Friday, September 16, 2011

Kilt Kilpatrick: The David Bowie of Erotica

Céad míle fáilte romhat, a Kilt!

So maybe you can help me with my dilemma - how do you label a writer when all their stories are so different from each other? 

Take my very good friend Kilt Kilpatrick, the author of the new Ravenous Romance anthology UNDER THE KILT. Kilt is a literary chameleon who has written first time gay male erotica, naughty romps of a college co-ed, touching lesbian love stories, and even the occasional straight coupling (or tripling...). And though I have it on good authority that Kilt is a straight male, he certainly has been mistaken for some other sex and /or sexual orientation by readers who’ve assumed that only a gay man, a lesbian, a naughty co-ed, etc., could have written the story in question.

If that weren't enough tomfoolery already, when he’s not gender-bending, he’s genre-bending. I don’t normally look for spicy erotica in my historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, steampunk or horror stories, but damn if Kilt isn't part alchemist and somehow manages to blend the most unlikely ingredients into wickedly delish literary cocktails. Come see what I mean:

A few of the twelve stories in UNDER THE KILT are perfectly contemporary; albeit very hot - but they’re arranged alongside other sneakier stories that seem buttoned down, ordinary and respectable until they quickly slant into the paranormal like a werewolf at that time of the month. Then there are lush historical tales with settings so richly detailed they’re like stepping into another world.  And you’ll also wander through stories set in the strange and scary surreal estate of fantasy, science fiction and horror (Yes, horror - who knew?) The Tiger's Tale is a historical fantasy set in the British Raj, featuring romance, intrigue, danger, tigers and gods in Victorian India.

A feisty Berkeley grad student says Later Days, Saints when two Mormon missionaries come knocking on her door with surprising results.  Next is Handsome and Grateful, a fractured fairytale take on the classic Brothers Grimm story of Hansel and Gretel, complete with a celebrity narrator, a slightly more mature Hansel and Gretel, a wicked witch, and a heroic woodsman – or are they? When the zombie apocalypse hits in Last Times at Ridgemont High, is it a nightmare come to life or a surprisingly sexy dream come true for our high school hero? Maybe a little of both...

What, two zombie stories in an erotica collection? A Zombacalypse horror story is an odd place to have a tender romance, but Kilt’s readers have especially liked the touching, haunting Love Bites: A Survival Guide. A Seattle fireman thinks he may be the last man on Earth after zombies overrun the world – until a mysterious woman appears. But is she real, or just his imagination, or something even worse? Don’t let the title of Humahumanukunukuapua’a scare you. It’s actually a charming story of a mainland girl in Hawaii having to cope with her increasingly powerful girlcrush on her best friend.

For the m/m fans, there are three more treats: Reach Out and Touch Someone is the "lost chapter" of Kilt’s debut novel, The Manny Diaries; in fact it’s the original opening to the book, but it was so hot the publishers decided to make it a stand-alone story. That Afternoon reads like a stand-alone story of a young man’s first time with another man, but it’s actually an excerpt from TMD, as is the sweet and spicy Christmas story Santa Claus is Coming.

Three truly fantastical stories round out the collection, including two never before published: Mutated States Of America is a post-apocalyptic romance-adventure set in a bizarre, savage but strangely beautiful near-future earth changed almost beyond recognition. Lady Cassiopeia’s Amaranthine Palace; or, the Aerial Xanadu is a quirky, baroque little Steampunk tale with a twist, a high-tech Tolkienesque fantasy set in the wild, wild, west of a techno-magical America that never was. Last is a novella, The Blue Morpheus Inn, a magical collaboration between Kilt and another popular Ravenous Romance author, the fabulous Inara Lavey (the bold, brilliant, wicked woman who rocks his world on a regular basis). Three college students heading home for the holidays are forced to spend the night at a mysterious motel where dreams come true, like it or not...

Though set in different times and places, and even different worlds, with varying degrees of fun and seriousness, these dozen Kilty pleasures all share the spicy romance elements that Ravenous readers have come to love. Some are wicked, some are sweet, some feature M/F action, some M/M, some F/F, or varying combinations of hot ménages; something for everyone, really. But make no mistake - these stories aren’t for everybody. Just you.

And btw, true confessions time... As you may have guessed by now, I’m not just an acquaintance who sure knows an awful lot about his very good friend’s anthology: I am Kilt Kilpatrick... and I truly hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed writing them for you!

Kilt Kilpatrick is the pen name of an Irish author sometimes called "the Ferris Bueller of San Francisco." When he's not writing sexy stories for Ravenous he is a nonfiction writer, public speaker, Bay Area event organizer, and somewhat oxymoronically, a biblical historian and atheist activist.

He is linguistically promiscuous; he is conversant in Irish Gaelic and bits and pieces of about two dozen other languages, including Welsh, Breton, Hungarian, Japanese, Arabic, American Sign Language, Cherokee, Klingon and Elvish. He loves reading, movies, dancing, sex, and has been a saber fencer for over 25 years.

He lives in San Francisco with his steady girlfriend and # 1 fencing partner Inara Lavey; who is also a Ravenous Romance writer. And yes, he does wear kilts. If you know anybody like that, it's probably him.

