Today I have fellow Scribophile member and author Kristen Kooistra as my first author interviewee back from my blogging break!
Q: What was the source of inspiration behind your book?
A: I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many people through the wonder that is the internet. Before my kids were born, a lot of those people I met through online gaming. One day I was thinking about how unique and diverse my friends were and how it’d be cool to put them in a story. Or rather, use elements of who they were to create characters in a story.
I had an idea of writing a story about a princess and her invisible guardian(who by the time I published was no longer invisible) who lived in a wintery kingdom. I started the story and went from there.
It’s fun seeing traces of old friends in Heart of the Winterland. And I feel like my characters have a lot of depth since I took inspiration from real people. Continue reading