Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kelli’s Quill Newsletter - Mid-winter Issue

Kelli’s Quill
Mid-winter Issue
February 2015

Hi everyone!

Winter is almost done for another year, and I’m looking forward to spring!

This month in the Quill, I’m sharing exciting news about my first self-published book, links to my hot romances that will spice up the last few weeks of winter, and more! Let’s get started…

Just Released! You Can Write—Really!

My new writing book, You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction was just released! This fun and informative non-fiction guide to writing is available exclusively on Amazon. Here’s more about the book:

You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction
If you’ve always dreamed of writing and getting published, but have no idea where or how to start—THIS is the book for you!

As an author of 95 short stories and 19 novels, I'm often asked: Where do you get your ideas? How do I get published? How do you write a book? What advice do you have for writers who are just starting out? Do you have any writing tips? 

One day, I started thinking about everything I’ve learned over the years, and inspiration hit me: Why not write a book on how to write? The result? You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction.

Each easy-to-read chapter is:
·         - Based on my 15 years of experience as a writer, advice I’ve received over the years, and the technical “know-how” I’ve gained in writing classes and workshops.
·       -   Loaded with practical instruction on how to create a story, step-by-step: from getting a great idea to meeting your characters, developing a plot, and on to writing, revising, and submitting your work.
·        -   Filled with helpful tips all writers can use, PLUS fun writing exercises to get you motivated!

Also New For 2015
Kelli is on Pinterest! She’s been pinning all kinds of fun stuff about her romances, horror & more. Check out her boards and follow along:

And if you haven’t visited her new Facebook author page, now’s the perfect time:

I hope you enjoyed this issue of the Quill. Next month, I’ll be sharing more about You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction - including excerpts and details on how you can win a copy.
Think spring!

Happy Reading,

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Kelli's Quill Newsletter - January Issue!

Kelli’s Quill
Welcome 2015 Issue
January 2015

Hi everyone!

I hope 2014 was a good year for everyone and you’re all settling into 2015. This month in the Quill, I’m sharing news about an upcoming new book, an interview, and a quick recap of 2014. Let’s get started…

What’s New For 2015:
Kelli is on Pinterest! She’s been pinning all kinds of fun stuff about her romances, horror & more. Check out her boards and follow along:

And if you haven’t visited her new Facebook author page, now’s the perfect time:

Coming in February…
Look for Kelli’s self-published book on how to write fiction. This easy guide to writing is designed for beginning writers who need a boost of motivation and simple instructions on how to get started. It’s filled with helpful tips and fun writing exercises. Stay tuned to Kelli’s blog, this newsletter and all her social media pages for news and links!

2014 RECAP:

Dangerous Indenture

Eager to escape her past in Ireland, Shauna Farrow signs on to become an indentured servant to Joshua Stewart, a wealthy man in Pennsylvania Colony. But a life of servitude quickly turns to drudgery, and her hopes for starting over and creating a better life for herself are waning—until she meets her master’s roguish son, Ashton. 

Shauna fights her growing attraction to Ashton, torn between propriety and acting on her emotions. But amidst their flirting, something dark stirs. Shauna soon discovers why no other servants will work for the strange Stewart family…

Dangerous Indenture is available in ebook format from:


Kelli had three horror stories published in anthologies.

Kelli’s seasonal story, “Home for Halloween” appears in the Moon Shadows horror anthology. This tale of two brothers reunited for Halloween showcases the best elements of this special holiday. Order your copy here: 


Barnes & Noble:

Her ghost story, “Thursday Night Bingo” (originally titled “The Ghost in the Green Dress”) was published in Sekhmet Press’s Wrapped in White horror anthology. This collection of thirteen tales of spectres, ghosts, and spirits was released in March. Order your copy here:

Kelli’s mystery story, “Diamonds” appeared in issue #14 of Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine. In this story, a sneaky thief gets more than he bargains for. Order your copy here:

(Want to read more? Visit the Horror section of her site:


Q & A with Kelli
Here’s a fun 5 Q & A of writing-related questions!

Q1: To date, you’ve written 19 romance novels in almost every genre: contemporary, paranormal, gay, fantasy, and historical, and they all vary in heat level from sensual to super-spicy. How do you decide what to write next? Where do you keep getting ideas?

Each book and every character comes to me in a different way. Sometimes I get ideas for books in dreams, and other times I’ll see or hear something that sparks my imagination and gets me thinking. Once in a while, a character “comes” to me and I try to figure out his or her story.
For example, Dangerous Indenture is one of those books that jumped into my head. One day, I overheard the name Shawna Farrell, but I thought I’d heard Shauna Farrow. The name stuck with me and I wrote it down. A few minutes later, I knew all about her: she was an Irish indentured servant who came to Pennsylvania Colony and worked at a house where another servant was murdered. Once I knew that, I started outlining the book.

Sometimes I’ll get an idea for a new book while I’m in the process of writing or revising a book. When that happens, I write down everything and come back to it later. So I often have the “next” book waiting for me. After I finish a book, I give myself time off to relax and recharge, and before I know it, I’m working on another story. 

Q2: Do you make an outline for your books or do you just write whatever pops into your head?

Before I start writing a word, I make sure I have an outline completed—and I know what the first line of the book will be. I outline each scene, what the purpose is, which character’s point-of-view the scene will be in, high points of the scene, and any snippets of dialogue I want to include. When I sit down to write the book, I have a map of where the story is going. I find that it’s easier (and faster) for me to write this way and I don’t get lost in the middle or forget something I wanted to include.

But as I write, I allow myself some leeway to explore things I hadn’t considered in my outline. I might add entire scenes or write scenes that are later omitted. Sometimes I’ll be writing a scene and the characters “take over” and decide the scene should go a different way, or something I planned on happening changes. When that happens, I go with it and see where the characters are leading me.

Q3: Let’s talk about horror stories for a moment. Most authors stick to one genre or write in related genres (such as sci fi & fantasy or mystery & suspense) but your writings are very diverse. Do you prefer one genre over the other? Is one easier to write?

A: I go where my stories and ideas take me, so I’m not married to one particular genre. I like to switch back and forth between horror and romance. After I finish a few romances I’ll take a break and write horror. It stretches my imagination and lets me explore different characters, settings, and plots that I can’t write about in a romance. My horror stories are a lot shorter than my romances, so in a sense, that makes them “easier” to write and edit.

Q4: You’ve written a lot, but have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?

No, I haven’t. Occasionally I suffer from writer’s procrastination, though! Basically that’s when my brain says “enough!” and goes on strike when I’m supposed to be editing or revising a book. Usually this happens when I’m overloaded and trying to do too much. To counteract it, I take a break and let my mind recharge and rest. I go for walks, exercise, read something I didn’t write, or watch TV. After a day or so (or sometimes a week), I’m ready to get back to work.

Q5: What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?

Take writing classes. They really helped me develop my skills and I always recommend that anyone who wants to be a writer take classes. One of the best pieces of advice I got in class was: go for it! Don’t be afraid to submit your story. You might be rejected, you might get suggestions for revisions, or you might get published. If you never submit your story, it’ll never go anywhere. Every writer starts off by sending out that first story… and you never know where it will lead.

I hope you enjoyed this issue of the Quill. Next month, I’ll be sharing more about my non-fiction writing book, including excerpts and details on how you can win a copy!

Happy Reading,