Gretchen L. Kelly, Author

The Book Hangover: Order Of Seven

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You know how you’re reading a book and the characters become real and you feel like you know them? And you get sucked into the story and time seems to stand still while you’re reading? And you find yourself choked up and holding back tears… and then your palms are sweating with nervous anticipation as your eyes scan each word hungrily? And you finish the book with a sigh. You’re on a little bit of a high. You’re spent, yet twitchy. Twitchy because you want more. 

Book hangover. 

That is what happened to me when I finished Order Of Seven by Beth Teliho. And the coolest part? I got to interview her…


Writer-ly Questions:

Do you have a writing routine? Do you have a way of getting into the “headspace” you need before sitting down to write? 

I don’t have a routine, but I probably need one. When I wrote Order of Seven, I wasn’t blogging or involved in any social media. Now? Writing is an entirely different animal. I have to force myself to stay away from Facebook, emails, and the blog until I’ve written for my second novel. This is so much harder than it sounds! So for now, my routine is constantly changing and evolving. Some days I fail miserably. Some days I rock out 2,500 words. Just depends.

What was the hardest part of writing the book? 

The sheer tenacity it takes to muscle through to the end. You crawl and scrape through self-doubt, distractions out the wazoo, and days when you lack inspiration. It takes mule-like stubbornness and enormous belief in your story to make it happen. And then you have to edit it. << IN.SANE.

Do you work with structure or outline? Or do you wing it and go with the flow then organize after the fact? 

I call myself a “burst writer”. I stew with an idea in my head for weeks or sometimes even months – I call this the percolation period – during which I scribble endless notes (in brand new notebooks because… office supplies) about characters, scenes, and details. I try to have the conflict and purpose worked out before writing, because without them you don’t have a story. Then BAM, I’m at the computer day and night until I have a beginning, middle, and end. It’s a hideous monstrosity at this point (the original draft of Oo7 was near double what it is now), but I have a story to whittle and shape.

Questions about the book, Order Of Seven:

What sparked your interest in the paranormal?

It’s always been fascinating to me. I’m the (weirdo) curled up on the couch on a Friday night watching Ancient Aliens, A Haunting, Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Children, Long Island Medium, etc. I love those shows. I’ve always been a little offended I wasn’t born with a paranormal gift.  I feel like I should have one. Can you do anything about that, Gretchen?

*author’s note* Beth, if I had the power to grant paranormal gifts, I would totally hook you up. Telekinesis? E.S.P.? What’s your flavor? Also, Ghost Hunters! I love that show. 

How long was this story (or the idea of it) in your head before you started writing it?

Some of the characters from Oo7 were in my head for years before I began writing the novel. I still have a notebook from 2004 with the names Devi and Nodin scribbled in the margins. I didn’t write seriously until years (and two kids) later, but when I did, I began what was supposed to be a short story, but turned into what I’d started years earlier in that notebook. It amazes me to think how it’s come full circle.

This book feels very connected to nature and the spirituality of the natural world. What is the significance of nature to you and/or to this book.

EVERYTHING. It’s probably no surprise that this book is incredibly personal to me. Probably more so than any novel I’ll write in the future. I’ve been asked which character in Oo7 is me, and my answer is simply: all of them. I’m Devi, Joe, Nodin, Ben, Baron…these are all pieces of me, and woven through them and in the message of the book are my philosophies, doubts, fears, inspirations and hopes.

Questionable questions:

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?

Use all my available credit to book an impromptu trip to Mexico. I was waitressing and had zero savings, but I was in love. I married him so I got my money back eventually. haha

Do you ever write naked? (This is for our dear friend Lizzi)

Only while texting Lizzi. Otherwise I have a strict dress code of cowboy boots and a tutu.

Tattoos. Do you have one? Do you plan on getting one (or more)?

I have three and plan on getting several more. It’s been two decades since I’ve been inked, but it’s high time I get back under the needle. I’ve been waiting for the right time and the right inspiration.

