Odd Facts About Me: Shellee Roberts
1. I love, LOVE to travel. Anywhere. I inherited the travel bug bad from my globe-trotting parents, and for fun I sometimes spend hours online (when I should be writing) planning trips that I have neither the time nor means to afford. And not just web surfing pretty pictures, I mean down to flight schedules, hotels and itineraries. This is why writing all the travel scenes in The International Kissing Club was so much fun! All of the places that Cassidy visits in Sydney, I’d actually been to. The caveat to all this is I hate, HATE to fly. Just the thought of getting on an airplane makes the nerves in my stomach start jumping around like a kindergarten class on Mountain Dew. It’s a testament to my burning desire to see the world that I’m actually willing to get on one of those tubes of death.
2. I am severely nyctophobic, meaning I’m really frakkin’ scared of the dark. I cannot walk across my own house without a light on. Which means on nights when I’m up late writing in the office at the front of our house, I sometimes have to call my husband on the telephone in the bedroom at the back of the house to come walk me to bed. Yes, I am a grown woman.
3. I totally, absolutely believe in ghosts. My grandmother has been visited by ghosts her whole life, and going to stay with her when I was a kid was creepy cause there was always some weird stuff happening there. This may also explain #2 above.
4. My husband and I have a goal of skiing all 34 major US ski resorts before we die. So far we’ve hit nine. But since we live in the middle of Texas (means it’s tough to get out of the state quickly or cheaply) and we both have bad knees from past skiing accidents, we’re going to have to step it up from going only once a year if we’re going to make it before we’re too old.
5. My first job was working the gate at a living history farm in my hometown. I was fifteen and seriously in love with history, so I thought it would be super fun to work there for the summer, in the Texas heat. I wore a full on 1870s era costume—long skirt, petticoat and bonnet—with not even a fan (cause there was no electricity). This is when I realized that really living in the past is romantic only in books. In reality it was hot and sweaty and really, really hard work all day long.
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The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams is the story of four best friends: Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy--the misfits of Paris, Texas. Their whole lives, they’ve dreamed of escaping small-town life and seeing the world. So when Piper is the victim of an embarrassing prank that goes viral online, she gets the idea that the girls should escape via the school’s international exchange program, in search of fun, love and internet redemption.
Emily McKay, Shellee Roberts and Tracy Deebs write under the pseudonym Ivy Adams. They shop, gossip and watch movies in Austin, Texas.