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Immogen Keeper – Author Interview

I know, it’s the end of February. I got January’s interview posted late. At least I’m getting Feb’s posted in the right month. 😀

And have I got a great cold season warmer for you. This interview is with Immy Keeper, author or what I would say was Romantica; very romantic erotica. The Bonding, her first in a series is available and is an incredible universe with amazing characters. I had to put the story down because I was over-sympathizing. But I was so moved by the love story, one of these days, I’ll finish it, because it is that good.

 

J.W.  So Immy, you’ve started out published by a small press and now you’re self-published. What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?

I.K.  Well, when I first started, I was published by a small publishing house. And the advantages are enormous, especially for someone who’s just starting out. I had no clue what I was doing. So it was great. It felt like someone was holding my hand and teaching me a new industry. Free editorial services, free cover design. They put my books up on all the big vender sites. All I had to do was approve stuff.

But then it was over, my book was live and it was my job to sell it… but I was only going to get a small piece of the profits. That’s totally fair. They invested the money. They deserved to get their money back, but it definitely lowered my incentive to try to market. So my book just kind of flopped, and spending money on reviews or marketing seemed silly, since the money wouldn’t come back to me in any major way.

So when that publishing house closed it’s doors and my book rights reverted back to me, there was no doubt in my mind. I was going indie. If I had to market, and spend money on marketing, only one person was going to take the profits… Me.

Self-publishing is a tremendous amount of work. I barely have time to write now. I haven’t figured out how that balance works yet. Nor have I really figured out how to start selling either, but I will get there.

J.W.  It’s great to hear that from someone I DTTSP Mumsy communicate discard paper smallknow, who’s really been there, because when I
heard that with a house, you have to do your own publishing. It made me wonder what the point was. So on that note, do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?

I.K.  I wish! If I were in a position to give advice, I’d be thrilled. But I’m not. Marketing is so hard. My only word of advice would be this. Be careful. For every piece of useful information online, there are a hundred people waiting in the wings with their hands out trying to take your money. Be careful. It’s a jungle out there.

J.W.  Wow! Good to know. What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?

I.K.  Far too much. But I’m still learning how to use social media and what’s worth spending money on and what isn’t. It will get easier. I keep telling myself this and someday I hope it comes true.

J.W.  LOL I’m sure it will. I hear it gets easier. You learn what works and streamline your process. You always astound me. You are such a go-getter. 😀 With marketing out of hte way, what are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

I.K.  Any review is a good review.

J.W.  I’ve heard that. I hope so. 😀 Any tips on what to do and what not to do when writing?

I.K.  Not really anything specific. But I do think that my writing improved dramatically, I started writing so much faster, and it became so much more fun when I got to know myself better. Trying to force myself to write at bad times, or if I hadn’t figured out the plotting, or if I’d figured out the plotting too much, or if I just didn’t want to… was a fool’s errand. I work best when I want to. And forcing it is no good. There are plenty of other useful things for me to do, so why force the words down?

Learning how to manage myself was the single biggest hurdle I had to overcome. I’m a tricky employee. ;)

J.W.  I think I can relate. LOL And that is great advice. 😀

Thank you for taking a few minutes from your writing and your crew. 😀

I.K.  Thank you Julia!!!

 


 

BIO: I’m Imogen Keeper. But please, call me Immy. I’m from the East Coast, born and raised and back here now with my husband and our son, who is a handful and a half. We just had a baby girl a couple weeks ago, so life just got even more hectic.

I discovered writing when my son was about six months old. It was something I’d always

The Bonding: Book #1 in the Tribe Warrior Series by [Keeper, Imogen]

 

dabbled at in the past, but never really put on my serious hat. So, bored at home with a kid who truly took magnificent naps, I started studying up on the how-to’s and the how-not-to’s of writing. With about six active works in progress, I decided to knuckle down and focus on one.

 

It made me blush, and it made me sweat, and it made me cry a few times, but The Bonding came out. I had to get over the embarrassment of having people read sex that came out of my head, but get over it I did.

My first novel was just published, (see note at bottom) and I have to admit, I’m proud of it. Dirty sex and all.

 

http://www.ImogenKeeper.com

@Imogen_keeper

https://imogenkeeper.wordpress.com/

 https://www.facebook.com/ImogenKeeper/

Immy lives on the East Coast with her husband and child. It was a long road to writing. College brought a passion for literary analysis and art history. So many papers written in those four years. An MFA in design, and a brief career in Interior Design, followed by the hard decision to be a stay-at-home mom resulted in a lady who didn’t enjoy sitting idle, a long-napping baby, and a lot of time on her hands. The result was a series of experiments with a variety of hobbies – cooking, baking, painting, gardening, DIY, knitting, filmography, obsessive reading, yoga, you name it until finally, one day she just sat down at her computer – and voila her fantasies finally were put down on the blank page!

