A huge thanks to Lydia for having me in her Author Spotlight- virtual chocolate chip cookies to her!
(Nom, nom. Fanks, Krifff!)
The Writing Process: How do you write? Is there noise, silence, music, people around?
I started writing when my kids were really little and my grandma would come over and watch them. They were all so loud that I took to listening to my iPod while at the keyboard. I still write that way many, many years later – even when I’m in the house alone. For each new project, I create a playlist of songs that reflect the storyline and the characters. Recently I started an edgy YA and my playlist was filled with Eminem songs. After awhile I had to stop listening to that playlist because it was too depressing and negative – which was not what I wanted to come across in the story.
The Publishing Process: If you decided to self-publish, what was the final push that allowed that decision?
It was my agent, Christine Witthohn, who pushed me over the ledge. She suggested that I get Saving Redwind: A Wallpaper Adventure out while we waited to hear back on stories that were already out on submission. Admittedly, I was reluctant. I’ve always believed that if my writing wasn’t good enough for NY, then I needed to hone my writing skills. But I believe in Christine, and she believes in me, so I did what she told me to do. Saving Redwind is out in print and digital formats. Here’s the back cover blurb:
All eleven-year-old Nick Stevenson wants is an adventure like his dad’s. Oh, and for the creepy ceiling in his new bedroom to stop storming and spinning. When he’s asked to help save a world that exists inside his bedroom’s wallpaper, Nick thinks he’s found his very own adventure. But he has no idea it will involve talking rocks, dream-stealing birds, and becoming friends with wizards. Can Nick save Redwind and his new friends before his mom calls him home for hockey practice?
Writing and Food: Strangest food you’ve ever eaten.
Okay, this is a weird one and I’m sure there will be a few groans (because even I groan now when I think about it). The answer is …ta da…a fish eye! Wait, before you judge, let me explain! I had just arrived in Portugal with a group of girls from our University of Michigan – Cornell, Junior Year Abroad Program. We’d just spent the last 30 days in Madrid and we had a week off before we were to meet up in Seville and move into our host families homes. We had no idea we had this week off, so we decided to go to Portugal. We’d heard that there were cheap hostels and beautiful beaches. We didn’t arrive in Portimao until very late – almost 2 am. We found a hostel, and there was a bar next to it. The bar owners were very excited to showcase their “famous” dish to a bunch of American girls, as well as treat us to all their local wines. After several drinks (read bottles), they brought out a huge fish. They told us that the eyes were considered a delicacy. Maybe they were kidding, but I took the dare from the rest of my companions and ate one. I don’t remember what it tasted like, just that there was a little rubber ball left in my mouth after all of the squishy stuff was gone. Gross, I know.
Random or Weird questions: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
If you’re still with me after that question above, thank you. I’m not that strange (at least not anymore!). My favorite guilty pleasure has to be the summer TV shows on USA. I love Royal Pains, Burn Notice, Necessary Roughness, and Psych. A glass of wine (or a bottle of Summer Shandy), my DVR, and I’m all set.
Thank you Kris! I hope those were chocolate chips in my cookies and not fish eyeballs. Bleah!
Kris's middle grade novel, Saving Redwind is available as a print book, here on Amazon.
Oh, and I forgot to mention...It's Kris's birthday! Happy Birthday Kris!