F.A.Q.

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.

Queenie

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.


2 Comments

  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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