Not who everyone thinks she is.
The product of someone’s imagination.
The end result of a lifetime wishing to get out.
Do not buy the lie.
If you live in fear, you give up freedom.
Taking the risk and making the leap.
Too much of anything is a bad thing.
Innuendo floating on the mist that rises above the water.
Walk away and leave it all behind.
Telling the story that haunts a fantasy.
Catching a dream.
She does not exist.
What inspires you to write?
The scene. I love a good romantic scene. I know the HEA and the No cheating are cliche, but everyone wants one. The thing that makes every next book is how to write that HEA with no cheating and not simply rinse and repeat. A new version of a classic need for a uniquely theirs love story.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am totally a seat of my pats writer. It all started in a boring repetitive training meeting with a laptop in the back. But that story was simply dreadful. I deleted it without ever sharing it. All except the first scene. I had been writing erotic scenes for a while, but an actual novel? I shared the rough draft manuscript of a Pack Forms with friends and the story began. I had to write more in order to answer the questions and illuminate other characters. Then someone said I should try publishing about the third or fourth full length novel. A few years later and I am a few books into the series. It's great. I don't always know how a book will go, but I do know the ending of the series. Whoops. Sorry. I gotta finish writing the middles first. 😉
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to and talk to my characters. (Mostly cursing them when the scene won't write well.) I also talk about them as if they were real people going about their real lives (just somewhere else and other people can only meet them in the pages of a book). The dream is like that. Strange magic flies around all the time, so it's all good. I see the scene in my mind and write it as it plays out. Later after it marinates, I read it and edit, sometimes rewrite, so that the scene flows better on the page. I know. Chapters. Book trailers not commercials. I know. I mess it all up because I am totally Indie and the jargon of the industry sometimes still messes with my mind.
Who are your favorite authors?
LJ Shen and Megan March keep me up all night. Romance gets me everytime. Felicity Heaton, Alyssa Woods, Le Carre, etc… I love them all. I don't compare, but I do aspire.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose indie all the way because there is no money in any budget ever. I can't justify paying money out for a product that I want to sell that is not making money. (Shark Tank) Having said that, I do realize that some money must be spent. I did buy my website, and I do pay for some advertising and promotion, but I am not a publishing house. There is no extra cash to waste. So I write my books. My friends beta read for me out of the goodness of their heart. I create the art, covers, interiors, book trailers, music, everything myself. I post to my social media sites. No personal assistant. If you message Ophelia Kee, she answers. I'm a real person, doing a real job, writing what I love, and sharing it with the readers who love it. To everyone out there who is reading or who has ever read any Draoithe Book, Thank you! I hope you enjoy and keep reading. The books will likely have to stay Indie as well because seriously, the jargon in the publishing industry makes my head spin. Plot arcs and synopsis with letters to pitch my book? Who really has time to do all of that? I want to write paranormal romance that my friends want to read. If the story is good, then it will be read.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope that Independent authors take a larger share of the market. I love print. Nothing feels better than holding a book in your hands and turning the page, but ebooks are easier to obtain. I would love to see Kindle offer print on demand hard back books. But I believe that audio books are the wave of the future. I have been seriously looking into creating what I term 'fireside readings' of my books to publish for those who want to put on headphones and take a good book to the gym, or have a good long soak in the bubbles with a glass of wine and a few candles while the book plays. Prime movies from books is intriguing, and anime might be really interesting too.
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What formats are your books in?
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