Meet Jennie Kew
This month we are pleased to interview Jennie Kew, a pantster who recently relaunched her career from traditional to indie.
Are you a pantster or plotter?
Pantster all the way. I’ve tried plotting but my brain just isn’t wired that way.
How do you set the mood for writing?
I like to write early in the morning before the rest of the house wakes up. I clear my emails, check my social media then light a scented candle to evoke sense memories, then get cracking.
How do you overcome procrastination?
Unplug the internet.
What are some pros/cons and advice you'd give for indie publishing?
Pros: you control everything.
Cons: you control everything.
Advice: Find the best cover designer and editor you can afford and use them.
What advice would you give to a new author just starting out and looking up to authors like you? :)
Don’t try to do too much, too fast. Take your time and learn the craft of writing. Like everything else, good writing takes practice, practice, practice. Enter contests, listen to the feedback, study your genre, do the work. As one of my crit partners is fond of saying, "It's a marathon, not a sprint."
What's your strength as a writer?
Dialogue. I like listening to how people interact and talk to one another, and how that translates to the page to evoke emotion and action.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I used to write under my real name but switched to a pseudonym when I relaunched my writing career as a self-published author in 2017.
Do you try to write original, different stories or try to deliver to readers what they want?
For the most part, I write slice-of-life contemporary romance because when I started writing, there was a distinct lack of that type of book on the market, and even fewer still that took place in Australia outside of Sydney or Melbourne. So I started writing stories I wanted to read starring people and places I wanted to read about, and luckily other people have liked reading them too!
Tell us what excites you about your next upcoming or most recent book or what you are working on now?
I’m currently writing the third book in my Bennett’s Bastards series, in which the heroine has severe burn scars covering half her face and parts of her body, and the hero is an introverted Dominant. As a pantster, I have no idea how this is going to turn out. Wish me luck!
Jennie, tell us how we can find you.
There are lots of places you can find me online but Facebook is where you'll see me the most. Please check out my website, and if you sign up for my non-spammy newsletter, you get the first two short stories from The Q Collection for free! Happy reading!
Thank you, Jennie, for sharing with us! Learn more about her at www.JennieKew.com, and on her Facebook, Books2Read, BookBub, and Instagram. Sign up for her newsletter here.
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