Kristin Ward has loved writing since middle school but took thirty years to do something serious about it. The result is her Best Indie Book Award-winning novel, After the Green Withered, followed by the sequel, Burden of Truth. She lives in a small town in Connecticut with her husband, three sons, and many furry and feathered friends. A SciFi geek to the core, she is fueled by dark chocolate and coffee and can be heard quoting eighties movies on a regular basis.
Questions and answers to get to know the author:
What inspired you to write a dystopian story?
I was inspired to write these books while writing a graduate course in environmental education. I began to wonder what the world would look like if a global drought enveloped the planet. From this seedling idea, came the world that Enora was born into, a society that was shaped by what is happening environmentally today.
How long have you been writing?
My writing aspirations began in 7th grade when my English teacher likened my writing to Saki, the author of The Interlopers. From that point on, I have written numerous poems, not all good, and have begun many stories that I hope to continue to develop and eventually publish.
What tips do you have for writers?
The publishing industry has changed over the years and writers are now in a position to self-publish their work instead of going through a traditional publishing house. This has perks and drawbacks. It is a very competitive industry and self-published authors are responsible for doing all of their own marketing. This is challenging for new authors, like myself, who are trying to break into the business and develop a readership. The upside is that I have complete creative control of my work. While I have an editor, his suggestions (they are amazing by the way) are there to guide me and not change my vision. I also determine the royalties and where and how my book will be published. If not for the self-publishing platform, I would not have attained my dream. My advice to aspiring authors is to reach for your publishing goals! If you dream of being an author, then make it happen. There are so many wonderful writers who collaborate and help each other develop their craft and connect with readers. You can do this!
What are you currently working on?
I have numerous story ideas that I'm exploring. At the moment, I am writing a fantasy story with an environmental twist. However, my husband brought up the idea of writing another installment of my dystopian fiction work and I find that idea intriguing. I would love to hear from readers to get an idea of what they would like to read!
You can read more about her daily life and humorous anecdotes on living in a house full of boys by visiting her website: writingandmythreesons.com or connecting on Twitter @YA_Author
Author Kristin Ward grew up in a coastal town in Southern California. Her seventh grade English teacher was her conduit to the world of poetry and narratives. Writing curriculum for a zoo exhibit was a wonderful experience. Winning the 2018 Best Indie Book Award in the young adult category took her by complete surprise. Perseverance and determination are among the... read full interview