Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Well hi, my name's Kristin! I'm from the UK, but nowhere specific as my work takes me everywhere. I'm an actress, model, and a whole host of things, but I'm always drawn back to my writing!
I think some of my favorite things are cats, wine, and Thai food… oh, and run down bars — they're the greatest. One thing I'm a firm believer in is defying norms. I got an unconditional offer to my dream university, and dropped out shortly after the first year started. I left when I got an acting agent, and I decided to follow my own path, not what other people expected.
Over the years, I can't count how many I've written! I've published three, soon to be six, and have so many different novels and novellas planned for the coming months.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book was titled 'Origin of Inspiration'. I was inspired largely by my experiences as an actor starting a romance with a director, and a chunk of it was based on several intimate exploits I've shared with people in the industry.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I'd say that my method of drinking vodka to write well only to end up playing video games is unusual. But other than that, not really! To be honest, the way I plan could be considered unusual as I don't plan in a linear way. I know the start, I might know the end, and I know some scenes when I begin, but other than that it's mainly improv.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Definitely Darren Shan, Charlaine Harris, and at the risk of being cliché, Stephen King. At the moment, I'm reading through the True Blood (Sookie Stackhouse Novels) series again, and I'd say reading them when I was younger definitely influenced my style. Same goes with Stephen King! I would read some heavy, old-timey books when I was younger than ten, and when I went for Stephen King I was astounded by his use of language.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on several novels, but the main projects are a historical romance set in late 1400's France, and a spin-off to my debut novel which is set in the same universe, but has more romance to it. The main character of Crows Among Doves even makes a brief cameo!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I find Facebook to be incredibly useful. As of yet, I'm still a little new to marketing and promotion, but Facebook has definitely helped me find a (small) following, and got me a ton of downloads. I also find Instagram to be helpful if your genre is YA/NA.
Making connections in the industry is also incredibly helpful, as you can learn from one another. In fact, I founded a business for authors with my long-time editor and best friend.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Definitely *stop* writing for others. It drains you. Get into the mindset where you're writing for yourself, because even if it's incredibly niche, someone out there will like it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Now, I know this quote is misattributed to Hemmingway, but definitely "write drunk, edit sober". I always find my words flow well if I've had a bit to drink, but if you have one too many shots, you'll be passed out before you even start!
What are you reading now?
Dead by Dawn by Charlaine Harris, but the book I have in my bag for travelling (I travel for work) is The Fifth Victim by Beverly Barton. Both absolutely amazing books!
What’s next for you as a writer?
Come January, I hope to be doing this part-time. I'm self-employed right now but writing has always been more of a hobby. The past year or so, I've got myself into overdrive and my output has been around seven thousand a day. Some of it won't be published, at least if it is, it will be under a pseudonym.
I also hope that by January, I would've met some more authors! As a writer, I think it's super important to be able to rant about writer-specific issues. Working as an actor, I get to meet script-writers, which isn't something I write, but it is great to meet other creatives.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Possibly The Great Gatsby, purely because I love the amazing writing style, and there are so many different ways things can be understood. I'm also a huge history nerd, and the 20s are an incredible decade!