 

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Lynn Miller – Author Interview

Was it just me or was January a little overwhelming? Man. And now I’m into February. I do like February. 😀

So now, for January, I’m posting my interview a little one the late side. Lynn, I’m sorry. And thank you all for your patience. 😀

 

J.W.  So Lynn, do you think real life can ever live up to the romantic ideal?

L.M  Yes. It’s all a matter of perspective. We all have a weakness. That ideal grand gesture. It may just not seem so grand. Some of us enjoy the romantic candle-lit dinner with all the trimmings. But there are number of us, where our significant other would need to think outside the box.

My husband and I went on holiday to the coast this past summer. We actually stayed in the area where book one (of Sons of Rebellion) opens. I wanted to go to the beach and take photos at sunset. Just to get the details right. We actually chose the coldest evening of the holiday to do this. There I was in the cold, during high tide on a deserted beach at twilight, leaning down taking photos. And about a few hundred  meters away, he stood, folded arms, in the cold and wind, keeping guard. In that moment, I felt so loved. That’s what it’s about. Finding the grand gesture that works in your relationship. That’s Romance.

I think if we look hard enough, the romantic ideal, would rather try to emulate real life.

 

J.W.  Beautiful. 😀 And I agree. We always find what we’re looking for. With your writing, do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

L.M.  Both. I will start with an idea or piece of dialogue and write a rough scene. Then I will outline where it fits into the story. I work in quarters. And will write 25% of the story then go back to outline and reorganise.

I generally have the start, the end and a few key scenes along the way based on dialogue. But I cannot work to an outline, the basic ideas need to come first.

 

J.W.  That is a fantastic process. You get the best of both styles and it works. How often do you write, and do you have a special time during the day to write?

L.M.  No special time during the day. But I do try to write everyday. Sometimes I manage a sentence, and others I can write two thousand words. Over weekends I do try to block off at least one evening to just writing.

I’m finding that because I do not use much of an outline, I cannot continue if I realise I have flaw earlier on. And I need to go back and revise. This slows me down. But I think it slows me down more to try and slog through something I know I’m going to have to make a structural change to. So I just go with it.

 

J.W.  Boy, I think we can all relate to those Maybe a sentence days. :p So where is your favorite place to write?

L.M.  I have two. I have a huge cherry wood desk where I am surrounded by all my colourful stationery. This is where I do most of my writing.

I also go to my local coffee shop. The service staff and owner know me there. They know how I like my coffee. They know not disturb me when my headphones are on. They specifically seat me at a big table so I don’t have to eat over my laptop. I really love that place.

On rare occassions I will lock myself in my daughter’s bedroom and I can crank out a scene or two under pressure. This is usually when my border collie Luna wants to play and won’t leave me alone and I am on a deadline for my critique group.

 

J.W.  LOL About your Luna. That coffee shop sounds like a dream. And cherry wood desk? Yes, please. LOL You have some great spots. Do you prefer to write alone or in the company of other people?

L.M.  Alone. When I’m around people they tend to want to do silly things like engage in conversation. Especially my family. They even tend to ignore the headphones. When I’m at the coffee shop. I put on my headphones on. Sometimes without music. But the most I can handle is my music playing in the background.

Ideally, I switch off the internet as well. My biggest distraction is social media. Mostly, because I’m inquisitive but often because I’m procrastinating.

 

J.W.  I love that. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one. It’s great to have social media but yes, it can be such a good procrastination tool.

Thank you for bearing with me and giving me the interview. It’s always interesting to see another writer’s process.

L.M.  Thanks.

lynn-millerLynn Miller lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her love for storytelling started before she was able read or write but she only found the time to pursue this lifelong passion once she sold her software business. Her magical tales weave the blurred grey between good and evil with love, family and friendship.

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up with a cup of coffee and her kindle. She has always enjoyed both Romance and Urban Fantasy, and she writes in the genre that encompasses both: Paranormal Romance.  She’s an outdoorsy city girl – comfortable at a campsite with her family or enjoying cocktails with her girlfriends.

 

The Sons of Rebellion, her debut series, tells the story of a family of fallen angels and their struggles balancing a personal and professional life with battling demons.

Book 1, The Witch’s Pride, tells Jet and Laken’s Story.

Fallen Angel Jet has two weeks to find a witch or lose the most important weapon in the fight against The Devil. The powers that be decided eons ago that Jet will marry the her and start a new generation of magic. Instead falls for a woman from his past: Laken – a fellow ER doctor and single mom with secrets of her own. Falling for her new boss seems masochistic, and that is before she learns about Jet’s part in her family’s secret and troubled history.

Twitter: @lynnmillerfic