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.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a couple of years old at this point -- it's been a rough pandemic! -- but Justice, Mercy, and Other Myths brings together all of the different strains that are in the New Pioneers (dysfunctional families, ambition, politics, romance, human trafficking, mystery) and closes them up in a way that allows people to move forward. But not without consequences, because nothing is ever without consequences. And while some people find some redemption, other people are going to find that their halos got a little tarnished. That, probably, was the most fun I had working on this installment.
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.