Kristie Booker joins me today and
we’re chatting about her new women’s fiction, Blooming Into Life.
her virtual book tour, Kristie will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and
Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky, randomly drawn winner. To be
entered for a chance to win, use the
form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!
Wellness Coach. She enjoys coaching and inspiring women through her writing as
well as in person. Kristie is a wife and mother of two sons. She grew up in
rural Illinois, but now lives in Chicago.
Welcome, Kristie. Please share a little
bit about your current release.
up on a farm in Brockville, Illinois, did not prepare Colleen O’Brien Adler to
be the wife of a wealthy entertainment lawyer living in Chicago. It certainly
didn’t prepare her to be Dinah Adler’s daughter-in-law. The stay-at-home mother
of two has more than she’s ever wanted—a personal stylist, a prestigious
country club membership, a multimillion-dollar home—but she finds herself not
only struggling with depression and body image but also failing as a parent and
fearing for her marriage. Her life is about to change when an invitation to a
wellness meeting arrives in her inbox. With some coaxing from personal coach
Kory Stone, she commits to a new beginning. But will she be able to overcome
the things that are holding her back?
What inspired you to write this book?
work as a wellness coach focused on helping women lead healthier lives inspired
me to write this book. Too many women (myself included) measure their
self-worth by the number on the scale, the price tag of their clothing, and the
status of the social group they belong to. I came to realize that we do this in
the name of acceptance. So, I decided to write a story about how one woman’s
desperate need to belong and fit in left her with a broken self-worth.
Excerpt from Blooming Into Life:
“After several weeks on the
medication, some weight loss is expected,” Dr. Bradley had assured her. She had
weighed herself that morning. After she removed all of her clothing, emptied
her bladder, removed her ponytail holder, blew her nose, emptied her bladder
again, spit until she had nothing left to spit, she finally stepped on her
brand-new Weight Gurus smart body fat scale. The digital number was as hateful
as it had been a week earlier. Dr. Bradley told her to be patient. Colleen felt
she was running out of time.
unzipped the beige garment bag that held her social future. The hand-stitched
embroidered silver stars exploded against the dark silk fabric. The two-toned
navy silk gave the illusion of wide stripes draping down the skirt of the
A-line cut and the tonal stripes create a wonderful slimming effect,” the sales
associate had told her. If Colleen could jam herself into the reserve Raina
Rose, she was going to stand out. For once, she would be better dressed than
Ashley Barr and Victoria Heller. That night, Fourth of July, would be the day
of reckoning. She would let Jay and Dinah and the entire club see how beautiful
she looked. She would finally be socially accepted within the country club
circle, and then she would confront Jay about the woman in Los Angeles. Dinah
would think twice about sending Colleen’s invitation late next year.
story are you working on next?
I’m currently working on a story
addressing the absurd amount of pressure youth sports organizations put on
parents and kids and how adults measure their own self-worth by their child’s
performance. Former professional hockey player Matt Klein dies suddenly leaving
his beautiful wife Sydney and ten-year-old son Jack behind. Sydney wants to be
closer to her parents and her late husband’s best friend – who happens to be
the director of Chicago’s elite hockey program. While trying to navigate the
politics of the hockey club and deal with the jealous behavior of fellow
parents over her son’s hockey talent, she finds herself tangled up with power
couple Dr. Pete and Margo Deveraux’s divorce.
When did you first consider yourself a
signed up for my first writing workshop about 10 years ago. I was reluctant to
call myself that out loud until I finished my first draft of Blooming Into Life.
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
These days I spend more time on my writing than anything else but I still carve
out time for wellness coaching. Depending on the weather or my mood, my typical
day begins at my favorite coffee shop, in front of my fireplace or on my front
porch writing where I write until lunchtime. After a long walk, I shift gears
and focus on marketing and wellness coaching.
What would you say is your interesting writing
have the perception that I’m alone. The only place I’m able to write with
people around is the coffee shop. I think that’s because I find a spot off in
the corner where I don’t have to engage with anyone. If my husband, kids
or a friend sat across from me, my mind would go blank. Since the same
thing happens when I take a writing class, I’m only able to take classes
where all the writing happens outside the classroom.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher but the dream of being a writer was always whispering
in the background.
Thank you for being a guest on my blog!