by Madeline Iva
What is Kindle Worlds? It’s a fan fic site – and we all know what fan fic is, right?
Fan fic sites are usually amateur, and also gay (unless you’re on Wattpad) and also sorta illicit.
However, as fan fiction has grown in power, prestige, and sheer audience numbers over the last decade, it’s gotten to be serious business. Like that little book that came out a few years ago called FIFTY SHADES OF GREY–remember that fan fic title? Now agents and editors have acquired rising authors and manuscripts from the world of fan fiction. Even TV shows are recruiting their fan fic writing audiences for characters and scripts.
Since the world of fan fiction has been turned sideways and upside down, KINDLE WORLDS has entered the scene. Run by Amazon, Kindle Worlds offers would be authors fame and glory, while offering us Gossip Girl addicts another hit of the perversity we lurv. That’s the idea, anyway.
Fan fiction is usually written and put out on the internet without the approval or consent of the author–
–but not Kindle Worlds. They license the rights to legally use the characters, settings, and plots for fan fic purposes.
All the authors/franchise owners of the works available on Kindle Worlds have signed agreements with Amazon. Thus, any fan fic author can use the characters and plot lines legally. No moral qualms about writing *this* fan fiction.
It’s a world that you can imbibe narrative AND create it. Instead of your story staying on the Kindle Worlds site, all of these stories are available on Amazon—just like any other regular book of fiction.
BUT WHAT HAS ALL THIS GOT TO DO WITH ROMANCE????
Speaking of Roxanne St. Claire!
She’s made her BAREFOOT BAY world available to fan fic authors on Kindle Worlds, and our very own Kiersten Hallie Krum has just published her first romance as a part of Roxanne St. Claire’s Barefoot Bay series.
So check out Kiersten’s first novel, WILD ON THE ROCKS on Amazon, and on Kindle Worlds.
Want more? Here’s what Roxanne St. Claire says about her involvement in the Kindle Worlds universe.
Tell us if you’ve ever tried any of the Kindle Worlds books and what you think of the whole idea. And follow us at Lady Smut, where we occupy a special sexy world all our own…
Madeline Iva writes fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Her novella ‘Sexsomnia’ is available in our LadySmut anthology HERE, and her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, will be out Fall, 2016.