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 (three of whom are homeschooled) allow her to be.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Let's Move On wraps up the first part of the New Pioneers series. Zainab is ready to move away from the drama of the last few years, and to her surprise that's going to include taking up with someone who caused her friends a lot of heartache in the last book. (In his defense, some of his machinations led them to an important if not shocking discovery in The China Doll.) But is that the man she really wants? Meanwhile, Richard, Jessie, Miranda and Michael finally got the Big Bads out of their lives. The question now is whether they can finally be the adults they always needed to be. Finally, Emily, the impetuous heroine who started it all, is going to be confronted with the need to forgive. Can she put aside her resentment for the sake of the person she loves the most?
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.