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Sep 27, 2012

Author Interview: Kristie Cook


So that idea I had to interview authors took a really good bite from various authors that this week I'll be hosting my very first author interview, featuring Kristie Cook--author of the Soul Saver series.

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About the Book:

Promise (Soul Savers, #1)Title: Promise
Author: Kristie Cook
Publisher: Ang'dora Productions
Release Date: August 26th, 2011

When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her fa├žade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.

Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.

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Q. What about writing captivates you the most?

The same as reading—the escape into another world—except I’m actually creating the world and the people in it. I get to become someone else with completely different problems and challenges, but without physically having to live with the consequences of their actions.

Q. What inspired you to write Promise?

Several small factors over many years culminated into the inspiration for the Soul Savers Series, starting with Promise, but the little nugget that got me started was that I knew what I wanted to read but no one had written it yet.

Q. Did you write any other stories before Promise was published?

Nothing publishable, but I’ve been writing since I was 8 years old.

Q. How long did it take you to write Promise?

Promise and the second book, Purpose, actually started out as one book. I wrote the first draft in 6 weeks and it came to 180k words. Yikes! LOL That was the first indication it needed to be two books. From there, it took another year before it was ready to be published.

Q. What’s your favorite quote from Promise?

“The thing about men, Alexis, is they generally don’t find any of it wrong. In fact, usually the more wrong it is, the more they like it.” If that’s not appropriate: “God created me for you and you for me.”

Q. How much did the story change from the first draft to the final copy?

OMGosh, a lot! Like I said, the first draft was two books in one. I wrote several first chapters until I finally found the right one, and the first major turning point that launches the MC into learning the truth about her guy and herself changed a few times, too. Then I had to massage the part that became the end of Promise and the beginning of Purpose.

Q. What was the hardest part of writing Promise?

Writing it was easy. Revising was hard. I’d started writing it just for fun, only meant for me and maybe, if I had the nerve, a few close friends to read. So it was 95% crap. But they still loved it, and the idea of publishing became more of a possibility. It needed a lot of work, and I was trying to force that insane number of 180k words into 90k. Once I decided to split the book into two, it all came together.

Q. What’s one thing you learned during the process of getting Promise published?

I learned that the publishing industry was/is broken (this was 3 years ago but it’s still true). The old way was no longer working in today’s world, but no perfect solution was known, either. This might sound depressing and scary, but the transformation the industry continues to go through is amazing, especially because the biggest winners have been the most important gears in the machine – the authors and the readers.

Q. When you’re not writing, you’re ___________________?

Sleeping. Answering interview questions and writing guest posts. LOL Trying to control my addiction to Facebook and not lose myself on Twitter. Cooking, reading, going to the beach and riding on the back of a motorcycle.

Q. What are your best author moments?

Reading fan mail, readers’ posts and tweets about my books. My favorites are hearing from avid readers who read hundreds of books a year and call mine their favorite, and then the opposite – hearing from those who never liked reading, read my books and now they always have their nose in a book. One mother wrote me to thank me because her teen daughter had never enjoyed reading but had been enthralled with my books, and they helped her get through a rough time in her life. My publisher and I cried. My husband even teared up.

Q. If this was twitter, how would you pitch Promise in 140 characters or less?

Paranormal fantasy grabs your heart & doesn't let go, even after last page is turned. Promise-1st bk of the bestselling Soul Savers Series.

Q. What is one piece of advice that you would give to aspiring authors?

Don’t. Give. Up. If writing is truly your passion, you will find a way to overcome every obstacle, whether real or only in your mind. Just keep going. Keep writing.

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Favorites

  • Book of all time--Can't choose.
  • Book quote--“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Place to write--Quiet room, maybe white noise in the background to drown out the rest of the world.
  • Genre to write/read--Contemporary Fantasy
  • Song (of all time or at the moment)--You Can't Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones.
  • TV show--I don’t watch much anymore. My current favorite is The Vampire Diaries or Game of Thrones or maybe Walking Dead. Actually, those are the only ones I watch right now. LOL Favorite of all time? Probably Friends.

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This or That

  • Skittles or Starbursts? Chocolate?
  • eBooks or paperbacks/hardcovers? eBooks
  • Morning or nighttime? Night
  • Hot or cold weather? Hot
  • Harry Potter, Twilight, or The Hunger Games? The Hunger Games. No, Harry Potter. No, The Hunger Games. *sigh* This is hard.
  • Twitter or Facebook? Facebook.
  • Comedy or horror? Depends on my mood.
  • Pixar or DreamWorks? Pixar. I think.
  • Lethal virus or nuclear explosion? Wait. What are we talking about here? If I’m going to die, nuclear explosion because at least it’s fast. If I’m going to survive, lethal virus because I have a little time to prepare. If we’re talking about the most likely way zombies will be created, I’d say lethal virus. I’m reading a book about Ebola called The Hot Zone. It’s freakin’ scary because it’s true.

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About Kristie Cook:

Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, with the first two books, Promise and Purpose, available now and the third book, Devotion, coming February 2012. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis, coming October 2011.

Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle.

Find Kristie Cook Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

2 comments:

Thanks so much for stopping by Books Over Boys! You're a fun little lollipop triple dipped in awesomesauce. ;p