April 4, 2012

Author Interview with Kersten L. Kelly

Welcome to author Kersten L. Kelly! She is here to talk about writing, inspiration, and her new book.

What is the book about? The book is a unique compilation of examples of pop culture, history, social media, business, sports, and education all explained through an economic lens. It uses current market trends and examples that can be applicable and enjoyable for anyone. It is written in a narrative non-fiction format so it flows easily and does not read similarly to a textbook. Economics is part of daily life, and this book challenges readers to question how and why people make decisions by adding a simple twist on normalcy.

Why did you decide to write it? I love economics, and I majored in it during my undergraduate work at Indiana University. As a student, many of the examples in my textbooks were irrelevant and made the subject one that many students did not enjoy. I wanted to change the negative connotations associated with the topic. I wanted to make it something that people understood and relished learning about.

What do you wish to teach the average reader? I want to shed light on economics as a topic for the average reader. I want them to realize that economics is not just graphs, charts, and theories. It can be applicable in almost any situation. The theories that I explain in the book are developed with multiple examples that readers can relate to. Purchasing gasoline is one of them, and education is another. It is amazing how economic theory can help to explain both. 

What do you like to do in your free time? I like to spend time with my family and friends, run local races, snow ski, write books, read, try new restaurants downtown, and hike at some of the best trails in Indiana at Turkey Run State Park. I try to travel internationally as much as possible to places such as Ireland, England, Wales, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Iceland, Canada, and most recently India. I love learning about new cultures, trying various foods, and experiencing life in other countries. 

When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? This is something I discuss towards the end of my book. I started writing stories when I was seven. I remember sitting around on Sunday afternoons and instead of relaxing, I was organizing chapters to my latest creation. I was passionate about writing and sharing my work (and still am) as a kid. Luckily, my family and friends were extremely supportive of me and continued to encourage my work. 

What types of writing do you prefer, and why? I prefer non-fiction purely because it makes me think the most. After writing and publishing my first book, I can appreciate any type of writing. It is amazing to look at other authors and see the work they are developing. I am always open for a great referral from a friend for a book I "just have to read." 

Any tips for new writers hoping to write non-fiction?
1. Never give up.
2. Challenge yourself.
3. Edit, edit, edit, and edit again.
4. Reach out to other non-fiction authors and ask questions. People are willing to help.
5. Write about a subject you enjoy and that you are passionate about. 

Thanks for stopping by and talking with us today Kersten!

Find & follow Kersten here: Twitter: @KerstenLKelly, the book's website (www.theeconomicsbook.com), or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KerstenLKelly.

ec·o·nom·ics: a simple twist on normalcy: a blend of pop culture, economics, and social trends 

By: Kersten L. Kelly


Description: Professional football players, corporate tobacco advertisers, volatile gasoline prices, and the Cold War all share an undetected commonality—each is an intrinsic part of economics. Though not obvious to the naked eye, each entity shares a pattern with the others. This book helps to shed light on these mutual characteristics. It is an extensive compilation of theories interpreted using supportive examples. Economics is an enthralling science that encompasses our actions, thoughts, and emotional rationality every day in the unconscious. This book dissects economic theory into bite-size, entertaining snippets that anyone can understand and apply to their routines. It is a compelling depiction of history, pop culture, and social movements intertwined with relevant economic trends. Economics is part of daily life, and this book challenges readers to question how and why people make decisions by adding a simple twist on normalcy.

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