Deborah Nam-Krane


Deborah Nam-Krane is a Boston-based writer who has been telling stories in one way or another since she could talk. In addition to writing romance/chick lit/women's fiction, she's also intensely interested in education, history, economics, policy and media literacy- that is, when her four children (two of whom are homeschooled) allow her to be.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
The Golden Boy Returns is something that I really wanted to get out there but at the same time was something I was really afraid of publishing because it's so close to me. Let me back up: it's not that I'm someone who works in politics or is heavily invested in the minutiae of how municipal government works, but I'm someone who has been following politics since I was very young and I have a lot of things to say about what's going on, especially in my city. It's the story of how David Hwang rises and falls and (maybe) rises again, and it's also the story of how Kasi Panchal loses her idealism and (maybe) regains it. There's romance here--that's just how I roll--but that isn't as pronounced as it is in my other titles.

This title and the short story that precedes it (The Art of the Next Best) also kicks off the more "adult" phase of the New Pioneers. The power was that shadowing over the characters when they were younger becomes more pronounced now. It's dark here, and then it's darker still in the upcoming sequel.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I pursued the traditional option for over a year, but at that point I had my manuscripts sitting on my computer for almost five years. I'm not the first writer in that predicament, but everything I was reading indicated that agents- and editors and publishers- were still trying to find their footing as the indie market shifted everything.

At the time, it also seemed like everyone in traditional was very interested in paranormal, and nothing could be further than what I had written. Also, my characters are a little older than the usual Young Adult characters, but two agents recommended aging the characters down to make my manuscript more marketable. Unfortunately that would have completely changed the story.

Being an indie gives me the freedom to write- and market- the way I need to.
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Where to find Deborah Nam-Krane online



Needs, Wants and Other Weaknesses
Series: The New Pioneers. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,020. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In a world where everything's for sale, how much will you pay to save someone you love?
The Golden Boy Returns
Series: The New Pioneers. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,440. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Every game has its rules...and everyone who plays has to admit they want to win
The Art Of The Next Best
Series: The New Pioneers. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
Once you've seen the underbelly, you can't pretend it doesn't exist
Let's Move On
Series: The New Pioneers, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,600. Language: American English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Sometimes Growing Up and Living Your Life is the Best Revenge
The China Doll
Series: The New Pioneers, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,410. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Beware of fragile things; those edges are sharp once they break
An Engagement: A New Pioneers Short Story
Series: The New Pioneers, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
There is nothing worse than watching a disaster build and not being able to do a thing about it
The Family You Choose
Series: The New Pioneers, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,500. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
It's all about choices, but what you don't know might break your heart
The Smartest Girl in the Room
Series: The New Pioneers, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 85,030. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
What does the smartest girl everyone knows have to worry about?

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