Saturday, March 12, 2011

From Interview with Indie Author Kathleen Valentine

Interview with Indie Author Kathleen Valentine
Kathleen Valentine - Indie Author
Kathleen Valentine - Indie Author

IndieReads: When did you start writing?

Kathleen Valentine: I’ve been writing most of my life. I was the editor of my campus literary magazine in college and have been writing ever since.
IR: Are you self published or did you have some one do it for you?
KV: Some years back I started a small publishing company to publish the work of other people, called Parlez-Moi Press. Eventually, I published my own books through that business.
IR: What genre do you write in the most?
KV: I write General Fiction as well as non-fiction. I also write some mystery short stories but not a lot.
IR: What is about that genre that attracts you?
KV: I want my fiction to be creative. My experience is that most genre fiction is too limited by rules of what is acceptable for that genre. I don’t want to write that way.
IR: How many books have you published?
KV: Two novels, two collections of short stories, a book on knitting lace, and a cookbook/memoir.
IR: Which one should people start with?
KV: Well, I’d say The Old Mermaid’s Tale, but it depends on what you are drawn to.
IR: What was the prime motivation in publishing your work through independent channels?
KV: I spent three years working with agents who never accomplished much that was useful. I finally thought I’d rather publish on my own and, as my sales are growing, I’m very glad that I did.
IR: What were your early experiences like?
KV: I had very good mentors early in the process so things have gone pretty well. I don’t sell as much as most genre writers do but I’m thrilled every time a book sells.
IR: What did the process teach you?
KV: That there are no limits to what you can accomplish if you just keep at what you are doing. Slow and steady wins the race.
IR: Have you seen a change in the independent publishing community?
KV: Oh, yes, HUGE! Just within the last six years indie publishing is really starting to make its mark and people are starting to realize that there is a lot of great indie work out there. It is exciting.
IR: Do you read other independently published authors works?
KV: Yes, I’ve found that there are some very good indie writers. There are a lot of bad ones, too, but the good ones are getting easier to find.
IR: Any favorites you would like to plug?
KV: I loved Ryne Douglas Pearsons latest book, Confession. Maureen Gill’s January Moon is another excellent book.
IR: Where are you most likely to purchase indie works?
IR: Where can people find your books and which source has been the must successful for you?
KV: Amazon is my best resource for selling. My author’s page there is: Kathleen Valentine’s Amazon page. I also have all my books on my site at
IR: Do you have books in print? Where can we find them? What was that experience like?
KV: Five of my seven books are also in paperback. You can find them at Amazon, B&N, and all other online booksellers.
IR: Do you have any advice for some one who would like to be an Indie author or publisher?
KV: Make sure your work is first quality before your go to press. The biggest obstacle to selling indie books is convincing potential readers that they are getting a quality product. Authors who publish unedited, unproofed work should be spanked! If we want to be taken seriously as professionals we have to present a professional product.
IR: Do you do your own cover art or do you have some one do it for you?
KV: Professionally I’ve been a graphic artist for over 30 years so producing my own cover art is my favorite part of my job.
IR: Do you have any new works coming out soon that you can tell us about?
KV: Yes, I’m working on a new novel Depraved Heart which is a non-genre romantic-mystery about a man who was once a well-known professional football player. At the peak of his career he was arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison for the depraved-indifference murder of his brother-in-law. Fifteen years later he is being released from prison and will be re-united with his teenage daughter who has inherited her great-grandfather’s multi-million dollar estate which includes a fabulous art collection. That’s all I’ll tell you for now.
IR: Is there anything you would like to share?
KV: I think being a novelist is the highest calling of all the arts. Novelists, alone among artists, have changed the world. I heard a story that when Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe he said, “So you’re the little lady who started this great big war.” Her novel changed this country — like Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. That is heady company — something to aspire to be worthy of.
My books are available both in paperback and e-format from Amazon and in paperback from all other online booksellers. Just go to my web site of my blog for the links. My web site is and my blog is

More Info:
Kathleen Valentine is the author of a collection of short stories “My Last Romance and other passions” and two novels, “The Old Mermaid’s Tale” and “Each Angel BurnsEach Angel Burns”. She has also written Fry Bacon, Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook – five generations of good eating”, a memoir/cookbook of memories and 400 recipes from a Pennsylvania Dutch childhood, and “The Mermaid Shawl & other Beauties: Shawls, Cocoons and Wraps”, a collection of her own lace knitting designs. Some of her short stories are available in e-format from and additional knitting patterns from She currently lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest seaport, and is writing another novel, “Depraved Heart” and another knitting book, “Siren Shawls, Seaman’s Scarves and Stories”. More information on her work is at

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