Interview with KeriLynn Engel

What is your writing process?
I pick a woman in history that inspires me (I have a huge list of 300+ waiting to be written about!) and start reading! I devour everything I can about her, and then try to distill her life into a fun and engaging story. I do my best to convey my excitement and fascination with her while explaining her accomplishments and just what makes her so amazing!
What do you read for pleasure?
Lots and lots of fantasy! I've been obsessed with fantasy novels since I read The Gammage Cup in 5th grade. I used to read exclusively traditional or epic fantasy, but lately I'm reading more urban. I love supporting great self-published authors like Lindsay Buroker and S.M. Reine.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My books have grown from my blog, so really I've used blog marketing techniques :) I actually love marketing- it's really about meeting and connecting with people around the world with mutual interests. As far as techniques, I'd have to say social media like Twitter and Facebook and the Amazing Women In History email newsletter are my primary tools.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Love my Kindle! I read so much more since I got it a few years ago. I find that when I read paperbacks, I miss little features like the built-in dictionary, or not having to hold my book open while I'm eating ;)
Describe your desk
I hate paper, so I keep everything on my computer and my desk is pretty clear. Except for my cats. They love to sleep right next to me, and sometimes on my computer.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love DIY, and I have a wide variety of interests including marketing and graphic design, so it seems natural to me to self-publish. I love the publishing revolution and how it's breaking down the barriers between writers and readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
So much! Hearing from readers always makes my day and encourages me to keep telling stories of amazing women in history. My fans have supported and encouraged me so much, I really can't express how grateful I am!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee and cats! Also all the ideas buzzing around in my head that I can't wait to write down and put into action.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have way too many hobbies, and I love learning so I'm always adding more! Besides reading fantasy novels, I also love crafts like knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, quilting, making jewelry, etc. I also am a bit of a gamer, so I sometimes play computer games or my 3DS.
What are you working on next?
I'm planning an entire book series for Amazing Women In History. I have a collection of quotes by women I'm getting ready to release, and I've also outlined a book about warrior queens from about the world.
Published 2014-03-19.
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Books by This Author

Amazing Women In History: Inspiring Stories Of 20 Women The History Books Left Out
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,940. Language: American English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » History » Biography
Read the stories of 20 amazing women in history, including pirate queen Sayyida al-Hurra, cross-dressing Civil War soldier Cathay Williams, bohemian artist Suzanne Valadon, and poet nun Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Amazing Women In History: 5 Kick-Ass Women the History Books Left Out
Price: Free! Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Biography » Biographical anthologies
Amazing Women In History is a blog about all the kick-ass women the history books left out. In this book, you’ll find the five most popular posts: Mary Anderson, inventor Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar Carmen Amaya, Queen of the Gypsies Katharine McCormick, biologist & millionaire philanthropist Ana Nzinga Mbande, fearless African queen Download now to read about these amazing women!