Interview With Author Kennedy Lee
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Before trying my hand at creative writing, I have written three large history volumes and two family genealogies and worked as a newspaper editor.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Always and Forever is my third work of fiction. It is freeing to write creative works after spending so long writing history volumes and news articles. Like my first book, it is a contemporary romance with a crime-stopping background. In addition to contemporary, I also write historical fiction set in the backdrop of coastal Georgia. My second book, No Doubt has been very well received. I hope my readers will enjoy Always and Forever and my first book You Leave Me No Choice.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to use my cell phone and dictate texts for whichever book I’m working on no matter where I am . . . when a thought strikes me. The text is sent to my email where it waits for me when I get home or when I get up in the morning. Then I cut and paste it into the body of my book.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Daphne DuMaurier and Edith Wharton. My historical fiction books most resemble the genre of DuMaurier. I love coastal settings with rivers and the ocean much like her books Frenchman’s Creek, Rebecca, and Jamaica Inn.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a second historical fiction book which is in a sense a sequel to my book No Doubt. Both books recount the fight against the Atlantic slave trade in the southern colonies as fought by strong women who were willing to stand up for their belief that it was wrong.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
This is my first year of writing fiction, so I can’t say I have a best method. My books reach readers through the kindle unlimited option.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just start. Stop putting off sitting down and writing the first sentence.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
On participating in the November book challenge and putting 92,500 words on paper, I asked a successful author/friend what to do with it next. He said, “You’ve done far too much work to let it languish in a drawer. That thing needs wings.”
What are you reading now?
Fern Michaels books and The Footman by S.M. LaViolette and Minerva Spencer
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m going to keep writing fiction and spend a lot of time learning how to promote my books.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne DuMaurier, Persuasion by Jane Austen.
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