Q: How can I connect with Kristy?
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Q: How can I get a signed book?
Kristy loves connecting with readers 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 third historical novel, THE RINGMASTER’S WIFE (a Jazz Age circus story of John and Mable Ringling), released from HarperCollins Christian Publishing and in a Dutch translation edition by Uitgeverij Kok Publishers, both in 2016. Her fourth historical novel, THE ILLUSIONIST’S APPRENTICE (a Jazz Age story, including famous illusionist Harry Houdini) — will release in March, 2017.
Kristy also has some new projects in the works, including THE LOST CASTLE series – a three-book historical fiction series scheduled to debut in 2018, and THE VERSE-MAPPING series, (2) verse-mapping Bible studies (DVD/video + study guide materials), also releasing in early 2018.
Be sure you sign up via email to receive Kristy’s WRITING DESK Newsletter — we’ll share exclusive book news and giveaways there first!
Q: Where can I buy Kristy’s books?
Kristy’s books and Bible studies are available at major 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 on leave from 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 recent 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 such favorite spot has kayaks hanging on the wall… )
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. How do I get published?
Read, read, READ! Write every day. 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 be a part of.
These might help you learn more:
Q: How do I become a professional writer?
If you’re an aspiring author/writer, establish an understanding of your brand early on. What do you write? What makes your voice truly unique? Why are your characters or story ideas memorable? If you’re new to social media, then start before you’re published and work to grow those authentic connections with your future readers. They’re going to want to get to know the real you — and fall in love with the stories you write! (You can find helpful strategies in books such as Michael Hyatt’s Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, especially if you’re new to the social media space.)
You may wish to invest in a membership with a professional writing organization — such as the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) — and attend conferences to learn about the writing craft. When you’re ready, you may also want to enter unpublished writing contests.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 journey with God, and it will be unique. Keep going, stay close to Christ along the way — and don’t forget to have FUN!