The Fast Five With … Kristi Rose
By Christine Duval
Kristi Rose’s debut novel, The Girl He Knows, is a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy and the first in her No Strings Attached series. And this month, her collection of short stories, Love Comes Home, will be released. Born in central Florida, Kristi is a wife and mom who likes to tell stories about everyday people. And she’s a huge supporter of writers, which I always appreciate. She understands how difficult and isolating it can sometimes be working in this profession. Kristi runs a writer’s Facebook page and regularly promotes fellow authors’ new books and shares writing tips on her website. You can connect with her at kristirose.net. Without further ado, here is Kristi’s take on the Fast Five!♥
1. What is the most difficult thing you’ve ever written?
I had to write about a situation that I never want people to be in. In my book, The Girl He Knows, Paisley (the main character) has to find her voice. She needs to learn to stand up for what she does and does not want / like. I wrote a scene that many women have found themselves in before and are unsure how to handle as it’s happening. It was hard to put a fictional character in that situation and then let her fail. I wanted her to kick the guy’s butt. I needed her to do that. But the moment couldn’t happen then. That was hard to write.
2) If you could collaborate with another author on a project, who would it be and why?
Jude Deveraux. I was introduced to the series concept, time travel, and even short stories through Jude Deveraux. Though I’d been reading romance since I was fairly young, most of it had been category. When I read Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor it changed the way I saw romance books. To this day, I can recall certain scenes or conversations between her characters. I’ve read them that much. There’s so much I think she can teach writers. I’d love to be one of them.
3) What do you like most about being an author?
Watching the story unfold. It’s terribly hard to start a story (at least for me it is) but watching all come together is extremely satisfying.
4) How do you motivate yourself to write?
I need a deadline to write. Either a self-imposed one or one from my editor – they both work. I have two young children so writing time is a premium. That helps me stick to deadlines as well. There is very little wiggle room but that’s how it needs to be. When I have extra time I tend to surf the internet a lot. Or create more work for myself.
5) What do you feel are the top three qualities one must possess to make it as an author today?
I don’t think the qualities need to make it as an author have changed all that much. What applied then, applies now.
An author needs to have thick skin, especially in the age of social media. Even family and friends can say some crazy things. But this also includes a good sense of self. It’s easy to get mixed up with a critique group that can steer a person in the wrong direction. This can be destructive and demoralizing.
They need to be self motivated. No one will stand over you to make sure the work is getting done. Publishers move on. Readers move on. Waiting for books to write themselves is the kiss of death. The only person that’s invested in your success is you (sure, others might be, but not to the extent that you are).
Patience. Sometimes the story struggles. Sometimes the scene stinks to high heaven. Or an idea you have isn’t well received by others and makes you question it. Sometimes an idea is so good but the execution of the idea is still uncertain. These things might need time before the solution presents itself. Or maybe you’ve finish your first draft and you want to hit publish right away. But it needs to be put away for a bit (a bit being longer than a few hours or day). Maybe you have tons of stuff to release but looking at the calendar you know things should wait a tad. These are all difficulty situations that with a little patience a solution or path will present itself. Trust me, I know:-). I keep learning the hard way.
Thanks for having me. It’s an honor. Writing is hard and can be very isolating. Reach out, anytime. The community of writers gets stronger everyday because of sites like WEHEARTWRITING. If you feel alone in this process just know you don’t have to. I run a Facebook group for writers. If you’re interested in joining drop me an email and I’ll send you an invite. We’re out there and we got your back:-) Thanks again ♥
Kristi Rose was raised in central Florida on boiled peanuts and iced tea. She’s been lucky enough to travel the world but now, a wife and mother, she’s resigned to traveling to the grocery store. No matter where she is, she enjoys watching people and wondering about their story. That’s what Kristi likes to write. Stories about everyday people, the love that brings them together, and their journey getting there. Kristi is a member of RWA.