Featured Interview With Kristen Reed
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m a native Texan born and raised in Dallas! Even though I love traveling to other states and countries, I’ve never moved away from the DFW Metroplex. Right now, I have a cute little apartment in the Addison area and have a furry roommate named Gracie. She’s an adorable cat who plays fetch, loves to cuddle, and frequently jumps in my lap while I’m trying to write and edit.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
My mom taught me to read and write when I was three years old, and I started writing almost as soon as I learned how to! I started with little one paragraph stories written on tracing paper. My stories got longer and longer until they turned into novellas, books, and even screenplays. I wrote my first full length novel in high school, but I never published it. I’ve toyed with the idea of re-writing it, but I’ve had so many better ideas that I haven’t really tried to.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Francine Rivers is probably my favorite author right now. I could not put down her Mark of the Lion series when I first read it. However, my favorite genre vacillates between period romances and fantasy novels. Last year, I read several books from the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey and really enjoyed them! All of that aside, my greatest inspiration comes from my faith. God has taught me A LOT over the past few years. He brought me through some difficult situations, so I love taking some of the lessons and concepts I’ve learned and applying them to my books.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book, Ingrid’s Engagement: How A Beauty Tamed A Beast, is based on the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast. Like the other books from The Fairetellings Series, it takes place in a world without magic. This means that the Beast-inspired character, Viggo, isn’t a cursed prince who looks like a monster. Instead, he’s a king who is consumed by rage and vengeance because his parents were murdered by another king. The Beauty-inspired character, Ingrid, is a count’s daughter who agrees to marry Viggo to keep her people safe when he invades her homeland. As a kind, faithful Christian woman, she softens his heart over the course of their engagement, so the transformation is spiritual not magical.
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