I sat down to write this introduction (late at night since that's the
easiest time for me to write).and I got stuck. I wasn't honestly sure how I
was supposed to introduce myself? So I'm just gonna jump right in and hope
for the best.
My writing name is Isabo Kelly. I was born in Tucson, Arizona but grew
up in Las Vegas, Nevada-a topic it's best I don't go into too much. I did
my undergraduate degree (in Zoology) in Hawaii, a great escape from the
desert. I got to work with dolphins there-that was an adventure. After
that, there was a brief lapse back into the desert when I worked at the Las
Vegas Natural History Museum taking care of the sharks and marine exhibits.
I was affectionately (I swear!) referred to as the Shark Lady. My next move
took me to Germany and gave me the chance to travel Europe a bit. This
eventually led to my most recent move to Dublin, Ireland where I'm working
on my Ph.D. in Zoology-this time working with deer.
I took up fiction at an early age (my mom used to call it lying but now
that I'm a writer she has to call it storytelling). I got hooked on the
fantasy genre after reading Ann McCaffery's Dragon Riders of Pern series. I
have to admit that I loved the romances in these stories too, but it wasn't
until years later, when a friend introduced me to romance and the cross
genre of futuristic romance, that I really found my passion. My first novel
was a fantasy romance. It still awaits desperately needed revisions.
Unfortunately for my writing career, even though I knew a lot of people
who liked reading these particular types of cross-genre stories, I couldn't
find a home for my type of stories at a traditional print publisher. Then I
discovered the wonderful world of electronic publishing. Not only did it
open up a new and burgeoning market for speculative and cross-genre fiction,
it saved me a ton on postage to the U.S.
My first novel, a science fiction romance called THE PROMISE OF KIERNA'
RHOAN, was published in June of 1999 by Dreams Unlimited (www.dreams-unlimited.com). My second novel will be released by Dreams Unlimited in March. This one is a fantasy romance called THIEF'S DESIRE. I'm working on editing the sequel to THIEF and writing a sequel to KIERNA'
RHOAN even as we speak.
And I absolutely love gabbing about fiction and writing almost as much
as I love writing. This is gonna be fun.