Featured Interview With Krissy May
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in several parts of the country, and even spent some time in Greece (which I loved). I miss most of the places I’ve lived. I currently live in Pittsburgh for two more days, and then I am relocating to Saratoga Springs, New York. My bunny Fuffles and my cat Meowser are coming with. I suspect the cat will exact her revenge about the move in creative ways.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I can’t remember a time when I could read and didn’t. I’ve read thousands of books in multiple languages, and I can’t seem to stop. I also know way too many fascinating and useful quotes from those books.
My first “book” (it was a whole paragraph long) was one I wrote when I was seven. A girl at my school had recently died of leukemia and I wrote a story about a little girl who changed the world when she died. I think it was my way of processing the odd grief of a stranger my age dying.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My absolute favorite author is Orson Scott Card, with the caveat that I am so disappointed about his beliefs regarding marriage equality. Other favorites are Connie Willis, for her creativity and sense of humor, Terry Pratchett for the same, and Jane Austen for her subtlety.
For genres, I love books about self-discovery, about the inevitable comedy of being human, and about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I am excited about Blue Note. The main character, Niels, is one of my loudest voices I work with. This is a book about a not-so-ordinary person – he is a celebrity – thrust into extraordinary circumstances. He has his army of friends and his two girlfriends and *wow* did they fight while we wrote this story. None of them could agree on plot or which girl he was with at the end of the book. I’m pretty sure I completely rewrote the last half of the book about a dozen times, searching for the right resolution.
I also love Blue Note because it is such a story of perspective and individual perception. It’s about how biases and personal history influence how we react to our experiences, and how our reactions can change our future.
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