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Guest Author Post: Kelli A. Wilkins on Writing Love Stories for Everyone

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KillerWolfsClothingcoverAuthor Kelli A. Wilkins stops by RNN for a visit with a guest blog post about writing in different romance subgenres. See what she has to say about writing menages, m/m stories and more traditional romances.

 

Hi everyone! My name is Kelli A. Wilkins and I write romances - hot, steamy, erotic romances and milder, more traditional romances. Sometimes I write about male/female relationships, sometimes I write ménage and group encounters, and sometimes I write gay romance. I’m always asked, “How can you write in different genres? and “How can a straight woman write gay romance?”

 

The answer to both questions is the same: I let the plot and the characters dictate what goes on in the book.

 

 

This summer I had two romances published. Killer in Wolf’s Clothing (Amber Quill Press) is a super-spicy gay paranormal, and The Viking’s Witch (Medallion Press) is a straight historical. Although both books are at opposite ends of the spectrum in heat level and genre, the process of writing each book was the same: I sat down, drafted the story, then edited and revised it. I wrote the gay love scenes in Killer in Wolf’s Clothing the same way I wrote the straight love scenes in The Viking’s Witch – I focused on the scene, the characters, the emotions involved, and let nature take its course.

 

When I was writing Killer in Wolf’s Clothing (and my first gay romance, Four Days with Jack) I briefly considered “what people would think” about my gay romances? What will people think about the very explicit M/M love scenes? Then I reminded myself that I’m a writer and I create the characters, scenes, and plots that make up the book as a whole. The story needs to be told, and I’m the one telling it. (And no, I’m not using a pseudonym for the gay romances - why should I? I’m proud of all my writings and I want my name on every book I write - otherwise why would I invest all the time and effort into writing it?)

 

The world of romance is changing from exclusively publishing “traditional” M/F relationships. Books are featuring stories with M/M, M/F/M and all kinds of combinations and special interests like BDSM, voyeurism, and role-playing games. In the past, gay romances weren’t always considered “appropriate” for mass market trade books and some publishers shied away from the subject. But in the last few years, gay romances have found a niche with e-publishers and readers of all backgrounds.

 

As a writer, I’ve made up all sorts of things: an erotic Bigfoot story, detailed ménage scenes, a vampire romance. The story isn’t about me explaining myself on paper and waiting to be judged; it’s about the characters and what happens to them. It’s called fiction. Gay romances obviously won’t appeal to everyone – but for those readers, I have milder, straight romances such as The Viking’s Witch, Trust with Hearts, A Perfect Match, The Dark Lord, and A Most Unusual Princess. As I said in the title, I write romances for everyone. Readers are free to decide for themselves what they want to read (or not read) and I enjoy telling stories where couples live happily ever after.

 

Here are the plot summaries to my new books. Tame excerpts are on the book’s page on my blog: http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/

 

Killer in Wolf’s Clothing

(Amber Quill Press, contemporary gay paranormal)

Buy link:  http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/KillerWolfsClothing.html

 

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.

 

VikingsWitch-coverThe Viking’s Witch

(Medallion Press, historical romance with paranormal elements)

Buy link:   http://medallionmediagroup.com/books/the-vikings-witch/

 

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.

 

I hope you’ll check out the books. They were a lot of fun to write! I invite readers to contact me via the Contact the Author form on the News page of my site: www.KelliWilkins.com

Happy Reading!

 

Kelli A. Wilkins

 

Author Bio:

Kelli Wilkins is a multi-published author who has written more than 80 short stories, fifteen romance novels, and four non-fiction books. In summer of 2012, Kelli published two new romances: Killer in Wolf’s Clothing (Amber Quill Press) and The Viking’s Witch (Medallion Press). Kelli’s romance writing spans many genres and heat levels and yet she’s also been known to surprise readers with a horror story. Most recently, her horror short, “Just an Innocent Little Cat” was included in the Dark Things II: Cat Crimes anthology. Kelli publishes a weekly blog ( http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/) filled with news, interviews, writing prompts, and whatever else she thinks of.

 

Find Kelli here on the web:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kelli.wilkins1

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/@KWilkinsauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1123678.Kelli_A_Wilkins

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Kelli-A.-Wilkins/e/B001JSAB24/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1326933452&sr=8-3

 

Thanks to Kelli for stopping by and giving readers some insights in how an author writes across genres.

 

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