**Author Peek** Interview with Kristine Schwartz
GHOSTED, My Shattered Soul Saga Book 1
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full–time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
First and foremost, I want to say thanks for having me here today. Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll jump right in. I’m a busy full-time working mom of four amazing children (Jontae, Aiden, Leah, and Abigail—if you read my debut novel, you’ll notice right away my inspiration for my stories) all while running a very busy editing service and writing my own material. My day job is managing my partner’s family business, which I manage to do at the same time as my editing service, and my evenings are filled with my children, their homework, and managing our home life. Any free time I find goes to my hobbies: reading, writing, and gaming (I’m an Xbox gamer girl extraordinaire). And all of this wouldn’t be possible without my best friend, Caffeine.
1. How did you get started writing?
It’s sort of a long story. I began nearly a decade ago as a book blogging reviewer. I started as a way to read for free but it wasn’t long before that blossomed into a love of helping the amazing indie community. I developed a personal way to rate the books I read, which somewhat included letting the authors know if I had found errors within their editing (I just couldn’t seem to turn my inner grammar Nazi off). One author, whom I will never forget but won’t mention for their own privacy (also, I’m fairly confident enough time has passed since our last discussion that I’m nothing but a blip in their history by now), who asked me if I wouldn’t mind editing his manuscript since I had found errors in a professionally edited manuscript. I accepted, and over the next few years, my book blog developed into an editing service and I switched gears.
Fast forward another five years and another amazing author (again I won’t mention for privacy reasons) encouraged me to put my own story down to paper. It took me several years to create my masterpiece, but this week, my debut novel will be published. And now, I know my passion is words. I adore my editing service and I cherish the time I find to write my own stories down. I have several ideas and many plans for my future. This is just my beginning.
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
They tell you to write what you love, so I write in the paranormal/urban fantasy genre for young adult readers. Those are my absolute favourite books to read, and creating stories in that genre is such a thrilling way to pass my time. Think of how much you adore reading your favourite genre. Now think about taking a small idea for a story and letting it carry you to the end. It’s like being in the driver’s seat and guiding the roller coaster to where you want it to go. Do you like the high climbs? Or the terrifying drops down a cliff? Writing what you love, you get to decide.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I believe I answered that in number two.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
Editing. Or teach English. Whatever I do, I know it will involve words.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Dinner. I am actually one of those really unhealthy hybrids who only drink coffee for breakfast and survives on nothing but caffeine, snacks of cheese and/or soup and sandwiches until dinnertime where I actually make an effort to hit all the food groups with a decent dinner… but mostly, I just order pizza and call it a night.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?
I’m finding my favourites are the villains. I actually may have to explore this more and try something a little darker. Stay tuned.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
Yes. I make it a point to always have a book on the go. My busy schedule has slowed my reading pace to a near snail’s crawl, but I read and review whenever I get the chance. I’m currently reading an interesting urban fantasy novel by a fellow indie author. I leave most of my reviews on Goodreads (I just created a new account to pair with my shiny new Author Profile over there).
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
I’d be in my own personal library with shelves full of signed books from all of my favourite authors and my own books on display. A cushioned seat in a bay window for reading and enough pillows to make a comfy seat wherever I wish to hunker down. A desk with an uber comfy chair would also be a plus. And a magical door that blocks all sounds from the rest of my house (it gets really loud at home sometimes).
9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
Teal. I’d be teal. Teal is such a relaxing colour. I have this dream of fully decorating my bedroom. I would have teal walls, chocolate coloured fabrics, orange accents, and a teal throw blanket and throw pillows. I think it would be so relaxing and so calming for my busy, stressful life.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I’m working on a new book, an urban fantasy for young adult readers, and I’m hopeful it will be out in 2018. I’m also in the early stages of writing Haunted, book two in the My Shattered Soul Saga (my betas have been hounding me for Ghosted’s sequel). If all goes to plan, remember I’m a new author and new to all this, then I will be publishing two books in 2018. Squee!
Be sure to come back to learn more about Kristine’s novel, GHOSTED, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.
Links to Kristine’s website, blog, books, etc.
Thanks, Kristine, for sharing your book with us!
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