Interview with Chani Lynn Feener

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped me reach a wider audience over the years, which has been invaluable to me as an author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting all of these worlds out on paper, and giving voice to these characters in my head. I love bringing them to life!
What are you working on next?
I've got a couple different projects in the works. One is a teen series being traditionally published, and another is a paranormal romance series which I'll be self publishing!
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many! A few would be Amber A. Bardan, Jackie Ashenden, Kasie West, Gena Showalter, and Victoria Schwab!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing is definitely a contributor to that! I get excited about waking up knowing that I'll be exploring the characters and worlds in my head!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read a lot, and I draw. If I'm not doing that, or hanging out with my pets, then I like to visit the coast (I live in CT) or travel into NYC for the day.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lots of ways. I like to surf around here, but I also use Instagram and Goodreads a lot! People always give really great suggestions, and it's a fun way of discovering something new I otherwise might not have seen.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was about a polar bear who lost his tooth in the snow, and I believe it was in the third grade. I was pretty upset that it didn't win the contest it was submitted to, because the reason it didn't win was it didn't have pictures. I wanted to add drawings, but the teacher helping me with it said I shouldn't. Was she wrong! Lol.
What is your writing process?
Mostly I just sit down and go for it. I don't like to over plot anything! When I do, I tend to get bored and lose interest. Basically I come up with a basic concept and then I let the rest fall as it may, so to speak.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't really, because my parents had me reading by age two.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to find or think up an image of the characters I see in my head and go from there. For my most recent book, Bad Things Play Here, I had help from a great designer. I selected the image and then she went with it and we adjusted and added throughout the process, which was great.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Road by Cormac McCarthy, because it's so raw. I cried at one scene, and I never cry while reading.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel, because, again, the depth of emotion put in that book just sweeps you away. And I love the slightly unbelievable aspects to the second half that test your faith.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. Even though it's book two, it really pulled me in. I love the entire series, really, but this one is my favorite. The magic and the character development was just amazing.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I was really excited when they announced they were making this a series, and I binged it! That's always how I read this book as well, in one sitting, because it's too good to put down! I love how the author isn't afraid to go there, and the book discusses some pretty intense topics that are frequently sugarcoated or overlooked.

Make You Mine by Jackie Ashenden. I love these characters, plain and simple. The world building is also really intriguing and pulls you in. Her characters always have distinctive, well rounded personalities, and I fell in love with the ones in this book within the first chapter.
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost everything. Really, the only genre I don't read is history. It's an interesting topic, and I love, say, watching programs on the history channel, but I can't get into historical novels of any kind, whether fiction or nonfiction. So pretty much anything other than that, if I'm reading it, it's for pleasure.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my ipad, because I can access ebooks from all different formats.
Describe your desk
Cluttered, but organized. That might not make sense, but it does to me. There's a LOT of stuff on my desk, and while it's all in its own specific space, to someone else it probably just looks like a mess!
When did you first start writing?
I first realized I wanted to be a writer when I was around nine or ten. I wrote my first real attempt at a novel when I was 15. I haven't stopped since.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to go back to writing a genre other than YA, but I also didn't have a ton of time to develop a new world and promote myself without a publishers help. There was a book I'd been trying to write about Dionysus, which takes place in the same universe as my Underworld YA series. For some reason I could never get very far in it, and kept scraping the project with only a few pages in. I realized that this would be the perfect story to write for adults. As soon as that happened, the book basically wrote itself. Sixteen days later I had Bad Things Play Here, an adult Paranormal Romance about the god of lust and a woman who ran away from her responsibilities guarding Pandora's Box.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
At first, it was simply about getting experience. Putting myself out there meant getting feedback, learning how to improve, and finding my written voice. I was in college studying creative writing at the time, but they mostly taught us technique, and didn't focus on genre fiction, which is what I knew I wanted to get into as a profession. Now, I'm a traditionally published author who is self publishing a single series only. The rest of the works that I originally self published are no longer available. Being an indie author helped me achieve my goal of traditional publication, and so I'm glad that I can still sort of be one when it comes to this paranormal series.
What do your fans mean to you?
Pretty much everything! They're the reason I am where I am and I'm able to do what I do! I love hearing from them, reading their reviews, and receiving messages! I've met some really amazing people this way!
Published 2017-06-08.
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Books by This Author

Bad Things Play Here
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,910. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00 from 1 review)
Piper is a descendant of Pandora, tasked with protecting Pandora's Box. But when the box is stolen, she's forced to seek the help of the Greek god of lust. Reece has spent centuries avoiding Piper's family in an attempt to keep his secret. Yet when the sarcastic woman asks for his help, he can't seem to resist. Can they stop the unleashing of hell on earth, or will their lust get in the way?
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 123,300. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sixth months have gone by since she made a deal with the god of the Underworld. Now, Spencer must figure out how to control her abilities, and the smoking hot god Hadrian, before Persephone comes up with a new plan to destroy them all. Malicious souls, demons, reapers, and gods abound in the third installment of the Underworld Saga.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 132,190. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
It's been three months since Spencer Perry first made her deal with the god of the Underworld-a year of her spending nights below in exchange for the life of her boyfriend Micah. Now, even with Micah back Spencer is finding it hard to resist the gods charm. And Hadrian-better known as Hades-has no intentions of losing her to a mortal.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 108,320. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(4.74 from 19 reviews)
Since her boyfriends death, she's lost everything. So now she's looking for the Underworld. Spencer has no idea if the land from Greek myth is real, or what she'll find if it is, but she'll do anything to get Micah back. Including make a deal with Hades, the god of the dead, who also happens to be insanely attractive. But releasing Micah comes with a price, one that could cost others their lives.