Kristen Tsetsi


Kristen J. Tsetsi's fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was listed as a Million Writers Award selection of notable fiction. Her short story "They Three at Once Were One" won the 2006 Storyglossia Fiction Prize.

Tsetsi taught expressive writing, playwriting, and screenwriting at Trollwood Performing Arts School in Fargo, ND, and was an adjunct English professor at Austin Peay State University in TN. She currently works as a feature writer for a Connecticut newspaper while working on her second novel.

She recently served as editor and co-editor of American Fiction: The Best Unpublished Fiction by Emerging Authors vols. 11 and 12, and in 2007, she founded and co-edited the now closed Tuesday Shorts, which published original work by Richard Grayson, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Kris Saknussemm, and a number of other quality writers.

She is the author of the short story collection "Carol's Aquarium" and the novel "Pretty Much True... ," both of which are available on Amazon.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Mornings. Love them. I used to be a night owl (in high school I once stayed up all night on a school night because I was reading a Danielle Steel novel during my Steel phase), but I've turned into one of those people who has actually, without grumbling about it, gotten out of bed at 4:45 a.m. to start the coffee early. I don't know what's wrong with me. On the upside, I don't fall asleep on my work desk the way I did on my school desk.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I recently started painting. Not well, but I'm consistently beating into myself that it's okay to not do it well, and forcing focus on the fun. There's too much fun to be had that isn't because there's a fear of not being good at it. ("Play guitar? I'm 30. It's way too late for me to be Slash. Plenty of people play better than I ever would, so what's the point?")

I just want to suck at it and enjoy it, anyway.
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Inside the Writers' Studio: "Shit," Writers Say
This is probably the most popular episode of "Inside the Writers' Studio" (creators: RJ Keller and Kristen Tsetsi), perhaps because so many writers can relate to it.


This member has not published any books.