Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
K’Anne Meinel, 51
Fiona: Where are you from?
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I graduated early from high school so I was rather young to enter college, got bored and moved to CA for 17 years. Started my first business at 21. I have two sons, three businesses, and am about to publish my 94th published novel. This includes shorts, novella’s, and novels.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My first science fiction novel is due out in the next couple of weeks.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing all my life, but my first novel was written in 2003 over the course of two weeks. I published that one about seven or eight years ago.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My favourite authors weren’t publishing fast enough so I thought I’d try my hand at it.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I wanted it to reflect the story line, which was about relationships, friendships, etc. So the book was called SHIPS.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I have been compared to Danielle Steel. I was even in the Huffington Post with that comparison. I like to write detailed stories that make the reader feel like they are there.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My first book was realistic and not based any experiences I had at that time.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, but I do extensive research, love to read, and dream a LOT.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I design all my own covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t put hidden messages in my books.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
New authors, well, I’m also a publisher so I see new works all the time. My favourite author is Bertrice Small, and I love her historical romances. However, she died about two years ago so there will be no new books from her. I have collected each and every one that is published.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I did it on my own, I don’t know if any of my family has even read any of my books. Once I began to acquire fans, I wrote my stories as I would like to read them and the fans responded. They were my support and kept me committed to releasing more stories for them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is my full-time career. I am also a part-time publisher and have a couple of other part-time businesses.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’m not certain…yet. It’s still new, exciting, and I’m pleased to say since the cover reveal, highly anticipated.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, I had worries about releasing a science fiction novel with comparisons to Star Trek and Star Wars, they influenced so much of our culture but I found that I shouldn’t have worried. Reading Prudence MacLeod novels inspired me to finish my own.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Vanessa Williams as Mercédès and maybe an unknown as Ryley.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Be persistent and don’t listen to naysayers. If it feels good, it probably is. It can be a release. You can’t be afraid to try.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Not only my science fiction book is coming out named Recombinant Love but I have a murder mystery coming out called Flight as well as a novel about after the bombs fell called Survivors.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
A book on WW2 spies.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was probably in second grade, I believe it was about twins.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
A good movie or story.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Not at the moment.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Grey’s Anatomy, Madame Secretary, and The Big Bang Theory. I don’t watch much TV but those specific shows.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love Italian food. My favourite colour is Royal Blue or Cobalt Blue. Celine Dion is my favourite artist but I listen to her a wee bit too much.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Watch a LOT of movies…I need the mental stimulation of escapism.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
As my body is being donated to science, there will be no head stone…however, if someone could say something about me…she left a legacy. I would think my two sons are enough of a legacy but I hope to have more than 100 published works someday.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
K’Anne Meinel Fan Page:
Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/KAnne-Meinel/e/B00CLEUHYM/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 n
K’Anne Meinel, pronounced Kay-AnneMy-Null, is an American author born and raised in Wisconsin. While she has lived in central and southern California, she always returns home to roost.
K’Anne professes to write books that she would like to read. Through her novels, novellas, and short stories, she has grown into a writer who is willing to expand her horizons. She fearlessly steps out of her comfort zone in order to allow the reader, through her words, to savor the experiences of her life.
Her first book SHIPS was written in 2003, but she re-wrote bits of it off and on for the next eight years before finally self-publishing it and being approached by a publisher. Short stories joined her ‘bill of fare’ in 2011 purely as a personal mind exercise. 2011 was also the beginning of a series of books which all include Malice in the title. This deliciously gripping series leaves the reader suspended, starving, and craving more. Today, with over seventy titles to her credit, K’Anne is truly an established author.
Several years ago, K’Anne created Shadoe Publishing to showcase her books under a publishing logo and house since many outlets will not accept independently self-published books. Shadoe Publishing removed that hurdle and also gave K’Anne the opportunity to utilize the business skills she had acquired over a twenty-five-year period while running companies for others.
Over the years, under K’Anne’s guidance, Shadoe Publishing has grown to market and showcase other new and upcoming authors. Since its inception, it has helped more than two dozen authors. K’Anne devotes her time and skills under the Shadoe Publishing brand to promoting her own and other’s works. K’Anne’s goal is not to be the biggest publisher of LGBT works, but to be the most supportive publisher and to be the most successful she can be in the unique atmosphere she has created for her authors.
K’Anne is the mistress of sarcasm and double entendre, with a wicked tongue-in-cheek sense of humor that many find addictive; she has a special way with words. Her descriptions paint visions in your mind and her words fuel your imagination. Befriend or ‘like’ her on Facebook andfollow her on Twitter to keep up-to-date on her latest books, stories, and career. You are sure to find something you will enjoy. K’Anne also welcomes your email comments, suggestions, or advice – but don’t hold your breath waiting for her to put it into practice.