Kerri Cuevas was born and raised in Rhode Island. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, three kids, cats and a rabbit named Hercules in 2005. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing chickens on her small farm or searching for the ultimate mac-and-cheese recipe.
Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.
What inspires you to write?
Readers inspire me to create more stories. I love the use of words and stringing them together to bring out emotion. If I can make a reader feel those emotions in my words then I am a happy author.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write on the fly and I’m a total pantster. I learned outlines don’t work for me because it’s the characters who tell the story, and sometimes they surprise me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters have loud voices. They demand attention. I sit back and listen, and let them tell me the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read, read, read and write, write, write. Learn your craft and how publishing works, and then write a story that people want to read.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wasn’t querying long when I was offered a contract with a small publishing company. I heard good things about them, and I liked what they were about, so I signed the contract! I enjoy the attention a small press can give me, and it works for my lifestyle.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The world is changing with technology advancing at a staggering rate, so we can change along with it or complain. I go with the flow. As long as my readers have a way to read my book then I’m happy.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
young adult fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print