Interview with short story writer Kristine Raymond

Welcome,
Readers. My special guest today is short story writer Kristine Raymond. She’s chatting
with me about her new collection of seasonally-themed romance shorts, Seasons of Love.
Bio:
Kristine
Raymond didn’t figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up until later in
life. You guessed it! It’s being an
author. Since writing and publishing her first book in 2013, she’s gone on to
complete two romance series – one historical western and one contemporary –
write an anecdotal, non-fiction short about her first year as an indie author,
and try her hand at contemporary erotic drama. When she’s not writing, she’s
learning how to navigate the publishing and promotional side of the business. When she’s not doing that, she enjoys spending time
with her husband and furry family, reading, gardening, and binge-watching shows
on Netflix.
What do you enjoy most about writing
short stories?
It’s fun
telling entire stories in such a limited amount of words. Challenging, too. Seasons
of Love was interesting to write because the characters in each story have a
connection to at least one character in the others. Also, each location is a
place I’ve either lived or visited, and drawing on my memories added an
authenticity that I hadn’t expected.
Can you give us a little insight into a
few of your short stories – perhaps some of your favorites?
Oooh…they’re
all my favorites. Lol. Honestly, though, Snowflakes in Winter edges the other
three stories out. The chemistry between Alex and Chloe jumps off the page, and
they – to date – share with Jack and Landry from Hearts on Fire (Hidden
Springs, Book Two) the top spot as my favorite couple.
What genre are you inspired to write in
the most? Why?
Romance seems
to come pretty naturally to me, maybe because I’m a sucker for happily ever
afters, though I like (and write) stories where that love doesn’t come easy. Some
‘bumps in the road’ along the way, maybe a little suspense – those aspects go a
long way to making a story great, because even though we all know the main
couple is going to end up together by the last page, without some turmoil and
tears and what ifs, there’s nothing to root for.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
Funnily
enough, with all I said about romance in the previous question, I’m taking a
break from it and currently working on a mystery. A light-hearted one, for the most
part, and there is a relationship (or two) brewing within the plot, so a
happily ever after isn’t completely out of the question. I’m aiming for a
release date by the end of the year.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I didn’t
begin writing until 2013, and there are days even now when I still have trouble
thinking of myself as an author. But with fourteen books published, I guess
there’s no denying it. Lol.
How do you research markets for your
work, perhaps as some advice for writers?
I Google A
LOT!! Especially for my historical romance series. I’ve learned things I never
thought I’d need to know; for example, the year prophylactics were invented and
the types of items that were used in their place. Ouch! You can find anything
on the internet if you have the time (and patience) to look, but it’s easy to
get so caught up in research that you forget about writing.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I’m not sure
if it can be classified as a quirk but I can only write in complete silence. No
play lists. No TV on in the background. Just the voices of imaginary people holding
conversations in my head. Lol.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
A mom. That
didn’t pan out for me, though, so I (along with the hubs) ended up rescuing a
multitude of fur babies instead. I think they’d agree it worked out for the
best.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I started a
YouTube channel called First Pages to promote other authors’ books as well as
my own. If you’d like to check it out, you can do so here. I
hope you enjoy my stories, and if you haven’t read any yet, please give them a
chance. Thanks so much for your support, and I invite you to connect with me
via social media or email. And let me know what you think of my books!
Links:
Thanks for joining me today, Kristine!
Thank you,
Lisa, for the opportunity to visit your blog today. It’s been a pleasure.

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