Sofie Kelly
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Sofie Kelly

Sofie Kelly: Six Quick Questions

Sofie Kelly is the pseudonym of young adult writer and mixed-media artist, Darlene Ryan. As Sofie Kelly she writes the Magical Cats mysteries. And as Sofie Ryan she writes the Second Chance Cats series. Sofie/Darlene lives on the east coast with her husband and daughter. In her spare time she practices Wu style tai chi and likes to prowl around thrift stores.

How did you get started as a writer?
I've been writing forever. (I won third prize in a poetry contest in third grade.) I wrote radio commercials for years and lots of bad short stories that I couldn't get published--for good reason--they were awful. But the more I wrote, the more I learned.

Did you always want to be a writer?
No. I wanted to move to California, become a director and marry Michael Cole from The Mod Squad, which gives you an idea of how old I am. I think I became a writer by evolution. I went from writing commercials and short stories to writing articles and eventually books.

Was English your favorite subject in school?
It wasn't--which always surprises people. My favorite subject was math, at least until calculus came along.

Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. It could be something I hear on the news. It could be something someone says to me, or something I overhear. (Yes, I'm guilty of eavesdropping in public.) And I like to watch people and make up stories about who they are and what they're doing.

What's the secret to writing a book?
The secret to writing a book is...that there is no secret. Writing a book is like everything else in life, you have to show up and do it. There may be writers who wait for inspiration to hit and then the words just pour out, but I'm not one of them. I work from an outline and I write a certain number of words each day. Some days it's easy. Some days I keep clicking on the Word Count and moaning, "Am I done yet?"

What do you like to read?
The short answer is everything. I read a lot of mystery and paranormal, but if something about a book intrigues me--the title, the subject, sometimes even the cover art--I don't pay any attention to the genre. I tend to read more than one book at a time and one of them is usually non-fiction.

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    • Final Catcall

    • A Magical Cats Mystery
    • By: Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Kathleen, with a little help from her feline friends Owen and Hercules, will have to catch the real killer of Hugh Davis before another victim takes a final curtain call....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good love story. And surprise ending

    • By Lady BeBop on 06-13-15

    Regular price: $28.00

    • A Midwinter's Tail

    • A Magical Cats Mystery
    • By: Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318
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    Kathleen Paulson is snowed under running her library and caring for her extraordinary felines...But when a fund-raiser turns deadly, she’ll have to add sleuthing to her already full schedule....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • HEA but still more to come. YEAH!

    • By Mayd Marian on 10-28-17

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    • Curiosity Thrilled the Cat

    • A Magical Cats Mystery
    • By: Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,036
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 930
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    When librarian Kathleen Paulson moved to Mayville Heights, Minnesota, she had no idea that two strays would nuzzle their way into her life....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Promising "Cozy" Series

    • By Chalis on 07-11-14

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    • Cat Trick

    • A Magical Cats Mystery
    • By: Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 331
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    With a little help from Owen and Hercules, it’s up to Kathleen to make sure the killer is booked for an extended stay in prison before someone else takes a permanent vacation....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Going soft in my old age

    • By Ethel on 01-16-18

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    • Faux Paw

    • Magical Cats, Book 7
    • By: Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 285
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    Normally the arrival of an art exhibition at the Mayville Heights library would be cause for celebration....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • By Louise on 11-03-15

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    • The Cats Came Back

    • A Magical Cats Mystery, Book 10
    • By: Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
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    Mayville Heights, Minnesota, is hosting a music festival, and the whole place is bustling with musicians and tourists. Kathleen and her two cats, Owen and Hercules, are looking forward to taking in some fabulous performances - but then the trio stumbles across a dead body by the river....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I LOVE THE STORY'S CHARACTER'S AND CATS!!

    • By Nancy on 03-22-19

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    • Copycat Killing

    • A Magical Cats Mystery
    • By: Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Everyone thinks their cats are special - but Owen and Hercules have powers that go far beyond an adorable look or an irresistible purr....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The crazy cat lady does it again

    • By Beatrice on 06-24-14

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    • Sleight of Paw

    • A Magical Cats Mystery
    • By: Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 462
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    Small-town librarian Kathleen Paulson never wanted to be the crazy cat lady....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Relaxing Entertainment

    • By Chalis on 09-08-14

    Regular price: $28.00

    • A Tale of Two Kitties

    • Magical Cats, Book 9
    • By: Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 222
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      5 out of 5 stars 190
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      5 out of 5 stars 188

    The arrival of the Janes brothers has the little town of Mayville Heights buzzing. Everyone of a certain age remembers when Victor had an affair with Leo's wife, who then died in a car accident....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome!

    • By Bulls-Eye on 01-27-19

    Regular price: $30.09

    • Paws and Effect

    • Magical Cats Series, Book 8
    • By: Sofie Kelly
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257
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    Kathleen is excited to meet three old pals of her beau, detective Marcus Gordon, while they visit charming Mayville Heights on business. But the reunion is cut short when one of the friends is killed....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Great Addition to A Fun Series

    • By Beatrice on 12-15-16

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