SilkWords offers short, interactive romance and erotica in an upscale reading environment. Blurring the line between fiction and gaming, our site presents high quality romance that allows our readers to choose how stories proceed.
The company was founded in July 2013. The seed for SilkWords was planted during a conversation about the future of video games. Our burning question was, “What’s in it for women?” (Who make up a third of video gamers in the US, by the way.) Typical video games are action oriented, with lots of fighting, and often lack plot and character development. That’s great for some gamers, but we immediately saw the potential for offering a different experience. Besides that, many women are incredibly busy, juggling jobs, family, and outside activities.
So we came up with the idea of merging elements of romantic fiction (the most popular fiction genre) with elements of gaming, and SilkWords was born — a “choose your own” type of short story venue aimed at adult women. A place for smart, busy, adventurous women to unwind and have fun.
A background in environmental science and genetics didn’t prepare Keri for a startup in romance. Watching reading disappear from her life due to the demands of a mother-of-three’s hectic schedule did. She founded SilkWords with her husband to provide a fun, interactive, and emotionally satisfying entertainment option that doesn’t require a huge time commitment from readers.
Sharon L. Fisher
With a Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA Award final, three RWA Golden Heart Award finals, and three sci-fi romance novels (Tor/Macmillan), Sharon's expertise has ensured that SilkWords offers a high quality, diverse collection of stories. Plus she's got romance heroine hair.
Amanda Sumner worked in the editorial departments of W. W. Norton & Company and the Ecco Press (now an imprint of HarperCollins) before surrendering to her love of genre fiction, especially romance. Since 1996, she has worked as a freelance writer and editor. She is currently the associate editor of SilkWords.
We know, he’s a guy. And yeah, he founded Xbox Live and was the director of development for Microsoft's Xbox One. We don’t let him pick the stories. But he’s worked in the video game industry for fifteen years, and it turns out he’s pretty handy with code. He and Keri developed the idea for SilkWords together, and Boyd’s the brawn behind the beauty of SilkWords’ upscale reading environment.