Interview with Kristina Bodie

What are you working on next?
Currently I'm working on two novels. One is a Fantasy/Dark Fantasy based around a pantheistic faith filled with dragon born, astral walkers, mermaids and earthen. The other is a Romance/Romantic Comedy based around a young girl who moves to a new town and stumbles into a living arrangement with a very distressed musician.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkien. Rowling. Jane Austen. Those three are my life staples and where I wish to be in several years - their skill and way with words are like none other.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My son, and my cat who lovingly reminds me it's time to get up by walking to my face and rubbing herself all over it. The sun rising is also a wonderful thing, much like the coming Autumn.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work a full time job currently at an Escape Room; I'm the store manager and watch others play a large game of Clue all day. I also enjoy herbal concoctions as my family is straight out of Donegal, Ireland and I have learned many things from my Grandmother about the world we live in and the nature around us.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I generally stumble upon them. I have a tendency to go into a specific category and browse until something strikes my interest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do for it was based around a band that I enjoyed quite a lot in high school. Oh those years, haha.
What do you read for pleasure?
Many things. I tend to revisit Tolkien's work often simply because the way he writes is breathtakingly beautiful. I also read comics and manga/manwha.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A tablet or my iPhone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Really it's all about word of mouth and social media.
Describe your desk
There is a laptop of which I am currently using, a pink Himalayan salt lamp that is left on 95% of the time, a mouse, and a tablet PC that I use to play Hearthstone in the bath and for general web browsing/e-reading. It is a very plain desk that has a warm glow thanks to the salt lamp.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up running about on a farm with a very large family. My generation was the first in our family born in the US, and as such I grew up hearing wonderful stories of old folk lore, herbal tidbits, and just general family knowledge from my Grandmother. She and I were very close, so much so that when she died it hit me as if my own Mother had died for she was a second of these to me. I tend to take that knowledge of folk lore, and faeries and herbs and cast it into my writing - I have a very large love of fantasy because of just normal family knowledge from my family's culture.

Donegal, Ireland is a very beautiful place - much like the counties surrounding it. The sea is breathtaking and I recommend any visit whom have not. I've taken my son twice already in his short life this far.
Published 2017-09-02.
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