Today on Meet the Author, we’re talking to the lovely Kristy Brown….
YA Paranormal Romance. Teen Fantasy. YA Contemporary Romance. New Adult Fairy tale retelling.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m from a small fishing town in the UK. I trained in acting/performing arts but lost my passion for it when I had my first child. As a teen I wrote a lot of angst-ridden poetry, so I revisited that whilst my baby took a nap. This quickly turned into short stories, which eventually became my first series, KIERA’S QUEST, a middle grade/teen fantasy series published by Muse It Up Publishing.
My YA paranormal romance series, also published by Muse, SUMMER’S END, is almost completed. I’m writing the third and final book now.
In-between these titles I wrote two standalone books, JUST SAM, a teen/YA contemporary romance, and CINDERFELLA a NA retelling. Both self-published through Amazon.
Mainly, if I’m not writing, plotting or procrastinating, I love spending time with my family and friends. I’m a big movie and Netflix fan. I also try and read as much as I can fit in. For fun, a friend and I set up a YouTube channel, ‘Two Wordy.’ where we discuss, and rant about books, movies and writing.
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always been creative, but I guess reading Harry Potter set me off thinking about fantasy.
How many books have you written and published?
I’m currently writing number nine. It’s funny as I didn’t think I’d write more than a short story, now I can’t seem to stop.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
This is a hard one because they are all special for different reasons. JUST SAM has a lot of me in it. The Disney references, the tennis, the musicals…
SUMMER’S END came from a dream I had. I saw the main character, Alex, standing in my old school. I woke up still seeing him so clearly, I knew I had to write him!
KIERA’S QUEST has so much crazy stuff going on, when I read it back, I’m surprised that it came from me. Saying that, the first book in the series, AWAKENINGS, feels like so long ago, the writing’s not to the standard I am now. I’m currently rewriting that part to make it to the standard of the others. I learnt a lot from my editor, and feel you can never stop learning and improving!
CINDERFELLA, was a bit of fun, and taken from one of my all-time favourite tales. I loved playing with the role reversal and giving it a dark edge and a little passion.
So, I guess I cannot answer that!
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Mostly they just come to me. Occasionally I’ll ask people on Facebook to throw some names at me.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Easy, Alex from Summer’s End, because well, I have a bit of a crush on him!
Saying that though, Ash from Cinderella is also lovely and is training to be a doctor, which may be handy…
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
I can’t say just one, but I’ll name a few that have inspired me if that’s okay? (In no particular order.)
Cassandra Claire, John Green, J.K Rowling, Jennifer Armentrout, Josephine Angelini, Lauren Kate, Becca Fitzpatric…
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
When I was about ten, I wrote a story called ‘The Alley Cats and The Bulldogs,’ don’t think I’ve told anyone that before! Two rival, and very cute gangs, fighting for turf. Think I still have it somewhere.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I’m a full-time mum. I’ve done many jobs before that and writing. I was a terrible waitress, dropped plates and forgot customers. I worked in various shops and factories. I also did some theatre and walk on T.V work.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Backwards, I wouldn’t want to see the future because I want to believe it’s full of possibilities.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Anne Frank. She had so much life and spirit. A real hero.
What are your favourite things to do?
Watch films, read, talk! I love hanging out with my friends. Oh, and eating chocolate.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
A gypsy once stopped me in the street and told me to go for the number ten. A few months later we bought a house of that same number.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Start earlier! I’m 44 now and wish I’d realised what I actually wanted to do instead of following the wrong paths.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
Difficult one. Maybe ‘The Curious incident of the Dog in The Night-time’ by Mark Haddon. It is so different, uniquely written from the perspective of an autistic boy.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
She wakes up in the hospital, badly burned with no identity.
He’s been trained to kill her before she burns the world to ashes.
When they finally meet, will he be able to take her life now that he’s started to feel for her?
His fate is already written.
The prophecy is already set.
Love between them is forbidden.
Summer’s End a Paranormal Romance, can be found on Amazon and all good sites.
Thanks so much Kristy for taking part. Great interview, your books sound great and I’d also love to have a chat with Anne Frank!
If you have any questions/comments for Kristy then let us know below.
Have a great Saturday guys and thanks for reading.