Kelly Oliver, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

Jessica James rides again in the latest page-turner from award-winning author Kelly Oliver.

With only an old photograph to go on, amateur sleuth Jessica James is sent on a mission by her dying mother to find a washed-up magician called the Mesmerizer. Along the way, Jessica gets way more than she bargained for when she stumbles into a black market organ ring and learns secrets about her mother that will change her own life forever.

With wit and grit, Jessica and her posse take on the seamy underbelly of Vegas. Dauntless, determined, and awkwardly endearing, Jessica James continues to delight readers.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Kelly Oliver whose book Jackal thrilled me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love Kelly but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Kelly, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Kelly will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Kelly Oliver!

Kelly’s Jessica James, Cowgirl Philosopher Mystery Series moves between the Chicago area and Western Montana.

When she’s not writing Jessica James mystery novels, Kelly Oliver is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. She earned her B.A. from Gonzaga University and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She is the author of thirteen scholarly books, ten anthologies, and over 100 articles, including work on campus rape, reproductive technologies, women and the media, film noir, and Alfred Hitchcock. Her work has been translated into seven languages, and she has published an op-ed on loving our pets in The New York Times. She has been interviewed on ABC television news, the Canadian Broadcasting Network, and various radio programs.

Kelly lives in Nashville with her husband, Benigno Trigo, and her furry family, Hurricane, Yukiyu, and Mayhem.

Now, how wonderful does Kelly sound?! Kelly is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Kelly’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Kelly, I hope that you enjoy Kelly’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Thank you for joining us today at Red Headed Book Lover! Please tell us more about yourself.

I grew up in the Northwest, Montana, Idaho, and Washington states. My maternal grandfather was a forest ranger committed to saving the trees, and her paternal grandfather was a logger hell bent on cutting them down. On both sides, my ancestors were some of the first settlers in Northern Idaho. I went from eating a steady diet of wild game shot by my dad to becoming a vegetarian while studying philosophy and pondering animal minds. Competing with peers who’d come from private schools and posh families “back East,” my working class backwoods grit has served me well. And much to my parent’s surprise, I’ve managed to feed and cloth herself as a professional philosopher

Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?

My first novel, WOLF is inspired by my own experience in graduate school. When I got my Ph,D., I was one of the very few women in the philosophy program at Northwestern University, and it was rough.  As an undergrad at a Jesuit college and then in a philosophy PhD program, I never once had a woman professor for any of my classes. So, I had very few role models.  Luckily, today things have changed. Still, I bet most women graduate students—regardless of their disciplines—can relate to my protagonist, Jessica James, as she swims against the current in an ocean of men.  I plead the fifth on which parts of the novel are true and which are made-up!

My latest, JACKAL, is inspired by a very close relative who is a stripper in Las Vegas….and quite a character…in a good way!

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

Plan on doing a lot of hard work and write every day. I find it best to save the mornings for writing, even an hour or two goes a long way, if you do it every day.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I read a lot, ranging from literary fiction to chick lit, thrillers and mysteries, and romantic suspense.

One of my all time favorite amateur female sleuths is Amelia Peabody. She is the protagonist of over twenty novels by Elizabeth Peters, primarily set in Egypt. I especially love listening to the Peabody series on audiobook when read by Barbara Rosenblatt, a genius at performing different voices, which makes the novels so much more fun.

Amelia Peabody and her husband are archeologists, and I love that I learn about Egyptology while enjoying an entertaining mystery. “Peabody” (as she is affectionately called by her husband, Radcliffe Emerson) is an upper-class English woman who uses a parasol, and her sharp wit, as weapons. The heroine of my novels, Jessica James, may not have a parasol, but like Peabody, she wields a witty barb.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?

I plan to continue writing the Jessica James Cowgirl Philosopher Mysteries as long as folks want to read them.  The fifth in the series will take Jessica back to Chicago where she’ll get caught up in the murders of rich donors to the new Russian Center for Arts and Culture funded by her sometimes crush, Nick Schilling aka Professor Charis. The sparks will fly again between Nick and Jessica!

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Kelly! If you have liked what you have read about Kelly and are interested in learning more about Kelly and reading Kelly’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,

Jackal: Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Kelly Oliver: Website – Twitter – Bookbub – Facebook


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