That's right people. It's interview time. And my first victim, umm... I mean interviewee is the lovely and very talented Kristi Chestnutt, author of The Wolf Within. Seriously guys, she's fabulous and you know I don't kid about things like that.
Okay, enough of my crazy rambling (ha! for now).
Without further ado, I give you Kristi Chestnutt.
I'm so excited to read your book, can you tell us a little bit about it?
Definitely! The Wolf Within is about how Faden meets and falls in love with Gwyn while investigating a series of serial murders in their town. He is drawn to her in a way that terrifies him. He has secrets that even he fails to understand. Together they will find out just what those secrets are and what they mean for their future and the futures of the others.Oh my gosh. I can't wait to read it. And, just for interview purposes only (I mean, this question is definitely not for me... ha!), are there any cute boys in The Wolf Within (stop laughing everyone. It's a valid question!)???
HAha! Yes, there is one cute boy in my book...Faden. Dark hair, blue eyes, from Ireland originally...quite dreamy...even drives a motorcycle. He's the standout boy in this first installment but there will be more cute boys coming!Sigh...
Umm... okay, I know you all would love to stay on the topic of hot boys, but we can't. We've got more important things to learn about here, like Kristi's book cover. First of all, I'm in love with your cover. What did you do the first time you saw it???
Oh my gosh! Thanks Kim! That means a lot coming from you because I know you adore covers!Oh yes, Kristi. You know me well. : )
The moment I saw the email from my publisher with the subject line "Front Cover" my hands began to shake and my heart sped up. I didn't want to be disappointed and I was terrified to actually open the email. A lot of emotions were riding on that first image. I have a feeling a lot of authors can probably relate to that. As soon as I saw what he'd come up with ... well, only one word comes to mind. Relief! I had a hard time concentrating the rest of the afternoon and kept staring at it ever few minutes.So it was everything you imagined it to be?
It really was. Actually, that's a lie. It was even better than I had imagined. I had to do a bit of tweaking to the fonts with regard to the title and my name, but the image was perfect from the very beginning. My publisher was great in working with me to get it just the way I wanted.
And the title, The Wolf Within, how did you come up with that? I'm always curious to hear how authors come up with their titles because I'm horrible at them!
I'm horrible at titles too. This was by far the hardest part for me. I decided I need to really sum up with a few words what the first book in their series was really about. You know, to give everyone a glimpse of what to expect.So was Faden your favorite character to write then? (I love that name, by the way!)
Those three words really speak to the journey that Faden embarks on in this first novel. His adventures are merely beginning...
Actually, I really love Mick. His line of work and his level of being misunderstood really called to me.Oh my, he sounds swoon worthy already. Ahem... sorry, didn't mean for that to slip out. Back to the interview.
I know when I write, I find that some of my characters start to act or resemble people I know in real life. Did you base any of your characters on people you know?
Yes and no. I think as authors a lot of our own tendencies just naturally flow into our writing. We tend to write about things we love and things we know. One of the main characters, Gwyn, is quite similar to me in a lot of ways. Her love of storms, her problems with getting anywhere on time, her love for books and clumsiness... she is the closest to myself.Okay Kristi, you can own up to it. I know you modeled your character after me. I mean, Gwyn is me in a nutshell. I'm so flattered! ; )
No, really, I can't wait to read about Gwyn. She sounds... so awesomely cool (not because she's basically the book version of me, of course. No... definitely not)!!!
When writing, The Wolf Within, did you have any particular scene you loved writing or a type of scene in general that you love to write? For instance, I love to write kissing scenes or scenes with boys. That's no surprise, right?
Haha... no Kim. That's definitely not a surprise!What can I say? I LOVE me some hot boy goodness!
My favorite scenes to write are the ones in which my character is thinking or pondering something. A look inside their heads. I love trying to make their thoughts seem real and believable. So much of our own lives are played out in our deepest thoughts. I love showing those.As a fellow writer I have to know, how many drafts of The Wolf Within did you write (obsess over) before you knew it was ready to query?
Wow. I think I lost count honestly. Probably 3 or 4 revisions before query and 2 or 3 more before release. Not my favorite part of the process!I'm sure you're not alone on that one, right guys??
Querying... it's a bad word in my house. I dread that point in the process. It scares me, really. Can you tell us what the querying process was like for you?
For me, it was fun. Getting a rejection (which I received quite a few!) was like finally being an author in my own right. It meant that I had tried. I actually keep all of my rejections... print them out and everything.Did you ever get discouraged?
There was a lot more research involved in querying than I had imagined there would be. I did a lot of reading and research before each query and tracked them using the Writer's Market online tool.
Hmmm... a little, yes. I was going to say no--only because when you expect rejections and never dream of actually having someone say yes, well, it's hard to be disappointed. But, I did get disappointed when trying to find an agent. It's hard. That's my goal for my next book.So Kristi, do you have any wise, authorly wisdom or suggestions for us lowly aspiring authors? ; )
I went the independent publisher route on this one but I'm still hoping for an agent on the next one. To grow as a writer. To learn.
My main suggestion is critique groups! They are invaluable! I have met so many great authors through blogging. There is something great to be said for supporting each other in this journey!Amen to that, sister. You said it all. I completely agree with you on... well, all of it!
We all need extra eyes and someone to share this obsession with.
Okay, so I know I've taken up a lot of you time, but just one more thing before you go. [Muahahaha]
It's time for the flash round. I ask the questions and you answer back with one word in one second. Are you up for the challenge???
I'm horrible at one word answers, but I'm going to try! LOL!Yes! You're the best, Kristi. So here we go!!!
What's playing on your iPod right now? Thriving Ivory
Favorite place to write? My home office.
Snacks: salty or sweet? Salty.
Mac or PC? Tricky. Mac! (I have a PC but Mac is on my wishlist!)
What's the one food you couldn't live without? Dark Chocolate!
Say you met a genie and he agreed to let you bring to life one character from any book, who would it be? Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice!!! (Lost in Austen has me hooked... again!)
Ohhh... Kristi, you are such a cheater! I love it! Thanks for such a great interview. You're the best!
For anyone who doesn't already know, Kristi's book, The Wolf Within, releases tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow, February 25, 2010! I'm so excited, can you tell??
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