What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
YA. I’m not really sure exactly but I think its fun. Gets me to think about my own experiences and compare it to how it’s changed these days.
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
Yes, but for the same series. I wrote Book 2 in the series at the same time as the first novella.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
I joined three writing groups and eventually created my own, too. But now I’m only in one of them and I found another that I really enjoy. I have used both beta and critique partners who do line-by-line edits.
Can you remember your first reading book?
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
Typically no, but if I did, it’d be something chocolate.
Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
Tidy, but right now you’d never know it. I have a desk with a 22” monitor, a dry erase board, and a laptop. Next to it, sits a book shelf with some of my favorite books and a high speed printer.
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
I queried like I’m sure a lot of writers do, but didn’t get any hits. Then I sent subs directly to the publishers where I was offered three contracts, one of which I signed. But about four months later I asked to be released from the contract. When I started writing, I started a company under Kasian Publishing (pronounced K-Asian), so technically I’m both because I am my own publisher. I hired out for editing, formatting and covers, but I am doing all the promotion myself.
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
Julie Kagawa, Kristin Cast, and Cassandra Claire
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
Join a writing group. Everyone needs a second set of eyes. Figure out what works for yourself because what works for some, may not work for yourself. I’m not a plotter or an indexer, but a lot of my friends are. Some write chronologically from start to finish like I did for Book 1, but that’s not how it went for me on Book 2. I guess, go with the flow because each manuscript may be different.
If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
Nope, I’ll leave that to the pros.
I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
Well maybe not at the grocery store, but at a general store. I always park in the back of the lot, away from everyone. And it never fails that someone else has to park right next to me. I mean, come on! The rest of the parking lot is available so why is it that you must park right next to mine to the point that I can’t even open my door? This happens to me all the time.
Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small river town in Minnesota with her parents and older sister. And after receiving a double Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University in Paralegal and Corrections, she worked as a Paralegal for various law firms around the Twin Cities for 14 years. Then she left the legal field and is now a Senior Buyer for a technology company.
Currently, Kristin lives in Eagan with her husband and two Calico cats. She also loves attending book clubs, going shopping, and hanging out with friends. She has come to realize that she absolutely has an addiction to purses and shoes. They are her weakness and probably has way too many of both.
In the summer months, Kristin can usually be found lounging on her boat, drinking an ice cold something. Being an avid reader of YA and Women’s Literature stories, she still finds time to read a ton of books in-between writing. And in the winter months, her main goal is to stay warm from the Minnesota cold!
Kristin’s first book, The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos, will be published in May 2015 by Kasian Publishing.