About Kris Moger:
I am an indie author living in Kelowna, British Columbia. I have a musician husband and two creative adult children, so we all tend to forget things like eating and sleeping. ‘Just a minute,’ is a common phrase in our household. I also have three guinea pigs, who love cuddles and carrot dances. And I long to live in the country. Other than that, I spend most of my time, reading, writing, and going for long walks.
What inspires you to write?
I think the thing that inspires me the most to write is the question, “What would happen if?” My brain latches onto this idea and starts working out all sorts of scenarios. For instance, my novel, Down and Out, was inspired by a long shift working retail on a Wednesday night when the mall is empty. I thought, what if society collapsed and the only place to live was a mall? From there, the story developed. Who would be living there? Why? Why couldn’t they live anywhere else? And so on. The question what if, creates a void in me that I have to answer, and the only way to answer it is to build it into a new adventure.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a terrible pantser. I do not create outlines, so I have lots of stuff to fix after the first draft. But I love the unpredictability of seeing where the story goes. Now, sometimes it goes off in left field, and I have to back up and go down another path, but that’s part of the fun. However, recently, I have started making boards on Pinterest where I pin pictures of settings, clothing, and possible characters. This allows me to remember that the character I created in chapter one had green eyes three chapters later.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters tend to be stubborn. They are always telling me what to do and do not like to be limited by my own limited perspective. In other words, I say one thing, and they do the opposite.
What advice would you give other writers?
Read lots. Try things. Let your characters breathe. Learn what the general tropes and stereotypes in writing are and do something different.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to publish my books because I was tired of working retail. I figured if I put in the same amount of hours working on my own stuff that I did working minimum wage for someone else, my finances might not change much, but I’d have lots more fun. I decided to self-publish because, after lots of research, I realized I would have to put in just as much work to promote myself with a publisher as I would publishing myself. With self-publishing, I have more control and make more money per book. Plus, I like being in charge.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of publishing is definitely moving toward indie-authors. With the power of the Internet, people have far more control over what they can do for themselves.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Dystopian, fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, steampunk, Young Adult, New Adult
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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