Q. When will the sequels of Forever Fifteen come out?

A. They’re out!  Forever Fifteen II and III (it’s a trilogy) are available for Kindle and Nook.

Q. How is the way you release your books different from say, Danielle Steel?

A. I am a 100% indie author, meaning that I do not have a publishing deal.  I have chosen to remain independent because I don’t feel that it is worth it to go through traditional distribution methods to reach my fans.  I enjoy being able to write what I want to without having to worry that I’m offending general audiences.  A publisher would probably cramp my style, but my fans love it when I show my dark side.  Also, as an indie, I get to keep far more money from my creative products and nobody “owns” my book.  The disadvantage is that my paperbacks are not represented on the shelves of Barnes & Noble or non-indie bookstores, but I can be found in some indie bookstores and all the usual places online, including Amazon.com/Kindle.

Q. How and why did you release your first book, Forever Fifteen, for free?

A. I never expected to write a novel.  A series of unfortunate events landed me in a dilapidated country house.  I was driven to complete Forever Fifteen within the span of a year.  Once the novel was finished, I felt very insecure about it so I released it as one of the first free audiobooks on the internet.  I sent it to only one agency, Writers House, and they rejected it.  I already possessed recording equipment for my alter-ego as indie recording artist, Queenie, so I thought, hey, why not?  The novel was my biggest “hit” to date.  Even though I released it around 2005, I still get at least 1-2 emails a week from fans who love it.  Fans gave me the idea that I could write, so I have decided to always go directly to the people who appreciate me most.


Q. Are you Queenie?

A. In short yes, though I see Queenie more as a fictional character I occasionally dress up as than a person.  I see Queenie as a 19th century courtesan/fantasy geisha who exists in an alternate dimension and haunts the protagonist of one of the novels (still in my head, not written yet) called the Dream of Flight.  I also recorded an album called the Dream of Flight and released it digitally through CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.   I record and release most of my original music as Queenie.

Queenie has her own website with lyrics to all the album songs, plus free Queenie songs and collabs at Queeniemusic.com.


  1. T. Lane says:

    Where is Forever 15 set in? I ask because you mention The Big Apple restaurant and those were only in Arizona.

    1. Kimberly says:

      Forever Fifteen is set in a fictional suburb of Chicago — I picked the name “Big Apple” arbitrarily, we have a Big Apple restaurant in my town too, but I don’t think it is part of the chain you speak of. Thanks for asking!

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