Monday, February 25, 2013

paper airplane: unique tales from a mile high by Kersten L. Kelly Blog Tour Interview

In this tumultuous, distinctive memoir, Kersten L. Kelly looks back on the most influential individuals that she encountered while flying through the clouds. Confined in a small vestibule for hours, Kelly identified an opportunity for learning and growth by chatting with the fellow passengers around her. After a few life changing conversations and unforgettable emergencies, she put the in-flight magazines to rest and never looked back.

She recalls life lessons from perfect strangers about love, family, perseverance of dreams, and humility through a series of brief anecdotes all taking place on airplanes. Selfless philanthropy was discovered, long-term friendships bonded, and talents unveiled. The book proves the phrase “you never know what you will learn on an airplane” over and over again.

Every chapter will capture the mind and sometimes the heart of anyone who jumps into this collection of humanity at its best. The personalities present in this book assimilate with the intrinsic characteristics all readers can relate to. With a raw authenticity stemming from old notes in a ragged journal, Kelly delivers a personal reflection of unique tales from a mile high.

INTERVIEW:What did you like about writing this book, and books in general? 

I like the ability to compile my ideas in a written publication and have readers be able to communicate with me via my website and through reviews. There has been nothing more rewarding than working for a year to create a publication that people can pick up and read. I like the idea that someone else can read what I wrote and discuss it with others. 

What is the tone of the book? 

The tone is both humorous and heartwarming. I tried to incorporate a lot of funny anecdotes and sarcasm while still conveying the message.
What led you to start your own publishing company? 

I wanted to make a footprint in the publishing industry, and I believe that the way to do that is to pave my own path. I didn’t want to just accept something “normal”. I read a lot of literature on how some of the rights to a book are forfeited if you use ISBN numbers or other identifiers linking you to other companies. By starting Talisman Book Publishing LLC, everything is linked back to me. 

Have you published any other books under this company? 

Yes, the other book is called economics: a simple twist on normalcy.
What is your current job? 

I am a Regional Sales Manager for a private label toaster pastry company in Chicago, Illinois. I manage the western side of the United States.
What do you like about it? 

I get to meet a lot of new people in my current position, and I spend a lot of time traveling to see my customers. Since the country is so diverse, there are ample chances to learn about cultures and environments that are different than mine. You never know what you are going to learn or where you are going to learn it. Every day is something a little bit different. I’m excited about that.
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.
Are you a member of any churches, organizations, or clubs? 

I am an active volunteer at my alma mater, the Kelley School of Business. Every few weeks, I help at the recruiting events both on campus and around the Chicago area. I help to interview perspective students, participate in alumni Q&A panels, and help to inform students about how influential the program is. I am also a career counselor part-time for Indiana University where students can talk to me about transitioning from the college atmosphere to working full-time.

Kersten L. Kelly is a self-published author of narrative nonfiction and semi-fiction books. She grew up in Munster, Indiana and currently works in a sales role based out of Chicago, Illinois. She started writing at an early age and graduated from Indiana University with a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and communication and culture. She then went on to earn a master’s in business administration from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She has a passion for learning, teaching, and writing. In her spare time, she enjoys international travel with her friends and family and training for running events of various distances. She likes the outdoors, social media, pop culture, and any new technologies that draw the people of the world a little bit closer together.

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Twitter: @KerstenLKelly




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