About Jennifer Kohout:
Award winning author Jennifer Kohout writes historical and paranormal romance that entice women to explore the darker side of romance. She lives in Washington with her zombie-loving husband and four children. Her book Storm won first place for Adult Paranormal romance and her book Queen of Souls was nominated for the 2014 RITA Award. She enjoys wine and running and those two things have absolutely everything to do with each other!
What inspires you to write?
Reading and writing have always been my creative outlet. I can’t draw a stick figure to save my life and the only place I sound good singing is in my car. Writing is where I get to be creative and artistic.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m an extreme plotter – my outlines have outlines. I start with the 15 main plot points and expand from there. I end with an expanded outline, which is usually around 30 pages and details every scene. By the time I sit down to write I know what is going to happen at every point in the story. I can easily spend almost as much time planning each story as I do actually writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Both. I also dream about them and they go for runs with me 😉
What advice would you give other writers?
The biggest surprise for me when I started writing full-time and as a self-published author was how much time I have to spend marketing myself and my books. I learned that being successful is as much about how much time I’m willing to give to marketing as it is about how good my books are.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish from the very beginning and have never regretted my decision. I love the creative control and my personality type means that I set and meet my own deadlines without the pressure of a publisher. I know that I succeed or fail on my own.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the world of publishing will continue to evolve and change – those that embrace whatever the future holds will be the most successful.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, Erotic Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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