Meme Kelly

Meme Kelly

Interviewed by: Lauretta Pierce
April 25, 2007

Q.    Who is Meme Kelly?

A.   A family woman: A mother of three sons and wife, former school teacher and entrepreneur, who loves publishing, books and being in control of her destiny and loves to share positive words and thoughts with others.

Q.    How did you come about the idea to write the novel WINGS TO FLY ?

A.   My characters came to me in 1993 when I wrote On Edge, which I knew then would be a sequel, Wings to Fly. On Edge was published in 1997 and in it the characters are struggling with who they are . Wings to Fly was written in 2000, but did not get published until 2007, and in it, the characters pretty much know what they want in life and who they are, but still must deal with negative life events and not be deterred from their living their truths.

Q.    How did you come about Emma’s situation surrounding Aunt Thelma and Damian?

A.   I wanted to show the generational side of Black family life, how diverse our families are.

Q.    How did you come about Joan’s situation surrounding Al, Kendra and Lynn?

A.   Again, most people's lives are filled with diverse friends and family members, people from different cultures. I love living in a diverse society that values all members and I wanted my story to depict that.

Q.    How did you come about Shelly’s situation surrounding Sam and Chad?

A.   I wanted a story line that demonstrated a character dealing with past failures, forgiving unforgivable acts, and determined to move forward in a positive way.

Q.    How did you come about Marla’s situation with Tom?

A.   I've always thought that adultery is an assault on a family and am intrigued with the boldness it takes to journey down that painful road.

Q.    Why did you chose to have Joan and Emma be attorneys?

A.   I think attorneys are brilliant professionals and the law presents very interested stories of human behavior.

Q.    How did you come about Emma, Solomon and Ronnie’s situation?

A.   Again, a chance to look at diverse individuals -- homosexuals, homophobics, transsexuals -- to see how they maneuver a world that often discriminates against people who are different and don't fit into a box.

Q.    How long have you been writing?

A.   I started writing in 1993.

Q.    What message would you like readers to receive from reading WINGS TO FLY?

A.   That friendship, God and love are the ingredients to a good life that allows one to FLY above all the adversity and negative judgment of others in this life.