Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Economics by Kersten Kelly

Welcome to Author Kersten Kelly

Kersten L. Kelly is a self-published author of narrative non-fiction 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 & 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 as well as international travel in her spare time.

What is one book everyone should read?
One book everyone should read is definitely the Stranger. The book is old, but it is a quick read and the story line is very unusual. It was recommended to me by my sister, and I actually thought it was confusing at times. It was written a long time ago, and I think it connects current authors with ideas of the past.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
The book will appeal to anyone who has ever made a choice between two things and will help readers make the best choice for their personal situation.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Yes, I am currently writing a narrative semi-fiction on people that I meet on airplanes. I have a lot of crazy stories that I’ve either experienced myself or that people have told me about. So far, it’s a pretty interesting compilation of individual stories.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The most rewarding experience since being published was when the newspaper in the area contacted me to do an interview. The columnist wrote a really fun article about me and the book, and I just felt so humbled. There were so many kind words from people about it. It made me feel so special.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
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.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Amsterdam. I spent one New Year’s Eve there and absolutely fell in love with the people, the culture, and the city. It is a beautiful place and the food was simply delicious.

What is your favorite Quote?
“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” -Arnold H. Glasgow

How did you know you should become an author?
When I was a kid, I wrote stories all the time. I used to sit down on the weekends and create stories with no plot, a lack of good characters, and only a few short chapters. I kept writing even though I wasn’t good, and my family and friends continued to encourage me. As I got older, I found that I enjoyed it more than I thought. Now it just seems natural as an adult.

How do you react to a bad review?
The best way I’ve found to deal with a bad review is to anticipate them. For every 20 letters I sent out for any requests for the book, I could expect to get 1 “yes,” a few “no’s,” and the majority of people wouldn’t even respond. The key to this is just to keep moving forward with more requests and remain positive about the bad ones. Someone is bound to be interested, and it takes a lot of inquiries to find a good match and like the book.


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 daily routines. It is a compelling depiction of history, business, 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.

1 copy of Economics
Paperback open to US only, Ebook open Internationally
Ends 8/13/12

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