Today we have an interview with new author Kristin Bryant. Please welcome her to the writing world!
What made you want to write?
It was a challenge for me to go from the fast-paced life of full-time work and a Master’s program to stay-at-home mom when I had my first child. There’s only so much mashed banana you can make and feed a kid before your brain starts feeling like a bit of a mashed banana itself. I needed a mental challenge, or at least a chance to use more creativity than it takes to find new ways to decorate my mantle on Pinterest. I had an idea for a book and had a few hours a day to dedicate to it, so I gave it a try.
What is your book about? What was the inspiration for this book?
The inspiration for this book came from John 10:16- And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
Ryen is on a mission to Earth to find the answers to his distant world’s most critical questions. Prophets have foretold of a mythic figure- the Light- who would die in order to save men’s souls. There was just one catch. He would be born on a different planet. He would perform miracles Ryen’s people would never see. But the Savior’s sacrifice, even from an incomprehensible distance, would redeem them all. But without tangible proof, the rift between the believers and nonbelievers is tearing this once peaceful planet apart.
While searching the Yucatan Peninsula, Ryen meets and falls for Savannah, a woman hiding a painful past. As his time runs out, Ryen must decide if he is willing to give up everything to stay on Earth with her. His decision has very unexpected consequences. The Masters, a powerful clan of corrupt leaders, are plotting to take back Earth, the sacred planet, from the humans. Ryen and Savannah are thrust into the middle of The Masters plot to not only take over Earth, but their own crumbling world as well.
What are the biggest obstacles to writing and how do you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle to writing is finding time. I work full-time from home as an online teacher, have two small children, and get treatments for breast cancer multiple times a week… So, in ALL my spare time (insert eye roll here), I try to fit in writing.
In order to be a successful writer, you have to treat it like a job, which means you have to dedicate real time and effort to it constantly. I usually write from about 10:00 to midnight when the kids are in bed and my husband is super busy watching Sports Center (Don’t worry ladies, I do make him fold laundry while he watches).
What are your future writing plans?
I would love to write the sequel to The Others. I also enjoy writing pieces for women enduring breast cancer treatments and hope to be able to do more of that in the future.
What do you wish you would have known before you started writing? What would you tell someone who is just getting started?
I wish I had known more about the business side of writing starting out. We literary types don’t always think of the almighty dollar first. Where’s the fun in that? But, strangely enough, publishers only want to publish stories that will make money and can be printed within a budget. A writer worth their salt will know their audience inside and out, know what genre is selling, know the expectations of the genre and write to that if they want to be published.
Where are the best places to find you online?
Besides anthropologie.com dreaming about clothes I can’t afford?