Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Kelli's Quill Newsletter - Jan/Feb Issue

The Official Newsletter of Kelli Wilkins
January/February 2013 Issue (Vol. 6 Number 1)

Hi everyone! Hope the New Year is treating you right. Before we get started, I’d like to thank everyone who joined my blog, signed up for my newsletter, entered my contests, and followed me on Twitter in 2012. As always, feel free to forward this newsletter to your writing groups, social network groups, and friends. I look forward to chatting with readers and other writers in 2013! Email me or drop me a line on my blog with questions, comments, or anything else that comes to mind.

After many trials and tribulations (and a year waiting around!) Kelli’s website has been completely revamped. Same url www.KelliWilkins.com but a totally different look. Kelli did the site herself (with a little bit of help) and everyone who has seen it, loves it. It’s cleaner, better designed, and much easier to navigate. Drop by and try it out for yourself!

Kelli’s flash fiction story “Twist of Fate” was published in the December 2012 issue of Dark Eclipse (#18). This tale blends a bit of romance with horror. Some fantasies don’t work out like you hoped! The link is: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Eclipse-18-Monthly-ebook/dp/B00AHGKTTE/ref=cm_pdp_rev_itm_img_1

Horror on the Horizon:
Several of Kelli’s horror stories have been selected for publication in 2013. Look for her stories here in the next few months.
“The Con” – Big Bad Anthology
“Sometimes Monsters are Real” – Mistresses of the Macabre anthology (scheduled for a March release)
 “Diamonds” – Sherlock Holmes magazine (potentially scheduled for May)
Kelli’s second Medallion Press romance, Dangerous Indenture, is scheduled for a May 2014 release. This historical set in Colonial Pennsylvania blends romance with mystery.

Here’s an excerpt from Kelli’s 2012 Scarlet Letter Interview.
Q: When are you completely satisfied with your work?
A: After I’ve edited and revised my writing (whether it’s a short story or a full-length novel), I set it aside for a while, then go back and read the whole thing out loud. At that point I’m down to making final tweaks in the language, word choices, etc. Once that’s done, I feel good enough/completely satisfied that I’ve done all I can with it and I send it out into the world.

Naturally, once the story is out and I reread it months (or years) later I find things I want to change. (Maybe that’s why some writers don’t read their stuff after it’s published.) I don’t think writers are ever 100% totally satisfied with what they’ve written. If given the chance to edit or rewrite some scenes in my published works, I know I’d change a few things. Which brings us to the next question…

Q: Is there anything you’ve had published that you’d like to burn all the copies of?
A: There’s nothing that I’d like to have burned and wiped off the planet, however, there are one or two scenes in a book (or two) that, if given the chance, I’d rework. If I go back and read these scenes (or even parts of scenes) I wonder “what was I thinking?” or “why did I write that?” But, as a writer, I stand by my work, and let the story speak for itself. Which leads to…

Q: Do you censor yourself when writing?  Have you ever written something and then decided it was too controversial? 
A: Not really. When I wrote my first gay romance (Four Days with Jack) I wondered, “What would people think” of a straight woman writing gay love scenes? Then I turned off my internal editor and wrote the book just like I’d written all the “straight” books. 

I make sure the love scenes are keeping with the characters’ thoughts, feelings, and emotions. I base the book on the premise of two people falling in love and learning about themselves and each other. The story shows how the characters change and grow during the course of the book - and every so often they express their love in a physical way.

I had written other same-sex (and group) scenes for two of my other romances, Midsummer Night’s Delights and Midwinter Night’s Delights, so I was comfortable writing very hot and spicy same-sex (M/M and F/F) encounters. However, while writing those books, I did have to censor myself a little bit in a few places (and probably should have censored myself in at least one or two others!).
I know that some readers are turned off by anything that’s not strictly M/F, but I’ll still write in different genres and in different heat levels, depending on the story. That’s one good thing about writing across several genres; my title list has something for everyone!

Q: Do you ever feel forced to write?
A: Yes. Sometimes when I haven’t been writing for a while and I’m slacking off, a little voice pops into my head and says, “You’d better sit down and start writing something, now!” This usually happens after I’ve taken a week or so off after a new release to recharge.
I invite readers to visit my website www.KelliWilkins.com to catch up on all my writings. You can contact me via the email address on the main page (or News & Links page) with questions, comments, topics you’d like to see my address here or on my blog. And follow my blog for more news, excerpts, writing tips, and more!