About Heather Kinnane:
Heather Ewings is the author of the romantic fantasy series, ‘A Faery Dream’, and the steamy menage series ‘Seeking Satisfaction’. She also has a retelling of the Scottish Ballad of Tam Lin, called 'Janet and Tam Lin', and a steamy Halloween short story, 'A Night for Transformation'.
Heather also write short stories, fitting her steamy stories into 800 words, or less, which have been published at The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette .
She lives in the Australian bush with her husband, children and pets.
What inspires you to write?
This is tricky. I've always wanted to be a writer, so the thing that inspires me to sit down at the computer and start typing is the dream of that, of being published and having others read my words. For individual stories, it can be anything, a snippet of overheard conversation, a wondering 'what if…?'.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I generally don't just stick with one author, I jump around all the time! Some of my recent favourites are 'Home to Me' by LaVerne Clark, and 'Skipping out on Henry' by C L Ogilvie.
Tell us about your writing process.
I used to be a pantser (writing without any idea where the story was headed), but as time goes on I find myself outline more and more before I start writing those first words. I have a notebook that I sketch out a few ideas into. Generally my stories are quite short – I write more novellas than novels, so I find that fairly easy to manage when it comes to characters, plot, etc, and I don't often bother with character sketches or that sort of thing. When I do write a longer novel I do jot down details more than if it's a shorter story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely do more listening than talking. I discovered years ago that trying to force my characters to do the things they didn't want to do is not ever going to work. The characters always know best 😉
What advice would you give other writers?
Sit down and write. It's the only way to improve as a writer, and to get the words down. You can't publish a blank page.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I'm a hybrid author now, I self-publish some books, and send others to publishers. But I was far too scared to self-publish to begin with. I wanted that certainty that my work was of a good-enough quality to be published. My first publisher was wonderful, a small Australian publisher called SteameReads. They published 'A Faery Dream' and 'A Faery Union'. Unfortunately they shut down not long after 'A Faery Union' was published. Because these stories had already been edited and published I felt much more confident to experiment with self-publishing. But I really struggle with the marketing side of things, and I like the reach that a publisher can give, so my steamy menage series is published through Luminosity Publishing, who I find great to work with. It's nice sometimes to hand over the hard work (cover design/formatting etc) to someone else!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that people always need an escape from reality, and books are a great way to do that. While there is a demand for books and stories then I think the publishing industry is safe (and I include self-publishing here). I suspect there will be more of a balance between traditional and self-publishing, maybe more hybrid publishing in the future. (Or maybe I'm just biased that way!) 😉
What genres do you write?: fantasy, contemporary, romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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