Interview with Kiersten Hall

Five things about me... ;-)
+ I’m the person, in the book store/library, smelling books. Yep, I smell books. My Mom taught me to smell books, and I have taught my kids to smell books… We will stand in a row and pass a book back and forth between us, smelling the pages and looking at the book. This activity truly is considered to be a fun family outing.

+ I collect old books. Lots of old books… I need a bigger house just for all of my books. Some people have a lot of shoes – I have a lot of books (I’d rather smell books than shoes.) My oldest book is nearly 250 years old. No one touches that book and it sits on the highest shelf and we all point at it with reverence. One of the coolest books I have is a pocket atlas from when there were only 13 states. One of the sweetest books I have was printed in 1895 and is simply entitled ‘Decorum.’ The book covers such topics as Courtship & Suitors, Manners, Social Expectations for a variety of engagements, Practical Knowledge (as what was considered ‘practical knowledge’ for a young lady in 1895), etc.

+ I love to learn… about EVERYTHING! A few times in my life, people have commented I know just enough about everything to the point of being dangerous. Also, along this line of learning everything, my Mom describes me as a chameleon; I can meld myself into any situation conversation-wise, or through action. (Of course, all of this makes for a vivid imagination!)

+ I’m a ‘get it done’ kind of person and am certainly not afraid to make a fool out of myself – has happened several times over the past 4+ decades I’ve been on this planet. One of my own sayings: It's not safe to leave me to my own devices.... I start thinking. And when I start thinking, I get ideas.... And without the fear of failure, I do things.

+ Secretly, I would like to be a stand-up comedienne. Maybe when I grow up? Well, either a stand-up comedienne or a National Park Ranger. It’s a toss-up, really… I could do both by standing out in the forest and telling jokes. The question could be, “If Kiersten tells a joke in a forest and no one was around to hear it, was it funny?”
Describe your desk
I refer to it as 'Command Central.' And if you ever want to see something again, NEVER place it on my desk. Ever.
When did you first start writing?
About 3rd grade. I would write screenplays off all of my childhood books. I was a strange child... Now I am a strange adult.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My growling stomach and my never-ending, and ever-growing 'to-do' list.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first book:
As for my first book, “I Do”: Of the people I personally know who have read it, both females and males ages 11 to 82 — everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. “I Do” is a memoir of my time spent as a professional wedding videographer for 15+ years (I’ve seen a lot and have many, many stories to share!) Whether someone is married, single, or is planning on getting married — their relationship status does NOT matter — it’s a fun book for everyone! People have told me they laughed all the way through the book!

My latest book:
The idea for Corner Confessions came about last spring when I was thinking about all the people I had ever met over the years, and then further put thought into knowing each and everyone of them had a secret; something they have done or still do... something that makes them who they are or wished they weren't... something that makes them 'tick.' I then combined those points with the way a lot of people tend to 'bare their souls' with hair stylists, bartenders, taxicab drivers, etc. When I put the list of confessions together, I drew upon things that had happened to me, had happened to others I know, and things I heard/knew of which happened to people I barely knew or didn't know at all. So, to some extent, a handful of these confessions are true but the names have been changed, obviously — the rest of them are pure fiction from my 'vivid imagination.' Although I have this book listed as fiction, it's truly a combination of fiction and non-fiction. Corner Confessions was a fun book to write which (hopefully) will translate into a fun book to read; I know for the people who have read it, so far, that idea seems to be holding true.
What are you working on next?
The sequel of Corner Confessions ~ Meeting 14 **more** people who have something to confess. (Time to make another pot of coffee!)

Everyone has that one secret… that one skeleton in their closet… which will never see the light of day. No psychiatrist, priest, spouse, or best friend will ever hear this secret yet, the urge to share this information can be found in most people's natural psyche… People want to share their experience with others… They want to tell someone their deep, dark secret. Although this secret rides on the subconscious - scratching at the surface to be revealed, it’s most often too embarrassing, or horrifying, or scandalous...

What better way to get that secret off the mind, and out of the closet than to tell someone who is a complete stranger? Someone who will not judge what has been said, and what has been done? This method is safe, anonymous, and there is no accountability or judgment - and if there is, the keeper of the secret can simply walk away.

Meet 14 individuals who have decided to clean at least one skeleton out of their closet by confiding in a complete stranger whom they meet at a local coffee shop. Unassuming and safe with no judgments passed, learn about these secrets first hand, as if you were a fly on the wall listening in during their confession.

Everyone has a secret. What’s yours?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work, a lot! I'm also a more-than-over-full-time business owner. I have kids whom I see, occasionally, when they schedule appointments with me. My other half is relegated to scheduling time in my 'all-knowing' calendar, too. I work, a lot...

"If you're not in the book (calendar) - it isn't happening!" ;-)
Favorite authors?
+ Erma Bombeck. Straight up, she’s my most favorite.
+ Shel Silverstein
+ Dr. Suess
+ Tom Robbins
+ J.K. Rowling
+ Hunter S. Thompson
+ Being I crave knowledge, I tend to read a lot of educational books, historical, biographies and autobiographies, non-fiction, newspapers, maps – I’m not sure on the names of all of those authors. Too many over the past 44 years I have been reading!
What do you read for pleasure?
Please see answer of previous question. ;-)
How do you approach cover design?
Chelsea Farr ~
She’s a fantastic writer which lends to being an awesome editor. She is also very, very talented with graphic design. She seriously has a spot-on knack for delivering a ‘tight’ product. She’s good. Put it this way, in everyday life, I may be lax on almost everything. BUT, I’m an ABSOLUTE perfectionist when it comes to putting anything out into the world with my name attached to it. Chelsea Farr has exceeded my rigorous expectations when I’m being an absolute perfectionist. Not many people can impress me when I am in this particular mindset. She impressed me and continues to do so. Therefore, she is the only person with whom I work.
Published 2016-10-05.
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Books by This Author

Corner Confessions - A Novel
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 72,410. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Everyone has that one secret… that one skeleton in their closet… which will never see the light of day. No psychiatrist, priest, spouse, or best friend will ever hear this secret, yet the urge to share this information can be found in most people's natural psyche… Meet fourteen individuals who have decided to clean at least one skeleton out of their closet.
"I Do" ~ 15 Years of True Stories from a Wedding Videographer
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 48,380. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Business biography, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Marriage
"This book is a MUST READ for anyone who is planning on getting married **OR** has already taken the trip down the aisle!" Regardless of your marital status, this book is funny! 15 years of memories from 1,400+ weddings as a professional videographer. There are plenty of entertaining stories to share with the readers!