online reading?

My publisher, Vanilla Heart, is trying a “digital first” strategy because the majority of sales for my first novel, “Conquering Venus,” were eBooks. Vanilla Heart wanted to capitalize on eBook sales for the holidays, especially with the new Kindle and Nook readers coming out, so it was a no-brainer.

Pushing the paperback release back to January also allows us to get some good reviews and blurbs when we do another big publicity push. I love physical books, but I’ve embraced eBooks. I’ve been reading them on my iPhone, but I decided to take the plunge and pre-ordered a Kindle Fire.


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