Let's give a warm welcome to Krissy.
You have a new release. Tell us all about it:
"Katie Ling Fashion Queen" is a picture book published by AwareNow Publishing. The main character, Katie Ling, has a serious passion for fashion. She knows she's different from a lot of the kids her age who love ponies and video games. Instead of feeling weird, she feels special. I love that subtle lesson in the book.
The road to publication is long and full of problems. What did you learn through the writing process from first word to signing the contract?
Wow. I'm going to have to only mention a few things, because it would take me pages and pages to explain everything I've learned since day one. This is not an overnight success type of business. It takes time. Time researching, time waiting on responses, and actual time spent writing. It also takes having a humble attitude. My work has been changed again, and again, and again. I've learned that this makes it better. It doesn't make me less of a writer. I wore my heart on my sleeve at first. After several rejections, I finally rolled those sad, little sleeves up and got down to business.
As a stay-at-home Mom, what is your writing schedule like?
My writing schedule revolves around my nine-month-old son's schedule. I get work done when he naps, plays independently, and sleeps at night. I'm happy as long as I do at least one thing daily that has something to do with my writing career. That could be writing, editing, brainstorming, social networking, querying, etc. Most days I do more than one, but I don't get down on myself as long as I do something. With my busy schedule, that's the best I can do without compromising family time.
What advice would you give a "wannabe" writer?
If you really believe in your idea, stay with it. Join a critique group and better your story. I really believe that if you apply the advice you get to your writing, eventually, a publisher will believe in your story as much as you do.
What sets you apart from other writers?
I've taught children and really understand their interests. My stories are easy for them to relate to and can evoke emotions whether happy, sad, or just plain silly.
As a romance writer, I'm always on the lookout for pictures of drop-dead-gorgeous men. I notice you have several pictures on your fb page of a very handsome "young" fellow. Tell us about your handsome son. How is he an inspiration to your writing?
What a fun question! My son has inspired many of my ideas. I love to take seemingly boring, daily tasks and look at them through his young eyes. Suddenly, everything is refreshingly exciting.
Thanks for stopping by today to talk about your new book. How can readers purchase it or learn more about you?
Below are links to my website, blog, and where to purchase Katie Ling. Thanks so much for squeezing me into your busy schedule Vonnie!