Interview with Sahara Kelly

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern England - Hampshire, to be precise. About twenty miles from Chawton, where Jane Austen lived. Um...yeah, it probably did have an influence on me. LOL I do believe that having walked the fields and countryside, much of which might well look close to the way it did a couple of hundred years or so ago, makes it easier for me to write a Regency novel and set it accurately into that time. The birds, the scents, the light...unique to each location.
When did you first start writing?
That's a difficult question to answer. In school writing was expected. I wrote essay after essay, without questioning it. Some became short stories (still in school) and the actual craft of writing was probably honed at that time. My first book, however? That was waaaay back nearly thirty years ago now. Published by Zebra/Kensington. A sweet Regency under another name and now out of print. From then on, I was hooked.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Becoming self-published was inevitable for me, I think. I was losing control, finding it harder to maintain my creativity in the face of constant and stifling rules, and getting increasingly frustrated with the "business" end. Finally, I gave up and stopped writing. I was miserable. Then the light returned as I tentatively published my first three short stories by myself...and the rest, as they say, is history. I'm happy again, have retrieved my creative muse from the mud, and am free to write what I want to write, not what I'm told to write. Welcome back to Bliss.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been an integral and vital part of my self publishing world. When I began, it was an alien place where things like formatting and meatgrinding mattered. Where my manuscript was "vetted" and eventually reached places I couldn't...vendors that didn't want to deal with lil' ol' me, but were content to take my work from the able hands of Smashwords. After the first few bumpy publishing experiences, I got the hang of it and now? I view Smashwords as a business partner in my ongoing literary adventures. One I might consider taking out for dinner now and again. LOL
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a lot of favorite authors, and surprisingly most of them aren't in my particular section of the library! I do love S.L. Carpenter, with whom I write. I don't think we could write together if we didn't enjoy each other's individual work. I'll always find time for Nora Roberts - she's the tops for a reason...she's just fabulous. I'll pick up Susan Elizabeth Phillips' latest, along with Jayne Ann Krentz. Right now I'm enjoying Phillippa Gregory, and I have some of Catherine Coulter's FBI tales on my Nook. For sheer guilty entertainment, I'll admit to having every Laurell K Hamilton book on my shelves, and Stephanie Plum's adventures make me laugh. After that? Elizabeth George is an immersively fascinating read, James Patterson's Alex Cross fascinates me and Ann Rice's works are engrossing and occasionally disturbing. Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, of course...and the list goes on. LOL
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, honestly? A need for coffee and the ladies' room. Not necessarily in that order. LOL
How do you approach cover design?
Ahh. Now this is near and dear to my heart. I've always been fascinated with graphic art, and dabbled in the pixel pool for several years before trying my hand as a freelance cover artist. I was blessed to be able to learn from some of the best out there (S.L. Carpenter) and now I co-own a small graphics business dedicated to all things literary. We produce not only cover art, but promotional materials, web headers, Facebook images and so on. My co-owner? Yep. None other than the aforementioned artistic genius, S.L. Carpenter.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh boy. That's truly an impossible question. Only five? FIVE? Of the thousands I've read? Geez, folks. How about I just name every asteroid in the Milky Way instead? (grin)
What do you read for pleasure?
Um... Books? Sorry. It had to be said. But I read pretty much everything for pleasure. Okay, the Chicago Manual of Style (Edition #16 I think) leaves something to be desired, and InDesign for Dummies doesn't really float my boat, but other than that all my books are chosen for the pleasure they give me. If I goof and end up with a book that doesn't work for me, there's usually a friend or two ready to take it off my hands and give it a try. A book never goes to waste. Only cookies do that. (get it?) LOL
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook and like it very much. But I also have an iPad Mini, an iPad, and a laptop. And a desktop. And a first generation iPad as well. Of all of them, I think I probably use the iPad mini most for reading. it's exremely comfortable on my knee, crystal clear text and I can stop and pick up my email or a text message if I need to. I worked my way through the first three volumes of Game of Thrones on it in airports and hotels. That's a pretty good indicator it works for me.
Published 2013-08-29.
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Books by This Author

Faerieland Needs YOU
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 86,010. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Horny, outrageous and always looking for something different! Faeries in Sahara Kelly’s stories aren’t exactly the sweet little magic wand kind! In these two tales they’re passionate, lustful, drunk, funny and party-crazed. You don’t have to clap to believe in ‘em…but if it helps, go ahead…they’ll adore the attention!
