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Mary Louise Kelly spent two decades traveling the world as a reporter for NPR and the BBC. Her assignments have taken her from grimy Belfast bars to the glittering ports of the Persian Gulf, and from mosques in Hamburg to the ruined deserts of Iraq. As an NPR correspondent covering the spy beat and the Pentagon, she reported on wars, terrorism, and rising nuclear powers. A Georgia native, her first job was working as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kelly was educated at Harvard University and at Cambridge University in England. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their two children.

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OK, that's a fair point. I didn't pause and think before invoking the stereotype. Librarians no doubt come in all shapes and sizes; NPR report…more
Maureen,
OK, that's a fair point. I didn't pause and think before invoking the stereotype. Librarians no doubt come in all shapes and sizes; NPR reporters certainly do! Thank you for making me stop and think about it, and my apologies for offending you.
It looks like your reviews are set to "private," so I can't tell if you otherwise enjoyed the Jessica Yeo character, and the book in general. I hope so, and either way -- I appreciate your taking the time both to read it, and to write.
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Thanks so much for reading, and for writing! It means a lot to hear from the first readers and to hear that the book spoke to them.
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Hi Kim,
Thanks so much for reading, and for writing! It means a lot to hear from the first readers and to hear that the book spoke to them.
I still love reporting and being a journalist and always will. It's in my blood. But writing a novel had seemed for a long time like a new and tantalizing challenge: could I come up with a story that would hold a reader's attention for HOURS, instead of the minutes that a typical news broadcast requires? We are all so crazily busy, and if a reader chooses to spend a few hours with my novel, I want to make it worth their while. So in my first book, ANONYMOUS SOURCES, I came up with a twisty, turny spy story and a plot involving a journalist chasing a big national security story. My protagonist, Alexandra James, is a force of nature: feisty and fearless as she races from Boston to London to the White House. The narrator in The Bullet is a very different creature, as you know -- Caroline Cashion is an introvert who's more comfortable in the library than in an adrenalin-pumping chase scene. Imagining how such a quiet person would react to the harrowing, wild events that befall her was fascinating; to me, Caroline's evolution is the heart of the story of THE BULLET.
Thanks so much again for writing, and for helping me to spread the word about the book!
All best regards,
Mary Louise
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“Reporters. Honestly. What an exhausting profession, to be professionally trained to be relentless.”
Mary Louise Kelly, The Bullet

“The social custom of calling on people when they are unwell has always mystified me. By definition, you’re not feeling or looking your best. Why on earth do people assume you might want visitors?”
Mary Louise Kelly, The Bullet

“Myslíte si, že keď vyrastáte s nejakými ľuďmi, poznáte ich. Veď boli pri vás po celý váš život. Poznáte ich hlas, krivky rúk, viete, na čom sa radi smejú. Poznáte ich srdcia. Ale ukáže sa, že nepoznáte ich myšlienky. Teda nie celkom, nie naozaj. Všetci ľudia majú svoje tajomstvá, a nie sú to len záležitosti, ktoré pred vami taja, ale tajomstvá o vás. A oni dúfajú, že sa ich nikdy nedozviete. Môžete s niekým bývať pod jednou strechou, prežívať s ním banálne každodenné zážitky, používať spoločné mydlo, cukorničku, topánky – a predsa by ste to nikdy neuhádli. Myslíte si, že niekoho poznáte. A potom jedného dňa zistíte, že bežíte. Skutočne bežíte, až vám horia pľúca, tŕpnu vám nohy. A ste priveľmi unavení, aby ste zastali a obzreli sa. Ukázalo sa, že ja som bežala celý život. Len som to nevedela.”
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