About Kristin D. Van Risseghem:
Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small river town in Minnesota with her parents and older sister. And after receiving a double Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University in Paralegal and Corrections, she worked as a Paralegal for various law firms around the Twin Cities for 14 years. Then she left the legal field and is now a Senior Buyer for a technology company.
Currently, Kristin lives in Eagan with her husband and two Calico cats. She also loves attending book clubs, going shopping, and hanging out with friends. She has come to realize that she absolutely has an addiction to purses and shoes. They are her weakness and probably has way too many of both.
In the summer months, Kristin can usually be found lounging on her boat, drinking an ice cold something. Being an avid reader of YA and Women’s Literature stories, she still finds time to read a ton of books in-between writing. And in the winter months, her main goal is to stay warm from the Minnesota cold!
Kristin’s first book, The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos, will be published in May 2015 by Kasian Publishing.
What inspires you to write?
Just about anything. When inspiration hits, it’s like a need that must be satisfied.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write usually at night, but I can force myself to write during the day. I like writing chronologically but that doesn’t always happen. They story takes me where it does and I don’t fight it. I’m not a planner, don’t use white boards, sticky notes, index cards; nothing. Just a blank white page on the computer.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to the characters because some of them are strong willed and must be heard, while others are soft spoken. When they need to be put into their place, I’ll write about it. If I use it or not will depend on them. Eventually they get the message; I can kill them off if they don’t bend to my will!
What advice would you give other writers?
Surround yourselves with like minded people. They are your support circle and know what you’re going through.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I queried and then got picked up by a small publisher. Ultimately, I chose to leave and self-published my own books. This for me has been the best move. I needed to have control of everything and now I can only blame myself if something isn’t getting done or in a timely manner.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think with the ease of self-publishing, there will continue to be a flood of books available to read and as we move more into a digital age, the big publishers may not be around anymore. Of course, it’ll take time so we may see a merge between the big publisher houses. I also think with Print On Demand (POD) digital services will be available more to the public, like having POD machines in shopping malls.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: YA Urban Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print