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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Saturday Storyteller Interview: Kelli Wilkins

Please welcome Kelli to our blog today! She's telling us all about her latest release and what inspires her.


What’s your name and where do you come from?
Hi everyone! My name is Kelli Wilkins and I’m an author with Amber Quill Press and Medallion Press. I currently live in New Jersey and was raised in rural upstate New York. I’ve been writing professionally since 2000. My romances range from mildly sensual to super-hot sizzling, and cover nearly every genre: contemporary, gay, historical/fantasy, and paranormal.
Tell us a bit about your latest release.
My 15th erotic romance from Amber Quill Press is titled Ultimate Night’s Delights. It’s the third and final novella in a series that began with A Midsummer Night’s Delights and continued with A Midwinter Night’s Delights. Although all three stories are connected, they each stand alone as individual reads. I think fans of the first two novellas will find this one to be a satisfying conclusion to the series.
Ultimate Night’s Delights
Julian and Annabelle are back for the final ball!
The Marquis of Demby’s Midsummer and Midwinter Balls changed Julian and Annabelle forever. Freed from their inhibitions, they now help other shy couples explore their sexual urges and hidden desires.

But life on Vincent and Sabrina’s estate is anything but tranquil. The notorious Duke of Blackwell has discovered the secret about the naughty balls and is out to destroy the marquis.
Vincent refuses to deny the rumors about the “anything goes” parties he hosts, and turns to his friends for assistance. Together, they devise a plan to defeat the Black Duke…and still find time for a few erotic games.

You can read excerpts, summaries, and reviews of A Midsummer Night’s Delights and A Midwinter Night’s Delights on each book’s page on my site:
Order your copy of Ultimate Night’s Delights here:

Where do you get your inspiration from?
Each book comes to me in a different form. Sometimes I’ll have an entire story “jump” into my head, and I’ll know everything that happens to the characters. (That happened with A Perfect Match, A Most Unusual Princess, Trust with Hearts, and The Viking’s Witch.)

Other times, I’ll get bits and pieces of the story and parts of the characters. Once in a while, I’ll have a character come first, and once I get to “know” and develop the character, I’ll find out the story. Once I know the story, the other pieces fall into place, like a puzzle. (That happened with
Four Days with Jack, Beauty & the Bigfoot, Killer in Wolf’s Clothing, and Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover.)

Before I start a book, I think about the story. I need to know who the characters are and what’s going to happen to them. After that, I outline the scenes and start writing. As I write, I allow myself some leeway to explore things I hadn’t considered in my outline/list. I might add entire scenes or write scenes that are later omitted. Writing a book is always an adventure, and I never know where the characters or stories will take me.
I also keep a folder of ideas, and if I’m ever at a loss for my next project, I read through the folder and see what story/plot/idea appeals to me to write next.
Do you have a favourite character from your books? Why are they your favourite?
I love all my books and all of my characters – so I don’t really have an absolute favourite. However, when I wrote the fantasy novella A Most Unusual Princess, I liked Dalton and Elara so much that I wrote a full-length sequel about them, Dalton’s Temptation. Then, while writing Dalton’s Temptation, I absolutely fell in love with Prince Allan, and knew he had to have his own book – so I wrote The Pauper Prince. (This trilogy is my husband’s favourite.)
I’m proud of all my books, and I think each book and set of characters is my “favourite at the moment” while I’m working on it. They were all a lot of fun to write, and I enjoyed following the characters through their adventures. I think readers do, too!
How do you decide how hot or not your book is going to be?
I don’t! I’m not really “in charge” of that, and I don’t decide “I’ll write a scorching book.” I let the characters in each story determine the sexual content. Every story is different, and so are the sexual lives of the characters. They all have a sexual history (whether curious, shy, very open, or unsure) that comes into play during the course of the book.
Writing in different romance genres also influences the sexual content. In The Viking’s Witch, (a historical) Odaria is innocent about things, yet, is so hopelessly in love with Rothgar, she insists that he’s “the one” for her. David in Four Days with Jack (a gay contemporary) is a modern, though sexually unsure man who’s interested in experimenting. Sherrie (from Trust with Hearts) had her heart broken, so she’s not going to jump into a relationship with just anyone. In Ultimate Night’s Delights none of the characters are shy, and anything goes! Writing for the different characters and their individual situations helps keep things interesting and fresh from book to book.
Are there any erotic scenarios you wouldn’t write about?
I’ve never been interested in writing about bodily functions that some people find erotic, or people dressing up like giant babies. Anything else is pretty much up for grabs, depending on the plot, characters, and heat level of the story. Stories I’ve written have included same-sex, ménage, groups, and light BDSM, so I’m pretty open-minded to a lot of different scenarios. I haven’t done anything with costumes or role-play yet, but maybe that will be next!
Is the stuff you write about from experience or mostly imagination?
All writing has some basis in real-world experience – but not in the ways most people think. I might get an idea for a story (let’s say, man falls in love with the neighbor, or he has to rescue his love from a fiend) from reading an article, a dream, seeing a movie, or talking to someone, but then as a writer, I use my imagination to take that “regular idea” and make it my own, with my characters, my plot, and my writing style.

