This week I have to thank the Nationally Bestselling Author, Kristi Cook, for agreeing for an interview! Undressed, Unveiled, Unlaced (Love it!!!), To Love a Scoundrel are just some of the many books written by this wonderful author. I feel that we do not give enough credit to such amazing authors. A final note: Unlaced is a MUST read!
I think deep down I always wanted to be a writer, but I was reluctant to admit it because to me, it sounded like saying I wanted to be a movie star or something! But then I had two daughters 17 months apart and was home with a baby and a toddler, and I thought, why not give it a try?! I had nothing to lose. I was reading a lot of historical romances then–I had just discovered Julia Quinn—so historical seemed like an obvious choice.
Why did you choose this genre – what was most appealing about it and most difficult?
I’d grown up reading a lot of historical romance–Judith McNaught, etc.,–and historical sagas like Gone with the Wind and John Jakes’ books. I also love the classics by Jane Austen and the Brontes, and I have a degree in history, so historical romance seemed like the perfect fit for me.
What is your goal when you begin writing a story? The sort of emotions you want the reader to feel when reading your book?
More than anything, I want my readers to fall in love with my characters
and to hope to see them get their happily ever after. And if they happen to feel all swoony in the meantime, even better!
When do you find the best time/place to write?
I’m one of those people who can only write at my desk in my home office–I can’t just take a laptop and write anywhere like some (lucky!) writers can. And while I try to get some writing done during the daytime while my kids are off at school, I often do some of my best writing late at night.
If you were to choose a favourite book that you have written, which would it be?
Such a hard question! Generally, whichever book I’m currently working on is my favorite!
But…if I had to pick one, I guess I’d say Unveiled, which is a bit of homage to Pride and Prejudice. Of all my couples, I think I was the most pleased to give them a happy ending.
What is your favourite book you have read and author?
I have so many! Probably my all-time favorite is Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. But as far as historical romance goes, I adored Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels. My favorite contemporary romance is Susan Elizabeth Philips’ Ain’t She Sweet.
Your advice to prospective/new writers trying to break into this field?
My advice is to keep writing–like anything else; writing is a skill to be honed with lots and lots of practice!
You wouldn’t expect to pick up a violin and immediately be able to play a complicated concerto! No writing is “wasted.” I see so many new authors stubbornly intent on getting their very first manuscript published, redoing and revising the same book for years and years without moving on to a new one. Sure, some authors manage to get their first manuscript published, but most don’t. For some authors, it’s their third or fifth or tenth manuscript that’s truly publishable–and with each manuscript, their writing gets stronger and stronger. Don’t give up, just keep practicing!
Yes, need to find out Kristina’s favourite Day too!
Favourite colour: Lavender
Favourite flower: Peony
Favourite food: I love Cuban food–especially vaca frita with a side of maduros.
Favourite day: Hmmm, I really love Fridays with the promise of the weekend
I hope you’ll be on the look-out for my next release, A Midnight Clear. Unlike my “Undone by Love” series (which was set in the Regency era), A Midnight Clear is set during the Edwardian era, which was so much fun to research and write–think ocean liners, motor cars, and grand seaside
There you have it all, a wonderful interview with a wonderful author. Be sure to purchase A Midnight Clear as soon as it’s out!
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