Today Lovely Books Shines The Author Spotlight On…
Kristine Kibbee is a Pacific Northwest native with a love of language, nature and animals. Kristine’s passion for creative writing began in her early youth and led her to the doors of Washington State University, where she earned a degree in Humanities with a focus in Professional Writing. Kristine has since had works published in The Vancougar and The Salal Review Literary Review, S/Tick Literary Review and is a featured columnist for the nationally syndicated magazine, Just Frenchies.
Kristine makes her home deep on the heart of a forest on the outskirts of Longview, WA. Over the years she has been involved in her local community by way of dog rescue, Animal Assisted Therapy and promotion of the creative arts.
Kristine’s novella The Mischievous Misadventures of Dewey the Daring is available on Amazon.com and she anticipates following the release of her fantasy novel Whole in the Clouds with the comedic collection of dog stories, Frenchie ‘Tails’—which are short, cheeky and ripe with mischief!
How long have you been writing? When did you decide to become an author?
I’ve been writing for as long as I could hold a pen! And I didn’t so much decide to write as I was willed to by some inner drive. It’s just in my blood and always has been. From a very young age I gravitated towards writing. While my friends were playing with Barbies I was clipping photos from magazines and making up stories about the people in the pictures. I’ve always loved the fantastic, the embellished, the enchanting and I’ve always wanted to share that with others.
How do you find inspiration?
I try to look at the world and see beyond the ordinary–into the space between . . . where magic happens. Normal is so endlessly boring! When I look at a bird perched on a tree, I don’t see a robin. I see a mount for an adventuresome fairy. When I look at a tree, I don’t see a maple or a fir. I examine the knotty bark and wonder where the nob is that, when twisted, will part to the trunk and reveal a door to another world. Always look beyond what is into what could be and you’ll never feel uninspired!
How do you go about writing a book? Do you have any schedule, tricks or tips to share?
I sometimes write while walking. I once wrote 2/3 of a novel on a treadmill! Folks give me odd looks when I’m out and about walking & writing but since I’ve got my head down and eyes following a line of chicken-scratch scribbles, I rarely notice!
What kind of books do you read? Who is your favorite author?
I’ll read about anything you put in front of me. At present, I’d say my favorite author is Laura Whitcomb. Laura does an amazing job of capturing feeling in this book. She is so subtle and draws her reader in so expertly. Her choice of words and the way in which they are woven together is simply magical. And her content is creative and original . . . exactly what every author should aspire to!
What are you currently working on?
I actually just completed my fourth and final edit of : Forests of the Fae-Book 1: “Devlin’s Door.” I’d call it a peck of mystery, a dab of mystical and a dash of adventure!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Goodness, only one? Flying, I suppose. I know there are probably more clever choices but I’ve long envied the birds’ ability to fly to any destination they choose. Such freedom must be liberating and exciting all at once.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind of music?
Never! Even the softest of sounds interrupts my mind when I write. I need utter silence.
Who is your favorite villain?
Well since there is no mention of restriction to book-based villains, I must opt for Better Midler’s witch character in the movie “Hocus Pocus!”
If you had to pick between receiving a million dollars today, or $1000 a month for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
I’m excellent with managing and growing money, so hand over that full million!
If you could take anyone out for coffee, dead, alive, or fictional, who would it be?
My Mom. We only have so much time with our parents and I treasure every second. Famous or just a loving mother and housewife from a small town . . . we’re all the same. The difference between my Mom and all those famous folks I could sit down to java with is that I love her.