Titles by this author: The Manny Diaries, Bedknobs & Beanstalks: Anthology of Gay Erotic Fairy Tales (Contributor), Hungry for Your Love (Contributor), I Kissed a Girl: A Virgin Lesbian Anthology (Contributor), I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus (Contributer), Threesomes: An Erotic Anthology (Contributor)

You can find Kilt: Ravenous Romance and Facebook


~Sia McKye~ said...

Go raibh míle maith agat, Kilt! (Or in Scot Gaelic, Mòran taing)

Which ever one you use, I appreciate you being here today!

Talli Roland said...

Wow! I'm in awe of Kilt - it's a real talent to be able to write across so many genres. Fantastic!

Jo said...

I'm in awe of anyone who writes, I must say.

Kilt Kilpatrick said...

Tá failte romhat agus is e do bheatha, a Sia, mo chara! Thanks again for having me here today. And thanks for the kind words, Talli and Jo!

I'm very grateful that my publisher wanted to do an anthology like this, I'm so proud of these stories and it broke my heart that some of them were written for anthologies that got stalled and so they've been languishing unread. Can't wait to hear what you all think of them!

Dana Fredsti said...

Having read every one of these stories, I can say without hesitation that they're all wonderful and so very unique from one another... amazing stuff!

Plus he looks good in a kilt. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Yes he does, Dana. I'm betting your favorite ones were about Zombies. Just a feeling. lol!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kilt, a chuisle mo chroí, you say the nicest things. And I'm glad to have you visiting.

When I first looked at your cover I thought of those greatest hits music CDs. This is a good idea. :-)

K. Ann Karlsson said...

Kilt! All your stories in one spot! Be still my heart. Now there's an anthology to spend your money on. :) I don't know how you'll be labeled by the publishing world but, as a reader, I know I connect with the emotion in your stories. The characters. Oh, and the scorching hot sex...


K. Ann

~Sia McKye~ said...

K Ann, glad to hear you've enjoyed Kilt's stories. I don't have many erotica romance authors on the blog and I only read a few now and then--depends upon the premise. But I have to admit, there are 2 here that piqued my interest.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dana Fredsti said...

I love all of the stories, but especially Last Times at Ridgemont High and A Tiger's Tale (even though the latter has no zombies...)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Multiple genres is impressive!

John Philipp said...

linguistically promiscuous. What more could you want.

Salud to the Man.

Kat Sheridan said...

Ah, Kilt, you roguish devil! Congrats on the anthology, and can I just say YUM?? YUM! YUM YUM! I don't know if I can stand so much smexy romance in one place, but I sure am going to try!

VA said...


I spent an inordinate amount of brain cells trying to come up with an adequate tie in between the Latin and Gaelic and erotic, and failed. Stupid declensions!

Sia, I've had Kilt's anthology on by TBR list for awhile. Time to bump it up.

The diversity is impressive. Kilt, how do you jump from one to other?

Jeanne Adams said...

Hi Kilt! Hi Sia! Wow, I'll just say "SOLD!" Aanyone who can speak or write Gaelic (Irish or Scots), and is a biblical scholar AND writes scorching romanctic sex?

I'm So There. And you have my deepest respect as well. I've wanted to learn Gaelic forever, but oddly enough, they don't put that on the language tapes much. Grins.

VA, declensions are poison. Stay away. Grins.

And fencing too? WOOT! Awesome.

Kilt Kilpatrick said...

Go raibh míle maith agaibh, a Chairde! Thanks all - What a treat to come home and see all these wonderful comments! Sia, I'm dying to know which stories are tempting you - though I bet I can guess one of them...

K.Ann! So great to see you here - folks, you have to read her stories in the I Kissed A Girl collections - they are amazingly evocative and totally hot!

Kilt Kilpatrick said...

Dana, Alex & John: Thanks, you three! (btw, Dana is a sexy fencer too, AND my co-author on "the Blue Morpheus Inn" story...)

Kat, I love your yums... =P

VA, thanks for the bump! I actually get a big kick out of the different genres, and I esp. love when I can take readers out of their comfort zone and loving a genre they would normally never go for. Can't wait to see which stories you like!

Jeanne, Aw shucks... *blushes* You guys are making my day! If the biblical history angle interests you, you might want to try my book NAILED (by my alter ego, David Fitzgerald...NOTE: Not for everybody!)

Kilt Kilpatrick said...

Hey, this just in: a brand new (and glowing!) review of UNDER THE KILT!
Warning: SPOILER ALERT - you may want to read the book first...

Kilt Kilpatrick said...

Huge thanks again to the wonderful Sia for hosting us today and to all of you for stopping by and all your wonderful comments - you've really made my day!
Thanks again all!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kilt. Although I'm not a zombie fan, I liked the premise of Love Bites and The Tiger's Tale. Lady Cassiopeia’s Amaranthine Palace is another one.

Were they the ones you thought?

Kilt Kilpatrick said...

I knew "The Tiger's Tale" would have to be one of them... = ) But I think you'll love "Love Bites", too - I think those two - and "Mutated States of America" are my favorites. Oh, and "Lady Cassiopeia"too... Oh! and "Later Days, Saints"... and "Last Days at Ridgemont High"... and "Humuhumu...."