Interview with Kristie L. Foreman

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I actually like to read my books out loud to a child. This way I get to see their reaction and excitement. I get to see what parts they enjoyed. Another great joy of mine is to see my artist finish a book cover or character art. I love seeing what I have created in my mind come to life in the book in the visual sense.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't really consider them fans of mine but fans of Petal Flower adventures. I believe her fans are extremely important because that way I know I have touched their heart.
What is your writing process?
An idea sparks a story in my mind so I think and think and think some more. Then I sit down and write most of the story all at once. I spend most of the time rewriting and correcting.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have many hobbies. I have somewhat of a mini farm. I have chickens and ducks laying eggs that need collected and they need fed everyday. I love video games with my grandchildren. I make quilts and fancy soaps for presents. I am currently renovating my living room. Our family loves to play board games together. I love to sit by the fireside with my family and roast marshmallows and enjoy each other's company.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I have written another series of books that were never published. Stories my grandmother told me about when she was growing up. One in particular, she told me a gypsy boy stole her shoes. These books are referred as the Francis books at my house.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story that really had an impact on me, I don't remember the title but, my third grade teacher read to us every day. I remember, I couldn't wait for that time of day. I would go off in my imagination. I knew each character in my mind and would think of them at home. The first book that made an impression on me was probably the Hobbit. I was a bit confused about Smeagol and his speaking in the third person. He also speaks in reference to himself from a perspective of two personalities using the word us. One personality before the ring and one after he obtains it and is changed by its power. I was proud of myself when I did understand. I wanted to share it with others but they had not read it and I realized the value of reading at that moment. I could learn and enjoy whole other worlds and characters. I could escape into the author's imagination. This was powerful enough to make me want to read the next one.
How do you approach cover design?
The design had to capture an important scene from the book.
Describe your desk
Laptop, phone, bottled water, Index cards for references for characters, calendar, external hard drive and wires. Camera for Skype sessions with the cover artist. To do list on the wall. Map of the Meadow on a poster board for places in the book. Not too neat and not to sloppy. I just keep everything I need here in one place.
What are you working on next?
I have written 8 books in this series. I will be making final changes to each of those while I await their book covers completion. They will be published God willing, 2 per month. There are a few ideas for future books but those are still in the early stages.
Published 2014-03-12.
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Books by This Author

Adventures of Petal Flower - Many are Called Few are Chosen Book #4
Series: Adventures of Petal Flower, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,720. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Have you been to the Meadow? Come on an adventure with Petal and her woodland friends. Petal goes to church. This story is a special one, (spoiler alert) Petal gets saved as in born again saved. She is supposed to do a list of good deeds but has no time to do them. God does save her after her confession and plea for help. Faith and pride are additional lessons learned in this powerful story.
Adventures of Petal Flower - The Truth Will Set You Free
Series: Adventures of Petal Flower, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Action & Adventure, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Early Readers
Have you been to the Meadow? Come on an adventure with Petal and her woodland friends. Petal disobeys her Mother and breaks the one rule she was given. When she gets caught, will she tell the truth? How can she fix it? What does God say to do about it? Join Petal as she learns all about honesty and doing the right thing.
Adventures of Petal Flower - Where Two or More Are Gathered
Series: Adventures of Petal Flower, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,760. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Early Readers
Christian Children's Book Series. Come on an adventure with Petal and her woodland friends. Petal, competing against her friend to make the team, will they still be friends after its all over? Petal learns when everyone works together there is no limit to what they can accomplish. Petal doesn't understand why parents are grouchy sometimes. Learning life lessons intertwined with God's word.
Adventures of Petal Flower - Finding the Milk and Honey Book #1
Series: Adventures of Petal Flower, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Early Readers
Christian Children's Book Series. Come on an adventure with Petal and her woodland friends. Petal would love for you to meet her friend Chippy. She gets into a bit of trouble when she spills the precious honey. She enters the Valley of the Shadow where she meets Worry tree. What advise does Worry give her? Will Petal's prayers help her now? Should Petal eat the juicy berries offered by poison Ivy?