Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Kelli's Quill Newsletter - Big March/April Issue

The Official Newsletter of Author Kelli A. Wilkins
March/April Issue (Vol. 5 Number 2)
Happy spring everyone! The weather’s been really warm here and my flowers are in bloom. As we say goodbye to a mild winter, I’m sharing some news, an interview excerpt, and more!

Mark your Calendar – The Viking’s Witch is Coming!:

Kelli’s first romance with Medallion Press will be released in e-book format in August. The Viking’s Witch (formerly known as The Witch & the Warrior) will be available for pre-order in July. You can visit Kelli’s author page here: http://medallionmediagroup.com/author/kelli-wilkins/

Here’s the plot summary:
The Viking’s Witch

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.

Cats& Horror:
Kelli’s horror story, “Just an Innocent Little Cat” was published in DARK THINGS II: Cat Crimes: Tales of Feline Mayhem and Murder. The character of Chester is based on a real-life orange cat. All proceeds from sales of this anthology go to several cat sanctuaries across the USA. Buy a copy (or three) on Amazon and help cats! The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/DARK-THINGS-II-Crimes-Feline/dp/1468055488/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1324187873&sr=8-1

Kelli’s on Amazon: Did you know that all of Kelli’s writings are on Amazon? (Romance, short fiction, anthologies, horror, non-fiction, and everything else….) Visit her author page and catch up on books and short stories you may have missed. The link is: http://www.amazon.com/Kelli-A.-Wilkins/e/B001JSAB24/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1326933452&sr=8-3
This month I’m sharing an excerpt from my interview with Whipped Cream. It offers an insight into my views on what is romance and what’s not. Enjoy!
Q: How do you personally distinguish between erotica, erotic romance, and pornography?
A: When I started writing erotic romance, I wasn’t 100% sure what “officially” defined erotica, erotic romance, and porn. It seemed that everyone I talked to had a different opinion – so I devised my own definitions.
I consider ‘erotica’ to be stories that explore a character’s erotic adventures or exploits and contain explicit details – but romance isn’t at the core of the story. An example would be Anne Rice’s “Beauty” books. The reader follows Beauty and the other characters through their sexual adventures, but they’re not involved in romantic relationships.
I define ‘erotic romance’ as a sexually-charged story that has romance (either M/F or same sex) as the main focus. To me, an erotic romance needs to have an interesting plot and character development that keeps readers wondering “What happens next? Will the couple get together? How will the story end?”
Erotic romance has more (and more detailed!) love scenes than a ‘traditional’ romance. And there are many different ‘heat’ levels to erotic romance. Some are tamer and only hint at what’s going on between the sheets. Some erotic romances include more explicit details and let readers peek in on the sexual activities of the romantic couple, while others are scorching hot and include toys, multiple partners and other sexual acts that might be considered “taboo” to some readers.
And porn? I think porn is basically people having sex. Usually there’s no character development, story conflict, or background details. The quickie definition I sometimes use is “The pizza guy shows up, finds half-naked horny women waiting to pounce on him, they screw, he leaves.” It’s a one-time encounter that doesn’t aim to make readers care about who the characters are – the sole purpose is to show people screwing and… well, we all know the rest.
Q: How do you judge what makes a good erotic story when writing your own fiction?
A: When I’m writing my stories, I generally look for a unique plot and interesting characters to support that plot. When it comes down to the basics, a reader won’t sit through any story (no matter what genre) that isn’t attention-grabbing or that doesn’t have appealing, believable characters. Readers like to get to know the characters and identify with them as they have their adventures. Without a solid base, the story will fall flat, regardless of how exciting the love scenes are.
Once I have the story down, I let the characters have fun! When I write love scenes I sort of stand back and let the characters do what comes natural. I generally know how far the scene will go ahead of time, but I let the characters take over and enjoy themselves. Later, when I edit/revise the story, I go back and cut anything that doesn’t work with the scene. I think love scenes have to flow naturally from the plot and the characters. I avoid just plopping them in there for the sake of spicing up a story.

Q: What are the biggest public misconceptions about erotica?
A: I can name several, but I can’t pick just one! Some of the biggest public misconceptions about erotica are: that the stories are mindless scenes of people having sex; that there’s no “real” plot or characterization; and that they’re “easy” to write. Other misconceptions are that the authors of erotic romances are basing the love scenes in the books on their own private lives, and that we ‘act out’ the love scenes in our books. Not true! The stories are fiction, not confessionals. And writing good romance is just as difficult and as labor-intensive as writing horror, sci fi, or mystery.

I hope you enjoyed this issue of Kelli’s Quill. Be sure to visit my website (www.KelliWilkins.com). Feel free to forward the newsletter to groups, friends, other writers, and anyone who likes to read!
Happy Reading!
Got questions, comments, or suggestions? Contact the author at: www.KelliWilkins.com

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