Welcome

KayElam

I’m a late-booming author who lives near Nashville, TN with my fabulous husband, Greg.

I’m working on my Music City Mystery Series where three Steel Magnolias find their quest for adventure and beauty tips leads to danger, love and a habit of finding dead bodies. I am currently seeking representation.

The first mystery is titled MAKEUP & MURDER ON MUSIC ROW. Glitz and Glam collide with Murder and Confusion as hair stylist Nan Macomb and her friends explore their crime solving delusions.

The second book is MASQUES & MISCHIEF AT THE HERMITAGE. Using the presidential home of Andrew Jackson as the backdrop, the book is set on Halloween and there is a paranormal component. Currently, the second book is written from Nan’s POV, but have decided it would work better as Emma’s story, so the rewrite it is undergoing is major.

The third book will show glamour and talent can prove fatal in DONE-UP AND DEAD AT THE RYMAN. It will be told primarily from Loralee’s POV. The plot is rocking and rolling in my head.

As you can see, I’m using famous Nashville landmarks as a backdrop for my murders. It has not only been fun but has also helped me learn more about my ever-changing adopted city.

Each book will have an original bonus section.

For Nan’s book, there will be original recipes for the organic hair and skin care beauty product line used throughout the book. The recipes were tested by some of my friends and me at the beach.  Drinks may or may not have been involved. We had some fun successes and a few we had to take back to the kitchen.

Emma’s tips for being super mom and personal shopper for the stars will grace Book Two. Loralee is a singer-songwriter; this is Nashville. Some of her original songs will be in her appendix. I’m going to try to write them but may need a co-writer.

Mingled within writing novels I’ve written a few short stories. “The Trolls” was released by Elephants Bookshelf just in time for Halloween, 2015. It can be found on Amazon under the anthology title: HORRORS: REAL, IMAGINED, AND DEADLY. It was the first scary piece I’d ever written. Who knew? “Good Friday,” a contemporary story, was released by Inkception Books in August 2016, in the literary anthology NEW FRONTIERS. Two more short stories: “Oh, Baby” and “Hormones of Horror” were released by Inception October 2016 in  THE CREEPY COLLECTION.  Inkception’s Valentine project for 2017, ALWAYS AND FOR NEVER, features two of my stories: “Prime Time” and “Runaway Wife.”

I have a couple of books of nonfiction, some contemporary mainstream fiction, and a suspense novel in the pipeline. I’ll finish them…one day.

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They say authors need a well-established platform for our readers to follow. I started blogging in 2010 and blogged three times a week for three years — over 300 posts as I studied the craft of writing. I also subscribed to about 100 blogs and read most of them daily. What happened? I learned a lot but wrote little other than the blog.

In 2013, I decided to focus on my books and since that time, my blogging has been more sporadic. At one time if I went a week without blogging, I’d panic. I’ve now gone months (and months) and the world didn’t end.

However, I am trying to find balance, and blog a little more if not more consistently. That’s why I hope you’ll subscribe to my blog via email near the bottom. The post will go straight to your email whenever I post. I promise not to sell or give your e-mail address to anyone else and you can unsubscribe easily. Subscribing is a two-step process and you’ll have to confirm your really meant to do it in an e-mail.

I’d also love for you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. It’s easy–just click the button on the right sidebar. I separated my “writing” Facebook page from my personal page so I don’t have many friends yet on the professional site. Won’t you be my friend?

I invite you to comment on my posts and let me know what you think–good or bad. If you enjoy them, please share with your friends.  It’s going to be lots of fun . . . just like MAKEUP AND MURDER ON MUSIC ROW.

You may contact me directly at kayelamwrites@gmail.com.

~Kay

 

updated September 2017

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