Word-Slingers: Guest – Vanessa Kelly

I really need to go back to setting these up well in advance. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It is my extreme pleasure and honor to welcome the incomparable Vanessa Kelly, aka VK Sykes, to the blog this morning! She’s doing a giveaway as well, so make sure you read all the way through to get the deets.

1) How long have you been writing?
For a long time.  I was an English major in college and graduate school which, naturally, meant a lot of writing.  When I left grad school, I worked for several years as a researcher for a trade union – again, lots of writing, albeit of the non-fiction kind.  As for writing fiction, it’s been about five years but all those previous experiences helped me to be an organized, competent writer.
2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)
I’m not a big believer in driving myself crazy over my writing or anything else, if I can help it.  I write because I love it and because it improves the quality of my life.  In terms of priorities, family and health come first.  I’m lucky enough that I don’t have to hold down a day job, so writing for me is really a luxury, and I’m grateful for that.  If I can get two good hours in a day on my writing, I’m happy.
3) When is your next release due out for either of your names and can you tell the audience about it/them?
My next Vanessa Kelly Regency historical romance is out in October.  It’s called His Mistletoe Bride, and it’s the wrap-up novel to my Stanton Family series.  As you can guess, it’s a Christmas book!  It’s a wee bit lighter in tone than my previous novels, since I wanted it to be fun and heart-warming, and sexy, of course.  I also have a V.K. Sykes book coming out at the end of February.  It’s one of the contemporary romances that I write with my husband, and it’s called Fastball.  It’s a baseball book starring a super sexy athlete, and it’s actually a prequel to one of our previous books, Hardball, which is already available at the usual e-retailers.  
4) You actually write in two genres, as represented by the separate names above, Vanessa Kelly for Regency Romance and VK Sykes for contemporary. What is it about the two genres that you like so much?
I’ve been a sucker for the Regency era ever since I read Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer in high school.  What a wonderfully interesting period of history, full of fascinating characters!  I came to my love of contemporaries fairly late in the game, but I really enjoy taking a break from writing historicals.  It’s very refreshing to be able to use modern language and situations.  As much as I love the Regency, it can be challenging in terms of social and cultural limitations.  It would be very tough, for instance, to write a book about a female physician set during the Regency period.  Not impossible, but tough.  For me, contemporary romance opens up a lot of story possibilities.
5) Do you think you’ll move to a third genre, and if yes, what to and when?
We’ve actually written three romantic suspense books, which we hope to get published someday.  And my husband and I have just taken a crack at writing up a historical mystery proposal, which we’re really excited about.  It’s great to have so many options to choose from.
6) Random silliness 1: Sweet or sour?
Hmm.  Salt, actually.
7) Random silliness 2: Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?
Chocolate, by a whisker.
How can people contact you (email)?
My Favorite Countess:

Spirited, stubborn, and entirely irresistible…
She is difficult, demanding, and at times, quite fierce.  And Dr. John Blackmore can’t take his eyes off her.  The Countess of Randolph is the most striking woman he has ever seen…and the most infuriating patient he has ever tended.
Mired in responsibility, Bathsheba doesn’t have time to convalesce in the country.  She should be in London, hunting for a wealthy new lover to pay off her late husband’s vast debts, not dallying with a devastatingly handsome doctor.
But it is only a matter of time until the good doctor and the obstinate countess will have to contend with the sparks that fly between them.  Once their bodies surrender, their hearts may follow…
Buy links on my website

After years of hard work and keeping her nose firmly to the grindstone, Dr. Holly Bell has finally achieved her dream: a position as a pediatric surgeon at a prestigious teaching hospital. Children’s lives rest in her skilled hands. That means total dedication to her work and her patients without letting anything or anyone get in the way. And a hot affair with a superstar athlete is most definitely getting in Holly’s way.

Nate Carter, star pitcher for the Philadelphia Patriots, has the world in the palm of his baseball glove. He’s at the height of his game, a west coast team is about to lure him with even greater riches, and the most gorgeous women in town are in full pursuit. Nate has everything he wants, or at least he thinks he does, until he meets the beautiful and brainy Dr. Holly Bell. He’s totally up for a hot affair, and Holly turns out to be the hottest.

But will Holly be willing to play his game? When the lovely doctor starts changing the rules, Nate realizes he just might be playing for keeps. 

Ms. Kelly will be giving away a copy of My Favorite Countess AND a copy of Hardball to a lucky commenter.  Deadline is next Monday, with winner announced Tuesday!

She is also running a contest through the month of February with a group of other authors. It’s called “Indulge our Favorite Authors”, and people can win the ENTIRE backlist of one of their favorite writers. Check out her Facebook page for deets. Wowee! 

Thanks for coming by, Ms. Kelly. It’s been an honor to have you and good luck with your future books.


  1. Loved the interview! It must be a wonderful thing to be able to write and work with your husband. Does it ever become difficult where you disagree with each other's ideas or storylines? The books sound intriguing. Thanks! 🙂


  2. Tina, we do occasionally get into "discussions" about storylines. But we do most of that in the brainstorming phase, well before anything is committed to paper. And if we do disagree on something later we try to defer to each other's areas of expertise. That usually seems to do the trick.


  3. Great interview! Vanessa, I'm still trying to figure out how you get everything done and still have time to sleep. Looking forward to FASTBALL! Are you a sports fan or do you handle the romance part of the story and leave the athletics to your hubby?


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