Kristen Schmutz is an aspiring author, who wants to be known as one of the world’s best Authors/Writers in the Creative Writing Industry. She has over 10 years of writing experience and looks forward to being able to put her skills to use. Kristen is currently in school earning her Bachelor's in Creative Writing for Entertainment and is expected to graduate in September of 2017.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It's hard to limit the numbers down to five books that are my favorite, but being I have to choose. First would be "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. This is one of my favorites because though the moral of the story is equality and civil rights, the story mechanics, and character arcs in score make "To Kill a Mockingbird" a great read. Second would be "Thirteen Reason's Why" by Jay Asher. This book (and current Netflix Series) is a great story, with a valuable lesson. Asher teaches us that the Snowball Effect while very real, is also very dangerous, which portrayed to the audience throughout the various chapters and why Hannah Baker felt suicide was the only way out. Third is The Chronicle's of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This book may be the second in the Chronicle's of Narnia series but it still is my favorite out of the entire series. Going from thinking your an orphan to traveling through a magical wardrobe to find out your lost kings and queens of the land, is quite an adventure to go on, and I love adventures. Fourth is the complete Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Since I was a kid in the sixth grade when the first Harry Potter book was released, until many years later after I had graduated highschool, I made sure I could follow Harry andhis friends on their quest to defeat He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, Lord Voldemort. Diving into the wizarding world, and discovering the abilities and magics that could be found at Hogwarts, Hogsmeade and even Diagon Alley were eye opening and one of the biggest inspirations I have that fueled my love for writing. Lastly, there is The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman. The Golden Compass gave me my first real look into the use of daemons and mythical companions, and is told exquistely well. Lyra is my favorite character and I love to join her on her journey over and over again.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read just about anything, but when it comes to pleasure reading then I stick to fiction novels. I could spend hours upon hours in a book store or library and find as many books as I can find. They may not all be in the fantasy category but as long as I can connect to the underlying story, and see what the author was trying to portray, I am more than happy to curl up somewhere and read for hours.