USA. One of the last of a dying breed. I nearly killed
my mother and myself making it into the world, seeing as
I had the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck
(already attempting to accessorize and I hadn’t
taken my first breath!). Mom says they took me
away, put her back in her room,
she looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King
had been assassinated four days before). She remembered
thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic
All I’ve ever wanted to do was write (well, and be the
Queen of the World, but you gotta start small).
Considering I’m self-published and can write whatever
I dang well please, I do. My writing is all over the place,
I’ve written about Rock Chicks and Hot Bunch Boys
(action, adventure, romance);
ghosts, reincarnated lovers, genies, vampires and
werewolves (my paranormal/ghost series); serial killers
and stalkers; and parallel universes.
Even though I jump genres, there is always a theme to my
books… humor (hopefully), engaging characters (again,
hopefully) and romance (definitely).
My loves are movies, music, food and fashion and I partake
of all of them as often as I can (the middle two more than
the others, the former, which takes time I don’t often have
and the latter, which takes money I rarely have). In fact,
I love food so much, I like to share my good fortune so
I put my recipes on offer for you on this page (see top
menu and don't miss them, they're awesome!).
I am American but I live in the beautiful West Country
of England with my two pookies, one is furry and feline,
the other is less furry and human. I came to England by
way of Denver, where I lived for twelve years, but I grew
up in Brownsburg, Indiana. My family was (is) loopy (to
say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.
My Mom moved us in with my grandparents when I was six
(long story). My grandparents had a daughter much younger
than my Mom so we all lived together on a very small farm
in a small farm town in the heartland. I grew up with Glenn
Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake
(and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing
up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way
to grow up.
And as I keep growing up, it keeps getting better.
So here I am, thank goodness.
Is There a Message in Your Novel That You
Want Readers to Grasp?
It depends on which book as I have a lot of messages J.
But I would say the prevailing one is that women should
embrace themselves for who they are, what they look like
and all the gifts they can give. Nutty, zany, shy, wounded,
whoever they are, however they act, they should go with
it and see themselves through those around them who
love them… have pride in it and own it, proud.
Is there anything you find particularly
challenging in your writing?
No, not really. Writing comes easy for me.
I love every second!
How many books have you written and
which is your favorite?
I have published twenty-nine books.
I have five more, one complete and due
out in April, the rest incomplete and coming
soon. And I also have a million in the
hopper which means my head
(okay, a million is a bit of an exaggeration but close!).
It is impossible to pick a favorite, though.
That would be like picking my favorite child!
I’m proud of them all.
If You had the chance to cast your main
character from Hollywood today, who would
you pick and why?
I don’t think of my characters as actors, models,
sports stars because they are very real to me.
I know exactly how they look (in my head). So this is a
very tough question. I will say the first time I saw a picture
of Joe Manangiello (which was before I saw him in True Blood),
I freaked out because he looked exactly like I pictured Lee
Nightingale in Rock Chick. So if Joe wanted to play Lee, I
would not say no. And if Dwayne Johnson wanted to play
any of my heroes, I would not say no to that either. He
could take his pick even if he didn’t resemble them, I
When did you begin writing?
I finished my first book (still unpublished and rubbish!),
when I was 34 (about ten years ago). But I started
writing in earnest seven years ago and started publishing in
earnest about four years ago with my eBooks coming
out one after the other (as I had a huge back library
of finished work) last March, 2011.
How long did it take to complete your first book?
Oh goodness! I don’t remember exactly. It took
months, not years though.
Did you have an author who inspired you to
become a writer?
No, I always knew I was a storyteller, loved
writing and knew that was what I wanted to end up
doing. No one inspired me. That said, I have a
number of favorite authors. Romance is Judith McNaught,
her work is heartwarming, her heroes are awesome,
her heroines spunky and there is a lot of humor in her
work that I love. She also rounds out secondary
characters beautifully. I love the Stephanie Plum
series by Janet Evanovich too but mostly because I adore
Joe and Ranger. Non-romance, Carl Hiaaison,
Dennis LeHane and Kurt Vonnegut. My favorite book
of all time is To Kill A Mockingbird.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
The beginning. I love it when my characters
(hero and heroine) meet and feel the connection
(however that may be) and start to get to know one
another or start on their path to togetherness. Whenever
I reread my books, I always get nostalgic when I read
Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Hot. Trust. Risk. Love.
(This is for my upcoming Knight.)
By the way, great question!
Can you share a little bit about your
current work or what is in the future for
In mid-April I’ll be publishing Knight which will be
the first in a series of erotic romance. My books are
quite steamy but I’ll be amping up that steam
significantly. I’ll be exploring sexuality as pertains
to relationships and love stories. I also have
always wanted to write about anti-heroes and this
will be where I’ll be introducing readers to my bad
boys J. These will be men who intend to remain bad,
not find redemption. I was quite anxious about this
new road as I didn’t want to offend readers so
for the first time I recruited a team of beta-readers,
my Team Action, who read with me as I wrote
Knight. They loved it, were very supportive and
encouraging and made me feel tons better! I’ve put
the working chapters out there and the response has
been overwhelmingly good about this new risk I’m
taking which makes me very excited. But my readers are
phenomenal, so warm and encouraging so I probably
should have expected nothing less. So, fingers crossed,
folks will embrace it and want more… because I’m
going to write more.
And I write quickly and am very prolific so the future
of my writing is lots and lots of books coming your way!
The end of the Dream Man Series with Motorcycle Man,
the next in my Ghost Series with Lucky Stars, and the next
in my Colorado Mountain Series with Chace and Faye’s story.
Then ever onward!
You can contact Kristen via:
Website/Blog: my blog is there and I cross-post
it on Goodreads.
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