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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Let Me Introduce Myself by Kristin Wallace

Hello to all the authors and readers on Romancing the Genres. My name is Kristin Wallace, a USA Today Bestselling Author, and I just joined RTG at the start of the year. Rather than jump in with a theme-topic post, I thought it might be a great idea to tell you a little about me by interviewing… myself.

Kristin: How about we start with some personal stuff?

Kristin the Author: As I said, I’m Kristin Wallace, and I live in Miami, Florida. I have a BA in Theatre from Florida State University, and a Masters in Advertising Copywriting from Miami Ad School. Copywriting has been my “day job” for over 15 years. I’ve worked on accounts like the Miami Marlins, Sir Pizza, Sea World, Discovery Networks, The Peabody Hotel, plus a lot of hospitals and health-related topics. Last May I left the full-time job and I’m currently writing books and doing freelance copywriting through my company, Write Notions, Inc. 

When I’m not working on a book or an advertising project, I sing in my church choir and play the flute in a community orchestra. I am a member of Romance Writers of America and my local chapter, Florida Romance Writers of which I was the president TWICE. 

Kristin: Can you tell us a little about what you write?

Kristin the Author: Yes, I would love to. I write inspirational romance, sweet contemporary romance, and women’s fiction filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith”. (That’s my author tagline). I have to include lots of humor in my books so you’ll find great, snarky heroines with lots of sass. I have drama and some tears, too, but I just can’t do 300+ pages of angst. I also love writing stories with positive messages of healing, forgiveness and a forever love. 

Kristin: What have you written so far? How many books do you have published?

Kristin the Author: I have 5 published novels and 1 novella. I have two series going right now. Covington Falls Chronicles is my inspirational series. These are funny, sweet & poignant tales set in a fictional Southern town. The other series is a women’s fiction/romance set in a fictional town in Florida (yes I like fictional towns so I can make everything up) called Shellwater Key Tales.

Kristin: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

Kristin the Author: I had the great epiphany that I was supposed to be a writer when I was about 25. I had always been a voracious reader, and had dabbled with writing, but suddenly I knew it was what I had to do. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to do so I got nowhere. I ended up putting the writing aside to go back to school (to study copywriting). I graduated and worked for several years before realizing the writing bug hadn’t gone away. I tried again…and in 2013 I published my first book, MARRY ME.

Kristin: You said you were a voracious reader…what were your favorite books? And who are your favorite authors now?

Kristin the Author: I devoured  books. The Little House series, Encyclopedia Brown, Nancy Drew, Judy Blume, the Chronicles of Narnia. Later, I started reading the Sweet Valley High books. Eventually, I discovered romance novels and it was a true love affair.

As for books I like now…Just like I write with lots of humor, I love to read humor. I adore Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kristan Higgans, Jill Shalvis, and Rachel Gibson. I’m also a big fan of historical romance and I love Julia Quinn, Loretta Chase, Julie Anne Long, and Sarah MacLean.

Kristin: What are you working on right now?

Kristin the Author: I’m working on Book 1.5 of the Shellwater Key Tales series that I hope to publish in March. It’s a tie-in to book one, basically the same story from another character’s POV. I’m also working on a completely new contemporary series. It is also set in Florida. It’s about this heiress (who has never married or had children) who dies and leaves her fortune to her pet pig. She chooses three women who are the descendants of the family and they must compete for custody of the pig (and the money, of course). Right now I’m calling the series, The Heiress Games.

Kristin: How can we find out more about your books? And how can people connect with you?

Kristin the Author: For books info, check out my website: Kristin Wallace Author

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Linda Lovely said...

Welcome to Romancing the Genres, Kristin. I share your belief that humor is an essential ingredient in all genres. Will look forward to getting acquainted with your sassy heroines.

Marcia King-Gamble said...

Nice to have you here Kristin. We look forward to many more posts. Great interview!

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Courtney Pierce said...

It's lovely to have you here, Kristin. I also write poignant women's fiction with a healthy dose of humor and mystery. I love southern heroines with wicked jaws! They make the writing journey more fun.

Judith Ashley said...

Welcome, Kristin! So glad you could join The Genre-istas!!! Your Heiress Games series looks to be a lot of fun if your first book is any indicator.

Paty Jager said...

Welcome, Kristin! It's nice to add another genre-ista! Humor is always good in a story. Good luck with your series.

Kristin Holt said...

Welcome, Kristin Wallace ~ from [the other Kristin,] Kristin Holt. I'm the other Romancing the Genres newbie as of 2016. I'm tickled we're both Kristin's, both spelled the right way: with two i's.
I enjoyed learning about you, your writing, your experience, and your book series.
Kristin Holt

Lynn Lovegreen said...

Welcome, Kristin. I love the idea of the pig book, will keep an eye out for that one! :-)

Diana McCollum said...

So glad you've joined Romancing the Genres, Kristin! You have a lovely website. Your books sound very entertaining, I'll be sure and check them out. What's your favorite part of writing series?

Sarah Raplee said...

Hi Kristin! I love that you use humor in your stories. It's a lot easier to read about problems and heartache when the stories are lightened with humor (and we know there will be a happy ending.)

Love your covers! The Heiress Games series sounds hilarious!

Kristin Wallace said...

Of course it's spelled KristIn :)

Kristin Wallace said...

Thanks Linda. Look forward to getting to know the other authors & the readers too.

Kristin Wallace said...

Thanks Marcia!

Kristin Wallace said...

Courtney I couldn't write heroines any other way. I even tried a YA book and she was snarky too

Kristin Wallace said...

Judith I am really enjoying writing the Heiress Games. It's super funny/w some super sexy guys too.

Kristin Wallace said...

Thanks Paty!

Kristin Wallace said...

I will see what happens with the series Linda. I will probably send to the traditional pubs but if they don't bite I'll def self-pub

Kristin Wallace said...

Diana, I like being able to revisit characters I love. Especially with the Covington Falls series. Each book features a diff couple but they reap paw as supporting characters in the next book.

Kristin Wallace said...

Sarah I think it is pretty funny. I've heard of people leaving money to a dog or cat, but a pig is just a whole new level of crazy.