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?
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.