Kelly Croasmun got her Laboratory Science degree in 2001 and has been testing things that gross people out ever since. She writes YA as well as women's fiction, and she loves books so much she actually caught her bed on fire as a child trying to sneak in a few more pages after bedtime.
When Kelly isn't writing, you can find her nerding out over soapmaking or Outlander.
Find her on Twitter at @KCroasmun.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls: I am in love with this book! The characters are so vivid as you read. You laugh and cry right along with them which makes for an excellent read. I love stories about people overcoming great odds, and this book definitely delivers in that department.
White Oleander by Janet Fitch: I'll admit it, I saw the movie first and fell in love with the story. The book shows a deeper, much darker tale that they didn't completely capture on screen. The MC overcomes a great deal without feeling sorry for herself. She has such a twisted relationship with her mother! This is a book that you can't put down.
Gone With the Wind by Margarget Mitchell: I find myself reading and re-reading this book. It is indeed one of my favorites and is a classic for a reason. Rhett Butler is a favorite character of mine for his snark and his great love of Scarlett, and Scarlett is a favorite character of mine for her tenacity.
Every book by Cassandra Clare: Can I say that? It may be cheating but I love her YA books. The characters are likeable, the world-building is fantastic and her male protagonists make for some dreamy book boyfriends. :)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: Though I do enjoy all of Diana's books, the original in the series is my favorite. I love that Claire Randall is a strong female character. She is smart and capable, though her mouth sometimes gets her into trouble. James Fraser...what can I say? They don't call him the King of Men for nothing! The deep undying love that he shows Claire (and she eventually shares for him) is completely swoonworthy. The research Diana did for her book series is astounding, and you also learn a great deal about Scottish history, herbs and common practices of the time period. I can't recommend this book enough! (The show is pretty amazing too, I might add.)
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm never without a book! LOL I read a lot of YA books, and am a sucker for a good romance. I do enjoy a good memoir, especially when the MC overcomes horrible odds to find peace. Because I have several hobbies, (soapmaking, jewelry, quilting, costuming, baking) I also read a lot of crafting books and cookbooks as well.
Everyone has secrets, Hailey Marshall is no exception. If anyone finds out about her living conditions, they'll have her beloved sister put in foster care. Devin Black seems to appear out of nowhere, intent on helping her. Devin surrounds Hailey with love, yet he has a secret too. His dark past will bring Hailey and her sister more danger than they have ever known...