I Read/I Wrote: Kellye Garrett

In the I Read/I Wrote series, authors introduce a book they loved–in the genre in which they write–and share one of their own books.

GENRE: Private Investigator

I READ: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich introduced the world to my favorite Jersey Girl, Stephanie Plum. Stephanie is an out-of-work lingerie buyer who blackmailer her cousin into letting her become a bounty hunter. Her first assignment? A cop who also took her virginity.

I still remember the first time I discovered the series as impressionable high school student in a since-closed Barnes and Noble in Livingston, New Jersey. I’ve happily followed Stephanie’s adventures for twenty five books now and I’m always amazed at how Evanovich is able to make you laugh even in the most scary situations. #WriterGoals

I WROTE: Hollywood Ending

Hollywood Homicide and Hollywood Ending are the first two books in the Detective by Day Mystery series from Midnight Ink. The series centers on a semi-famous, mega-broke black actress who takes on the deadliest role of her life: private detective. The first in the series, Hollywood Homicide, won the Agatha, Anthony, Lefty, and IPPY awards for Best First Novel. The second, Hollywood Ending, came out in August. As you can imagine from above, I was thrilled when Library Journal wrote that “fans of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series will feel right at home” reading Hollywood Ending. #HeartBeStill

Kellye Garrett writes the Detective by Day mysteries about a semi-famous, mega-broke black actress who takes on the deadliest role of her life: Homicide Detective.  The first, Hollywood Homicide, won the Agatha, Anthony, Lefty, and Independent Publisher “IPPY” awards for best first novel. The second, Hollywood Ending, was released on August 8, 2018 from Midnight Ink. Prior to writing novels, Kellye spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. She now works for a leading media company and serves on the Board of Directors for Sisters in Crime as the organization’s Publicity Liaison.  You can learn more at KellyeGarrett.com and ChicksontheCase.com.

10 thoughts on “I Read/I Wrote: Kellye Garrett”

  1. Thanks so much for visiting, Kellye, and for this wonderful post!

    Love love love both of these series! Did you imagine back then, as a high school student, that one day you’d have your book on the shelf next to hers at Barnes and Noble? Because now… there it is!


  2. Thanks so much for doing this for us. I can’t imagine coming up with 25 plots! Did you start your own detective series with the notion of writing a “series?” Do you enjoy writing your own fiction more than writing screenplay material? And do you think that affects how you write the dialog in your novels? I will definitely put Hollywood Homicide on my list to read after December. Congratulations on your success.

    Best Regards,

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  3. I’m sure this story is juicy, I bet you’ve heard some very interesting stories working in Hollywood for eight years! Congratulations on your novel, how exciting!

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  4. Thank you all for responding. I hope that you enjoy the book if you read it. If you give Cynthia your addresses, I’ll even send you some fun swag from the book.

    Stephanie: I do enjoy writing my own fiction because it’s exactly that: my own work. With screenplays there are so many hands that are involved that by the end, it’s more like a group project than your own essay. I do think my screenwriting background helps with both dialogue and plot! It does NOT help with description though. I don’t have it in my books as much as I should because you don’t use it really in screenplays.

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