Did it take a long time to get your first book published?
Yes. It took me two years to write Fire Baptized. I was scared and unsure of myself as a writer.
Additionally, all of the people in my critique hated my initial male love interest. He was a vampire that everyone believed was cliché.
I ended up completely removing the vampire love interest. I created a new character named Zulu who all my fans absolutely love. So I’m glad I listened to my critique group.
Do you work another job as well as your writing work?
I’m an equal employment opportunity specialist with the Department of Labor. I also go to University of Miami law school part time.
Do you have a "lucky charm" or "lucky routine" you follow when waiting for your book to be accepted by a publisher?
I’m a big outliner and day dreamer. I first outline the whole book and basically spend my days dreaming about the possible outcomes within the outline.
This is probably my favourite part of the creative process!
Which of your books were easier/harder to write than the others?
Fire Baptized was the hardest because I had never wrote anything before. I felt unconfident a lot of times.
The sequel The Burning Bush was extremely easy to write. I know the characters and the world by heart. I also know that I can’t please everyone so my goal is to publish a book that I believe is high quality and entertaining.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
There will be at least five books in the habitat series. Fire Baptized is book one of the series. Caged View is a free prequel of the series.
This is the link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/141149
I also have a large group of talented people working on a free web comic animated series for Fire Baptized. They are a group of animators, illustrators, voice actors, and musicians that love the world and want to see it in live action.
I’m really hyped about it! You should see the series this summer. I will be giving updates about the series on my goodreads blog.
This is the link: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5402447.Kenya_Wright
What genre would you place your books into?
I would definitely say Fire Baptized falls into the adult Dark Urban Fantasy genre. Many also consider the book to be a Horror Romance.
Do you gift books to readers to do reviews?
Yes. Now that Fire Baptized is in the KDP program I give away all Nook formats to anyone who wants it.
If you would like a free nook format of Fire Baptized, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put JeanzBookRead in the subject line.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I read every single review. I just make sure I don’t comment on the review.
There has been a bad case of authors harassing readers who post negative reviews on their books. I think it’s a horrible move.
In the end, some readers will like my book and some will hate it. I’m definitely okay with that.
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