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Kristy will be on the speaking road in 2018, traveling to events to share a few new projects: THE LOST CASTLE series—a three-book historical fiction series debut that released in February, 2018, and THE VERSE-MAPPING Series, verse mapping Bible studies (DVD/video + study guides) releasing in April.
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Q & A with Kristy
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 iPhone (while working and traveling in my former corporate training career).
As an art history/research writing major in college and now an author, I drift to the places that feed my love for historical research: book store aisles, libraries, traveling to onsite research locations (like a road trip across Ireland, or a visit to former TB sanitarium) and conducting interviews (such as with an Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor, or museum curators at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art). I also visit schools and speak at conferences & women’s ministry events, and hide away in coffee shop corners to get lost in my story worlds. (You might know my favorite spot has kayaks hanging on the wall…)
I typically recommend my books for mature 7th/8th grade readers and above (ages 13-14+).
The theme of hope rising from dark places in history is a constant in my novels, weaving stories where art and history and faith intersect. While all of my books are of a firmly-rooted Christian world view—and will not have gratuitous violence, inappropriate language, or graphic scenes between men and women—they do paint historically accurate portraits of themes for mature audiences, such as: war, grief/loss, racism, abuse, chronic illness, and the horrors of the Holocaust.
This is a fallen world, but the light of Jesus Christ eclipses darkness every time—that's the space where I want to pick up my pen and start a new redemption story...
The book I read every day: the Bible
The book that most captivated me: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
The book that still moves me: Night, by Elie Wiesel
The book that makes me smile every time: The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy
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!
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. And PRAY about the many decisions ahead of you—What is God calling me to write? Fiction or nonfiction? Indie or traditional publishing? What genre? What audience? Seeking representation by a literary agent?
Do your homework, and learn all you can about the publishing industry to make the right decisions for you. Be serious about your writing aspirations (this is a business, after all). Professionalism counts. These links might inform your first steps—but always do thorough research on your own:
I’m asked this question probably more than any other: 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. (For more on that, click HERE.)
Once you've made the decision to be all-in on this author journey, you have to own it. It will require sacrifice. Dedication. For sure, it will become a new part of who you are, and this may impact your existing friendships, family, finances, and career aspirations. But if you're serious about the journey, here are some links—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. Full disclosure: Rachelle Gardner is my literary agent and a friend. But long before I began working with her in line-editing my first novels (and now as one of her clients), I was an aspiring author looking to learn as much as I could about the publishing business—and gleaned more invaluable industry knowledge from her website than any other.
If you're interested to learn more about the professional author coaching tools Rachelle offers, visit AuthorSchool.com.
You may also seek membership with a professional writing organization—such as the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)—or enter unpublished writing contests. (My editor and I found each other out of a contest win!)
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 with God, and it will be unique. Keep going—and stay in step with Jesus along the way!
With JOY in the journey,