Author Interview with Kersten Kelly

Hello all and welcome to our first author interview!  Today I’m excited to share with you some questions I got to ask Kersten Kelly, the author of Economics: A Simple Twist on Normalcy.  If her book sounds like something that might interest you, you can read on to hear about her inspiration, check back on Saturday for a review, and find out more about her at the links given at then end of this post.  Now, without further ado, the interview…

First, could you tell us a little about your book?
The book is a unique compilation of examples of pop culture, history, social media, business, sports, and education all explained through an economic lens. It uses current market trends and examples that can be applicable and enjoyable for anyone. It is written in a narrative non-fiction format so it flows easily and does not read similarly to a textbook. 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.

What made you decide to write a book about economics?
I love economics, and I majored in it during my undergraduate work at Indiana University. As a student, many of the examples in my textbooks were irrelevant and made the subject one that many students did not enjoy. I wanted to change the negative connotations associated with the topic. I wanted to make it something that people understood and relished learning about.

What do you most want your readers to take away from your book?
I want to shed light on economics as a topic for the average reader. I want them to realize that economics is not just graphs, charts, and theories. It can be applicable in almost any situation. The theories that I explain in the book are developed with multiple examples that readers can relate to. Purchasing gasoline is one of them, and education is another. It is amazing how economic theory can help to explain both.

How did you become interested in economics?
I studied economics at Indiana University as an undergraduate and became interested then. It is such a detailed, complex subject with so much knowledge. I decided I needed to make that information accessible to anyone to enjoy, so I decided to write the book. I hope that people that read it will take how both concepts and also the ability to apply the concepts to their lives.

How did you pick the examples in the book?  Are they all from close personal experience or did you have other sources?
The examples came from close personal experiences and from research. Many of the topics that my professors would cover in college are things that I discuss in the book. As far as the many uses of cigarettes and tobacco, I used to be a salesperson for a large tobacco company, so I had a first-hand experience. Many times I would think of how directly the concepts applied to the industry, and finally I had the time and effort to sit down and write them.

What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I like to go running, spend time with my friends and family, adventure sports, go to professional sporting events, read, write, and shop.

What are you currently reading?
I just finished The Hunger Games trilogy. It was absolutely fantastic. I usually don’t read that genre of books, but they came highly recommended from my sister. Since I trust her judgment on literary works, I was glad that she encouraged me to read them.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Honestly, I’ve been working so hard on marketing the book that I haven’t had much time to celebrate. I’ve celebrated the little “wins” with my family and friends just by going out to dinner.

Where can people learn more about you and your book?
The link to the website is http://www.theeconomicsbook.com.
Twitter: @KerstenLKelly
Facebook
Amazon
Kindle
Barnes and Noble
CreateSpace

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