Interview with Kelly Parra

Today, the awesome Kelly Parra submits to an interview from yours truly. Grace under pressure, folks. Kelly writes one of my all time fav genres, YA. Here we go!

About Kelly Parra

Kelly Parra is the author of Graffiti Girl, a double RITA nominee and a Latinidad Top Pick, and the contemporary paranormal, Invisible Touch. When not pulling her hair while writing her current novel, she likes to play with her abundance of websites and feed a serious television addiction. For excerpts visit, or follow the Secret Fates blog at

The Interview

Cover of Kelly Parra's book Invisible Touch

1. Tell me a little bit about the book.

K: Hi Carolyn, thank you for having me on your blog! Here is the cover copy for Invisible Touch:

Kara Martinez has been trying to be "normal" ever since the accident that took her father’s life when she was eleven years old. She’s buried the caliente side of her Mexican heritage with her father and tried to be the girl her rigid mother wants her to be–compliant and dressed in pink, and certainly not acting out like her older brother Jason. Not even Danielle, her best friend at Valdez High, has seen the real Kara; only those who read her anonymous blog know the deepest secrets of the sign seer.

Because Kara has a gift–one that often feels like a curse. She sees signs, visions that are clues to a person’s fate, if she can put together the pieces of the puzzle in time. So far, she’s been able to solve the clues and avert disaster for those she’s been warned about–until she sees the flash of a gun on a fellow classmate, and the stakes are raised higher than ever before. Kara does her best to follow the signs, but it’s her heart that wanders into new territory when she falls for a mysterious guy from the wrong side of town, taking her closer to answers she may not be able to handle. Will her forbidden romance help her solve the deadly puzzle before it’s too late…or lead her even further into danger?

2. If your protagonist were to wake up one day with a super power, what would that super power be? Alternatively (or both!) if your protagonist were to wake up one day with an intense craving for something, what would the craving be?

K: I guess you could say, seeing signs of the future is a super power! LOL. My character’s intense craving in Invisible Touch is flavored coffee so I believe that’s what she’d wake up wanting.

3. Would your villain prefer to be Emperor Ming The Merciless or Darth Vader? Why?

K: The villain in Invisible Touch is a mystery, so I can’t tell you who it might be, but I’ll compare the person to Darth Vader because the villain likes to take control.

4. What do you consider the heart of your story? That is, what is the
issue or emotion that propels things forward? Spill your guts on this one.

K: Kara lost her father tragically in an accident she was involved in and also received the gift of signs in order to save others from unfortunate fates. I think she tries to save others because she couldn’t save her father. As the mystery unfolds, Kara is trying keep her family together and deal with her grief. It’s an emotional journey for her and her family.

5. If you were in charge of casting the movie adaptation of your book, who gets the call?

K: Most of my favorite actors are too old for my characters but here’s the make-believe scenario: Kara would be possibly be Vanessa Hudgens. Anthony would be a younger Milo Ventimiglia.

Carolyn: Wowza! I’m now a Milo fan!

6. Is there a scene you cut from the book that you kind of wish you could put back in?

K: I had another best friend in the first draft of the book, and she was going to be a red herring. You wouldn’t know who was leaving Kara secrets, but it became a little confusing so I pulled her. But I think I might have been able to make it work eventually.

7. Do you have a sample chapter posted?

K: There is a sample excerpt on my website here:

8. Tell us why your editor is the best editor ever in the universe.

K: My editor is super cool because she knows just how to pump up my stories without trying to change my voice.

Thanks for having me on your blog, Carolyn!

And thank you, Kelly.

P.S. As of this posting, 5 Amazon reviews, all 5-stars. I’m guessing this book rocks! No guessing involved, check the out trailer and the review blurbs below.


Where to Buy


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Praise for Invisible Touch

"A magical blending of mystery, romance, and deep and dangerous secrets. Kelly Parra’s Invisible Touch is an action-packed coming-of-age novel, sure to keep readers turning pages and begging for a sequel." –Laurie Faria Stolarz, Bestselling author of Blue is for Nightmares and Deadly Little Secret

"Readers are going to delight in this fast-paced, gripping story, and be kept spellbound until its surprising finish." –Tina Ferraro, author of How To Hook A Hottie

"The Gold Award of Excellence! An amazing, touching novel that deals with big issues in an original context." –TeensReadToo

"Five out of five gold pens for Invisible Touch." –The Salinas Californian


One Response to “Interview with Kelly Parra”

  1. Kelly Parra says:

    Carolyn, thanks so much for having me on your blog!!