I’m pleased to welcome Kevin Klehr to Fridays with Friends. He’s here to talk about his backlist moving to NineStar Press. And to give us a little inside about Drama Queens with Love Scenes and From Top to Bottom. Enjoy!
I’m in a unique position at the moment. My former publisher closed down so all my works, both formerly released and never before published, are going to be issued by NineStar Press during the course of the year.
The first came out over a week ago and is my first attempt at erotica. From Top to Bottom is a short tale about three sexually adventurous men who, um, well, decide to become more sexually adventurous. I originally wrote this for my last publisher who, when first contacting them, was told that erotica and romance are what sell best. I wrote a romance that has been both praised and critiqued for not being true to the genre. As for this naughty novella, it was a challenge set by my partner and two friends.
It wasn’t easy.
My first contemporary novel, Drama Queens with Love Scenes (relaunching on April 17), was originally contracted to a small general publishing house in Boston. When it was first edited I received a nasty note from the head of the company complaining about the lack of sex in the book. He went on to say ‘How can you call this an erotic novel?’
That book was magical realism, and anyone reading that would have worked that out. There was never any discussion about it being erotic.
So the editor encouraged me to add sex scenes.
I protested once. It was my first book contract so I didn’t protest beyond that. I added three sex scenes to that novel, which to this day I don’t believe are needed. But they’re light scenes so they don’t distract too much.
She gave me advice on writing these erotic scenes, which I didn’t follow, but thought I should add in this blog for others who might like to know. Apparently, you sit on a towel, naked, in front of your laptop and just type whatever comes into your head. Don’t censor it.
Three days later go back as the author and tidy it up.
So how did I write the scenes for From Top to Bottom? I’ll keep that a secret but will admit I had to find various ways to let loose and write. What I was more interested in was the characters and their journey during the story. Each one comes to terms with something different during their sexual exploration, each finding their new path with humour.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Kevin lives with his long-term partner, Warren, in their humble apartment (affectionately named Sabrina), in Australia’s own ‘Emerald City,’ Sydney.
From an early age Kevin had a passion for writing, jotting down stories and plays until it came time to confront puberty. After dealing with pimple creams and facial hair, Kevin didn’t pick up a pen again until he was in his thirties. His handwritten manuscript was being committed to paper when his social circumstances changed, giving him no time to write. Concerned, his partner, Warren, snuck the notebook out to a friend who in turn came back and demanded Kevin finish his novel. It wasn’t long before Kevin’s active imagination was let loose again.
Kevin has had a few books out, but sadly his publisher closed their doors. All of his work, both old and new, will be re-branded by NineStar Press in 2017.