Krissy V

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From Krissy, “I am a mother to two young children, who in turn keep me young. I live in Dublin, Ireland but, I’m originally from South Devon in the UK. I work full time in a pharmacy and write in all my spare time: in my lunch hour, when watching TV at night and anywhere the urge takes me.”

Krissy was kind enough to share some of her precious time with me, answering my pesky questions.

First, what is your current work’s title and genre?
A Taste of Christmas: Dublin Style which is a Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit

Was there anything you edited out of this book?
I use the word ‘I’ so much and have to edit it out all the time.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I would spend a lot of time researching the topics I am writing about. A lot of the time my research is actually searching my own soul to find how I felt when I went through these things.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes I do and I feel very nervous about it when I do. Good reviews make me feel so good and the bad ones can really hurt me. If the bad reviews are constructively critical then it’s ok but if they are just trolls then they really hurt my feelings. Some people think it is ok to deliberately give one or two stars when they haven’t read the book or because someone they know doesn’t like the author. This is really bad and very unfair to the author and potential readers.

What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
I use a lot of myself in my books in one form or another and also base them vaguely around some people I have met over my lifetime. I owe them a lot because I wouldn’t have had so many good ideas if it wasn’t for these people.

How do you select the names of your characters?
That’s a tough one. I use an app called Writers List which gives you first names and second names, so sometimes when I am really stuck I use that. I work in a shop and meet lots of different people and sometimes a name heard in the shop will inspire a story too.

What is your favorite childhood book?
I loved Enid Blyton and would read all her books time and time again.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Let me go count ha ha. About 12 or more. I get some ideas and I have to plot out the books so that I can go back to them in the future. I hope to publish them all at some stage though.

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work (or what do you do for work other than write)?
I work in a Pharmacy in the dispensary full time and write in my spare time – well what spare time I have with a husband and two kids.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Author L Chapman – she helps me with everything, I wouldn’t be here without her. I’ve known her since before my author journey and she knows everything and can help me anything.
Samantha Fontein – we met two years ago and we attend all the signings together. We give each other back up and support. We bounce ideas for books off each other and help each other when one of us gets stuck in the story.
Karen Frances – I just love her and she picks me up when I am down.
There are too many to name to be honest, but each one gives something different. I love the camaraderie between authors and how we all like to help each other out.

If you’d like to learn more about Krissy and even better check out her books you can find her at:
Twitter: @authorkrissyv

A Taste of Christmas: Dublin Style is currently available for the promotional price of only 99 cents!

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