Hi, I’d like to introduce myself. Most people know me as Lanette Kissel. But, when I write, I usually go by the pen name of Taylor Kincaid. I chose my pen name to honor my heritage.
I started writing about six years ago. I like to attempt writing novels, and really enjoy writing short stories. I write in a variety of genre, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance, Historical, Suspense, and even Inspirational. Most of my Inspirational is in the form of poetry and non-fiction essays. With my Inspirational writing, I hope to honor the Father in heaven. If I have a gift, it’s because He gave it to me.
My road to publication has been a rough and rocky one. I love the writing part of being an author, and even enjoy many aspects of the submissions process. But, that process and everything it involves can be so frustrating.
I started out submitting novel queries to traditional book publishing houses. I would receive either rejection notices, or no response at all. I would submit my short stories to literary magazines, and after waiting for months for my response, I would receive a rejection. It’s so hard to break into that market. I remember one literary sent me a letter asking if I had anything else I could send them. The editor said my story had almost made it. Do you know how much I hate that word almost?
After about two years, I was completely disenchanted with the process. I decided to give up on all of it. I stopped writing, and boycotted the mailbox and Microsoft Word. Then about three months later, I received an envelope in the mail containing a contract from a magazine, for a story I had given up on ever hearing from. I was thrilled. That was the encouragement I needed to start writing again.
I was able to place my Inspirational poetry with various small press poetry pubs. I found it easier to place than my short stories. I did have successes with a couple of print magazines, and a couple of ezine publishers. I was thrilled when my story, The Legend of the Ghost in the Garden, was selected for publication in an issue of Sage of Consciousness ezine. With that story, I earned the title of featured short story writer for that issue.
A couple of years ago, a fellow author told me about the new e-book publishers. She said she was concentrating her energies in that direction, because that was the wave of the future for the publishing industry. I took her advice and began to submit some of my stories to the e-book publishers. Finally, some doors began to open for me. I began to see light at the end of the tunnel. My first acceptance came from Forbidden Publications. My first e-book is available on their website.
I have also just recently contracted with them for a series I’m excited about. The genre is Paranormal/Historical Romance. I don’t know when the first book is coming out, but I hope it will be soon.
Here is a list of my available, and coming soon e-books.
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