Today we are honored to have as our special guest star, a writer I met at a con this past spring, and we just seemed to click. Kristen Painter is an eclectic woman, with a wide area of intrests and accomplishments. And most importantly for this site, she has gotten into the publishing business in a different, very current, way. Her personal and publishing history will appeal to our readers! She started out as an e-pub writer, and has since…well, I’ll let her tell it. First her bio.
Kristen Painter is a former college English teacher, personal trainer, advertising exec, maitre d’, and runway model. When not building fantastical worlds, creating new characters or plotting herself out of a corner, she hangs out in the forum at Romancedivas.com, the award-winning site she co-founded with Jax Cassidy, blogs at www.kristenpainter.blogspot.com or tweets at http://twitter.com/Kristen_Painter. She’s represented by The Knight Agency
I started out writing fantasy romance – elves and princesses and swords kind of stuff – because that was what I liked to read. As a high schooler, I gobbled down the Sword of Shannara series, Mists of Avalon, some Piers Anthony…you get the picture. So fantasy romance made sense, until I realized what little market there was for it. (I believe things have changed a little since then, but not much.)
For my next project, I turned my sights to paranormal romance. I liked to read it, so why not write it? I kept on that path for several books, during which I landed my agent. However, we soon found out that while many NY editors responded to my voice and thought my characters and writing were strong, my style of light paranormal wasn’t right for them. They wanted dark, dangerous, deadly and I was writing a chef with a magical cookbook and a werewolf whose blind date was allergic to dogs. *ahem*
So my agent and I discussed it and decided to try an epublisher. Epubs are notoriously open to riskier books (although I’ve never thought of my work as risky) and if NY couldn’t see the genius that was me, maybe an epublisher would.
And wouldn’t you know it, they did. In a span of a few months, I sold two books to two different epublishers and the first book, ALL FIRED UP, came out on September 1st. Interestingly enough, I’ve since sold to a traditional publisher, Orbit, a darker urban fantasy series, but that’s another story for another time.
ALL FIRED UP is my first published book and as such, I’m proud of it. Do I think it’s going to get me on any lists? No and I don’t care. The reviews have been good and people are reading my words. And while I don’t write strictly to be read (yes, I’m also hoping to make some money), being read is a reward all on its own. Building a reader base is a wonderful thing and knowing that those readers respond to what you’ve written is priceless.
I’m available right here to answer questions!
ALL FIRED UP, Samhain Publishing
“A great read with a strong, likable heroine and a hero to die for.” – RT Bookclub
“…well-written, fast-paced, and thought provoking.” – TheGirlsOnBooks