By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
DURANT, Okla. – You might say Kelly Stone Gamble is one of those people who practices what she preaches. Or in this case, teaches.
Since 2014, the Baxter Springs, Kansas, native has taught Introduction to Literature and Business and Professional Speaking at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University branch campus in Idabel.
And she writes a little, too.
In fact, just last week, her novel, They Call Me Crazy, appeared on USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list. Each week, USA Today collects sales data from booksellers representing a variety of outlets: bookstore chains, independent bookstores, mass merchandisers and online retailers. Using that data, the publication determines the week’ 150 top-selling titles.
They Call Me Crazy checked in at #123 on the list.
First released in November 2014 by Red Adept Publishing, the book is set in fictional Deacon, Kansas, and follows the lives of Cass Adams and her no-good husband, Roland. The book has been categorized as women’s detective fiction and women’s crime fiction, and is the first in the Cass Adams series, which includes Call Me Daddy, published in October 2016.
On the other hand, Gamble describes her books as “Southern Gothic – a little dark, and funny.’’ She notes that her students like the fact that she is a published author, and that “some of them are my biggest fans.’’
And although the book’s characters may be from rural southeastern Kansas, the author says she’s amazed how popular They Call Me Crazy is in various countries overseas.
As far as her personal reading tastes, Gamble says she prefers historical fiction and biography.
Gamble holds a B.A. in Integrated Studies of History and Business from Nevada State College, an M.A. in Humanities from California State University, and an M.F.A in Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.
She is a full-time faculty member at McCurtain County.