Interview with Kristen Brinkley

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love dancing and listening to music. Watching movies is always a great pass time or hanging out at a new restaurant with friends. I enjoy bird watching quite a bit, or whatever other wildlife is out there on my neighborhood walks.
How do you approach cover design?
I believe covers of books should definitely reflect some aspect of the story. I want it to be dynamic and it should pull the reader into the action. It's a huge opportunity to tell your reader, visually, what they can expect of your plot. I'm personally attracted to book covers that really pop off the page and I wanted that look for my books as well.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love all kinds of books. I read a lot of writing reference books because I enjoy learning and I want to always be improving my storytelling ability. I love horror, science fiction, and romance. It's a weird mix, but each genre has its own draw for me and I enjoy them equally.
Describe your desk
Ah, I have heard it said that a clean desk is the sign of a troubled mind. I quite enjoy that quote.
My desk is not super messy, but it's definitely not organized. I know where all my notes are and everything I need is right there, along with some pieces of inspiration and some snacks. I also have books on my desk for reference as well as a cup of tea usually.
When did you first start writing?
I first wrote anything creatively at the age of eight for a school competition. I needed to write a poem and had just learned about Haikus, so I wrote one of those and won for my grade level. I experienced my first sense of pride for something I had created all by myself and I still have my blue ribbon for that early achievement.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew it might take a couple years for me to find the right agent, and then after that, I might have to wait another couple years to have that agent sell my manuscript to a New York publishing house. I didn't want to wait that long. My story was written and I wanted to get it out to the world as soon as I could.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything. They excite me to keep writing. They drive me to make the best books I can. They motivate me to keep learning about the craft and they remind me why I love to write. I love talking to readers and finding out why they decided to read my book and what they thought of it.
Published 2015-12-23.
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Books by This Author

The Direct Ascension Series Bound Book Two
Series: The Direct Ascension. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 265,390. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
While Celeste and Sebastian have lived apart, he's been busy with work and she's dated another man. When Sebastian finally figures out he wants Celeste, she's gone missing. He drops everything to find her and tell her how he needs her, but it might be too late. In Bound, you'll make new friends and catch up with the characters you already love. Action and romance abound in the second book of TDAS.
The Direct Ascension Series Hellbound Book One
Series: The Direct Ascension. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 161,270. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
A love story between a camera shy assassin and a well-known queen. Set in a futuristic world where space travel is commonplace and the Earth is no longer politically independent, a battle begins between the human resistance and the new king of Earth, as well as between the assassin and the queen on how they could possibly be together in a world that wants to keep them apart.