Interview with Kristy Webster

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I work at an indie bookstore and I've been writing since I was about seven years old. While I've had lots of single short stories and poems published, I have felt very overwhelmed with the idea of traditional publishing. Coco is a novella, only about 70 pages long and I know that's a size that is typically not published by traditional publishers. Not only that, it's the perfect length for an e-book. My writing falls into slipstream, speculative and magical realism sub-genres so it made sense for me to forge my own path instead of looking for a ready made venue.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love being able to express myself. What I communicate through writing is something I wouldn't be able to communicate in any other medium. Connecting with others is very important to me and I feel like I connect with readers when they really get what I'm going for in my work. It's a wonderful feeling to share something that resonates deeply with others. That's what truly brings me the most joy.l
What are you working on next?
My next project is a collection of short stories that I've been building for the past seven years. More than half of them have been published in online and print journals, but I would really love to publish them as a collection, because of the subtle ways in which they overlap, especially when it comes to recurring themes.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jeanette Winterson, Muriel Sparks, Raymond Carver, Aimee Bender, Franz Kafka, Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Yasunari Kawabata, and Banana Yoshimoto. I'm a big fan of authors who specialize in short story.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The idea of having a new experience or connection with the world.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read for pleasure and I read to learn to be a better writer. If you're going to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader. There's just no way around that.
Describe your desk
My desk looks a lot like my lap. Oh, it is my lap.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up downwind from Hanford, in Central Washington. I grew up in an area with a predominantly Mexican American population. The Mexican or Chicano culture is very strong in the little town of Grandview where I grew up. My mother is Colombian and my father is a former Montana farmboy. I grew up in a Spanish speaking household and in a community rich in Mexican culture. This has been a huge invluence on my writing, especially Coco which includes a plethora of traditions and beliefs I grew up hearing about and or seeing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was seven. I started out as a plagiarist in all honesty! Piecing bits and pieces of stories I read in school together into something that felt like my own. But by the fifth grade I was writing purely original stories and in the eighth grade I wrote a handwritten novella in a cloth journal that got passed around the whole eighth grade class.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My family is my life. I spend a lot of time with my sons, especially my younger son who also aspires to be a writer. We talk a lot about books and about "story." I am very lucky to work at an indie bookstore because I'm constantly being exposed to new literature. I read a lot.
What is your writing process?
I am a chaotic writer. I love Stephen King's book On Writing and credit it for encouraging a writing style I'd already become accustomed to. I get the story out, basically, I vomit it up all over the screen. I write so fast my fingertips get sore. I write like I'm on fire. I look over my first draft and it is a total mess, a hot mess. THEN I go back and revise and revise and revise again. But during my first draft I allow myself to create and screw up as much as I like. The first draft is about capturing the story, not finding the perfect words and building flawless sentences.
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Coco
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,830. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
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"Coco" is a novella that tells the story of two families; the Trozcos and the Fabos and the two children that set the destiny of both families in motion. Sammy is born with an exceptional beauty but a broken heart. Maribel Trozco is a child full of joy yet with a unique condition; a third arm she later calls "Coco."