Okay..so this week’s Author Showcase is a bit different because I, being the blonde that I am, sent the wrong questions to our author! Lol…so no I’m not stealing your questions Alison Cosgrove! I’m just a silly Millie!
Let’s welcome to the Author Showcase Kelly Lawrence to the blogs. Kelly joins us from the UK and her novel, Wicked Games publishes next week!!
1) What would your bio say?
Kelly has been writing since she was able to pick up a pen and wrote her first novel, an historical romance about Anne Boleyn, at the tender age of twelve; it consists of 200 notebook pages tied together with string and still takes pride of place in her grandmothers’ display cabinet. She was married at eighteen and divorced at twenty-one, and graduated with first class honors from Warwick University in the meantime. After seven years as a literacy teacher she now writes full time. ‘Wicked Games’ is her first book, a true-life erotic memoir that she hopes will scandalize the locals in the beautiful village she now lives in, in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales. She lives with her wonderful and long-suffering partner and has recently become a practicing Buddhist.
2) When did you start writing and why?
I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. First it was an escape, then a way to entertain my school friends, then I wrote a lot of tortured teenage poetry. It wasn’t until I left teaching that I considered writing as something I could actually attempt to earn a living from. Doing something you’re passionate about has to be the best job in the world.
3) Who is your favorite author and why?
There are so many! I read across a wide variety of genres. For crime, Karin Slaughter is a genius. Her characters will stay in your mind for a long time. Anais Nin introduced me to erotica as a genre. Terry Pratchett for his imagination and wit. Nora Roberts for sheer escapism. Anne Brontes ‘Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ is my favourite classic.
4) What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
Just to write a good story. To leave the reader with that bittersweet feeling you get when you close a good book.
5) Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
I’m traditionally published by Random House and forthcoming with Harlequin, but researching other avenues. I’d ideally like to have a finger in both pies. The recent e-book craze has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for authors and it will be interesting to see how the big publishing houses respond to that.
6) Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing
It happened so quickly, but also very typically. I made a list of agents…wrote a query letter…researched publishers…I was very lucky in that my first choice of agent chose me back. Then came the hard work…!
7) Tell us about your book (s)
Wicked Games is actually an erotic memoir, chronicling a relationship I had that led me into the BDSM world. It was such an exciting, intriguing time, even as it was happening I remember thinking ‘there’s a story here’. I’ve since gone on to write erotic romances for Harlequin that will be published later this year.
8) What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
I wanted to write Wicked Games for a long time, but it was only with the recent surge of interest in the genre that I actually had the confidence to believe anyone would want to read it! Also, I found FSOG a little inauthentic, and so Wicked Games is my attempt to put BDSM in a real life context, without losing the romantic element, as it’s also a genuine love story.
9) Tell us why we should love or hate your main characters?
As the characters are based on real-life people, I can only hope the reader agrees with my assessment of them!
10) Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?
I had a set playlist on repeat while I was writing this. Some of my favourite tracks on it were from The Cardigans, 30 Seconds to Mars and Lana Del Ray.
An erotic memoir and real life erotic romance.
A red-hot account of how an everyday woman is seduced into a thrilling sub/dom relationship. This is true-life erotic romance at its best.
From the Back Cover
‘I unwrapped his gift with shaky fingers. A pink and black silk blindfold. It was deceptively pretty and harmless looking. A bit like Alex.’
When Kelly meets Alex, she has little idea of the sexual revolution about to take place in her ordinary world. For Alex isn’t like other men. He likes to play games – wicked games – and he wants Kelly as his playmate…
Dare she submit to him – and to her own deepest, darkest desires?
In Wicked Games, every word is true. You’ve read the fiction – now find out how it really feels to surrender to the one you love…
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