Kyleen Neuhold

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Bio:  I’m an author of contemporary/ new adult romance.

1.Thanks for taking part in the interview! Can you please tell us a bit about what you do? I write contemporary/ new adult romance. My first series that I’m in the midst of writing is the Sexy Nerd Boys series. My books feature strong female characters, and guys who aren’t stereotypes but are decidedly nerdy.

2.Where did you learn such a skill to do this type of stuff? (Self-taught / college / a degree etc.) I was self-taught. I’ve learned mainly through trial and error, reading A LOT of books, and from many other amazing authors.

3.How long have you been doing it for? I’ve been writing my entire life but I didn’t get the courage to publish until last year. My debut novel (Worth the Wait) was released August, 2015.

4.What’s the highlight of what you do? It’s absolutely surreal and amazing when someone messages me and tells me that they read my books and truly loved them. That to me makes all of the hard work totally worth it. I love when people love my characters as much as I do.

5.What’s the downfall in what you do? Being an indie author is extremely time consuming, competitive, and can be costly.

6.Do you have any tips or advice for anyone wanting to get started with this sort of creative role? I have a few bits of sage advice for aspiring indie authors:

Write what you’re passionate about, not simply what’s popular. Writing something just for sales may work in the short term but it’s not going to be something people care about or remember.

Find a group of supportive authors and bloggers. Nothing is more important than the support of others in the industry.

No matter what anyone tells you, you don’t have to go into debt to publish your first novel. I spent a total of $20 on my first TWO books. Then, when I started making a decent amount from sales I’ve now started to invest more into my upcoming books, and I may go back and ‘spruce up’ my first two books now that I can afford it. But, not having spent an arm and a leg didn’t turn people off of my work because they could still feel the passion in it, even if they weren’t as polished as they could be.

7.Can you tell us what a day in the life is like in respect of this role? Most days consist of writing (hopefully!), networking on Facebook, and seeking reviews and promos from bloggers.

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