Greta K. Kelly is (probably) not a witch, death or otherwise, but she can still be summoned with offerings of too-beautiful-to-use journals and Butterfingers candy. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband EJ, daughter Lorelei and a cat who may, or may not, control the weather. Her debut novel is The Frozen Crown (Harper Voyager, January 12, 2021).
On your nightstand now:
The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson, Ruthless Gods by Emily Duncan and A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik.
Favorite book when you were a child:
This is a tough one for me because as a dyslexic kid, I really struggled with reading. I didn't discover a love for books until middle school. It was probably in sixth grade that I tumbled into the Alanna books by Tamora Pierce, and I fell in love. As a tomboyish kind of girl, I deeply identified with Alanna.
Your top five authors:
Garth Nix, Ray Bradbury, Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, Guy Gavriel Kay.
Book you've faked reading:
I never did get through the Grapes of Wrath in high school. There was something utterly miserable about that story, and I always struggle with books and TV shows/movies where it feels like there is no hope whatsoever. Thankfully, my friend Rachael didn't have that problem, and I was able to use her notes, lol!
Book you're an evangelist for:
I always find myself recommending the Chronicles of Elantra books by Michelle Sagara. It is a long-running series with something like 15 books (I'm such a sucker for a long series). What makes these books so unique is that they're almost like a fantasy Law & Order. Each book has its own central mystery which somehow weaves into the greater arc of the series. I have no idea how Sagara keeps track of her world and all of her characters, but it is truly awe-inspiring.
Book you've bought for the cover:
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. Seriously, go check out that cover. It is absolutely beautiful and evocative, and you just know going in that you are about to enter a whole new world.
Book you hid from your parents:
There was a semester in high school where I had to hide the Harry Potter books under my bed. Not because my parents objected to the content, but because I was reading instead of doing homework!
Book that changed your life:
Sabriel by Garth Nix. I first read that book in high school and it was unlike any other story I'd ever read. Sabriel is such an intense adventure of a story, and more than that it had a female protagonist! That was the book that made me want to write my own stories--and here we are now.
Favorite line from a book:
"She left the web, she left the loom/ She made three paces thro' the room/ She saw the water-flower bloom,/ She saw the helmet and the plume,/ She look'd down to Camelot./ Out flew the web and floated wide;/ The mirror crack'd from side to side;/ 'The curse is come upon me,' cried/ The Lady of Shalott."
This stanza from Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott is so wonderfully imbued with raw emotion, and breathless panic. It perfectly juxtaposes the dreamy quality of the poem to this point--simply wonderful.
Five books you'll never part with:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Sabriel by Garth Nix, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Green Rider by Kristen Britain. The feeling of falling head over heels into a different, yet beautifully drawn world is utterly enchanting--and I fell particularly hard for this book!
Character you most identified with:
Lucy Pevensie from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I am also the youngest of four children, with two older brothers and an older sister. Needless to say, I very much identified with how overlooked and pushed-aside Lucy often felt in that book.