Interview with Charlayne Kellum-Gray

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is in the freedom of expression. Writing is a unique art form. And with the advent of self-publishing, e-books, and companies like Smashwords, indie authors have the unique opportunity to publish what we deem of interest to the public.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! I'm a person who is always "looking for the blessing!" For me, life is a challenge, but with God's help, it's a do-able challenge. I love reading, writing, arts & crafts, learning new things, and spending time with my family and friends. There don't seem to be enough hours in the day to do all the things I want to accomplish daily, but I just make endless To Do lists and cross things off as I go along.

Currently, writing is a high priority, and it's even more exciting now that e-publishing is readily available.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing around the 2nd grade. I remember keeping a diary then, and also writing poetry.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read, but I know the first story I remembered as a child. It's "Are You My Mother?" Loved that book, and I bought a copy recently. I read it to my grandchildren and they seem to like it as much as I did and still do.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
*The Holy Bible because of the words of love, wisdom and salvation.
*The Help because of all the details I never knew or thought about relating to people living during that time in history.
*Are You My Mother - I'm really not sure why.
*The Lions of Little Rock because it's the last book I read, and parts of it brought me to tears.
*Hole in Our Gospel because it made me think, it made me ashamed of what I'm not doing, and it inspired me to do more of what I should do.

If you noticed I didn't list author's names it's because I am so bad with names. I barely remember my own. So other than the Holy Bible, I don't remember the author's names so there's no point in pretending like I do. And no, I won't be upset if people don't remember my name, as long as they remember my books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything except mysteries and thrillers. I guess I'm not as patient as I wish I were in that I can't wait to find out what happens at the end of mysteries and thrillers. I invariably end up turning to the back pages and reading the ending. So then, what's the point in reading the rest of the book.

I especially like autobiographies, biographies and history. I like discovering why people do the things they do and what inspires them.
Describe your desk
My desk is an absolute mess! However, I am a very organized person. I do organize, and declutter, but it never lasts long. But I am organized; I do know where everything is on my desk and can locate pretty much anything I need.

My ultimate desk would have lots of drawers, labeled of course, which would hold everything currently on my desk. It would have a place for everything, and I'd put everything in it's place...(most of the time).
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle and am pretty happy with it. However...I love holding an actual book in my hand. I love going into a library and perusing the shelves. But I must admit that holding my Kindle in bed is much easier than holding a book.
Published 2014-12-04.
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Books by This Author

Family Harvest: How to Strengthen Family Bonds While Having Fun
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,050. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014 by Eclectica Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Family relationships
Are you looking for a way to bond with your family? Try Family Harvest! It’s a fun, interactive event sure to bring families closer together. Family Harvest helps to heal family relationships and make lasting memories. By following the steps and guidelines provided, any family can be on their way to closer, longer-lasting relationships.