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Hi there and thanks for stopping by! What should you know about me? As a reader, you'll want to know that I write contemporary women's fiction--books about women today, the problems they face, and how they overcome them. I've always been fascinated by relationships, and love writing about them. My newest novel, The Honesty Index, explores the lives of two former "BFF" who are now in their mid-30s and whose lives have grown apart--yet who still need each other more than ever before. My earlier two books, Did you Get the Vibe?, and White Bikini Panties, are available through Kindle. They're considered "chick lit" and are fun, engaging reads. And I like my characters to figure out how to solve their own problems--just like in "real life."
I also write nonfiction. As a full-time self-employed freelance writer for 15+ years, several of my books show freelancers how they can develop and maintain successful careers, whether they're new to the business or are more seasoned. (Yeah, that's code for "older.") My latest book, Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success, will help you make money as a freelance writer. (And if you want to become a ghostwriter like I am, check out Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks: The Writer's Guide to Making Money Ghostwriting and Coauthoring Books.) In my day job, I'm a ghostwriter/coauthor for health, fitness, and nutrition professionals, so I get paid to accumulate useless facts that may or may not come in handy if I ever get on Jeopardy.
What else should you know? I'm the mom of two little kids who struggles to make time to write fiction; I've lived in the Chicago suburbs (Downers Grove) for fourteen years; and like most women, I'm constantly trying to find that work/life balance. Most days I fail but am having a great time regardless. Thanks for checking out my page, and I hope you enjoy my work!
on April 18, 2012 :
Kelly James-Enger has a touch rarely seen in authors; namely, the ability to create characters in her fiction that act and feel like real people we may meet and know in our lives. Fortunately, she has found the time to return to her fiction and write a third novel, The Honesty Index, which contains two such characters. In some ways, it is a continuation of a theme the author first demonstrated in her first novel, Did You Get The Vibe?, tracing two friends' lives and interactions, in alternating chapters. Only now the heroines, Colleen and Renee, are in their 30s, and in the case of Colleen mother of three. The life situations they find themselves in are not unusual- Renee has returned to Chicago when a long term relationship she had been in ends, landing at the door of her best friend from college. Colleen, that friend, on the surface has it all- good husband, three healthy and active children, only she is feeling a bit suffocated by her life revolving almost totally around her kids. Renee, herself with no attachments at the beginning of the novel, is on the rebound from her failed relationship. They try to be there for each other, although sometimes they are not quite speaking the same language. In that setting, Kelly James-Enger goes to work, tracing their lives and relationships through the months following their being reconnected. The book is at times funny, at times a bit sad, and through it all and overall, recognizable, touching and true. It shows Colleen and Renee coping and learning how life is different, and more complicated, for thirty somethings than for college students. As with all her novels, the characters are not stereotypes, but real people managing their lives in the suburban Midwest. Colleen and Renee learn, and grow, through ordinary events, from which they both do learn life lessons- Renee how to believe more in herself, and Colleen how to assert her individuality in her busy, child-centric life. Colleen and Renee feel so real that when the novel ends, I found myself wondering what happens to them, a tremendous tribute to the author's skills. I hope this and other reviews convince people to read Kelly James-Enger's fiction. The title theme is all about honesty, even when painful; fortunately, the brutal truth here is that this is a fine book, set in the modern day, grappling with familiar challenges, and leaving the reader with some universal truths. Let's hope the book sells well, and the busy author continues to make time to express her talents in her fiction.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)