Monday, July 23, 2012

Welcome guest author Kelli A. Wilkins

I'd like to welcome Kelli A. Wilkins as my guest today.  

Kelli A. Wilkins – Romance Author

1. How long have you been writing?

I started writing short stories in high school. After college, I took a Commercial Writers Program and read some of my stories in class. At the time, I was writing short horror fiction. Everyone liked them and encouraged me to submit them for publication. One day I read a short romance in a magazine and said “I can write that.” So I did. A few months later, I sold my first “10-Minute Love Story” to the Sun – and from there I was hooked.

My erotic romance writing career began with a contest. Amber Quill Press was running a contest to find authors. I submitted three romance novellas, and they contracted me for all three! At the time, I was writing “traditional” (aka not-so-spicy) romances, but I had never written an erotic romance. In keeping with my knack for writing in different genres, I submitted stories in three different romance categories. A Most Unusual Princess is a fantasy, The Dark Lord is a gothic historical, and The Sexy Stranger is a contemporary.

After these novellas were released, I kept writing erotic romances. A Most Unusual Princess spawned two sequels, Dalton’s Temptation and The Pauper Prince. Although I’m drawn to historical/fantasy settings, if I get a great idea for a story I’ll go with it, regardless of the genre. To date, I’ve had 14 erotic romances published with Amber Quill Press.

2. What is your favorite genre to write?

I write in almost every romance genre: historical, fantasy, paranormal, gay, and contemporary. So I’m pretty comfortable switching genres as the characters and plots dictate. Changing from one genre to another lets me explore different characters, plots, settings and writing styles. I’m still writing and publishing short horror fiction, too.  (And one day I’ll write a full-length horror novel.)

3. What are you working on now?

Right now I’m editing a historical set in Pennsylvania Colony. It’s a spicy blend of romance and mystery.

4. When you start a new story do you begin with a character or plot?

Most of my books begin with a blend – I have an idea for the plot and one main character, then I have to dig deep to find the rest of the characters. A Perfect Match and Trust with Hearts (contemporaries) both began with the whole plot outlined in my head. A Midsummer Night’s Delights and A Most Unusual Princess (historical/fantasies) started off with the main characters. My paranormals, Beauty & the Bigfoot and Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover sprung from “what if…” ideas. “What if a cryptozoologist’s daughter fell in love with Bigfoot?” And “What if a vampire fell in love at the beach?” When I get an idea for a story, I just run with it and see where it leads me.

5. Tell us about your latest/upcoming release. What inspired it?

Right now I have two new books hitting the electronic shelves. My second gay romance, Killer in Wolf’s Clothing was published on July 22 by Amber Quill Press. This erotic contemporary blends suspense with the paranormal. Here’s a brief summary:

Killer in Wolf’s Clothing

A super aggressive Alpha male, a serial killer, and a visit to a kinky sex club…What has Larry gotten himself into?

When Larry learns that his boyfriend Greg changes into another man during the full moon, he has a hard time accepting it—until he meets Deke, Greg’s alternate Alpha personality.

Deke doesn’t play nice and has no time for games. He only wants two things—to get laid and to get revenge against the arsonist who murdered his friends. Finally free from Greg’s restraints, Deke is ready for action, and Larry is more than willing to submit to Deke’s needs.

Together, Larry and Deke set out to find the killer. Their hunt takes them to an all-night Alpha sex club where things heat up for the two of them. But when Larry unwittingly falls into the clutches of the murderer, it’s up to Deke—and Greg—to save him before it’s too late.

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My first romance with Medallion Press, The Viking’s Witch, will be released on August 1, 2012. Set in Celtic Scotland, this historical with paranormal elements will be available in electronic formats. Here’s a summary:

Scotland, 803 A.D.

About to be burned at the stake by her fellow villagers, Odaria does what any betrayed witch facing certain death would do. She calls down a curse. Within seconds, rampaging Norsemen raid the village, capturing everyone except her.

But her reprieve is short-lived, and Odaria lands in the clutches of the Norse leader Rothgar. Can she remain true to herself and fight her growing attraction to this domineering man, or will she fall under his influence and be used for his ambitions?

After Rothgar witnesses Odaria’s powers firsthand, he strikes a bargain with her. The raven-haired beauty will use her magical abilities to help him with his quest in exchange for safe passage off the isle. But can this cunning woman be trusted, or is she using him to exact vengeance on her village?

Together they must fight bloodthirsty villagers, battle a mutinous band of Norsemen, find a missing Norse ship, and learn to trust each other . . . before time is up.

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As you can see, both books are very different! Killer in Wolf’s Clothing is an erotic gay paranormal, and The Viking’s Witch is more along the lines of a traditional historical. I loved writing both books and they are a good example of how my writing styles, plots, and characters can vary from one genre to the next.

Thanks for letting me share some insight with everyone. I welcome feedback, questions, and comments from readers and invite everyone to visit my website to learn more about my writings.

Here’s a list of where to find me on the web:

Happy Reading,


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