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?
We met Miranda Harel in The Smartest Girl in the Room, and now the spotlight is on her in The Family You Choose. How did she end up as a ward of the mysterious Alex Sheldon, and what is her relationship to Richard, Jessie and, most importantly, Michael? In a way she's like the flip side of Emily, the heroine of The Smartest Girl in the Room, who can be calculating but also has a temper and isn't afraid to show it. Miranda is by nature sweet and kind, but like everyone else she has her limits. What she does when she's pushed too far will be shocking, and so will the fallout. But even though she thinks she has answers to all her questions, she's going to be in for the shock of her life when the real truth comes out.
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.