About me . . .

Hello — and welcome!  My name is Kelly Ferjutz, and I am a writer and an author of books and other things. Please accept my invitation to read and enjoy my blog and my opinions, and even my help if you’re looking for an editor or proof-reader or a writing coach. I do all of those things. If you have questions, please write to me at: bookmechanic@gmail.com  Thanks — here is how I arrived at the place I am today!

From my youngest days I wanted to be a writer. My first wish was to be a sportswriter, but ‘girls didn’t (couldn’t) do that‘ when I was in high school. So, that particular dream was delayed some 50 years, but I finally did it! From 2003 through 2007, I was the staff writer for the Cleveland Fusion, a women’s tackle football team, and for part of 2003, covered the Cleveland Rockers (WNBA team that disbanded after that season) for a local sports-oriented web-site. I totally loved it!

But, growing up, I also loved classical music, and had intentions in that direction, but again – girls couldn’t do that. Then. They’re doing it these days, big-time, which makes me very, very happy! Like most females of that era, I married and had children, but I always had my nose in a book, and dreamed of someday holding a book with my name as author on the cover.

That day came in May, 1993, when Berkley Publishing in New York City published Secret Shores, a historical novel set on Mackinac Island, Michigan during the early years of the War Between the States. In February, 1994, their imprint Jove, issued the prequel to this book, Windsong. I had written three other books (all romance novels) that could not seem to find a home, so I put them away and went in other directions, albeit (I thought) temporarily.

Fast forward to late 2002, when nearly everything in my life turned upside down, and once it was righted again, I found myself doing more and more writing, but not necessarily books. I wrote magazine articles, and found my way into writing about and reviewing classical music concerts, opera and theater. I’ve been doing that since then, with a couple of exceptions. These reviews appear at www.coolcleveland.com and www.classicalmusicdaily.com (although you might have to register for this latter to read current pieces [anything in 2010], older items are still readily available.)

I’ve written plays that had either a staged reading (More Than Strangers and Not to Be Alone) or a short professional production (Puccini: the man and his music). I’m going to do more of the latter type script about opera composers.

Not long after that, however, in the fall of 2006, I learned of a different new local publisher, and dug out those long-ago unpublished manuscripts that had been so assiduously collecting dust. Guess what? They accepted all three of them! Two of them are in both e-book and print, Ardenwycke Unveiled is (www.jasminejade.com/pm-4256-383-ardenwycke-unveiled.aspx) e-book and (www.jasminejade.com/pm-7402-383-ardenwycke-unveiled.aspx) trade paper and But Not For Love, currently available only as an e-book:  www.jasminejade.com/pm-4263-383-but-not-for-love.aspx. It’s not made it to paper yet—but soon, I hope. Actually, Cerridwen is an imprint of the much larger Ellora’s Cave. They’ve also included three of my short stories in their Scintillating Samples collection of Free Reads. Go here for “Song of the Swan” and “Unexpected Comfort”. [www.jasminejade.com/pm-7105-383-song-of-the-swan.aspx] for Song of the Swan and [www.jasminejade.com/pm-7315-383-unexpected-comfort.aspx] Unexpected Comfort.

In case you think I can’t count, there IS another book—and short story—counted but not mentioned here, as they were published under a pseudonym and I’m not quite out of that closet just yet. Maybe in another month or two. We’ll see.

Lately, I’ve been reducing the number of reviews I’m writing, and have started to seriously get back to the unfinished books in the computer—more than thirty at last count! I need to practice what I preach. But then, don’t we all?

Actually, I’ve just re-issued my very first published book (from Berkley in NY 1993) Secret Shores which is available now in regular print https://www.createspace.com/3462382, plus large print https://www.createspace.com/3462682 and as a Kindle:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ZUYT72   The prequel Windsong was reissued in 2013 in all three formats as well:  Regular print :  https://www.createspace.com/4468771  and large print:   https://www.createspace.com/4468881  (Psst!!  Big secret here. This code will save you 25% off the cover price of any of the print books:  DGADJVGH  Don’t tell everyone – okay? This is just between us!)  Okay? The Kindle version of Windsong  is here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FN1USEE
I love photography, too – especially the digital variety! I have a line of photo greeting cards — Laughing Duck Cards —  which you can inspect through the link on the upper right side of the opening page of my blog. It’s ‘Something new from me.’

Of course, there were other paths taken during my life, too, but I don’t want to suspend anyone’s disbelief that far by relating them all. Neither do I want to bore anyone to pieces, so we’ll save those items for another time. (Actually, I’m saving them for my auto-biography, which I’m not yet ready to write!)

Occasionally I teach writing workshops and enjoy working with—and helping—other folks who love writing as much as I do. Just remember: Nothing happens until someone writes something!

Summer – 2009

3 Responses to “About me . . .”

  1. Betty Scappaticci Kaiser June 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm #

    I’ve read through your blog and find it fun, informative and interesting.

    good for you

  2. Amber Tod January 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    The most difficult thing is to find a blog with unique and fresh content but i think you offer something different. Keep it like this.

  3. angelina lee July 19, 2014 at 12:06 am #

    I am back from my vacation and I am looking forward to seeing and taking to you. I have so much to tell you.

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