Hi. My name is E Kelly (pseudonym) and I’m a new contemporary romance writer. In February 2010, I self-published my first novel, Bronwyn’s Stand. It was a bit of a shock, to hold that particular book in my hands. The story of Bronwyn , a bookstore owner, and Vincent, a resigned United States Naval SEAL, had lived in my head for almost 20 years before I wrote it down. Even then, I needed the encouragement and support of my friends before I found the courage to publish it. The process, although not a smooth one, was rewarding. So it didn’t take me long to realize that Bronwyn and Vincent were just the beginning…
I live with my husband and teenage daughter in Eastern Maryland. I love reading, writing, and sweet iced tea. In literature, as well as in life, I prefer the company of women who are intelligent, strong and fiercely independent. Bronwyn Barrister is the first of many women such as this. I am currently at work on my seventh novel.
Many readers have asked me why I chose the name ‘E Kelly’. So, as promised, here is the story – When I was a kid I collected clowns (I know, it sounds weird. Just go with it.). My favorite clown was Emmett Kelly. He is best known for his ‘Weary Willie’ character, a hobo clown, who used to be the last performer at the end of the circus. He would walk into a ring which was covered in small spotlights. Using a broom, Willie would sweep all the spotlights into one and then gradually sweep the last spot light until it became smaller and smaller before finally going out. For some reason, his image and the skit appealed to me. He was the first clown I collected.
Fast forward to college, where I worked on the literary magazine. I wrote poetry in those days. Very expressive, informative, cathartic poetry. A form of self therapy, I guess. To keep from having to answer any questions about the content of my poems, I used a pen name. Yep, you guessed it – E Kelly. So when I was ready to publish my first contemporary romance novel, I resurrected the name. This keeps the parents of my students from connecting my books to the image of ‘teacher’ they have of me. The different parts of life stay separate, for now. Maybe later, that will change. I don’t know. But for now, this works.