Interview with Jennifer Kohout

Describe your desk
Cluttered, and usually sporting at least two cups of cold coffee and one glass of wine.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love getting to know my characters, and sometimes, they surprise even me! I've had more than one character tell me very clearly that what I am writing is not who they are. I also love the research involved. It can wreck havoc with your book recommendations and my browser history would suggest I am a demon worshipping witch with a thing for chocolate covered jellybeans, but it's a lot of fun.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I have some wonderful fans that have been with me from the first book. I can always count on them for a kind word when I'm having a bad day and they keep me motivated when I hit a rough patch.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I am working on a demon erotic novel set in Hell titled Queen of Souls.
Who are your favorite authors?
It's a long list but some of my all-time favorite include Diana Gabaldon, JR Ward, Anne Bishop, and Jacqueline Carey.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. I'm lucky. I have a wonderful husband, four beautiful and funny children, and a career that I LOVE to do. I love living life to the fullest. I want to experience everything life has to offer and go to my grave without a single regret. I eat, drink, and have tattoos. I love to run and travel and spend time with my amazing family and friends.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Currently, I'm training for my second half marathon so running is a big part of my life. I'm not ultra-healthy (I probably eat too much and I definitely drink too much), and I enjoy spending time with my kids and my friends.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love paranormal romance, especially shifters, and historical romance. I love ebooks and how fast and easy it is to download and instantly be reading something new. Lately, I've been spending more time checking out other indie-authors and am thrilled by the amazing talent that is out there.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still learning and fine-tuning my marketing, but one thing I have learned is that slow and steady is the key. I work a little bit every day to build my author platform and am constantly changing and evolving based on what works and what doesn't.
What is your writing process?
It all starts with an idea or one of my own, personal fantasies. From there, I spend a significant amount of time hammering out the 15 main beats of my story based on the book Save The Cat. Usually, at the same time, I work on character sketches, which include physical descriptions and backstories for my main characters, as well as some of my B story characters. After that, I do an expanded outline which hits on each chapter and most of the scenes that will appear in the final manuscript. Once all of that is in place, then I sit down with Scrivener and start writing.
Published 2013-12-18.
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