Friday, November 27, 2015

November Author Interviews Featuring Kristi Strong

Today I'd like to welcome, Kristi Strong! 

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions. 
I'm excited to have you and can't wait to learn more about you.

1. Where do you find inspiration for your books? 

I love finding the magic in ordinary life and then expanding on that, like the feeling when you drive under a rain cloud and go from clear skies to downpour, or the feeling I get around dusk when everything in the world just seems a little more blurred, a little less real. I love to take those moments and expand them in my fantasy series, or use them as reminders of the world's beauty in my contemporary books.

2. Is there a routine to your writing?

Not at all. I usually only get to write on my lunch break or the rare chance when my child goes to bed early, so most of my writing is done on post-its or in notebooks in snippits of dialogue or plot points, and then I combine it all into a story once a month when I'm able to carve out time at the computer.

3. Who are some of your favorite writers? How have they inspired you?

My favorite is still Anne Bishop. She is the author behind one of the first series I've read where she added standalone books into a series, and I really love to both read and write with that concept in mind. I also feel like hers were the first books where I thought, "I could do this too", because they weren't your typical literature or serious novel. The writing style was just different from everything I'd been reading in high school, that it really got me thinking.

4. What are you working on now?

The New Adult companion novel to Finding Keepers. It tells the after-story of Alyssa, Caleb, and Brianna, the three best friends who all parted ways once high school was over. They are now in their thirties and facing a new set of challenges when Alyssa once again has her safety net pulled out from under her, and needs the strength of her friends to keep her from falling apart from the blow.

5. What advice would you give to unpublished writers?

Keep writing, no matter what. Embrace the author in you and keep working to make your writing more polished, and tune your craft. Find your tribe, people who love writing, or reading, and who will understand the joy that you find in the written word. Think of yourself as more than just your books, and develop relationships with the people in the writing and reading community.

Coffee or Tea


Wine or Beer


Movies or Books

Hemsworth or Pratt

Summer or Winter
I'm more of a Spring/Fall type of girl ;) If I had to choose, summer, because I hate driving in snow.

Beach or Mountains

Pizza or Cheeseburger

Love at First Sight or Friends to Lovers
Friends to Lovers

Halloween or Christmas

Game of Thrones or Outlander


A writer ever since her fingers could hold a pencil, Kristi published her first novel in 2012, with three more in print by 2015. An anthropology major from James Madison University, she uses her past studies of human culture as influence for her fantasy novels and the worlds she lovingly creates. 
A nomad by history, her head has rested in two countries, three states, and far too many houses to count. She has happily called Virginia her home for two decades, and loves spending time at home with her husband, daughter, and pets.

Want to learn more and connect with Kristi?

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