Today I have a treat for you. Author Kersten Kelly is joining us to talk about her book, Economics: A Simple Twist on Normalcy, and answering a few questions for us.
First let's learn about the book.
The book is a unique compilation of examples of pop culture, history, social media, business, sports, and education all explained through an economic lens. It uses current market trends and examples that can be applicable and enjoyable for anyone. It is written in a narrative non-fiction format so it flows easily and does not read similarly to a textbook. Economics is part of daily life, and this book challenges readers to question how and why people make decisions by adding a simple twist on normalcy.
Who or what inspires your writing?
I am inspired everyday by the people around me. It seems like I learn so much each day, and I try to apply those things to my written work. It is absolutely critical to continue to think outside the box and analyze daily activities through a different lens. This is how I am inspired.
When did you know you would be a writer?
I love economics, and I majored in it during my undergraduate work at Indiana University. As a student, many of the examples in my textbooks were irrelevant and made the subject one that many students did not enjoy. I wanted to change the negative connotations associated with the topic. I wanted to make it something that people understood and relished learning about.
How long did it take you to write your first novel?
It took me 6 months to write my first novel.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing is organizing my thought process in a comprehensive manner so that other people can understand my message. There is usually so much that I want to say, and it is difficult for me to actually focus on how to map out the format of the book. Even though something makes sense to me, it might not make sense to my readers. It is always difficult to make sure it does.
Do you have any writing rituals?
The only writing ritual (or rule) that I apply is that if I have something else on my mind or another thing to do, I stop writing. I always try to be inspired and willing to write. If I force myself to do so, my writing style and ability is definitely suppressed.
Have you written anything else?
I have not written anything else that has been this extensive or published. I have written a lot of journals and memoir-type works, but I have never shared them publicly.
Any advice to aspiring writers?
1. Edit, edit, and edit again.
2. Interview a published author and pick their brain.
3. Never give up.
Who are your favorite Authors?
Some of my favorite authors are James Frey and Steven Levitt.
What are your favorite books, or which book has impacted you the most?
My favorite book is Freakonomics. I really like the way the book is written and the extensive research that went into the creation of the book. The authors really choose great topics to discuss that most people would not consider or think about if they were not analyzed in the book.
What are you currently reading?
I just finished The Hunger Games trilogy. It was absolutely fantastic. I usually don’t read that genre of books, but they came highly recommended from my sister. Since I trust her judgment on literary works, I was glad that she encouraged me to read them.
How do readers find out more about you?
Kersten L. Kelly is a self-published author of narrative non-fiction and semi-fiction books. She grew up in Munster, Indiana, and currently works in a sales role based out of Chicago, Illinois. She started writing at an early age and graduated from Indiana University with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Communication & Culture. She then went on to earn a Master’s in Business Administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She has a passion for learning, teaching, and writing as well as international travel in her spare time. This book is her first piece of published work.