Thursday, September 3, 2020

Q&A with James S. Kelly Author I DIDN'T FORGET #IDidntForget

James S. (Jim) Kelly is a retired United States Air Force Colonel with over 100 combat missions in Vietnam. Prior to his retirement, Jim was Program Director for a Communication’s Program in Iran, working directly under the Shah. Jim and his wife, Patricia own and operate High Meadow’s Horse Ranch outside Solvang, California. All of his novels use Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley as a setting. Over the past 15 years, Jim and his wife have been active in a charity supporting our troops in forward operating locations, in hostile territory, overseas. To contact Jim, email him at

Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?

I Didn’t Forget is a murder mystery. It combines two things that I like to write about. First, an event occurs that uncovers something that happened twenty plus years ago and has a definite impact on the solution of the crime. Second, I like to use my locale, ie, the Santa Ynez valley in California as the backdrop for my work of fiction. I’ve used this locale for six of my novels.

Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way? 

I used Createspace and self published my novel

How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later? 

It came later and basically is the theme of the novel.

Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like? 

I gave my cover designer an outline and he used his imagination to create the cover.

Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?

Graphics Limited, they did the cover for my last three books.

How was your experience working with the designer?


What has been the readers’ response to your cover?

Everyone liked it

What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?

 Stand firm. Generally your idea is the best

Anything else you’d like to say about your book?

This is the first in a trilogy, the second is titled INTERNED and the third, NOT IN MY BACKYARD

Book Info:

The double murder of two long time friends has caused hysteria in the small town of Solvang, Ca. Its up to Clay Wrens, the county’s premier detective to solve the murders and calm the townspeople.
Complicating the investigation is a local politician who’s afraid the Wrens will uncover his financial transgressions, while a female reporter, with her own agenda, is suggesting that Wrens be replaced
As the investigation moves to a climax, Wrens is drawn to a twenty five year old murder and the convicted murderer, who’s just been released from prison.


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