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Monday, 10 December 2012

Kelly Whitley (Lynn Crain)

                 A Warm Welcome to Kelly
First, a brief bio:
Once upon a time, Kelly dreamed of becoming an entomologist, then a gymnast, and then an architect. Instead, a career in healthcare became the chosen path. After years of devouring other people's books, she decided to give writing a try. An arduous journey and many hot fudge sundaes later, her first paranormal romantic suspense debuted in July 2012.
Now she writes a variety of fiction, spanning genres from humor to paranormal and flash fiction to full-fledged novels. An ideal day consists of coffee, no phone, and writing quirky characters for her fans to fall in love with. Stop by, where the paranormal is an everyday occurrence and get your fix for vampires, werewolves, shifters and more. Kelly loves visitors, human and otherwise.
Kelly lives in the Rocky Mountain West. Contact her at

Here's the blurb for Kelly's latest release: INTO THE RED
Human blood is an illicit and highly addictive drug--if you're a vampire. Known as Red, its side effects are insanity, and eventual death. A group of Red-addicted vampires known as Poisoners are killing women as part of an extortion plot involving a lost ancient vampiric tome, and they’re leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. The discovery of each new victim risks exposure of the entire vampire race to humans. Then one victim survives…

Dr. Evan Nichols, oncologist and vampire, lives a monk-like existence, by his own choice, focusing on patient care and research to benefit his vampire brethren. It’s been twenty-five years since his world turned upside down—the night he lost his fiancée and discovered his hidden vampire heritage. Now his government has ordered him to take a mate—or they’ll choose one for him. It’s a horrible prospect, and one that might push him over the edge—until Fate throws him together with a human female.

Wary of relationships, Tara West has poured her energies into work and inventing cutting edge climbing equipment. She doesn’t like the gorgeous Dr. Nichols, yet finds herself unaccountably drawn to him.

When a crazed vampire attacks and poisons Tara, Evan rescues her. With time running out, he has to create an antidote to the poison before he loses his chance at love.

In order to make the vaccine which might cure her, he has to find the bastards who poisoned her and take their venom—before they die of their addiction. If he doesn’t reach them in time, saving her will be impossible.

Thus the journey begins—into the Red!

Before treating us to an excerpt, Kelly Reveals:
Who controls the story – you or your characters?  The characters. If they would just do the editing, I’d be set!
What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your books?   Satisfied they’d read a great book, and wanting more.

What do you think are the main ingredients for a successful book?   Memorable characters, and an engaging plot—in that order. Characters are what I remember years later—not so much the details of the plot.
What do you most enjoy about writing romance?   I like weaving the romance into the suspenseful plot—it’s tricky. Compared to mainstream fiction, I get more out of a romance—it’s like getting a twofer: mainstream fiction and a hot romantic plot thread.

What do you like best and least about writing?   Best: having one of those days where the words flow faster than I can type. Finding the perfect word to describe something. Inventing a great metaphor. Least: those days where every words is squeezed out with difficulty. Plot holes that loom like gaping defects in the fabric of the story.
Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?   Yes. I’d actually characterize it more as burnout. Too many arduous days with every free moment spent at the computer.

What would be your tips to overcome it?   For writer’s block—I hand write on paper. Play “what if…” and let myself get as outrageous as possible. Sometimes that shakes it loose. Burnout: avoidance is best. I ended up taking a few days off from the computer and work. Watched TV and did nothing.

Do you have a writing routine?   Yep. On non-day job days, I eat breakfast (which I highly recommend) while watching the morning news. Be at the computer by 8:30 or 9:00. Check email for things I’m expecting and personal emails. Social media if I need to get word out about a blog post/book, otherwise, I leave it alone. I’m not a big social media person, which I think is good.
On work days, generally I try to squeeze in a little writing before dinner, then write after dinner until 10 pm.

What can we look forward to from you in the near future?   Flash fiction and short stories! Next novel out within the year, I hope.
How do you like to spend your free time?   Reading. Otherwise, I occasionally watch DVD movies and football.

 What would you most like to accomplish this year?   I’m finishing third round edits on a MS now, and want to get it submitted. An acceptance would make an excellent Christmas present.
Now A Taste of Kelly:
The caged light above the emergency exit cast a pallid, purple glow over the alley and the pair coupling against the brick wall. Barely twenty feet away he watched, hunkered down in the murk of the shadows, thinking about the merits of killing them both, or waiting for the girl to be alone.

The bar catered to the darker element; men who came to drink, drug, and fornicate. Dangerous men. Men who committed violent crimes as easily as they breathed. Few women frequented this establishment. Most of the females present worked there as waitresses with benefits for purchase, for the men with sex on their minds.
Management took a cut of everything—the liquor, the drugs, and the sex. He also knew the management dictated who did what to whom and when, so it had been just a matter of time before a pair left the bar for the privacy of the alley.
The guy from inside the bar was clean, well-dressed in something other than biker gear and blue jeans, and wasn’t drunk or high.
Which was better than usual.
Hidden, he watched while the man finished and then disappeared back inside. The girl stayed in the alley. A match flared as she lit a cigarette and walked in tight circles by the back door. Based on his observations, he knew she wanted to attract a customer who didn’t come from the bar.
A quickie.
She didn’t realize she’d just sealed her own fate. It would be a quickie. A  hell of a quickie.
He separated from the shadows and approached her from the end of the alley. He wasn’t clean, well dressed, or sober.
Which was worse than usual.
But he did have fifty bucks. He bit back a laugh as he caught the expression on her face—half victory, half revulsion. She took his money, tucking it into her bra before turning to face the rough brick of the building. 
He leaned into her, pressing her chest against the alley wall and inhaling the smell of her neck as he yanked up her skirt and entered her from behind. He ran his hands over her body, relishing the feel of her soft skin as he plunged into her, ignoring her little yips of pain.
As he slammed into her and finished, the leech of his addiction demanded satisfaction, and he snaked an arm around her throat. For a moment she didn’t react, then the fragrance of her relief gave way to the smoky scent of panic. She lashed out, connecting with the unforgiving brick wall. Her struggles kicked his anticipation into overdrive, and he sank his teeth into the exploding pulse of her fear.
Within a few seconds, her legs gave out, leaving her limp against the wall; he supported her around the waist. Anyone encountering the scene would assume they’d not yet concluded their transaction. The ache of withdrawal eased its way into euphoria as the Red hit his bloodstream. With jerky movements, he laid the body out of sight behind the filthy packing boxes before grafting himself to the shadows.
Soon, another couple would exit the bar for an outdoor tryst.
And he’d be watching.

Review:  “Such a unique take on vampires, and Evan is a great hero. His love for the heroine is so intense it's palpable. Whitley's writing really throws you into each and every scene as she touches your heart with every word she writes. LOVED this!!”—Catch the Rush (on Amazon), Sept. 2012

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Pleasure to meet you, Kelly!
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  1. Hi Kelly and welcome. I find hand writing on paper most effective too.

  2. Great interview, ladies. :) Into the Red is a fantastic read! I always write on paper instead of the computer when I'm stuck with a plot or the words aren't coming together.

  3. What is paper and pencil? Kidding of course. When something doesn't come together for me, I have to think, roll it around in my head for a few days, then hit the computer again.

    Nice interview. I like the premise of the story. Very, very tempting. Okay, you convinced me. On my TBB list.