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Friday Spotlight with Kelly Stone Gamble

November 18, 2011

Kelly bio picI am so excited to shine the spotlight on one of my favourite people, the seriously talented, totally hot ginger Kelly Stone Gamble.

Kelly Stone Gamble is a freelance writer and author of Ragtown, a historical novel set during the building of the Hoover Dam. It will be out very soon, and I will be one of the first in line to buy a copy!

Kelly has graciously agreed to write a guest post for us, so without further ado, let’s get started.

It Was Only a Kiss…

Recently, I got the final edits back on my completely sterile historical novel. No big deal, easy stuff, I thought, until I got to this comment: “You must consummate this relationship, even if it is no more than a kiss.”

Just the word ‘consummate’ made me blush, so you can imagine that yes, I panicked.  I write about men starving in the desert, working under inhumane conditions, death, destruction.  Not kissing—or consummating anything.

I am not the kind of person you would call a prude.  On the contrary, I love reading or watching racier scenes, but to write about it?  I considered changing my entire story line and throwing my lovebirds off a mountain just to avoid this one task.  But then I thought; people write far more intimate scenes than this every day and I am a writer.  What the hell, how hard can it be.  Two paragraphs–one kiss.

Remember, I write history, which means research. So of course, I approached my kiss from a scholarly perspective:

“Okay, hubs, come in for the kiss. Okay, stop. No wait, stand on this box, my character is much taller than you. Would you normally rest your chin on my head or are you bored? Try to be more passionate. No, just a nice little kiss. Quit yawning. Quit grabbing! Hold it right there, let me get my pen.”

Not so hard. Right?  It took me three days to write the most boring, impassionate kiss in the history of kisses.  Phrases like ‘their teeth clanked’ didn’t quite fit, and my female protag thinking ‘damn, he needs to shave’ didn’t sound very romantic.  This was a lot more difficult than I had imagined.

I gained a new respect for my friends who seem to have no problem with a simple kiss or subjects more intimate than that. I couldn’t imagine that DC goes to bed with a pen in one hand and something a little more festive in the other, so how in the hell does she do it?  I kept rewriting and as my two characters stood in the middle of a deserted road, gazing into each others eyes, I resisted the urge to run them over with a truck.  Then I remembered the words of two great philosophers, Lennon and McCarthy: I get by with a little help from my friends.

Writers take great pleasure in helping other writers who humbly admit their inferiority.  I sent out several ‘I can’t do this, but you can!’ messages and received responses from seven of my writer friends.  I weeded out the strict porn and pieced together a line here and a touch there.  I did a little more field research (thanks, hubs!) and after another three days, I finally had a decent and innocent kiss for my two lovebirds.

Not bad. Six days, seven writers, two paragraphs.

Afterall, it was only a kiss.


Kelly, that was a was a fun and wonderful post. Also, I love that song. I cannot wait to read this steamy hot kiss scene. I promise not to skip to that part and read it before going back to the beginning. What? Who does that?

Before you go, and without in any attempt to keep you here in the dark side,  we want to learn more about you. How about you undergo a mini Q & A session? Yes! Excellent.

Q. How long have you been writing?

A. I guess like most writers, I’ve always ‘written’. I got serious about it eleven years, eight months ago. Yes, I know the exact date. My dad always said he wanted to (fill in the blank) one day. When he passed away unexpectedly, the first thing I thought of was his lost opportunity to fill in those blanks. My dream has always been to write.  I started the very next day and haven’t stopped.  Eleven years, eight months.

Q. What inspires you?

My sons. I have raised two perfect men in an imperfect world. They are dedicated to their passions and love their mother, even when I am a little crazy, which is most of the time. I work every day to continue to be the person they can always count on and always look up to.

3. What are three things on your bucket list? 

Live on a beach, traditional housing optional. Wander aimlessly through Scotland or Ireland or someplace really green for a few months and see what I can find.  Learn to play the bagpipes; not really, but I like the idea of being around a lot of guys in kilts.

4. What is your guiltiest pleasure?

I can’t even write a kiss by myself, and you think I could put my guiltiest pleasure in print? I do love to roll bones, which may have a different meaning in Erotica land, but I’m talking about shooting craps at the casino.

