welcome dee kelly
Thanks for joining the blog, Dee!
What is the name of your most recent book? Can you give us a brief summary of what it’s about?
My most recent book is Loving Kate it is the last book in The Acceptance Series. To give a summary would probably spoil the book for anyone who hasn’t read the others in the series. I can tell you this series is about love, friendship, and forgiveness. It’s definitely not your typical love triangle, it’s an emotional series, but in a good way.
Is this book part of a series?
Yes it is the third full length novel and is called book three but there is a novella book 1.5 Catching Kate, that is essential to the series so technically it’s the fourth book as far as reading order is concerned. So confusing! We’ll call that a new author mistake. Next time even novellas will be numbered as a whole.
Is there anything in your book based on things you’ve experience in real life, or is it pure imagination?
I think there is always a part of me that goes into my books but it’s a small part. Overall I’d say 10% fact and 90% pure imagination.
How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
I don’t know I guess my imagination just works overtime. I could be walking through the grocery store and I’ll have a thought and think to myself ‘this would make a great story’ and then text it to myself before I forget. LOL
What are some of the challenges you found when you published your first book?
There is a HUGE learning curve when you publish a book. No matter how well you
prepare yourself, how many books you read, or how large your support network it can be an overwhelming experience. That’s also the beauty of it too…you’re constantly learning and growing as an author. Overall I think the biggest challenge is getting your book seen so that readers know you exist.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write?
The sex scenes I still make myself blush. I don’t know if that will ever go away. I try and write those when no one is around. ;)
How do you deal with bad reviews? Do you respond to your reviewers?
I think I’m a rarity I like my reviews just like my tequila – straight up. Of course the bad ones might sting a bit but I try and learn from them. I make it a point not to respond to reviews. Just like it takes a lot to put myself out there and hit publish it takes a lot for a reader to be honest with their feelings. No matter if they liked or disliked a book they have the right to their opinions. That’s the beauty of books we all interpret them differently. One person’s 5 star read is another’s DNF.
What genre are your books? Have you considered writing in another genre?
My books are adult/contemporary erotic romance. That’s like an official classification but really they are more contemporary with erotic sex, not full on erotica. I have thought about eventually writing a paranormal book or a thriller. Romance is a new genre for me. I’m a huge fan of Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Patricia Cornwell so writing something along those lines definitely intrigues me.
What do you most love about the writing process?
It’s cathartic. Writing is a great outlet for expressing your thoughts and feelings at least for me it is.
How do you come up with the titles for your books?
For me this is the absolute hardest part of the entire process! I usually end up bouncing off names with my husband or PA and eventually narrow it down to what fits the story.
What is your marketing strategy? What would you say works the best? What are some things you’ve tried while trying to get your book out there?
I don’t think I have one to be honest it’s more of a try and try again thing. It’s hard to break into the indie author world. I’ve done blog tours, release blitzes, interviews, takeovers, giveaways, started a newsletter, run my own blog, etc. Personally I think street teams help tremendously and readers who love your work. The readers are your biggest promoters. How many times have you read a book and raved about it to your friends? I know I’ve done it a lot. That’s why bloggers blog because they have an immense love of reading. I try to meet as many bloggers as I can and I absolutely love it when a new blog introduces themselves and asks if they can review my books.
What has been the hardest part of being an Indie author? What is the easier?
The hardest part is just trying to get yourself seen and meeting self-imposed deadlines. Most traditionally published authors put one book out every year or two. Indies usually put out a minimum of four books a year. It’s a crazy schedule to keep and expensive to boot. I’m not sure if any of it has been easy to be truthful but it is definitely fulfilling.
What do you think about the future of publishing? What are your thoughts on the ebook phenomenon?
I’m not sure about publishing I definitely see it evolving but to what extent I’m not sure. I love ebooks and I think it’s great that anyone can publish their books on their own. I do think that readers are becoming more particular in who they buy from and bloggers are becoming more particular in who they promote. That’s not a bad thing I think it’s just a result of an oversaturated market.
What websites or resources have been helpful to you as an author?
There aren’t really any particular websites I use I just make Google my friend. My biggest resource has been author groups, blog posts from other authors, and book recommendations from other authors. There are just so many things you can’t know and there are so many authors out there willing to share information it’s a great community. It’s also a great feeling to know that you’ve learned enough to help other authors on their journey. When we lift each other up we become more successful.
What made you want to be a writer? When did you decide to publish?
I’ve always written and told stories but with the popularity of ereaders and the boom of self-publishing it was finally a goal I felt I could achieve. My husband is the one that really encouraged me to finally put myself out there and publish one of my stories. I’m really glad he did.
What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Keep your head up and write the story you’re meant to tell. Don’t just hit publish get an editor. I can’t stress the importance of editing enough.
How involved are you in the cover process for your books? How do you decide on what you’re cover will look like? Do you do your own cover, or do employ an artist?
I have a cover artist and she is phenomenal! We work together to come up with a concept and she works with me until we get it just right.
How do you find time to write? Do you write full time, or do you work as well?
Most of my writing is done late at night or on the weekends. Currently I’m recovering from an injury so my only focus aside from recovery is writing and promoting my books.
What book do you wish you would’ve written?
Ohhh I don’t even know if I can answer that! There are too many awesome books out there to pick one.
Do you have plans for a next book? If so, when can we expect to see that?
Yes! I have a few books coming up. Chasing Cassidy will be out in July and it’s a romance about a runaway bride. Broken Together will be out hopefully by August and it’s a romance about two people who have been through a lot of heartache and are navigating the waters of trying to learn to trust someone new. Just an Illusion is the first book in The Illusion Series and will be out this winter. It’s going to be an ugly cry rockstar romance. I’m really excited about this one. And lastly will be the final book in The Acceptance Series. It’s still unnamed but it is a Christmas novella and should be out by Thanksgiving.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, Dee! I know I can't wait to start your book series.
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