Author Kellie Kamryn Shares Their Story
About the Author
By day, Kellie Kamryn is captain of her crew wearing many a hat: chauffeur, cook, maid, and arm chair psychologist. In her spare time, she lets her sassy side out to play, writing stories and poetry that sweep readers into other worlds of contemporary erotic romance.
Sweet and romantic, or sassy and hot, Kellie’s writing will melt your heart – and maybe your undies! Her vivid style of storytelling has gained her erotic romances numerous 5-star reviews. Mulit-talented, she does voice work recording audiobooks, available on Amazon, iTunes, Audible and other retailers.
Kellie is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America, a regular contributing blogger for the Ass Cheek Angels as well as her own Sweet and Sassy blog, a motivational speaker who recently gave a workshop at the Moonlight and Magnolias Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and most recently a writer for the Lifestyle section of Evolved World, an online e-zine.
What inspires you to write romance books?
A hopeless romantic at heart, I love the idea that two people can work together through internal and external struggles and create the type of relationship they want. My characters always show growth throughout a book because I believe people are capable of that in real life. People need sunshine in their life, and I’m always pleased to receive an email from readers that one of my books made them smile when they were going through a rough time in their life. There is no better feeling in the world for a romance author.
Tell us about how you write:
I used to do a lot of outlining, but I found that as I wrote a story it would change and evolve, so I do as little outlining as I need and then let the story flow. After it’s done, I fill in the holes, outline more to fill plot, then add in details. I plot and note-take on paper, notebooks, etc. All of my stories I “write” on computer and save drafts into folders.
My poetry is always hand-written and only goes into computer form to be published. I think every writer has their own process and has to figure out what works for them. A million people could give you advice, but in the end you have to do what works for you.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
When there is a particular scene I need to work out, I actually do speak it out loud, or rather have the conversation between my characters. I find that way, I know if dialogue flows well or not. Since I’ve been complimented on my ability to have well-flowing conversations between characters in my books, I know my process works for me.
While writing my books, I listen to my characters and some times stories take turns and twists I hadn’t thought of, so to speak. If I just go with the flow, and “listen” to the story as it wants to be told, I write a better product in the end.
What advice would you give other writers?
Join organizations where you can learn the craft of writing. Network with other authors because they will be your biggest support as we all know what each other goes through in the writing process. Take constructive criticism from reviews and realize that a review is someone’s opinion. Learn what you can, and grow a thick skin. Not everyone will love your work and that’s the way it is.
Don’t give up. If you want to do anything badly enough, you have to persevere and look at obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow as a person and as a writer.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started out with smaller presses and I didn’t put all my “eggs in one basket”. I have books published with three publisher’s because they all offer something to me as a writer, plus it’s good for the writing resume to write for more than one. Other opportunities arose for me to work within the publishing industry as a result. I’m now employed as a narrator for two companies.
While I have two books I’ve self-published as a children’s author under another pseudonym, I’ve chosen to publish my erotic romances through a publisher because there are editors and cover artists I work with I now adore. I’ve learned a lot from them and have grown as a writer as a result of it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I feel there are tremendous opportunities for authors to publish their work than ever before. Each author should do their research and figure out what is best for them, whether it’s traditional publishing, indie publishing, or small press, or acquiring an agent. Whatever an author decides to do always find good people to work with, ie. editors, cover artist, agents, etc.; putting out a quality product should be paramount.
What genres do you write?
Erotic Romance, Poetry, Contemporary Romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print