1. Tell us about your newest release.
My newest release is Naughty Nobles, an anthology of three historical-fantasy novellas (A Most Unusual Princess, The Dark Lord, and A Midsummer Night’s Delights). Two of the stories in the collection (A Most Unusual Princess and The Dark Lord) were winners in the Amber Heat writing contest, and A Midsummer Night’s Delights was a November 2008 Amber Heat best-seller.
Although each story falls into the historical-fantasy genre, they’re very different in heat level and overall tone. A Most Unusual Princess is light and funny and introduces us to Princess Elara and Dalton. (Their adventures continue in the book’s two sequels, Dalton’s Temptation - http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/DaltonsTemptation.html
and The Pauper Prince - http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/PauperPrince.html.)
The Dark Lord is a mysterious, Gothic-style romance that takes place in a secluded castle in the Carpathian Mountains. A Midsummer Night’s Delights (http://www.amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MidsummerNightsDelights.html
is the hottest novella in the collection, and explores sexual taboos and secret desires. I’m pleased to say that each book received great reviews!
Each romance has been released as an individual ebook (and are still sold separately) but now readers can own them all in a paperback version. Naughty Nobles was released on March 9 by Amber Quill Press. The book link is: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/NaughtyNobles.html
2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been writing stories. When I was in high school I wrote short stories and plays for fun and I took a lot of creative writing classes. After college I took a series of Commercial Writing courses and learned a lot. The classes were great experiences because I received a lot of helpful advice and feedback.
3. Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?
I’m always thinking of new ideas for stories. I have entire folders of ideas just waiting to be developed. (I have more ideas for stories than I have time to write them!) I find ideas everywhere – while driving, watching people at the store, from overheard conversations… usually something catches my attention and I let my mind wander, to see where the ideas take me.
For example, my December 2008 release, Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover, came about because I wanted to write a story about a vampire who falls in love – at the beach! (The book link is: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/ConfessionsVampiresLover.html
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have two quirks. One is that I write in several genres, including romance and horror. Some people can’t quite understand how I’m able to write romances one minute, then create spooky horror stories the next. (I like to think that one half of my brain writes the horror and the other half writes the romance.) I’ve also written dozens of sci fi stories and four non-fiction books, so I pretty much write everything.
My other quirk is that I write everything in longhand. Every short story and novel all start out on paper, then I revise and edit them as I type them up.
5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I thought I knew all about my characters before I started writing The Pauper Prince and A Midsummer Night’s Delights – but I was wrong! One thing I learned while writing those stories was that characters can surprise you and take the story in a different direction. I outline my books and stories before I start writing them, so I was surprised to discover a different side to Prince Allan (The Pauper Prince ) and Julian (A Midsummer Night’s Delights). Another thing I learned was that I had to turn off my “internal editor” when it came to writing some of the more detailed same-gender love scenes in each book.
6. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I’ve been reading since I was very young, so I’d have to say that every book I’ve read has influenced me in some way. Some authors are great examples of voice, mood, or tone, while others are excellent with details, plot, or characters. I think the more you read (in any genre) the more you learn what works in a story and what doesn’t.
7. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
My family is very supportive. My husband loves reading my romances and I have a good friend who gives me feedback and suggestions on rough drafts.
8. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you, writing wise?
I’m working on a few new romances, (a paranormal/comedy, two spicy shorts, and a futuristic fantasy) plus outlining a horror/thriller novel – in addition to writing a few horror stories. I’ve been toying with the idea for a sequel to A Midsummer Night’s Delights, but I haven’t started plotting in that direction – yet.
Thanks for the chat! It’s always great to visit and share my thoughts. Readers can visit my website (http://www.kelliwilkins.com/) to catch up on all my writings, read interviews, book reviews, and sign up for my free newsletter, Kelli’s Quill.