I learn something every time I interview someone new, and that was certainly the case with Kristin Callender Kristin has some excellent advice on balance writing with family, and also using social media the right way to promote your books.
Enjoy this interview.
I am always in awe of someone with kids that can find time to write. Is there a trick to it? Any tips you could give other writers with children?
It is tough to find time to write, with or without kids. Real life is always lurking around waiting to pounce, usually just as I finally get my head down and start getting into a story. There are no tricks, besides tossing a few twinkiesin the back yard, but that only keeps them out of my hair for a few minutes. The best advice I can give is what I have had to learn myself. Be flexible, take advantage of those rare moments of quiet in the house, whether it’s 11 at night, 6 in the morning, or (my kids favorite) parental guided naps (aka: the kids have done something horrible and have been sent to their rooms to reflect while I eat their twinkies and type like a mad woman). In all seriousness, It’s not easy finding the perfect balance between family and writing, so don’t be hard on yourself if once in a while you would rather spend a cozy night with you main character 🙂 After all, they hang on your every word, and even do what you want, most of the time.
Tell us about your book, The Truth Lies in the Dark. What do you hope readers take away from it?
The Truth Lies in the Dark is a mystery about a woman who finds out her whole life has been built on a lie and everyone in her life knew about it. As she gets closer to uncovering the truth she must decide who is there to help her and who is there to make sure the truth remains in the dark. What I hope people will find in this book is, 1) an enjoyable read that will send them to the roof tops to share with friends and neighbors (joking, just call them), and 2) an understanding that life’s relationships are not always easy to understand and sometimes the wrong choices can be made with the right intentions.
I see you’re on Twitter. How has social media changed the way you connect with people? Does it make a difference in your blogs or other writing?
I am on Twitter and love it. I have learned so much about the publishing world from the amazing people I follow and other on line sites and networks I have joined. It is because of the support and examples of other writers, authors, and publishing professionals that I started my blog at all, so for that I am thankful. As for my writing, social media is an excellent place to let other people know what you’re writing and where. It has given me the opportunity to be part of many amazing blogs, like yours, and led to some exciting events off line. Without social media a Hollywood producer would never have approached me to make The Truth Lies in the Dark into a Lifetime movie (Plug, plug). If this dream becomes a reality I will be the one shouting on the roof tops 🙂 On the other hand, it is also a great time suck for a procrastinator like me. I have to force myself to unplug the Internet and actually write.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
Like I mentioned, my writing is evolving. I started writing romantic/mystery and have just finished a nonfiction children’s book about US Presidents. That’s a huge change, but I like researching and have worked with kids since my 4 were little, so I look forward to venturing into writing more for children, especially touring schools and libraries. Of course, I need to get a publisher that agrees to publish a book or two 🙂 In the mean time, I will continue to write and hope that my goal is always to write first for the enjoyment and not only for publication.
Where can we learn more about you?
Besides following me on Twitter, where I tweet the occasional TMI, I also overshare on my blog . Stop by, leave a comment, or drop me an email. I’ll do my best to answer any questions you may have about me or writing. You never know what we can learn from each other, if we only take the time to ask the questions.