Q: How can I connect with Kristy?
You can connect with Kristy by following her social media sites above.
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.
Q: What’s up next for Kristy?
Kristy’s fourth historical novel, THE ILLUSIONIST’S APPRENTICE (a Jazz Age story of vaudeville, including famous illusionist Harry Houdini) just released. She also has some new projects in the works, including THE LOST CASTLE series—a three-book historical fiction series scheduled to debut in February, 2018, and THE VERSE-MAPPING series, verse-mapping Bible studies (DVD/video + study guide materials), also releasing in April, 2018.
Be sure you sign up to receive Kristy’s WRITING DESK newsletter—we’ll share exclusive book news and happenings there first!
Q: Where can I buy Kristy’s books?
Kristy’s books + Bible studies are available at retailers where books are sold. Click on a link below to learn more:
Q&A with Kristy:
Q: Where do you write?
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, Waverly Hills) 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. (One favorite spot has kayaks hanging on the wall…)
Q: What is Verse Mapping?
Oh, friend—we have some chatting to do. Click HERE. 🙂
Q: What is your favorite book?
The book that 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
Q: I’m an aspiring author/blogger/speaker. How do I get published?
I’m asked this question probably more than any other. And because I’m a dream-chaser myself, I take the answer very seriously. If you’re called to write/speak/create, first consider why— a clear understanding of the WHY must come long before you work on the WHAT. (For more on that, click HERE.)
Practically speaking, aspiring authors need to read, read, READ! Write every day. (You have to fall in love with storytelling first.) And PRAY about the decisions ahead of you—Fiction or non-fiction? Indie or traditional publishing? What genre? Seeking representation by a literary agent?
Do your homework and learn all you can about the publishing industry. Be serious about your writing aspirations (because it’s a business, after all). And stay connected with some of the authors whose work you love— chances are, they’ll share helpful insight into the business you’d like to become a part of. These links might help you learn more:
Aspiring authors may wish to invest in a membership with a professional writing organization—such as the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)—and attend conferences for spiritual renewal, and to learn the craft of writing. When you’re ready, you may also want to 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 get published. 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,