The same works for creating characters. I’ve taken bits and pieces from real people and used some of their elements for my characters, but no one character is 100% anyone I know. I’m also a “people watcher” so I pick up character traits from observing people and how they act.

But because I write romances, people think that the love scenes are “confessionals” or are inspired by what I do in my personal life. Not so! Let’s use the F word here – it’s Fiction.
Fiction is made up, no matter what inspires it. It’s the characters in my stories are doing these things, not me.
And believe it or not, people have asked me if I “act out” the love scenes at home. I tell them that I don’t act out what happens in my horror stories, so why would I act out my romances? I let them know that I have a very vivid imagination and I can create anything—whether it’s a vampire story, a romance, or even a vampire romance!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
When I take a break from writing I usually hang out with friends and family, go for walks, exercise, or read. (As a rule, I don’t read when I’m writing - and I don’t write when I’m reading.) Other than that, I like to travel, go to flea markets, and garden.
Tell us something that might surprise our readers.
Here’s something surprising in this day and age: I write everything in longhand. When I get an idea for a story, I write my outline, let the ideas for the characters and plot marinate in my head for a while, and then go back and start writing on paper. After the first draft is complete, I start typing up the book. I add details and edit out parts I’m not crazy about as I type, so by the time I have a typed version it’s almost like a second draft.
It was fun sharing my thoughts with readers. Here’s a list of my romances - they all vary in heat level and genre. You can read excerpts, reviews, and summaries of all of them on my site:

A Midsummer Night’s Delights
(historical/fantasy) A Midwinter Night’s Delights(historical/fantasy – Sequel to A Midsummer Night’s Delights)A Most Unusual Princess (historical/fantasy)A Perfect Match (contemporary wrestling romance) Beauty & the Bigfoot (paranormal/comedy) Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover (paranormal)Dalton’s Temptation (historical/fantasy – Follow-up to A Most Unusual Princess)The Dark Lord (historical)Four Days with Jack (contemporary/gay)
Killer in Wolf’s Clothing(paranormal/gay)
Naughty Nobles (historical/fantasy anthology paperback– contains 3 stories: A Most Unusual Princess, The Dark Lord, A Midsummer Night’s Delights)The Pauper Prince (historical/fantasy – Follow-up to Dalton’s Temptation)The Sexy Stranger (contemporary) Trust with Hearts (contemporary)Ultimate Night’s Delights (historical/fantasy – Follow-up to A Midsummer Night’s Delights & A Midwinter Night’s Delights)
The Viking's Witch (historical/paranormal & Gold IPPY Award Winner!)Readers can find me on the web here:

Amber Quill Press Author page 
Medallion Press Author Page
About the Author:
Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has written more than 80 short stories, fifteen romance novels (for Medallion Press and Amber Quill Press), and four non-fiction books. Her romance writing spans many genres and heat levels and yet she’s also been known to surprise readers with a horror story. Her most recent book, Ultimate Night’s Delights (an erotic historical) was released in September.

Kelli publishes a blog ( filled with news, interviews, and writing prompts. She also writes a newsletter, Kelli's Quill, and posts on Facebook and Twitter (
She invites readers to visit her website, to learn more about all of her writings.

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