Overcoming painful memories by writing pleasure: taking a positive approach

Welcome to author Kellie Kamryn for being with us today. First, would you tell us a bit about yourself? What area of the country do you live in, do you have a family, pets, etc. Are you a coffee fiend, or do you have another “addiction” you must have on your desk at all times? What’s your education, if it’s relevant to your writing, and how does that education help you/or do you find that you can write well even without the diploma others might think they must have?

 I live in Manitoba, Canada with my 4 children and our cute daschhund, Winzy. I’m hopelessly addicted to peanut butter and chocolate, but I don’t keep it on my desk! Secret stash…

I have a degree in Physical Education and was a gymnastics instructor for 25 years. I based a series of romances around the sport that will be out in the new year. I think anyone can write well if they take the time to learn. Sometimes I’m intimidated by someone with a degree in literature, but sometimes they are just the best people to learn from.

 Tell us about your most recent publication.

PLEASURE ISLAND  is an erotic novella available from The Wild Rose Press.

What inspired you to write this story? What interesting thing did you learn or research to write it that you didn’t know before?

After my separation, I was inspired to write a story about a woman who goes on vacation to find herself a year after her divorce. I learned just how far I could push my writing in terms of heat level and language I could use in my writing. With the help of encouraging CP’s and a great editor, I’m really proud of it.

 How would you best describe your books?

Well, my erotic pieces are erotic and fun, full of emotions I think people can relate to. My contemporary novels are much the same but with a different setting, and not as much erotic content.

What is your favorite genre to write? To read?

 I love to read and write romances because I love a happy ending. Too much sadness in the world so I think we need more happy endings and hope. I also have quite a collection of spiritual books and poetry I like to read when I have time.

 What would you write if you could do write anything you wanted to write?

Going through a divorce among other things in my life, I find that when I share my stories with other people, people are more inclined to share theirs. It makes us feel not so alone when someone can openly relate to us. I’d like to compile a book one day about women who have gone through divorce or other situations and how they came out on the other side.

What do you most like about writing? Least like? When did you first know you wanted to be an author?

I love getting the stories out of my head! My characters tends to run their scenes like movies in my brain until I tell their story. I least like getting stuck on a scene when I just can’t figure out how it’s supposed to go. I always wanted to write and did so mainly for myself until I self-published a book of poetry. Then I wanted to challenge myself with novel and short story writing.

Do you belong to any writing groups? Are there any writing websites you find particularly useful?

I’m a general member of the Romance Writers of America. I also belong to the Naughty Romance Writers who have been very supportive in my writing endeavors. I blog with a group called The Ass Cheek Angels and we ladies met at RWA 2010 and decided to support each other this way.

 Is there any special music you like to listen to while writing? How does it inspire you?

Depends on the scene! I listen to most everything – rock music, instrumental, dance… Sometimes a certain song just invokes the emotion I need for a scene.

 Do you belong to a critique group? What do you find most valuable about the experience?

I don’t belong to a critique group, but I do have critique partners. I find that each of them has a different perspective and I learn a lot from each one.

Tell a little about your path to publication. How many books have you published? How many books did you write before selling one?

So, far I have three published with different publishers – The Wild Rose Press, Secret Cravings Publishing, and Romance Divine.

 How did you find a publisher? How did you receive the Call?

I’d heard about The Wild Rose Press from a friend who published with them. I thought they would be a company I’d love to get in with. Thankfully, they also believed in my story. First I received an email that asked for a revise and resubmit. I did, and then after a bit of a wait, I got an acceptance email. I was extremely excited!

What’s your favorite thing about the book featured here today? Any special memories you have in the creation of it?

I’m just really pleased with how it turned out! I love Jake and Chelsea’s story. Very hot, but they come to care about each other in a short amount of time. A happy ending for them when I was going through a rough time.

What are you writing now? What’s next for you—will you be making personal appearances anywhere our readers can find you?

Right now readers can find me on the internet – blog posts, my own blog www.kelliekamryn.blogspot.com, twitter @KellieKamryn, facebook www.facebook.com/KellieKamryn my website www.kelliekamryn.com where they can find my newest releases and upcoming ones. I’ll be publishing books 1 & 2 in my Love and Balance series: Rebound and The Perfect Score. Next year, another author and I, who met through our publisher, will be hosting a book signing in our home city.

What would you like to tell readers?

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I loved writing them!

I always love to hear from readers, so check out my sites and don’t be afraid to talk to me.

ABOUT PLEASURE ISLAND:

After finalizing her divorce, Chelsea Hunter came to the resort island of Paradise for some peace and quiet so she could figure out what her next step would be. She hadn’t expected to find herself at an exotic hotel dedicated to pleasures of the flesh. Too bad she doesn’t want sex. 

 Jake Davis is back in Paradise after visiting a year ago when his own marriage fell apart. This time his fantasy is to guide a woman through her sexual journey. He hadn’t counted on being paired with the only woman in Paradise who prefers privacy over pleasure! 

 Will Jake be able to discover what Chelsea truly needs, or will their journey to Paradise remain unfulfilled?

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Excerpt: “This is a what?”

Chelsea Hunter couldn’t believe her ears. An island resort dedicated to entertaining people’s sexual pleasures? This wasn’t what she’d signed up for when reserving her room at the beautiful Caribbean locale. What the hell would people think if they found out she’d come here?

“I assure you that you’re in the right place, Ms. Hunter,” the blonde behind the reception desk told her.

Chelsea struggled to look anywhere but at the receptionist’s chest, whose gigantic breasts spilled out of her red string bikini. “There must be a mistake. I reserved a room at Paradise Resort.”

“This is Paradise, baby,” drawled a smooth voice from Chelsea’s left.

Chelsea turned, only to struggle again with where to look. There stood one of the most gorgeous men she’d ever laid eyes on. She’d guess him a few inches shy of six feet, but his perfectly sculpted body totally made up for it. He may not have been tall, but the handsome factor was off the charts. Close cropped dark hair, midnight eyes, broad shoulders and chest without an ounce of body hair, tapered waist, and—Whoa. A zap of lust zinged straight to her core, and she dropped her gaze to his muscled thighs. That couldn’t be real. Maybe his Speedo made it appear larger. She flicked another quick look. Damn…Wet heat rushed between her thighs.

Bringing her gaze back up to his face, she flushed at the amused sparkle in his eyes. She braced her hands on the reception desk, her wedding ring twinkling a bittersweet reminder as she leaned forward.

“There has to be some mistake,” Chelsea pleaded. “I’m at the wrong place.”

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for having me here today!

  2. Great excerpt, Kellie. Negative times in our lives can definitely sometimes lead to positives, especially in our writing.

    And then, it can also be fun to take someone who’s caused us trouble in real life, make them a character in a story, and cause something horrible to happen to that character…mwahahaha

  3. Great interview!

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