Series: Asylum for the Mechanically Insane, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,260. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Warning: Content may disturb some readers. Science is unpredictable - and the results can be chaos, or worse. In this case, they are much worse, resulting in a night of savagery custom-made for the violent and unspeakable tastes of Lord Randall Harbury. Who will survive these perversions...?
Destruction - Book Two - Asylum for the Mechanically Insane
Series: Asylum for the Mechanically Insane, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,150. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Portia Fielding has a mission – to rescue Devon Harbury, inmate of the horrid scientific asylum beneath Harbury Hall. Not even Dr. Merrill Ringwood’s explosive experiments will deter her, but they make others nervous. Airship Fleet Captain Del Moreton hasn’t heard of Ringwood or his work, but he’s about to get an education in both, along with a life-changing visitor from his past.
Illusion - Book One - Asylum for the Mechanically Insane
Series: Asylum for the Mechanically Insane, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,010. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
A festering hotbed of inhuman science, amoral experimentation and a casual dismissal of humanity? Surely not. This is Harbury Hall, an elegant estate run by Lord Randall Harbury and his exquisite wife Alwynne. A Victorian gem in Hampshire.But beneath the Hall are secret laboratories. There are whispers of asylums, insanity and danger. Is it true? Undoubtedly yes...
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,890. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Steamy and scorching – Jen Hodges expected the heat, since she was taking a few vacation days in Florida…in August. She didn’t expect to find the same adjectives applied to the crazy wild affair she falls into with Cris de la Rosa, Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome, manager and concierge of the hotel. But sometimes a storm of tropical passion is just what’s needed to clear the air…
My Hero
Series: Time Guardians, Book 3. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 69,620. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A bad snowstorm and an icy road throw Peta Matthews into a strange adventure alongside the man of her dreams, Max Wolfe. There’s mystery, murder, poetry and cats. Sometimes even Time Guardians need a hero...
My Prize
Series: Time Guardians, Book 2. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 60,280. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Laird Rory McAllen is facing a terrible truth – he and his men cannot win the battle ahead of them. Then a spectre appears offering life, but somewhere and somewhen very different. It seems there’s a problem in the Universe’s timeline and only a twelfth century laird can fix it. Along with a little help from his broadsword and a lovely lawyer presently deployed on a galactic star cruiser...
My Wish
Series: Time Guardians, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 52,790. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
She’s given up on being anything but ordinary, so the two handsome men who materialize in Alana West’s bed are something of a surprise. And when they announce they’re there to help her develop her sexuality, well what’s a girl to do? Relax and enjoy it, of course!
So Into You
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 27,130. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
He’s crazy about her, but only brings her coffee. He dreams about her in his bed, but is content to be her buddy. But Phil Cooper’s life changes when he gets a dinner date with his goddess, Casey Andrews. And Casey finds out she’s got a lot more than a helpful friend who knows her taste in muffins. She’s got a man who re-awakens her desires, especially when he tells her “I’m so into you."
Buckler's Hard
Series: The Regency Vampire Saga, Book 4. Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 36,770. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Sir Marcus Camberley is on a quest for a new life and assumes that a traditional marriage will be part of it. His roamings take him to the shore on a moonlit night – and into an adventure with Mistress Mariah Dean that surpasses any he could have imagined. Traditional, she isn’t. But Marcus knows one thing within moments – she’s his.
Open House - Working Stiffs Book Two
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,870. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Model homes are mostly empty of everything but sterile designer furniture. Jeff McAdams doesn’t mind since he’s the architect, not a salesman and he’s fine with the place until Gabriella Rossini walks upstairs. Jeff suddenly realizes what’s missing - that human touch of passion he once found with Gaby…
Hired Help - Working Stiffs Book One
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,880. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Every woman deserves a working stiff to call her own. Rose Jackson has one - her bodyguard Mel Kent. But she can’t let herself treat him as anything other than the hired help. Or can she?
The Penthouse - The Tethered Arms Book 4
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,300. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Reclusive bachelor and penthouse resident Jason Burke has spent his life exploring things - from sexual fetishes to the world he currently writes about, one of swords and sorcerers. There's only one thing he regrets... Francesca._ Losing her when he'd only just found her, well that kind of pain never goes away. Even when he learns the reason why...
