Random Natterings

Presidio

“Hey, Lady, What’s Your Favorite Book?”

Could it be that last month’s school and college graduations brought out the nostalgia in me? Whatever the reason, I’ll indulge in a reminiscence.  I suspect that the most common question novelists get is, “Where do you get your ideas?” Correct me if I’m wrong, fellow novelists, but I believe the usual answer is a…

Young lady reading outdoors

Interviewing History

I had quite an experience recently, the sort of thing that sometimes happens to a historian, but never often enough: I talked to an eyewitness to history. I’m currently researching/writing Story #2 of a 3-novella anthology set during World War II. I’m calling the book, “I’ll Be Seeing You,” after the 1938 love song that…

Carla Kelly books

Something Familiar in Unfamiliar Times

Think what you will, but during the pandemic, I did something that brought me a lot of comfort: I reread many of my novels. Through the years, I’ve reread a few of my own personal favorites. At times, I’ve been asked to speak about a particular book, which means rereading at least parts of one…

First book cover

Dear Reader…

My childhood was spent in the service of the post-war U.S. Navy, meaning, whenever Dad got orders, we moved. Typically, we moved about every two or three years, so it could have been worse. We did two things once we arrived in our new area: We found a church (Presbyterian mainly) and we found the…

English Garden

Regency Era: What Is It?

Try as we might, some of us novelists who have dabbled in Regencies can’t seem to wean readers off them. Strictly speaking, the Regency stretched from 1811, when George IV assumed his incapacitated father’s duties, and lasted until mad King George III died in 1820. Some scholars start the era sooner in 1795 or so.…