Interview with Kristina Woods

Describe your desk
Well, it's messy. I have a drawer of junk to my right, filled with pens, pencils, and highlighters. Paper Clips of random colors and sticky notes galore, that randomly get stuck around my dual monitors. There is Once Upon a Time paraphernalia scattered here and there, and a bin of hair ties and bobby pins.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first poem in the third grade, but I really started writing when I was twenty-five. Fresh out of college, I discovered the world of fanfiction and started writing for fun. Yet, the more I wrote the more absorbed I became in my characters and creating different worlds. That was when I thought, you know, I really want to do this.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ah, well my current project is something I've been in the process of writing for the last four years. it's a fairytale of sorts. Taking the folklore of Robin Hood and making that something of my own. I've always loved stories of Arthurian legend as well, and some of that will be integrated into this story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mostly the word length. When I was deciding on whether I wanted to go with a traditional publisher or indie, I found that most publishers capped most stories between 70,000 to 90,000 words. Anonymous was over 180,000 words and I couldn't find it in myself to cut so much of that story.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, just joining Smashwords has opened me and my book up to so many different channels. Channels that I was having a hard time navigating by myself so, I would go as far as to say, Smashwords will contribute greatly to my success.
What do your fans mean to you?
Oh gosh, my fans mean the world to me! I've never had such amazing support. They've cheered me on, given me the motivation to keep writing whenever I felt blocked, shared and promoted my book once it was out. These guys are the best fans an author could ask for.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh wow, there are so many. Marion Zimmer Bradley, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Diana Gabaldon to name a quick few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well that's an easy one. Aidan, my son, whose little smile is all I need for inspiration.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Generally, you can find me watching tv or playing games with my kiddo and boyfriend.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, and it was just horrible! It really was. In fact, the first reviewer I had just destroyed my story to the point where I didn't write for probably a year afterwards.
What is your writing process?
Yikes. My writing process involves Spotify and Outlines. Loads and loads of outlining. Almost to the point to where I honestly just go and fill the rest in.
Published 2016-05-29.
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