Q: Tell us about yourself! What is your experience with writing?
Aside from a few angsty poems when I was a teen, I didn’t begin writing until September 2013 when I decided, pretty much spur of the moment, to self-publish a book. I’ve been writing ever since.
Q: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both! There’ve been times when I’ve danced around the room after writing a particularly amusing scene and others where I’ve stumbled into bed hours past my bedtime emotionally exhausted. With each story I write I live out a lifetime (figuratively speaking, of course) in the span of a few weeks or months while experiencing all of the highs and lows that go with it.
Q: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Thinking they’re not good enough or that no one will read their work. There’s an audience out there for everyone, and if you believe in yourself enough, you’ll find yours.
Q: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I’m definitely an original. Of course, I want readers to love my stories, but I want to love them, too, and I’m not sure I would if I was writing to formula. And the few times I’ve attempted to write something ‘scripted’, even if it was only a paragraph or two, my creativity shriveled up. I’ve learned to trust my authentic self when I write.
Q: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to take chances. Just go for it!
Q: How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Well, since I hadn’t really written anything before that first book, every step I took was a learning experience. I will say that with each book I write, my style improves. I truly think each story is better than the one before it.
Q: What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Anything by James Herriot. His All Creatures series is fabulous! I read those books when I was a kid, and they sit proudly on my bookshelf today.
Q: If you didn’t write, what would you do instead?
I haven’t a clue. Until I began writing, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Q: What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Trusting myself. I’m very critical of my work and tend to obsess that everything isn’t perfect. I’ve learned, not without a lot of inner struggle and more than a few tears, to just let it go and let it be, and have faith that I did my best.
Q: Where can readers learn more about you?
Pretty much everything about me can be found on my website – www.kristineraymond.com.
Thanks for having me. I enjoyed the interview.