Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
K’Anne Meinel, pronounced Kay-Anne My-Null (in Europe) and My-Nell (in America), is an American author born and raised in Wisconsin. While she has lived in central and southern California, she always returns home to roost.
K'Anne professes to write books that she would like to read. Through her novels, novellas, and short stories, she has grown into a writer who is willing to expand her horizons. She fearlessly steps out of her comfort zone in order to allow the reader, through her words, to savor the experiences of her life.
Her first book SHIPS was written in 2003, but she re-wrote bits of it off and on for the next eight years before finally self-publishing it and being approached by a publisher. Short stories joined her 'bill of fare' in 2011 purely as a personal mind exercise. 2011 was also the beginning of a series of books which all include Malice in the title. This deliciously gripping series leaves the reader suspended, starving, and craving more. Today, with over ninety titles to her credit, K'Anne is truly an established author.
Several years ago, K’Anne created Shadoe Publishing to showcase her books under a publishing logo and house since many outlets will not accept independently self-published books. Shadoe Publishing removed that hurdle and also gave K’Anne the opportunity to utilize the business skills she had acquired over a twenty-five-year period while running companies for others.
Over the years, under K’Anne’s guidance, Shadoe Publishing has grown to market and showcase other new and upcoming authors. Since its inception, it has helped more than two dozen authors. K’Anne devotes her time and skills under the Shadoe Publishing brand to promoting her own and other’s works. K’Anne’s goal is not to be the biggest publisher of LGBT works, but to be the most supportive publisher and to be the most successful she can be in the unique atmosphere she has created for her authors.
In December 2017, K’Anne launched the Lesfic Bard Awards in the hopes of showcasing, marketing, and awarding deserving authors of lesbian literature.
K'Anne is the mistress of sarcasm and double entendre, with a wicked tongue-in-cheek sense of humor that many find addictive; she has a special way with words. Her descriptions paint visions in your mind and her words fuel your imagination. Named the lesbian Danielle Steel of her time, she has been featured in the Huffington Post for her detailed and gripping storylines. Befriend or ‘like’ her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter to keep up-to-date on her latest books, stories, and career. You are sure to find something you will enjoy. K’Anne also welcomes your email comments, suggestions, or advice – but don’t hold your breath waiting for her to put it into practice.
As of April 2018 K’Anne has written 94 published works with several others to be published this year alone!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Survivors was inspired by the book Alas Babylon, by Pat Frank. It made such an impression on me when I read it in about 1980 that I started writing a post-apocalyptic book that I named Survivors in 2011 and finally got back to writing it, finishing it in 2017. I published it in 2018.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
You'd have to define unusual…I do write in my bed because I have permanently sprained back and try to move around, even write on my stomach, but mainly sit up in my bed for the comfort to my lower spine.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Bertrice Small & Louis Lamour
What are you working on now?
A couple of westerns that are prequels to a modern western I released last year.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Social media, my blog, which goes out on all the associated social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, Google +.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write, simply, write…even if you write crap you at least wrote something. Crap can be cleaned up, and, in time, you can improve as you learn. Also, READ, read stuff you would like to write yourself, absorb it, the style, the nuance, and rather than paraphrase or plagiarize it, learn from it to form your own style. When you read something, think of how you would have worded that, or how you'd tell such a story…you will learn.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
What’s next for you as a writer?
Publishing many novels this year!
What is your favorite book of all time?
Too many to narrow it down to just one!