Most genres, actually. I have pretty wide-spread reading tastes – I love romances, of course, but I can also enjoy mysteries, suspense/thrillers, fantasy, dystopian. I like just about everything, even several non-fiction topics.
What genres do you enjoy writing?
So far, I have published romance, fantasy, women’s fiction, and suspense/thriller. I have active projects in romance, fantasy, women’s fiction, suspense/horror, and non-fiction self-help. I think I’d like to write a little of everything. Or maybe I just have ADD.
Name some of your favorite books about writing:
Stephen King’s book, On Writing, was extremely encouraging for me, and I happened to find and read it just when I most needed what was in it. To this day, that book impacts me positively and offers me encouragement. I also loved Knit Together by Debbie Macomber. It’s not 100% about writing, per se, but she does talk about her writing journey throughout the book.
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Do you read your reviews? Why or why not…
Now and then I’ll look through them, mostly if I’m looking for a line for promo or a bit of encouragement. I love the feedback, and it’s really great to see the different things readers liked (or didn’t like) about certain things throughout my books. I don’t obsess over them, though. You can’t please all the people all the time, and while that’s an unfortunate truth, it is a solid fact. I think that my confidence in my own writing allows me to pretty calmly take the good reviews with the bad. Although I will admit, my favorite reviews are the ones that are more personally revealing – if the way a reader relates to my characters is so strong as to make me cry? Those moments are what makes doing this so totally worth it.
It depends on the criticism. I’ve had a few reviews that upset me, and I’ve seen one or two that I wanted to step in and argue with. I didn’t know, and that was part of my journey in accepting that you really can’t please all the people all the time. I’ve even gotten bad reviews for writing heroes that were “too perfect!” But I’ve had bad reviews that made me laugh too, which I suppose is a strange thing.
What’s the best advice you’ve heard/been given about writing?
“Grow a thick skin.” Lucky for me, I sort of had one anyway.
What’s the best advice you’ve heard/been given about book marketing?
“Be personable, but honest.” I’m a likable person generally, because I will go out of my way to be kind and I’m generally a respectful person. But I’m also opinionated and brassy, and when I get really strong feelings about something, I can be downright abrasive. Still, I try to keep a good balance between the two, and I like to think I’m usually pretty good at that.
What social media channels do you interact with readers most with? (website, Facebook, etc.)
I use Facebook (facebook.com/authorbrandikennedy) mostly, although Facebook tends to hide my posts. I’m also on Instagram (@authorbrandikennedy), Twitter (@brandikennedy84), Google+ (+brandikennedyauthor), and Tsu.co (tsu.co/authorbrandikennedy). I try to write once a week on my author blog (authorbrandikennedy.blogspot.com), and I also have a mailing list (http://eepurl.com/ztr-T).
What social media channels do you interact with other writers and publishing contacts most with?
I’m a member of several different Facebook groups, and I also interact some on Twitter and Instagram with other authors. I also invite people to “friend” me on Facebook, because Facebook doesn’t hide friends quite as hard as they hide pages.
About the Author
Brandi Kennedy is an American writer who is finally living her childhood career dream. As a child, books were her world, and through adulthood the love of words has never changed. A woman of varied interests, Brandi loves photography, music of all kinds, knitting, crochet and of course, mothering her two young daughters.
Currently, she finds her home in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee, among the mountains and the members of her extended family, where she spends her days at the computer, bringing fresh and incredibly real characters to life.
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