I’ve been an erotica author since 2011. Back then the whole indie publishing thing was really starting to take off, so I decided to try it just to see what would happen. Four years and sixty titles later I’m still here. It’s been kind of a rocky road at times – there’s nothing like waking up to find that half of your catalog has been blocked by a distributor, and I’ve had that happen more than I like to think about – but overall it’s been a worthwhile experience.
Emails from people who tell me that my work has affected them in some way are as big a vindication of what I’m doing as the checks I get from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’ve had people tell me that they’ve relived parts of their own lives through my stories, and even had one reviewer say that a story made her cry. That’s pretty much the ultimate compliment you can pay to a writer. It’s not too difficult to make someone smile, or even laugh a little. But to get someone so involved in your characters that they’ll cry over them? I think that was the first time that I really felt like I was a “real” writer and not just an impostor. When I’m having a bad day and questioning whether I should be writing at all, I go back through the emails I’ve gotten and that helps me push through.
Recently I decided to start writing romance under the pen name Olivia Blake. Those of you who’ve read my stories know that they tend to be fairly romantic anyway (even the ones that probably shouldn’t), and it’s not that big of a stretch for me to make the transition. I’m a voracious romance reader of everything from contemporary to paranormal to Regency, and I’m excited to finally try my hand at writing it for a change. If you enjoy my stories like “Resisting Molly” and “Hot and Bothered,” you’ll probably like my romances, too. I started off with some novellas to get my feet wet, but I’m hard at work on a pair of novels that will both be out before Christmas.
This doesn’t mean that I won’t continue writing as Kelli, though.
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