Topic: Author Interview
Kristen Collier the person:
1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?
MAJOR Jesus Freak
2. How do you think others would describe you?
The same, I hope J
3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.
Kevin and Jarod (hubby and son). I also love dressage, which is an equestrian sport. I used to do it when I was younger and hope to one day get back to it.
4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.
Yeah, I have three beany baby horses Kevy gave me J
5. What is your most precious memory?
Every moment I see Jarod and Kevy hugging is my most precious memory.
6. What is your most embarrassing memory?
One time I was in Toledo, on my way to a horse show many years ago. We stopped for lunch and were sitting at a restaurant, at the bar while we waited for a table. I started eating off the guy's plate who'd just left. I didn't know what it was-I thought it was just like a dish of popcorn or pretzels, or something, that they leave for snacks at the bar.
7. If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing with your life?
I would be an Olympic dressage rider.
8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.
Wow! That is the craziest interview question ever, ha ha!!!
"Here lies Kristen Collier. She's finally getting some rest."
Oh, I thought you meant the tombstone! Okay:
"Kristen Collier is survived by her beloved husband, Kevin, and son, Jarod. She loved them more than her own life. But they know that she is now happy, and in the place she's longed to be her whole life-with Jesus. Kristen is happily awaiting their arrival, and looks forward to the time she will be with Kevin, Jarod, and Jesus for all of eternity."
Kristen Collier the writer:
9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?
I used to occasionally spend twelve hour days working on my novel, "King of Glory," a story in which Jesus walks invisibly with the characters. It was a weekend and I did two twelve hour writing marathon days because Jarod was at his cousin's for the weekend. As I looked at my re-writes I thought, "Wow. This is good."
10. What is going on with your writing these days?
Mostly writing some online "Joy the Jellyfish" stories and doing these online interviews. I am re-vamping "King of Glory," (it was self-pubbed originally and I took it offline to go improve it since I've learned a lot about writing from Kevy).
11. What are your future goals for your writing?
To have "King of Glory" made into the sequel to "The Passion of the Christ." No joke.
12. Can you describe a typical writing day for you?
Kevy and I have a bunch of manuscripts that our agent is shopping, so I'm mostly doing a bit here and there as it demands. My main job is looking for a day job, so real life is intruding for now, lol.
13. Why do you write?
To show people Jesus.
14. What writer most inspires you? Why?
Kevin. His byline, when he emails people, is actually, "Be inspired always." He is the most positive, inspirational person I've ever met, and is always building me up. And as a writer he's really helped me to improve my skills, which is awesome!!
15. How do you define your writing?
I used to emulate Hemingway, but an now moving more toward Kevy's style, which is more emotive and genteel. I prefer that and am now emotionally open enough to be able to write more that way. It's like you get embarrassed to have this emotional, grand, genteel style, but then Kevy's taught me that it's okay to write that way, you don't have to be embarrassed.
16. In one sentence-what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?
"Her writing helped me see Jesus."
Krisen Collier the details:
17. Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?
The best place is to go to http://www.joythejellyfish.blogspot.com/. That will take you to all my other links.
18. Is there a place where readers can reach you?
I don't get online much, but Kevy checks my email, so if you email me at email@example.com, I'll eventually get it J
19. Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?
"Joy the Jellyfish"
The rest are manuscripts for now....
20. For new readers-what can they expect when they read your book(s)?
That they'll be reading about Jesus in most, but for the two that are published now, they'll be reading good morals like, "The greatest life is one that serves others," ("Dreamchaser"), and "A true friend is one who sees from the inside out," ("Joy the Jellyfish").
21. Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers-what would you like them to know about you and your writing?
That I live for Jesus and to love and serve my two best guys.