Author Brandi Kennedy is creating an UNDAUNTED Army with books, blogs, poetry, podcasts, & more!
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WHO AM I?

I'm a writer. I'm a blogger, a poet, a podcaster, a steamy romance novelist - a dreamer. Writing is all I've ever wanted to do for almost as long as I can remember, and the fact that people are willing to pay me to write gives me hope I never expected to have - hope for a future that includes writing full-time and being able to live on that creative income, hope for a future in which I can use what I make from writing to give back and help other women like me to improve their lives, too.

But I'm also much more than a writer - I'm a single mother with PTSDraising two girls almost totally on my own. I'm a woman living in the shadows of chronic depression and debilitating anxiety, the product of a traumatic childhood and a string of abusive relationships, a survivor with an unrelenting belief that there is good in the world, romance is real, and no one is ever as stuck as they seem. I am a long way from fearless, but I am a warrior nonetheless - and my dream is to help others put on the armor of courage, take up the shield of confidence, and become as Undaunted as they were meant to be.

OKAY, SO WHY WRITING?

I haven't always had a safe place to fall, or understanding people to lean on - and when I was little, I faced situations no child is equipped to properly understand. For me, writing is passion that's safe and love that's dependable. It's therapy and art - painting and sculpting with words. Writing has opened doors to healing, and has provided a valuable avenue for me to learn to know and (finally) accept myself - who I am, who I want to be, and what I want from those around me.

Blogging has allowed me to grow and strengthen the resolve that keeps me trying no matter how many times I want to quit, and exploring life through fiction has taught me that despite the difficulties I've faced, I CAN forge a new path for my life and my family. Now, I hope to use my writing to guide and inspire others.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN.

My writing can't help others if it isn't being seen, and it won't be seen if I don't have the time and creative energy to get it written. Patrons on this page would be taking a direct and undeniable part in making that happen through helping to support my family as well as covering the expenses of continuing to pursue publication of my writings. This in itself is a long list of things to cover, such as:
  • updating the graphic design software I use to create my blog and social media graphics
  • products I purchase to give away or review on the blog or social media
  • outings and writing-related travel expenses
  • advertising - through the use of boosted posts, paid placements, etc.
  • the valued PA who helps me promote my writing elsewhere on the web, thereby giving me more time to write
  • subscription to the software I use (Microsoft Word) to actually get the novel-writing done
  • editors who look over my work before publication
  • the graphic designer in charge of making my covers beautiful (and marketable)
and yes,
  • living expenses for my family, which allows me to write because I don't have to stress over how I'm going to keep the bills paid.

But the truth is, my goals are bigger than a Slacker Radio subscription. (And I can prove it - look in the goals section of this page, where you can click through and see what I'm hoping to accomplish here.)

I once found myself pretty much homeless, and at that time I was unable to find any help for the situation I was in. I couldn't even get into women's shelters because I was in too messed-up of a situation, and I literally had several different places tell me, "We're sorry, there really aren't programs for situations like yours at this time."

It left me lost and uncertain, but also with a dream to make sure other young women never have to hear those words. In my novel, Fighting For Freedom, I wrote about a women's shelter that will take anybody. Doesn't matter if they dropped out of high school, if they're disabled, if they have literally no potential at all. If they're going to be a long-term resident, if they're going to need loads of help ... I wrote the kind of Safe House I couldn't find, the kind that opens its doors to even the most complicated cases.

And as I wrote that book, I nurtured a dream. The dream of actually unlocking the door to a real live Safe House, the dream of setting such a program in motion. The dream of filling the fictional Safe House I imagined with real-life women in need of a hand to hold as they find their way forward.

It is my most steadfast hope that the growth of this page (and my writing in general) would eventually help me to fund that dream.

That being said, there is - of course - absolutely no obligation to pledge any support here, and those who do choose to try it out can always cancel with no problems and no hard feelings. My novels (including the one mentioned above) are available on all the major markets and my blog will always be free to access ... but those who support me here are the real true heroes of my little world, the official sponsors of Team Kennedy, and the backbone of the Undaunted community I'm hoping to build.

RIGHT. BUT "WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?"

You mean other than knowing that your support here will literally be changing lives?

As a patron here, you'll be getting advance peeks at my newest romance-novels-in-the-making, my previously-unreleased poetry, my monthly podcast exploring the core values of humans individually and society as a whole, and lots more! The rewards change here and there, so make sure you stay updated, and always feel free to contact me with questions.

(Also: be ready for some steamy love stories - because I don't write a lot of gratuitous sex scenes, but when I write them ... they. Are. HOT.)
Tiers
Undaunted Army, Private 1st Class
$1 or more per month
Congratulations on your promotion into the ranks of the UNDAUNTED. Now that you're here:
  • Once a month, you'll have advance access to an unpublished chapter from one of my novels-in-progress - and through voting each month, YOU'LL be taking charge of which novel gets finished (and published) first. 
  • Twice a month, you'll also have advance access to more personal bits of my non-fiction writing; you'll get to see my unpublished poetry, which I'm currently in the process of compiling into a book. 
Undaunted Army, Corporal
$5 or more per month
Now that you're a Corporal, you're entitled to a little something extra:
  • Reserved space on my personal 70-person mailing list. As a member of this limited list of trusted contacts, you'll receive personalized, signed Christmas and Birthday cards from the three highest-ranking members of the Undaunted Army - me & my girls!
  • Plus all previous rewards.
Goals
5 of 10 patrons
Help me reach 10 patrons and as a result of reaching this goal: I'm going to start choosing a random patron (all tiers are eligible) to give a special thanks to at the bottom of each blog post, not only to thank you for sponsoring my dream but also to shout out YOUR undauntedness!
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WHO AM I?

