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?
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