Friday, February 11, 2011

Guest Blogger: Kelli Wilkins Living Happily Ever After

Living Happily Ever-After…One Romance at a Time
By Kelli A. Wilkins – Amber Quill Press Author

Love is complex, and sometimes writing about two people falling in love can be a challenge. Each character acts differently in every story – some are open to the idea of love, and others…well, it’s the last thing they want – or so they think.

My romances are based on characters who find each other, fall deeply in love, and live happily ever-after – but not without going through some emotional ups and downs. Although my characters are in love, they have to face reality and learn a few lessons (about themselves, trust, and honesty) before they can live happily ever after.

For example, Princess Elara in A Most Unusual Princess has to open up and develop trust. In Dalton’s Temptation, Elara and Dalton learn important lessons about temptation and fidelity. Lord Adrik in The Dark Lord is moody and misunderstood, until an innocent girl teaches him how to love and trust again. All these trials and emotional hardships are realistic challenges that people face every day.
Sometimes love can be a surprise. In some of my stories, the characters aren’t looking for love – it’s the furthest thing from their minds – but there it is! Lauren in The Sexy Stranger quickly found herself falling for her ex-con “captor.” Claudette from The Pauper Prince had her Prince Charming literally stroll into her dress shop (and expose himself to her!). Sherrie and Curtis in Trust with Hearts have both been hurt so badly that the thought of falling in love is just too painful to consider. Although these relationships are uncommon, they’re about more than just meeting the right person and having a wild sex life — the characters focus on commitment and being there for the other person, no matter what.

Many of my characters only find true love when they are willing to open their hearts and risk sharing their deepest emotions, darkest secrets, and intimate desires — and then discover that the other person loves them even more for it. (Julian and Annabelle from A Midsummer Night’s Delights are excellent examples of this.)

People read romances for many different reasons: for great storylines, to live vicariously through the characters they care about, and to know that whatever obstacles these lovers face, they’ll overcome them together.

However, in real life, not every relationship turns out the way we’d hoped. Promises aren’t kept, hearts become broken, egos get crushed, and sometimes people end up alone and looking for love all over again. That’s why I enjoy bringing unique and interesting characters together in my novels. Sometimes I never know where the story will take me – but I’m always sure of one thing – that my characters will end up together, forever. And that’s the way it should be.

All of my books were a lot of fun to write. I enjoyed creating the characters and watching their stories unfold. I hope you’ll enjoy them, too. I’m always interested in hearing from readers. You can contact me via the “Contact the Author” form on the News page of my website,

Happy Reading!


Author Bio: Kelli Wilkins has published several romances with Amber Quill Press. She writes in a variety of genres including contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal. Her romances range from tender and teasing to sizzling hot and spicy! To learn more about Kelli and her writings, visit her website at: You can also follow her blog at:

(I included these in case the links I embedded in the text don’t show up. They all link to the book purchase page on the Amber Quill site.)


A Most Unusual Princess -

The Dark Lord -

Dalton’s Temptation -

The Pauper Prince -

The Sexy Stranger -

1 comment:

Melinda H. Harrison said...

Great post. New author to me. Looking up some of the books now.