I'm a writer. I'm a blogger, a poet, a podcaster, a steamy romance novelist - a dreamer. Writing is all I've ever wanted to do for almost as long as I can remember, and the fact that people are willing to pay me to write gives me hope I never expected to have - hope for a future that includes writing full-time and being able to live on that creative income, hope for a future in which I can use what I make from writing to give back and help other women like me to improve their lives, too.

But I'm also much more than a writer - I'm a single mother with PTSDraising two girls almost totally on my own. I'm a woman living in the shadows of chronic depression and debilitating anxiety, the product of a traumatic childhood and a string of abusive relationships, a survivor with an unrelenting belief that there is good in the world, romance is real, and no one is ever as stuck as they seem. I am a long way from fearless, but I am a warrior nonetheless - and my dream is to help others put on the armor of courage, take up the shield of confidence, and become as Undaunted as they were meant to be.

OKAY, SO WHY WRITING?

I haven't always had a safe place to fall, or understanding people to lean on - and when I was little, I faced situations no child is equipped to properly understand. For me, writing is passion that's safe and love that's dependable. It's therapy and art - painting and sculpting with words. Writing has opened doors to healing, and has provided a valuable avenue for me to learn to know and (finally) accept myself - who I am, who I want to be, and what I want from those around me.

Blogging has allowed me to grow and strengthen the resolve that keeps me trying no matter how many times I want to quit, and exploring life through fiction has taught me that despite the difficulties I've faced, I CAN forge a new path for my life and my family. Now, I hope to use my writing to guide and inspire others.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN.

My writing can't help others if it isn't being seen, and it won't be seen if I don't have the time and creative energy to get it written. Patrons on this page would be taking a direct and undeniable part in making that happen through helping to support my family as well as covering the expenses of continuing to pursue publication of my writings. This in itself is a long list of things to cover, such as:
  • updating the graphic design software I use to create my blog and social media graphics
  • products I purchase to give away or review on the blog or social media
  • outings and writing-related travel expenses
  • advertising - through the use of boosted posts, paid placements, etc.
  • the valued PA who helps me promote my writing elsewhere on the web, thereby giving me more time to write
  • subscription to the software I use (Microsoft Word) to actually get the novel-writing done
  • editors who look over my work before publication
  • the graphic designer in charge of making my covers beautiful (and marketable)
and yes,
  • living expenses for my family, which allows me to write because I don't have to stress over how I'm going to keep the bills paid.

But the truth is, my goals are bigger than a Slacker Radio subscription. (And I can prove it - look in the goals section of this page, where you can click through and see what I'm hoping to accomplish here.)

I once found myself pretty much homeless, and at that time I was unable to find any help for the situation I was in. I couldn't even get into women's shelters because I was in too messed-up of a situation, and I literally had several different places tell me, "We're sorry, there really aren't programs for situations like yours at this time."

It left me lost and uncertain, but also with a dream to make sure other young women never have to hear those words. In my novel, Fighting For Freedom, I wrote about a women's shelter that will take anybody. Doesn't matter if they dropped out of high school, if they're disabled, if they have literally no potential at all. If they're going to be a long-term resident, if they're going to need loads of help ... I wrote the kind of Safe House I couldn't find, the kind that opens its doors to even the most complicated cases.

And as I wrote that book, I nurtured a dream. The dream of actually unlocking the door to a real live Safe House, the dream of setting such a program in motion. The dream of filling the fictional Safe House I imagined with real-life women in need of a hand to hold as they find their way forward.

It is my most steadfast hope that the growth of this page (and my writing in general) would eventually help me to fund that dream.

That being said, there is - of course - absolutely no obligation to pledge any support here, and those who do choose to try it out can always cancel with no problems and no hard feelings. My novels (including the one mentioned above) are available on all the major markets and my blog will always be free to access ... but those who support me here are the real true heroes of my little world, the official sponsors of Team Kennedy, and the backbone of the Undaunted community I'm hoping to build.

RIGHT. BUT "WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?"

You mean other than knowing that your support here will literally be changing lives?

As a patron here, you'll be getting advance peeks at my newest romance-novels-in-the-making, my previously-unreleased poetry, my monthly podcast exploring the core values of humans individually and society as a whole, and lots more! The rewards change here and there, so make sure you stay updated, and always feel free to contact me with questions.

(Also: be ready for some steamy love stories - because I don't write a lot of gratuitous sex scenes, but when I write them ... they. Are. HOT.)

Recent posts by Author Brandi Kennedy

Tiers
Undaunted Army, Private 1st Class
$1 or more per month
Congratulations on your promotion into the ranks of the UNDAUNTED. Now that you're here:
  • Once a month, you'll have advance access to an unpublished chapter from one of my novels-in-progress - and through voting each month, YOU'LL be taking charge of which novel gets finished (and published) first. 
  • Twice a month, you'll also have advance access to more personal bits of my non-fiction writing; you'll get to see my unpublished poetry, which I'm currently in the process of compiling into a book. 
Undaunted Army, Corporal
$5 or more per month
Now that you're a Corporal, you're entitled to a little something extra:
  • Reserved space on my personal 70-person mailing list. As a member of this limited list of trusted contacts, you'll receive personalized, signed Christmas and Birthday cards from the three highest-ranking members of the Undaunted Army - me & my girls!
  • Plus all previous rewards.