Interview with Joanna Kiel

Describe your desk
I am like a nomad and my writing space takes on a mould, wherever I go. Sometimes it takes the form of a regular desk with its spaces occupied by different colored sticky notes about the research I do, personal reflections, quotes and photographs to motivate me to keep writing. The crazy thing about my desk is its quality of malleability and flexibility. This leads to the unpredictable storms and waves that may appear in the writing process.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest story is a relevant subject in all households where kids reside. It aims to discuss the thoughts of a kid when faced with a choice to make and how angels or demons influence the ultimate choice. This is highly recommended for instilling good values in kids from an early age.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing is an art and the talent of any author shouldn't go unnoticed. Having said that, the indie route is a feasible option but not an easy one. It is best said that it takes hard work, money investments and a successful platform to earn your authority as a bestseller author. Authors should constantly learn, be it indie or traditional publishing and be open to unexpected possibilities .
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean a lot to me and even their one-sentence or one-paragraph review or feedback means so much. I will want them to reach them out to me, ask me questions, give me input and be part of my writing journey.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on two short fictions to be submitted to submitted to different websites as part of contest entries. A lot of projects are coming up in 2016 and I hope to complete them in due time. Plus I am working on my author website and email newsletter.
Who are your favorite authors?
Louisa May Alcott, Jeffrey Archer, Sophie Kinsella, Nicholas Sparks, Patricia Cornwell. I am open to new authors too.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My baby girl, Aynul and prayers for yet another beautiful day. I feel blessed each day, thanks to my writing projects.
How do you approach cover design?
Professional designs are preferred and factors include budget and audience friendly designs. I applaud every book designer and illustrator out there who have spent lots of creative energy in bringing fame to every successfully published author.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books in the mystery and women's fiction genre. The only exception is the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. Otherwise, I am not much of a chicklit fan.
When did you first start writing?
2009, with fan fiction. Guess what? I still write them and enjoy doing so while having writer's block at times.
Published 2015-12-24.
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