Interview with Gloria McKellen

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I am sure most people would expect a series of New Age titles in my list of favorite books, but I am one who likes to surprise. I actually enjoy fiction books a great deal. I believe a good, well written story provides a much needed escape from the stress and trials of everyday life. When I choose to escape, here are some titles I would likely turn to:

1) The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling (I know this is technically 7 books, but I will count any series as a one collective work).
2) Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
3) Different Seasons - Stephen King
4) Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhyss
5) The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
What motivated you to become an indie author?
You know, I have thought about this a lot. I have always had an interest in gaining knowledge for myself. I am always so hungry for knowledge - wanting to learn more, do more, be more. I am constantly reading about anything and everything I can so that I can satiate all of the questions that bounce around my mind. I am grateful for all of the vast information available to read and realized that I, too can contribute to that knowledge base. That's when I decided to put pen to paper (or more aptly put 'fingers to keyboard') and write down what I can to share my knowledge and insights with others like me.
Is Gloria McKellen your real name?
Gloria McKellen is not my birth given name. It is indeed a pseudonym I created that has meaning to me. I have found that I write more freely and creatively when I am not using my given name. I am not ashamed of my given name nor am I ashamed of my works, so my nom de plume is certainly not a means of hiding out. As many other writers have discovered, a pen name brings with it a certain muse to allow creative ideas to flow much more untapped.
Published 2015-08-09.
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