Interview with Kirstie Smith

How do you approach cover design?
A lot of different factors go into it, though I tend to take a technical approach, being an artist as well as a writer. What will be eye-catching? Does the movement hold the viewers eye? Will it interest the audience you have written for?
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Of Mice and Men- A classic, of course
Gravity- Ok, so I just like Tess Gerritsen. She's awesome, and her approach of using real-life knowledge to make her mysteries more real works so well.
Howl's Moving Castle- Also a movie, but the book is vastly different. They are like two totally different stories. I love them both.
Gregor the Overlander- Written by the author of The Hunger Games and 200% better. Go find it!
Mossflower- It's a childhood thing.
What do you read for pleasure?
Murder mystery and young adult fiction, mostly, though I will read just about anything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire
Describe your desk
I won't lie, it is pretty messy. I use mine for writing, school work, and even crafting, so there is always something laying around. The top shelf hosts my unicorn collection. That's about the cleanest spot.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Johnson City, Tennessee. Spinning yarns is a big part of southern culture, though it is quickly becoming lost. But with writing, I can kind of preserve that.
When did you first start writing?
When I was really little. I made a construction paper book about a puppy in a box and made my mom read it to me before bedtime. The puppy survived a flood in his box, then was adopted by a guy in a wheelchair, who was then bit by a poisonous dog and died. Yeah, I guess I have always tortured my characters.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to express a story for others to enjoy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, of course! Without fans a writer's job would be exceptionally difficult.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
Published 2014-10-15.
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Books by This Author

Road Runner
Price: Free! Words: 3,060. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Doug, a recent paraplegic, gains the power of super speed when he stumbles on an experiment he wasn't supposed to know about. The scientist is not very happy about this, so Doug must shake him off while also trying to find his place in the world. Discovering things about his completely new body lead him to discovering his real self in the process.