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Thursday, June 14, 2018


The Goat Farm of Katarina's Youth
Today we’re chatting with Katarina, the heroine in Redemption from a Dark Past, the new historical romance from Kelli A. Wilkins.

What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
Before the book started, my life was pretty miserable. I was working on a goat farm in a tiny village, and I was terribly lonely. When I was a child, my “employers” took me out of an orphanage and brought me to work for them in exchange for food and shelter.

Unlike most of the young women in my village, I always wanted more for myself. I wanted to explore new places, have adventures, and fall in love. I’m happy to say that Kelli made all those wonderful things come true for me.

What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I’ve always liked the fact that I’m clever. I’ve been told that I “think like a man” and most other women always thought I was too smart for my own good. I’m proud of the fact that I can (and do) think for myself. I’m also brave and headstrong, which are also uncommon qualities in women from my village. All these traits came in handy once Kelli started writing about me and my adventures in Lord Adrik’s castle.

What do you like least about yourself?
I was always ashamed that I couldn’t read or write. Even though most people from the lower classes (men and women) can’t, I felt that I should know how. Being uneducated made me feel stupid, and I thought that I was missing out on a lot of things.

When I met Lord Adrik, I’d spend hours looking at the books in his library, wondering what stories and adventures were locked away inside them. I’m pleased to report that now I can read and write, and I even play three musical instruments!

What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
Well… this is a bit personal, but in the book, Kelli wrote a scene where I was bathing and Lord Adrik came into the bath and… Let’s just say, he showed me the ecstasy a woman feels when making love. I thought it was strange at first, but after receiving Lord Adrik’s affections, I was quite pleased!

Kelli also wrote a few other strange happenings in the book. One night, I chased down the ghost haunting the castle, and on another night I followed Lord Adrik into a strange room and discovered one of his deepest secrets. Kelli says that Redemption from a Dark Past is a romance blended with mystery and suspense, and she’s right!
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
I don’t really argue much with her. After writing nineteen romances, Kelli seems to know what she’s doing. Although I’ll admit, at times I was concerned with how the book would end and what would happen to me. The story has lots of twists and turns, but Lord Adrik and I trusted that Kelli would make everything work out just fine in the end.

What is your greatest fear?
I don’t have many fears, but I suppose I share one with just about everyone—I worry about losing the people I love. Life is very short and I think everyone should enjoy the time they have here with the people they love the most.

What makes you happy?
I love spending the day with Lord Adrik. We go riding, attend concerts, and take long walks. When we’re not together, I’m happy painting, playing music, tending to a garden, and reading. 

If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
I would rewrite the part of the story where Lord Adrik and I have to attend a meeting at Count Varady’s estate. That’s where I encountered a group of fancy noblewomen who were very nasty to me. Lord Adrik also had a lot of troubles there, and basically, everything fell apart. I’d change the book so that we never went there at all. But as Kelli reminds me, all that bad stuff had to take place so the story could develop and other important things could happen. I know she’s right, because if I changed that scene, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
There were a few characters who bothered me. Mr. and Mrs. Gurka, the owners of the goat farm, were always mean to me. They also tried to arrange for me to marry a horrible man named Oleg. And then there was Baron Radych—he plotted against Lord Adrik and tried to kill me. Kelli made sure he didn’t bother anyone again!

Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
I wouldn’t trade places with anyone. I’m perfectly happy being me!

Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Kelli asked me to tell readers that she is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, nineteen romance novels, and five nonfiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories. Imagine!
She wrote a writing book called You Can Write—Really! A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Fiction. It’s a fun guide filled with writing exercises and helpful tips all authors can use.
She says readers can visit her website and blog to learn more about all of her writings.
I can’t wait to read all of her historical romances. I want to see what other interesting characters she has written about, and follow their adventures.
What's next for you?
Well, I don’t want to give away anything from the book, but Lord Adrik and I are expecting our first child soon. I’m very excited about that! Kelli says that she’ll be busy for the rest of the year, too. She’s working on two more romances, horror stories, and an online writing class.

Thank you for letting me chat here today. I hope everyone reads Redemption from a Dark Past and catches up on all of Kelli’s other romances.

Redemption from a Dark Past
Lord Sebestyen Adrik has an unsavory reputation as a madman, murderer… and worse. Lonely and searching for love, he seeks the companionship of local young women, hoping one of them will ease his torment and bring him the happiness he longs for. Katarina is his last chance—but will she fear him like all the others? Or is she the one who can lift his curse?

Desperate to avoid a forced marriage, Katarina agrees to become Lord Adrik’s latest companion, despite the rumors she has heard about him. She discovers the “Dark Lord’s” secret past and realizes he’s not the monster everyone thinks he is.

As their love blossoms, she renews his passion for life—yet they cannot escape the ghosts of the past.

When a meeting of the nobility goes horribly wrong, Sebestyen’s world unravels, and his enemies plot to destroy him. As all seems lost, a mysterious stranger arrives at the castle. Sebestyen must decide if he is a friend or a foe…and if he can find redemption in his love for Katarina, or lose her and everything else that he holds dear.

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Angela Adams said...

Look at those little babies! They're so precious!!!

Kelli Wilkins said...

Goats are cute, aren't they?
I hope readers enjoy the book. It was a lot of fun to write.