Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Writer Wednesday - Deborah Nam-Krane

Deborah Nam-Krane is a novelist, blogger and book reviewer who lives in Boston, and like any true city-dweller, she specifies that she lives in "Boston-Boston, not the Boston-area." Her first novel, The Smartest Girl in the Room, was published in 2013 and Her fourth full-length novel, Let's Move On, will be published in the fall of 2014. When not writing or talking about current events, she can be found trying to prevent her four homeschooled children from trying to take over the world. I hope you enjoy her interview!

Deborah Nam-Krane
Deborah Nam-Krane

Who are you? Deborah Nam-Krane, an indie novelist living in Boston-proper.

Where can you be found online? I'm sort of all over the place :-) I have a blog called Written By Deb where I post reviews, interviews, my thoughts on publishing and occasional features for other writers. Overall, I try to keep it reader-focused as opposed to writer-focused.

I'm also on Twitter and keep a Facebook page. Honestly, I'm not as active on Facebook professionally; the way we have to game the site in order to get people who have already "liked" our page to read our stuff is ridiculous. So Twitter is probably the best place to find me. Be warned though: I talk about current events A LOT!

What inspired you to start writing? When did it happen? I've been working on the kernel of this series since I was thirteen (no, seriously). But what got me to the computer in my mid-thirties was getting past the feeling that I needed my work to be "deep" or "important". Once I loosened up and decided I was going to write romance, the installments just came out. Ironically, I think I did work some themes in there that some might consider more...whatever than a stereotypical romance. (Then again, I've never read a stereotypical romance!)

Why do you write? I'm a story teller by nature, but I think a lot of people are. I write because there are ways in which I'd like to make the world a better place, and sometimes the best way to do that is to describe the world as you'd like to see it.

Who inspires you? I've been fortunate enough to speak with some fabulous writers over the last few years. Some of it is through my blog, and some of it is through Twitter. I've been blown away by Nasser Weddady, Sarah Kendzior, Mara Hvistendahl, Scott Anderson, Pankaj Ghemawat, Charles C. Mann, Diantha Jones and Mark Peterson. They all write about very different subjects, but there all masters at making difficult concepts not only understandable but also compelling.

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? Hawaii- no contest!

What is your favorite place on earth? New York City. I've been in Massachusetts since I was two years old, but my heart is still in the city where I was born.

Anything else you'd like us to know? I have four books out right now in my series The New Pioneers: The Smartest Girl in the Room, The Family You Choose, An Engagement (a short story) and The China Doll. Let's Move On is coming out this fall and it concludes the Coming of Age stories of my heroines. I couldn't let them or my version of Boston go, and I've completed a fifth book using the same setting and some of the same characters in The Golden Boy Returns. There's a romantic element in it- I am what I am!- but it's primary focus is Boston politics. I've just started working on the sixth full-length book in the same series. I had so much fun crafting the mystery in The China Doll that this one is going to go deeper into that territory. The heroine in that story is very different from the kind of characters I've usually created, but I'm excited by the challenge of putting myself in that headspace.

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