What is it with guys and tattoos that is so hot?



About Order Of Seven:

Eighteen-year-old Devi Bennett is surrounded by mysteries: her unknown heritage, a recurring dream about an African tribal ceremony, an inexplicable attachment to a certain tree and a psychic ability she’ll never understand—unless she finds her biological parents.

Things take a shocking turn when she meets Baron, an intense and alluring energy healer who receives prophetic dreams which all seem connected to her. Devi must rely on an empath, a seer, and Baron to help research her roots to discover who she is and what she is capable of. But when Baron’s visions lead to an ancient legend which may link to her birthright, Devi learns her gift is more imperative than she thought imaginable.

Equal parts suspenseful and sexy, philosophical and adventurous, Order of Seven delivers a story that will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about the hands that carry fate.


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BETH TELIHO is a writer, artist and tree hugger who lives in Texas with her husband and two adventurous sons. Restless in the mundane, she writes about the abnormal, paranormal and otherwise fantastical because that’s what quickens her heartbeat. She laughs at inappropriate jokes, and prefers spicy food and margaritas to almost anything. One day, she hopes to live in a treehouse, where she can be an eccentric introvert with at least seven cats.



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Isn’t Beth the coolest person ever? Are you dying to read this book? Do you think she should show us a picture of her in the tutu and cowboy boots? Talk to me!





30 Responses

  1. DY. ING.
    What a gorgeous review, thank you GKelly! I am in love with the fact that you have a book hangover!! I remember first learning that term when Mandi read it in 2013 as a beta reader. *swoons*

    Oh, and as for that para-gift? I DO NOT want to see dead people.

    I do think telekinesis would be RAD though, you know? In fact, the main character (teaser!) in my next novel has that gift. stay tuned…..

    1. Ooooohhhhh…. a teaser for your next book? Maybe I do have E.S.P, I mean how weird is that? 🙂

      I have no idea where I heard the term book hangover, I wonder if I picked it up from Mandi? Is it a Mandi-ism? I love it, hope she doesn’t mind me stealing it.

  2. I so can’t wait to dive into this book. SERIOUSLY. Not the least of which reason is because the abbreviation looks like OO7, right?

    And because it’s Beth. I love ALL THE THINGS BETH.

  3. I’m not even finished yet and I feel the hangover coming on. I get irritated when people interrupt my reading and that hasn’t happened to me in years. This is a good one and I am looking forward to having an actual I-can-touch-it copy in my hands.
    I do hope our dear Lizzi sees this interview because it’s fun when she squirms. 😀

    1. Oh I know….Lizzi git over here! haha it’s so fun to fluster her. But I will say it’s getting more difficult to do so because we’ve seasoned her.

      Lisa, I apologize in advance for your soon-to-be hangover. 🙂

    1. Yay Sabina! You’re going to love it! Have you met Beth? If not, you must go read her blog! You’ll laugh and you’ll cry. But mostly you’ll laugh. #FunnyAsBalls

  4. This is an AMAZING interview and it’s been open in my tabs for SO LONG but LIFE! AUGH

    Thank you for my special question there, G! I’m glad to know I’m the only one who gets nekkid texts from my dear BlogWife 🙂 #Bethsbian

    Also, YAY to ink and to SOON SOON a real live book. I can’t wait for my In Real copy. I am OVER THE MOON EXCITED.

    *grins* I love how we all come together to celebrate and help when one of us ‘makes it’ 😀

  5. Can’t wait to read this book! I love me a good book hangover. BTW – my 3-year-old grand-daughter always wears her tutu and pink glitter cowboy boots. It’s a rockin’ look!

    1. HA! Glad to know a 3yo and I are on the same mental plane. Actually, I grew up in Texas and have never owned cowboy boots or hat! I remember the first time I visited NYC (like 30yago!) they all wanted to know how many horses I had and if I wore my cowboy hat to school, and all these stereotypical Texas questions and was like whaaaaa?

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