Interview with young adult fantasy author Kristin Durfee

Young adult fantasy author Kristin Durfee is in the hots seat today to talk about the first book in her new trilogy, Four Corners.



Kristin is also doing a virtual book tour, and is going to be giving away a copy of Four Corners. To be entered for a chance to win the book, use the form below.

Bio:
Kristin Durfee grew up outside of Philadelphia where an initial struggle
with reading blossomed into a love and passion for the written word.

She has been a writer since a very young age, writing short stories and
poems, though now is focusing on longer works. She is currently working on the
next book in the Four Corners Trilogy.

Kristin currently resides outside of Orlando, FL, and when not enjoying
the theme parks or Florida sun, she spends most of her time with her husband
and their quirky dog.

She is a member of the Florida Writers Association.  


Welcome, Kristin. Please tell us about
your current release.

Four Corners is the story of Aura, Queen of the
cursed kingdom of Esotera, and her search for the one person that can help her
break that curse. At its core, though, it is the story of two young people
faced with incredibly adult choices and having to find strength in themselves
they didn’t know they had. I think it’s a story that will resonate with readers
of all ages even though the characters are in their teens.

What
inspired you to write this book?
I was at Thanksgiving with my in-laws a few years ago and my
niece was reading a book and I remember her saying something along the lines of
how neat it would be to live in that world. For some reason the idea of her
living in a magical land with dragons was so strong, I literally started
writing that night. She is the inspiration for Thierra in my story. Funny
enough it was also the first work I’d ever finished. I always started and
abandoned works. Maybe the idea of the muse is real after all!

What exciting story are you working on
next?
I am
working on cleaning up the sequel to Four
Corners
to hopefully submit it to my publisher by the end of summer and
working on the third (and final!) installment in the trilogy. I have a bunch of
other ideas kicking around too, one for middle grade and one for adult, but I
think I need more hours in the day until I can get to those.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I think I
have and haven’t considered myself a writer a number of times! In lulls I have
to remind myself that I am still a writer. It is just a part of who I am. But
I’ve always identified with loving to write since I was very young, in
elementary school.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I don’t,
though I wish I could! I work full time as a crime lab scientist. Which I think
is why I enjoy writing fantasy so much, I see enough real-life in my everyday
work! I try to be diligent about writing, carving out a specific time each day,
but with the release of Four Corners,
I was surprised to find how busy I’ve been promoting, writing anything new has,
unfortunately, been delegated to the weekend. But if I can write for 5 hours or
so a week, I’m happy. I just try to fit it in when and where I can.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I always
have a candle burning when I write. It helps put me in that mindset. I also
like listening to instrumental music, I have a pretty big playlist of Harry
Potter soundtracks. Maybe I am hoping some of the magic will rub off on me.

As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
As strange
as it sounds, and as much as I always loved writing, I never saw it as a career
for myself. I always was interested in science and forensics. From a VERY young
age, probably 12 or 13, I wanted to be in the crime lab. Luckily my parents
weren’t too freaked out about a kid so focused on such a grizzly career and
encouraged my path.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I was
someone who struggled with reading when I was younger, and I think it’s really
important to put that out there and be real that learning isn’t easy for
everyone. I didn’t really learn how to read until I was in the third grade. I
credit my teacher, Ms. Slavin, with saving me in a way. Once the floodgates
were opened to me, I couldn’t get enough. I hope anyone out there who is
struggling with learning a concept, especially one as important as reading,
knows that there are people out there who can help. I don’t know where I would
be today if it wasn’t for her and my parents recognizing that I needed some
extra attention. You’d be surprised what you can do when you overcome
obstacles!

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Thanks, Kristin! 


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