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Kristy loves chatting with book-loving friends, and is happy to sign books at various appearances throughout the year. You can meet Kristy by attending a conference or author appearance, or by booking a speaking event in your area.
We journey to Ireland in Book 2 of the Lost Castles historical fiction series... Castle on the Rise -- a story of the 1916 Easter Rising that just released in Feb. 2019. Book 3 of the series will venture to Victorian England in The Painted Castle -- Coming October, 2019.
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While Kristy connects with women through her local church community and through speaking events and author appearances, she is currently unable to offer one on one coaching. She recommends joining a writing organization such as the American Christian Fiction Authors, and investing in coaching with industry professionals—such as through Author School.
Q & A with Kristy
The theme of hope rising from dark places in history is a constant in my novels, tackling the stories where art, history, and faith intersect.
While all of my historical fiction books are of a Christian world view, not all characters will see life through a faith-based lens. Some may choose motivations in thought, action, or speech that do not align with following Christ, but paint historically accurate portraits for mature audiences with themes such as: war, death, grief/loss, racism, religious or cultural prejudice, divorce, abuse, sin, chronic illness, and the horrors of the Holocaust.
It's in this fallen world the light of Jesus Christ eclipses darkness every time—that's the space where I pick up my pen and dream a new redemption story...
The short answer? I write in a coffee shop with kayaks on the wall...
The long answer is that stories and characters are always on my mind—so I really write everywhere! In fact, I wrote most of my debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, on my phone (while working and traveling in my former corporate career).
As an art history/research writing major in college and now a vintage-inspired author, I drift to the places that feed my love for historical research: book store aisles, libraries, universities, museums, traveling to onsite research locations (like a backroads trip across Ireland or a former TB sanitarium) and conducting interviews (such as with an Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor or curators at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art). I also visit schools and speak at writing conferences & women’s ministry events, and hide away in my coffee shop corner to get lost in story worlds.
The book I read every day: the Bible
The book that still moves me: Night, by Elie Wiesel
The book that most captivated me: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
The book with my favorite literary character: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
A catalyst for some of the most amazing moments you've ever had in the Bible... Visit the VERSE MAPPING Page to learn more!
To see what I'm reading, join me and a couple of my best author friends in our literary book club. For the current favorites that are inspiring me now, click on a book to learn more & buy... (You know you want to!)
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan:
Night by Elie Wiesel:
The Story of With by Allen Arnold
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
It's no secret—I crush on a good podcast! Whether I'm looking for insider info on writing craft & book marketing, searching out research kick-starters for that next novel, or settling into stories that will encourage a deeper walk with Christ, this is my current go-to list.
Click away and give a listen... You'll walk away inspired:
THE WRITING LIFE
HISTORY & RESEARCH
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a writing journey! Knowing (and following) your calling is a big first step.
Practically speaking, aspiring authors need to read, read, READ—especially in the genre you wish to write. (You have to fall in love with storytelling first.) Write every day. Develop thick skin but keep your tender heart. Always be kind, using your words to build others up. And PRAY about the many decisions ahead of you—What do I feel called to write/speak/communicate? Fiction or nonfiction? Indie or traditional publishing? What genre? What audience? Seeking representation by a literary agent? Do I have an author platform?
Take it seriously, do your homework and learn all you can about the publishing industry to make the right decisions for you. Links on this website are only meant to inspire a journey to publication—always do thorough research and obtain professional advice on your own.
I’m asked this question often: How do I get published?
Because I’m a creative myself, I take the answer very seriously. If you’re called to write/speak/create, first consider why— a clear understanding of the WHY you write must come long before you work on the WHAT.
Once you've made the decision to be all-in on this author journey, you have to own it. It will require sacrifice. Hard work. Dedication. Surrender. For sure, it will become a new part of who you are and this may impact your existing friendships, family, finances, and career aspirations. (This is not legal/financial/career advice -- links here are purely for inspiration.) But if you're serious about the journey, the pros behind these links have some helpful info I wished I'd known early on:
Aspiring authors may wish to invest in working with a professional to jump-start their career. To learn more about the professional author coaching tools literary agent Rachelle Gardner offers, visit AuthorSchool.com.
You may also seek membership with a professional writing organization—such as the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)—or enter legitimate unpublished writing contests. That’s not to say you have to win contests to pursue a career as a writer. You might not need to. The first editor who reads your work may find such promise that you’re snapped up immediately. (Well done, you!) But if not. . . remember that your journey to publication will be YOUR story road and it will be unique. Keep going—and stay in step with Jesus along the way!
With JOY in the journey,