About Kristi Porter:
Always a reader, Kristi Porter never thought much about writing until she entered a writing contest sponsored by the Detroit Free Press. Her nightmare vacation story – The Worst Vacation Ever – went on to be published in a travel anthology that sold over a million copies worldwide. This was followed by numerous articles published in local magazines and newspapers. As her love of writing grew, she added adult fiction and short humor pieces to her repertoire.
But writing isn’t all Kristi does. A preschool teacher, she won the Governor’s Award for her work with young children and is dedicated to the education of young children. She also enjoys bicycling, video games, photography, Facebook, and spending time with family. She lives in Michigan with her husband, son, and a menagerie of cats.
What inspires you to write?
I write non-fiction, mostly humor, based on moments and events in my life. Children are the inspiration for many of my books
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is purely “seat of the pants” writing. When a moment happens that I think will make a good story down the road I jot down a few notes and tuck them away. When I later have the time to write (in some cases years later!) I pull out my notes and put it all together.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. Put your work out there. Keep putting your work out there.
“What do you call a writer that doesn’t give up?” Published!! 🙂
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book was a suspense thriller, written under a pen name. I took the traditional route, and submitted to dozens of agents before signing one. My agent then submitted my book to all the major publishing houses. One hated it. All the others liked it, and several passed it “up the line” before eventually turning it down, saying “they weren’t taking on many unknown authors at this time.” My agent really believed in my book however, and actually suggested I go the Indie publishing route. So I did, and sold over 6000 copies in the first 6 months! Needless to say I’ve stuck with Indie Publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
While I sell 10 eBooks for every print book, Print books are NOT dead. eBooks are convenient, but print books are holding their own. There is just something about holding an actual book in your hands….
What genres do you write?: suspense thriller, non-fiction, humor, parenting
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print