Gina: Why did you become an author?
Penelope: It was kind of a spur of the moment decision. I had a story that was running through my head and wouldn’t go away. In high school I wrote a couple of short stories and people seemed to like them, so I figured I would try it.
Gina: I think many authors begin by some story that keeps them up at night.
What genre of books do you like to write?
Penelope: I currently write paranormal reverse harem. I want to try to write a psychological thriller as well, but I’m waiting for the right inspiration to strike.
Gina: I’m sure it will come soon for you.
What is your inspiration for the current book or series you are writing?
Penelope: This is a harder question than it should be.
Gina: Take your time.
Penelope: The beginning of the book kept running through my head, and I went from there. It has evolved as I wrote, so there wasn’t a total “ah-ha” moment for the whole story line.
Gina: I can guess that means you’re more of a pantser?
Penelope: Pantser, yes. I tried to plot the first book, and it went its own direction, so now I let it, rather than try to force it. I get writers block if I try to force the story into the direction I want it to go.
Gina: Do you have any quirks or habits when your writing?
Penelope: I write better when I listen to music, but other than that, no.
Gina: Background noise does seem to help many of us. I like the quiet but I think it is because of screaming kids all the time.
Have you had any setbacks becoming an author yourself?
Penelope: Time. I work full-time, and finding the time to write is hard.
Gina: Yes, unfortunately that is a draw back for many of us.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a writer?
Penelope: Research, and start selling early. I waited until I was done with the first book before I started researching what I needed to do to sell it. I thought I would be able to put it on Amazon and sit back and it would sell. That was not the case.
Gina: Oh yes, that is self-publishing for you many don’t warn you about.
What is some of the best advice or inspiration you have received from another author?
Penelope: I was lucky enough to find some pretty awesome people early on. The best advice I have had, is just keep writing. The important part is getting the thoughts on paper so that they don’t disappear. You can go back and polish it after. There are very few, if any, authors who have a masterpiece on the first pass.
Gina: Polishing is very important.
What goals have you set for yourself in the future?
Penelope: I want to write in other genres. Eventually, I would love to be able to write full-time.
Gina: You have the dream so many of us have.
How do you want readers to see your work?
Penelope: I hope they find it engaging and they are sucked into the world. To me, reading is an escape and a way to live other lives, as well as experiencing adventures without ever leaving my home. It is my hope that my readers find that in my work.
Gina: What should a reader expect to see from your next novel?
Penelope: The second book in the series, which releases Nov. 27th 2019, is a continuation of the Shadoewynne series. It ups the heat, moving the series to more of a medium burn. The third book in the series will be the final one, and it is looking like it is going to be much darker.
Gina: Sounds very interesting.
Is there anything you would like to share with your readers?
Penelope: How much I appreciate them. I wouldn’t be an author without them.
Gina: Short but sweet. I like it. Thank you so much for doing this interview with me today. I know it is a big day for you with the second book coming out and for you to take the time to share with us has been such a pleasure.
Penelope: Thank You.
That does it with this interview today but Penelope Kein is out there today promoting her newest release. Give it a look now and leave a comment or question if you like on her interview.