The sequel Beyond the Stars: Ineo has just
been released. It's available in paperback and
kindle on Amazon.com, iBookstore and Barnes
and Noble Nook.
Valley News Dispatch (click here for full article)
Western Pennsylvania authors offer rich mix of stories
Buzz up!By Mary Ann Thomas, FOR THE VALLEY NEWS
Sunday, November 29, 2009
As Kelly Beltz of Buffalo Township has enjoyed a lifelong interest in the U.S. space
program, the setting of her first foray into fiction, "Beyond the Stars, Kataria" is
inspired by the real-life work of space researchers.
Beyond the Stars: Kataria
By Kelly Beltz. (Book Surge 2009) Available on Amazon.com.
Kelly Beltz, 39, of Buffalo Township has been such a devotee to the U.S. space
program that she built her first science-fiction novel about intergalactic travel. But
she wanted to keep it as real as possible. For example, the main character,
Samantha, is a physicist working for a real company, the Space Island Group of
California, which gave Beltz permission to use the company name in the book. "The
characters are real relatable," Beltz says. "You see Samantha as a wife, a friend,
a daughter, a parent. I try to make the story feel like it could happen to readers,"
she says. In the book, Samantha doesn't plan on leaving Earth but ends up on an
alien star ship traveling the galaxy where she finds danger and falls in love. "The
book is meant to entertain and to be fun," Beltz says. A mother of two children,
Beltz works part-time as a nurse anesthetist and has an online business where she
sells one of her inventions, a knitting accessory called Knit Klips, which is a clip with
a pin to hold knitted pieces together for seaming.
Newsmaker: Kelly Beltz
Buzz up!By Carl Prine, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Residence: Buffalo Township in Butler County
Family: Husband, Richard; daughters, Jordan, 11, and Kendra, 8
Education: Bachelor of science degree in nursing from Indiana University of
Pennsylvania; master's degree in nurse anesthesia from La Roche College
Background: A native of Lower Burrell, Beltz is a nurse anesthetist at Alle-Kiski
Medical Center in Natrona Heights. An inventor, she holds the patent on the Knit
Klips yarn accessory.
Noteworthy: Beltz's first novel, "Beyond the Stars: Kataria," was just published by
Amazon.com's imprint BookSurge. The story is set in the near future on a tourist
resort in space and mixes romance, tragedy, adventure, intergalactic travel and
alien starships. Beltz is penning a sequel.
Quote: "It was meant to be a fun, entertaining book. It describes a possible future,
maybe 20 or 30 years from now, when we've left our planet to explore and live in
Kelly visited Bentworth High School on May 12, 2010 to discuss the book
with students and staff. The school had transformed their library, complete
with decorations for the event. It was a fun day filled with excellent
questions from the student body.
Students of Bentworth High School and Kelly Beltz at the library luncheon.
Click here To read an interview with Kelly and Tyler R. Tichelaar
Feb. 2012: Kelly was a guest for an author interview with Erika on
Suddenly books.com. It's a great spot to hear about new books!
April 2012: Kelly visited Books and Authors for an interview. The site
is a great place to learn about authors and their latest books.