Author: K’Anne Meinel
K’Anne Meinel is a prolific best-selling fiction writer with more than one hundred published works including shorts, novellas, and novels. She is an American author born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised outside of Oconomowoc. Upon early graduation from high school, she went to a private college in Milwaukee and then moved to California for seventeen years before returning to the state. Many of her stories are noted for being realistic, with wonderfully detailed backgrounds and compelling storylines. Called the Danielle Steel of her time, K’Anne continues to write interesting stories in a variety of genres in both the lesbian and mainstream fiction categories.
Her website is @ www.kannemeinel.com. K’Anne is also the publisher and owner of Shadoe Publishing, LLC @ www.shadoepublishing.com and in December 2017 she started the Lesfic Bard Awards @ www.lesficbardawards.com. In December 2018 she launched the Gay Scribe Awards @ www.gayscribeawards.com in hopes of duplicating the first year’s success of the Lesfic Bard Awards and to showcase more LGBT literature.
Independent or published author? Published Author
Preferred pronoun: She/Her
1. What’s your first memory of enjoying reading?
I’ve always read, but in the 2nd grade I read my first 100-page book cover to cover in one day and that felt wonderful. It was called Twins or something and really made an impression.
2. What are you currently reading?
About Russian women in the military during WW2, they were 100% equal to men, then.
3. Which character you’ve created/written do you wish you could spend a day as?
Gosh, there simply are too many to remember them all.
4. Which character that someone else has written do you wish you could spend a day as?
Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series.
5. Have you created any characters you don’t like?
Oh yes, several in various books. The most memorable was probably the teenager in Survivors, based on an actual girlfriends daughter. This selfish creature you just had to hate.
6. What was the first thing you ever wrote that made you think, “I want to be a writer”?
Ships, my first book. I didn’t think I could do it, challenged myself and then sat down and wrote it all in two weeks.
7. Do you edit as you go or as a full process after a first draft?
Both. To get the flavor or the flow I will re-read what I wrote and tweak it and then go through it all once or twice more before sending it on to my editors. I have learned to put books aside for weeks, sometimes months at a time and come back and reread them, it gives you a completely different perspective.
8. Where do you write? And what do you need around you?
I write in my bed, on my laptop. I have a permanently sprained back and spend far too much time in bed.
9. Pen and paper, typewriter or computer?
Always direct to computer.
10. Who are three other lesbian/bisexual authors that you recommend?
Prudence MacLeod, Kiki Archer, and Sarah Libero.
11. What is the best thing about being part of the LBQ community?
How diverse it is and how many personalities are contained within it.