Kelli's Quill Newsletter - Spooky October Issue
edited: Wednesday, October 08, 2008
By Kelli A Wilkins
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Posted: Monday, April 07, 2008
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Kelli's Quill - The Offical Newsletter of Kelli Wilkins
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The Official Newsletter of Kelli Wilkins
October, 2008 (Vol. 1. Issue 10)
Welcome to the October issue. The “For Readers” section features news about my new romance novella and short stories. To celebrate the season, the “For Writers” section is devoted to horror fiction!
Another Sci fi in the Sun: What’s that weird old lady holding captive in her basement? Find out in Kelli’s story “The Captive.” Check out issue #44 of the Sun. On sale October 27! Don’t miss it - it’s the last sci fi issue!
Kelli’s Braved Blogging! Yes, it’s true . I blogged on October 1. Here’s a link to my blog about "The Dark Lord." Check it out and leave comments! http://aqpauthors.blogspot.com/
Another New Interview: Manic Readers interviewed Kelli about her writings. Here’s the link: http://manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=authorInterviews&iid=63
Kelli’s HOT new romance: "A Midsummer Night’s Delights" is set for release on October 19. It will be available from Amber Quill Press as an ebook. On the 19th you can order your copy via this link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberHeat/MidsummerNightsDelights.html
Meanwhile, here’s a teaser:
At this Midsummer Ball, couples pair up everywhere — but not for dancing!
Young newlyweds Julian and Annabelle are miserable. Their arranged marriage is lacking everything—especially sex. Julian suffers from a lack of confidence and is harboring a secret urge. Annabelle’s longings go unnoticed and unfulfilled, no matter what she tries. But all that changes when they are invited to a Midsummer Ball. Over two days, they learn about their bodies, their needs, and themselves.
Their unconventional hosts, Vincent and Sabrina, introduce them to a world where their most intimate desires and hidden passions are explored—and fulfilled. Swapping, naughty games, and same sex experimentation are just a few of the surprises awaiting them…before the ball even begins!
It’s October, so naturally we’re discussing horror fiction! Horror can take many forms — gore-filled splatter-punk with buckets of blood… mysterious cursed people living in isolated Gothic castles… psychological, unsettling horror that makes you feel uneasy… or your ordinary “classic monsters” such as vampires, zombies, and werewolves. Each kind of horror story has its fans, probably because everyone is scared of different things. But whatever type of horror story you write (or read) there are a few universal elements that should go into any horror tale.
You have to establish a believable setting. Whether the story takes place in a gritty, post-apocalyptic city or a foggy rural graveyard, you need to give your readers a concrete foundation of where the story is taking place. Use lots of details and props to make your descriptions come alive. Ask yourself why your story has to take place where it does, then take your reader there. (My story, “What the Peeper Saw” is a good example of using setting. It’s a FREE read on my site!)
All characters (yes, even monsters) need to have a purpose. Why are your zombies in Wegmans? Your readers will want to know why (and how) the events in your story are happening. Your job as a writer is to get readers to suspend their belief and buy into your story. This is done by giving characters a purpose (or goal) and following it up with in-depth characterization and details. You don’t have to go into a lengthy explanation, just give your readers a reason, have your characters believe it, and move on. (In my story “The Man in Apt. 3-A” my main character really didn’t believe a vampire lived upstairs…until he met him. Read it for FREE on my site!)
Avoid clichés like the plague! Masked killers hunting campers in the woods, serial-killing cannibal families, miserable Goth vampires in ruffles, and mindless zombie attacks have all been done to…well, death. When writing horror, don’t be afraid to break patterns, make your characters different or have them go against the stereotype. Give readers something unexpected, turn a cliché on its ear, or use a different point of view - it’ll make your story stand out. (My Halloween story, “Kropsy’s Curse” is a good example. It’s available on www.fictionwise.com. (http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/eBook17627.htm). My flash fiction story, “Guest of Honor” uses setting, mood, and purpose to deliver a clever ending. It was featured in The Best of the First Line. Read more about it on my site.)
Something to Write About:
Just for fun, why not create your own horror story? Here are a few traditional and unusual horror settings, details/props, and “monsters” to spark your imagination:
Settings: abandoned cliffside castle; lighthouse; ice cream parlor; deep, dark woods; a house
Details/Props: ouija board; map; buried treasure; locked trunk; secret diary
Monsters: ghost of dead sailor; possessed child; demon; ancient Native American spirit; vampire
Enjoy! (And don’t scare yourself!) If you’d like to read more about my horror fiction, visit the horror section of my website: www.KelliWilkins.com. You can read spooky stories for FREE and follow links to other tales you might have missed.
Web Site: Kelli Wilkins Multi-published Author
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