Interview with Krystyna Freda

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy of writing is picturing the words in my head play out as they enter the page. The words come to life in my head and create images that help fuel the rest of the story. They not just words, they much more than that.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans drive me. They drive me to create something that they will enjoy. Life can be hard. If my writing can help take them out of reality for just a small moment, then I want to do everything I can to create something that can do that for them.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the next book in the Written in Stone series. It is called The Defectors.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author is J. K. Rowling.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life inspires me to get out of bed. Laying around in bed all day might be nice, especially when working on a new book, but I feel like when I stay in bed all day my life is wasting away before my eyes.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time playing soccer. I play professionally, so I am always training and trying to get better.
What is your writing process?
I don't plan. I know how weird that sounds, but I don't. I might have some ideas, but when it comes to stories I just go with the flow and see what happens next. I picture the story as though it were a movie and what I would want to happen next. When I decide, I write it down and keep going.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I can remember reading was Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. Well, I didn't actually read it, but my mom read it to me every night. I remember laying there night after night while she would read to me and I would always fall asleep. Then she would keep reading and get ahead of me and I would get mad at her and make her re-read it to me even though she had already read it.
How do you approach cover design?
Originally, I wanted to just have a black background for all of my books. But, my sister told me I was being boring and forced me to be creative. When thinking about a specific book, I have to take into account what the book is about and try to capture that in a single page. Although we are told not to, people definitely judge a book by it's cover, so it is extremely important to realize that the cover is the first thing that someone is going to see. Make a good impression!
Describe your desk
My desk is multiple things. It is sometimes the ottoman in my room, or the table at Starbucks, or my lap, or many other places. I write everywhere. If I have an idea for the next part of my book, I whip out my phone and write it down until I can get to a computer.
When did you first start writing?
I only started writing about a year ago. Written in Stone was actually the second project I started working on. I started writing Coffee Shop Dreams first, but got so immersed in the world of Written in Stone that it stole all of my thoughts away from Coffee Shop Dreams.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book series, Written in Stone is based on an idea I thought of, however a lot of the characters are based off of people that I know in read life. They helped me picture the characters and make it more realistic while reading the book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love writing. I tried to go mainstream but it is hard to get an agent and get published the traditional way so I thought I would just go for it and publish as an indie author.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me a chance to publish my work on my own terms. I don't have to worry about anyone telling me that they need me to change something before they can publish it. My work is all me. It is raw and sometimes controversial. I love it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Jersey and, being from the Northeast, I grew up very open to a lot of different things. I don't discriminate, I am not racist, I am gay, and through all of my moral ideas I am able to bring a very liberal aspect into my writing.
Published 2016-01-28.
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Books by This Author

Written in Stone
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 67,940. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
What would you do if you found out that the government was cloning the President? For Noelle Stone, this is a reality. When she finds out what the government is doing, she comes up with a plan to stop them. Unfortunately, they figure Noelle's plan and she must go on the run. Luckily there is a rebel group called The Defectors who are on her side. Will they succeed? Or will the government win?