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The Official Newsletter of Kelli Wilkins
March/April Issue (Vol. 2 Number 2)
Welcome to the spring issue of the Quill! Happy Birthday to all the March & April birthday folks (and there are a lot of ‘em!) I’ve been busy with new reviews, a new book, and blogs. Read on for all the news….
What’s New: Kelli’s first romance anthology, Naughty Nobles, is being released in paperback format in March! This book combines three electronic-version-only romances (A Most Unusual Princess, The Dark Lord, and A Midsummer Night’s Delights) into one paperback. The book link is: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/NaughtyNobles.html
Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover has received several excellent reviews from Romance at Heart (http://romanceatheart.com/review/confessionsvampirelover.html), Coffeetime Romance (http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Confessionsofavampireslover.html) and Manic Readers (http://www.manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=reviews&bookid=2991). This contemporary paranormal was released in December, so don’t miss it! You can order your copy here: http://amberquill.com/AmberHeat/ConfessionsVampiresLover.html
Contest results: In February, Kelli’s contemporary romance novel, Trust with Hearts won Honorable Mention in the Reading Writers “Romantic Encounter” writing contest. There were 291 contest entries.
Facebook!: At long last, Kelli has a Facebook profile. If you’re on FB, search for Kelli. Her screen name is Kelli Wilkins and her ‘face’ is the cover of Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover.)
Kelli’s Blogging: In February, Kelli blogged on The Romance Reader Connection website http://trrcreading.blogspot.com and on Feb. 17 she blogged on the Women Entrepreneur Secrets http://womenentrepreneursecrets.blogspot.com site. Be sure to check out their archives! In March, Kelli will be blogging on www.ireadromance.com and she will be a guest author at www.allromancebooks.com on April 10.
Q&A WITH KELLI
You have several books out; do you find one of them to be your favorite? What about a favorite character?
I love all my books and all of my characters – so I don’t really have an absolute favorite. 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.
I’m proud of all three books in the “Royal Desires” trilogy. Each one was a lot of fun to write, and I enjoyed following the characters through their adventures. I think readers do, too!
What do you do for inspiration when you find yourself in a writer’s block?
If I get stuck while writing a story, I usually take a break from it for a day or two. Time away from the story let’s me think about what’s not working and mull over the possible solutions. If that doesn’t work, I go back and review my notes/outline to see where things got off track. I think if you try to force the ideas or story to come to you and “work through it” - it only compounds the problem. Thankfully, I don’t get “writer’s block” where I don’t know what to write. I have lots of notebooks filled with story ideas that are waiting to be developed.
What would we find on your bookshelf?
The books on my shelves are very diverse. I have books in almost every category: horror, romance, contemporary fiction, self-help, new age, historical non-fiction, and of course, my books! I like to read a lot of different things and I’m always collecting more books at garage sales and flea markets.
Something to think about:
No matter how large, small, grand or simple, everyone has a goal. But do you know what your characters want? When you’re writing a story, you have to know what your characters want most – at least for right now. Different characters will have different goals, and along the course of your story goals may change or a character will develop secondary goals.
Goals can, will, and should, vary depending on the type of story you’re writing (mystery, horror, comedy, romance, or a contemporary piece), but they generally fall into two categories: emotional, or internal goals, and physical, or external goals. An internal goal is something the character needs or wants. (This can be meeting a soul mate and falling in love or healing grief after the loss of a loved one.) An external goal is something the main character physically must do, such as steal a magic ring from a dragon or climb a mountain to rescue a child. Sometimes goals start out simple (like buying a house or getting to a wedding on time), and your job as a writer is to make it hard for your character to achieve his/her goal by throwing in conflicts and obstacles that force your character to work harder.
In my book, The Pauper Prince, banished Prince Allan’s goal is to make his own way as a “regular” person working in the shipyard. But before long, he’s added secondary goals (protecting the woman he loves, solving a mystery, and keeping a secret) all while facing challenges and obstacles along the way. (You can read about the book on my website: www.KelliWilkins.com)
Give your characters a few solid goals (with challenges) and watch the story unfold!
Something to write about:
Just for fun, try a goal-oriented exercise. Mix and match these characters with these goals, then see where they take you! What conflict can you dream up for each of these scenarios?
Character: 23 year-old woman; 87 year-old man; 9 year-old boy; homeless woman; tough biker dude.
Goal: to become famous; to murder the neighbor; to escape zombies; to adopt a child; to get married in 6 months
Have fun with it! Next time, we’ll explore conflict and find ways to make your characters’ lives miserable!
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