(hell yeah there’s a different meaning!)

Q. If you could see any cancelled television show come back on the air, what would it be?

A. The Wire.  The best show, ever.  My favorite line from the show, compliments of one of the greatest characters ever written, Omar Little–“Come at the king, you best not miss.”

Kelly, thanks so much for stopping by the e-rotica blog to talk about your first kiss. I hope you come back very soon.

Kelly bio picI highly suggest that everyone stalks Kelly on her blog and via twitter.
@KellySGamble  (twitter)


27 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2011 5:08 pm

    Great post, Kelly! I’m looking forward to checking out your “first kiss,” too. I’m quite sure it will be well worth your effort!

  2. November 18, 2011 6:34 pm

    Thanks, Raine! It turned out pretty good, but of course, I have some pretty talented friends. 🙂

  3. November 18, 2011 6:54 pm

    Oddly, enough K.G. that’s exactly the process I go through whenever I’m about to kiss someone for real. It takes a lot of time, but the women who have hung around long enough (none) say it’s worth it.

  4. November 18, 2011 6:55 pm

    Kelly – I laughed so much reading this! I also suspect you and I are very alike.

    I liked this post so much I was reading the funnier parts of it to my husband. 🙂

  5. November 18, 2011 6:57 pm

    Lots of fun research here, I’d say…you can kind of see a film crew directing the scene: very nice!

  6. November 18, 2011 7:10 pm

    What a great idea to ask for help! Writing sometimes feels like it has to be a solitary endeavor and a solitary voice. I forget that we can’t strip ourselves of influence and there’s always collaboration despite the artistic medium you choose. Well done!

  7. November 18, 2011 7:21 pm

    Christine, I know what I’m good at (I think) and know what I am not so good at. I get a lot of help. In return, I give help, too. Writing doesn’t have to be lonely.

  8. November 18, 2011 7:32 pm

    It was so cute how stuck you were with that little kiss. You just needed to be talked off the cliff. And now the kiss is a good story in itself, and of course a most excellent addition to your book. Love the role playing! I’ll have to remember that when I’m stuck! Great song to add on the end there too.

  9. Sherry Meeks permalink
    November 18, 2011 7:55 pm

    I’ve read the scene and Kelly’s book. Both rock! Kelly receives and gives help. She helped me with my query letter for my novel. With Kelly’s strong guidance and wonderful words, my query letter rocks! I’m going to be one of the first people to buy Kelly’s book. I have no doubt it’s going to hit the shelves soon. Sherry

  10. November 18, 2011 10:20 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone! Kelly rocks, doesn’t she!

  11. November 19, 2011 2:42 am

    Sounds like an exciting first kiss! I want to know if the damn man needs a shave!

  12. November 19, 2011 7:46 am

    It’s fantastic that you have so many friends that answered your call! I got a real kick out of this post. I can’t wait to read how the final product came out. With practice you’ll be pumping out scripted kisses left and right. 😉

  13. zencherry permalink
    November 19, 2011 10:00 am

    D.C. & Kelly together on one page? Awesomeness!
    Tweeted it and enjoyed it thoroughly.
    (Opens champagne) Here’s to the steamier side of writing. Woot! 😀

  14. November 19, 2011 1:10 pm

    This is hysterical, Kelly. Not only because I’m sure I was one of those helping writers (whether I was helpful or not who knows), but you were so cute reaching out for “the perfect kiss”…and using the hubs as a testing outlet….genius! I really can’t wait to read Ragtown!

  15. November 19, 2011 1:13 pm

    Yes, Krystal, another of the magnificent 7, kiss writer extraordinaire!

  16. November 19, 2011 2:33 pm

    I love that post! I loved that kiss (and not just because I was one of the seven) and I love the process we have to go through to get things just right as writers. I wouldn’t make it without my writer friends, who lift me up when I’m down, and inspire me to move forward. I’m glad you shared that story…it makes me feel better to know I’m not the only one who gets by with a little help from my friends.

  17. November 19, 2011 4:44 pm

    Rofl hilair AND a great tip. Thanks so much. Cathy x

  18. November 26, 2011 5:56 pm

    I just love Kelly. I’m glad to be seeing her comments and facts about her on her blog and others that i adore. Have a great weekend!

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