About Robin Kristoff:
Robin Kristoff grew up in northeastern Vermont, and penned her first novel between high school and college. She studied Political Science and Spanish at Knox College and Communication Management at Emerson College, continuing to launch new and improved projects in her after-hours. An animal lover, musical theater geek, and amateur guitarist, she now lives again in Vermont with her assorted pets. Her current works include STAR THIEF (2017) and THE EMPIRE'S ORPHANS.
What inspires you to write?
I've imagined stories for as long as I can remember. My toys were characters in epic, dramatic plots, and imagining scenes playing out around me is still one of my favorite pastimes. I have a bottomless appetite to read stories written or told by others, and writing is my way of sharing my own stories back with the world.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start with a character or a concept, and from there I outline what I think of as a scatter plot of how the plot will go forwards. I sketch out character bios for my main players, do some research on my setting, and then start writing. More scatter plot points and characters usually appear as I go, so my revision is pretty extensive.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I suppose I would say I listen to them. Most recently I've been writing from a first person perspective, and trying to put myself as much as possible in their shoes, but listening is a good way to describe the process of plotting more externally.
What advice would you give other writers?
I think the best thing that writers can do is to write regularly. Try to write a little bit every day, and even if you can't get very much done, making steady, slow progress keeps your brain on the story, and adds up over time. Joining a writing group and sharing your work is also really helpful–workshopping other people's writing helps you workshop your own, and fresh eyes can give you great suggestions. Plus it's great bonding time with other writers!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish after my efforts with traditional publishing ended with encouragement but a slow wait without sales. I ultimately decided to take more control of the situation and give my books their best chance on my own.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I'm very curious to see what happens between hard copy books and the rise of eBooks. EBooks can have a great advantage in being so easily accessible, but hard copy books have a tactile appeal that I don't see ever completely losing way to electronics.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: YA Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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