Apartment 7A - The Tethered Arms Book 3
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,400. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Adele Martin sees life through a camera. Brian Macmillan sees Adele through the eyes of a man entranced. But there’s a hitch. Adele is horribly aware of their age difference and it’s getting in the way of desire. Perhaps what she needs is a good spanking…
Apartment 6C - The Tethered Arms Book 2
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,800. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Adam Burns loves his wife beyond anything, in fact he reinvented himself for her sake, leaving his Dominant world behind. But now? He's afraid his marriage is heading for trouble. However, his wife Laura is in for a surprise and an exciting revelation. Because once a Dom, always a Dom...and her chance to be a submissive is not to be missed...
Apartment 4B - Tethered Arms Book 1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,570. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Eve Bentley is a hard working Marketing manager relishing her Saturday morning sleep-in, when her doorbell rings and her world changes. Simon Austen is enchanted by the rumpled, confused, caffeine-less woman struggling to wake up. Even more so, since the mis-delivered package he’s returning to her contains something unexpected - the soft, sensual tails of a really fine flogger…
Rough Knight?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,870. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sophie Lewis has kept a secret for too long - her desire for sexual domination will no longer be denied. And the perfect Master? Royce Harper. He’s displaying his form at the Tampa Renaissance Faire and the role of blacksmith fits him like a glove. But will he be willing to forge something new with Sophie?
Knights of Pleasure
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,940. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
"I dare you…" Three words send Susannah McGill on a journey to a Renaissance Faire and into the arms of two fascinating men. She surrenders to the sensual lure of their intriguing suggestion, knowing that Logan and Tyler are more than ready to offer her something new. But it's possible she might underestimate the appeal of a unique erotic ménage with these naked Knights of Pleasure...
Georgie and Her Dragon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,490. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Once upon a time… There was a dragon called Theobald the Unlucky—and a beautiful Princess, neither quite in the usual fairy tale style. Theo wasn’t a bad dragon, just not comfortable in his “skin” since it hadn’t been his to start with. Bewitched by a horny fairy with a headache and a rotten sense of humor, it wasn’t until he met Princess Georgiana that things started to improve…
One Knight Only
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 24,230. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
History can be is to antiques dealer Tad Fisher. But even he is surprised when he finds himself confronted by a woman from his past and with a sword in his hand. Not to mention the horse he has to ride onto the Tournament field at the Renaissance Faire. But Drina Ashford has a plan...and this is one night the Knight will never forget...
Showing Off
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,250. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Two wild and wonderfully sexy stories from the warped and twisted minds of S.L. Carpenter and Sahara Kelly. Never before published, you'll find out the fate of a werewolf who needs more than just a frizzy-hair intervention, and what happens to a guy who has one simple get laid. It's vintage Carpenter/Kelly, filled with humor, touches of reality and that trademark humor. Don't miss it.
Winding Her Up
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,210. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Marielle Todd is cool, calm and elegant. She collects clocks and each of them keeps perfect time. At a meeting of the Steampunk Society, she finds herself between two handsome men and indulges in more than a few decadent fantasies. When it looks like they'll become reality, Marielle realizes these two men are definitely winding her up...
Stripping Her Gears
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,680. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
She's a long-legged blonde who loves dancing and needs a part time job. He's starting a new private Steampunk club called Goggles and Cogs, and he needs dancing waitresses. It's a match made in heaven - both professionally and personally - and when passions explode between Jack and Cora, more than her gears get stripped!
Letting Off Steam
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,830. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
It's a party - a Steampunk party - and Olivia Hayden's going with her best friend Cora. She has no idea what Steampunk is, but it's in a ritzy part of Boston, so what's not to like? She expects the luxurious surroundings, but not the man she meets. Nor does she expect to be swept into a night of unbelievable passion...
Game Over
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,910. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor
We've all done it a time or two. Played a video game - either alone or with our kids. But have you ever wondered what goes on with those pixillated characters when you hit "Pause"? Or when you turn the game off for the night? You may be quite surprised. Take a peek behind the programming at the lusty adventures going on inside your tv screen...
Seduced by the Sun God
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 88,640. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Ancient, Fiction » Romance » General
It's a wild trip back in time for Annie Lynden when she finds herself swept into the hot and passionate world of Ancient Sumer. And into the arms of the High Priest of the Sun...a man she already knows... Also includes "Visions" - the sequel to the above story. Annie may no longer be in Ancient Sumer, but the passion continues!