Poway – The death of Princess Diana
two years ago left Kay Kellam feeling distraught and wondering what would happen
to society’s ideals following the tragic automobile accident that claimed the
life of England’s former princess.
Kellam, 25, used her writing skills to
pen a short story to explain her mixed feelings of confusion and admiration.
“My original goal was to write a short story,” Kellam said.
“I started writing it the day after she died and had it done before her
After writing the short story, Kellam
set it aside and didn’t look at it again for a year.
After giving it to a friend to read, Kellam decided it was time to turn
it into a longer story.
Her book, “A Life to Di For,” was
published through Bernardo Press and released last month to coincide with the
second anniversary of Diana’s death.
“I did a lot of hypothesizing about
would humanitarianism increase or decrease after he death,” Kellam said.
“I speculated about the next 400 years in society and what role Diana
played in our development.”
Kellam used the events surrounding
Diana’s life to write a fictional story that starts out 400 years in the
future, when a reporter travels back in time to investigate Diana’s death.
“She’s a living example of reaching
out to the lives we want to touch and take a chance on helping others,” Kellam
said. “We’re swinging the
pendulum of society toward where you don’t even have to leave your house to
shop, to talk to others, to do most of the things that make up daily life.
It’s becoming easier and easier to not care.
She’s a very good reminder of all the smiles and all the things that
will come from reaching out to others.” Kellam
describes “A Life to Di For” as historical fiction that covers the events of
the accident on one level, with love and friendship on another level.”
Kellam said she settled on a 400-year
time span for her book so she could draw on a future in which anything is
possible. “I wanted to write a
book that shows… that anything can come true, and I can contribute to that in
some way,” she said. Kellam, a
1991 graduate of Poway High School, was inspired to become a writer by her
parents love of writing, and by her English teacher, Linda Dollins.
“I was very lucky I had a great
English teacher,” Kellam said.