About kilby blades


author KILBY 

Kilby Blades is a fresh new voice in smart contemporary romantic fiction. A business executive by day, by night she writes dynamic characters in to (and out of) tantalizingly complex predicaments. Critics laud her “feminist romance”, noting empowered heroines and multi-dimensional heroes who are staunch advocates for their partners, stepping back from their own spotlights in order to let their women shine. From dry wit in her angstier books, to blatant humor in her lighter ones, her characters are resplendent in their witty repartee. All her stories, regardless of genre, serve up delicious dilemmas and never-before-seen plots.

Her debut novel, Snapdragon (2017) was a ten-time finalist and a three-time winner for honors including the IPPYs, the Publisher's Weekly BookLife Prize For Fiction, the Foreword Indie Award, the HOLT Medallion, the New England Reader's Choice Award and the OKRWA National Reader's Choice award. Its sequel, Chrysalis was a finalist in the Emma Awards. Her novella, The Art of Worship, was an IndieReader winner, a HOLT Medallion finalist, and a Passionate Plume finalist. Two of her three soon-to-be-released titles were 2018 Stiletto Contest finalists and the third was a finalist in the CIMRWA awards. She is also the 2018 recipient of Best Debut Author in RSJ’s Emma Awards.

When she’s not writing, Kilby goes to movie matinees alone, where she eats Chocolate Pocky and buttered popcorn and usually smuggles in not-a-little-bit of red wine. Kilby is a mother, a social-justice fighter, and above all else, a glutton for a good story.


A personal note: my NAME IS NOT KILBY

It seems fitting to tell you that my real name isn’t Kilby Blades.  Given the, erm...racy nature of the content I write, I prefer to stay in the closet.  The name Kilby Blades was inspired by my late fictionista friend of the same name.  She passed away in 2003 at the end of a long autoimmune illness that we didn’t know nearly enough about at the time.  We were both in our early twenties when she died.  It’s hard to explain how somebody who is gone can still hold such an important place in my life.  But Kilby does.

In addition to being an amazing person with intelligence, wisdom, and heart around all manner of things, she was, for years, the most important person in my writing life. She told me when my writing sucked, did so with the right balance of compassion and truth, and stepped up my game around big concepts of craft. I dedicated my first original novel, Snapdragon, to her and have chosen to write under her name as an homage..

Before I became Kilby Blades,  various handles I used to publish fan fiction hid me behind the curtain of anonymity for many years. In my largest fandom, Twilight, my four stories tally more than 1.5 million chapters read, and have received a combined 15,000 favorites, reviews and follows.  Though I haven't written for Twilight since 2012, I still receive scores of favorites and follows each month. Prior to Twilight, I wrote under different nom de plumes for Divergent, Prison Break, The West Wing, and Dawson's Creek.




Age: 39

Location: California

All Time Favorite Book: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Romance Series That Owns Me:  The Mindf*ck Series by S.T. Abby (Seriously. Read it!)

Writers Whose Work I Love, Who Have Helped Me Along the Way, and Who Have Championed My Career:  L.G. O'Connor, Averil Day Merritt, Rose Mashal, Pamela Aares, Sarah Andre, and, literally, every single member of the SFA-RWA.

Favorite Musical Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Classic Rock, Old School Hip-Hop

Who I Sing Along to In The Car: David Bowie, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Indigo Girls, Buena Vista Social Club

The Band I Listen To When I Write, and on the Red-Eye: Iron & Wine