About Ophelia Kee:
Not who everyone thinks she is.
The product of someone’s imagination.
The end result of a lifetime wishing to get out.
Do not buy the lie.
If you live in fear, you give up freedom.
Taking the risk and making the leap.
Too much of anything is a bad thing.
Innuendo floating on the mist that rises above the water.
Walk away and leave it all behind.
Telling the story that haunts a fantasy.
Catching a dream.
She does not exist.
What inspires you to write?
Books. I can't always afford to buy another one. I love reading so writing seemed like it was always the next step. Things that people do that are amusing sometimes become part of a book. Character traits of people that I know get woven into the stories. My love of homesteading and exotic native art. Etc… There is no one thing. Every book is different. Every character lives in my mind in their world. Their story needs to be told.
Tell us about your writing process.
It likely does not make sense to other writers. I write the story as I see it play out in my mind. There is no outline guide. I don't have time for that. I just have to write the story. I once wrote a full novel in less than five days. (over 100,000 words) Okay it needs to be edited, but it's to be published maybe next year. I usually write the story and walk away from it, then later (days, a month???) I check to see that everything lines up with the previously published books if the characters know or interact with other characters in the series. I leave off again. After that, a beta reader reads and points out things that don't make no sense. I edit and revise. Definitely a seat of your pants writer. I have scenes for several books just floating around. They will fit in the series somewhere, maybe.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Don't laugh! But Yeah, I do talk to them. Scorch is begging me to finish The Library. Marcus wants to know what his mother says about his father as she is dying. He's tapping his foot because I put the scene on pause to write this. Sarika wants to know if she can take a vacation because I am editing the book she is in and she is tired of being on stage. If you can imagine them as real, the book is just better.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write! Write! Write!
It's okay if your first book is trash. Mine was. I ripped it to pieces and started over. Not everyone will like your story or your information or insight. That's okay. They don't have to. Focus on finding the ones who do.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I admit to being too ignorant to be able to pitch my book to a big publishing house. They wanted technical stuff like a plot arc??? I mean I know what it is, sort of, but defining that up front for a series that I had not seen the ending for was just beyond me. It took me almost two years of writing before I finally saw an ending to the story. They asked questions like how many books are in the series? How should I know that? I haven't finished writing it yet. Indie was literally the only path available. I might be old and grey before I could consider traditional publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I would like to see more equal readers to venues. I like all of the platforms Draoithe is on, but some are more user friendly, royalty amounts differ, etc.. But Readership is about 80/20 one sided for one big giant Indie digital publishing platform. I would think that the others will step up and try to grab some more of the market. It will make my life as an author more difficult, but diversity is always good.
What genres do you write?: Epic Fantasy Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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