You may or may not remember my invitation for collaborations a while back (you can refresh your memory here), now I’m super glad to announce that the brilliant Kristina Steiner took up the collaboration challenge!
Kristina has written and published her debut novel, Equinox, just last year (which is available on Amazon) and is now working on her second novel, so go follow her blog to be kept up to date!
So, without further a do (or is it “ado”?) let’s get this show on the road!
- If you could change your first name what would it be?
I actually quite like my name because no matter where I go or am, people know it and can pronounce it. But I’ve always wished my parents had given me a shorter one, like Tia or Kris. But hey, if they wanted me to be Kristina… 🙂
- What is one thing you regret having done or not done in your life?
I don’t really have regrets. I think that if you start viewing your past experiences as regrets you will just end up torturing yourself. Sure, I’m not happy with everything I’ve done but I see that as a lesson that I can learn from. Would I want not to care about someone or something that I was hurt by? Of course. Would I want not to be drunk on an occasion or two? Yes. Do I regret kissing someone or saying something? Yes. Do I want to travel more and see the world? Definitely and I’ll make sure I get to visit every continent. (Maybe I’ll skip Antarctica, brrr.)
- What’s a typical Tuesday night like for you?
Ha ha, Tuesday night. Normally it consists of my wishing it were a Friday night.
I come home from work late, make myself some dinner, catch up with my family, sit down and start writing as soon as possible. That’s basically every night during the work week. I live for the evenings when I can write. I practically live through and for Colton and Alexis (the characters in my novels).
- What would be your ideal working environment?
It would have everything I need for writing. There would be my laptop, a notebook and a pen, some tea with honey or a glass (a bottle) of wine, music playing and there would be a sign next to me “Even in the case of life and death find someone else” that everyone would obey.
- What is your greatest achievement outside of blogging?
I would definitely say writing and publishing my book. I feel really proud of it. That and teaching my dog to give me a high five.
- Who has impacted you most in blogging and how?
I wouldn’t be able to name one particular blogger. I get influenced by different people every time I read other blogs, especially the ones about books and writing. There are amazing people with great posts out there, and whenever I read something good, it influences me. Of course, including you! I just love when people are creative, genuine and talented. It inspires me.
- If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
My day job is actually being a teacher of English and German, but my evening, night, weekend and every other part of the day job is writing. So my ultimate goal is to be an author and do that for work.
- How many hours a day/week do you write?
As many as I can. Every free minute I can find is spent on writing. I can’t live without it. I always have my laptop with me and I bury my face in it, knowingly ignore everyone around me, focusing on writing. (There might be an intervention coming my way.) If I don’t write, then I start dreaming about the characters and the plot at night. And that can be rather annoying and tiring.
- How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I guess I’m more deadline-oriented. I really want to finish the second one I’m writing now and publish it. With the first one, I wasn’t focused on finishing it as soon as possible, I was just enjoying the process of finding myself through writing.
Also, you learn by doing. My first contemporary romance novel just sort of possessed me and poured out of me because I was so passionate (i.e. addicted) and driven to put the story on paper. This time I’m more focused on re-reading and editing while writing. (While still being obsessed; that hasn’t got better.)
- Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Not really, no, I’m proud of my work and want my name to be attached to it.
- Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing is something that fuels me. No matter how tired I am – barely keeping my eyes open, or coming from a 12-hour workday, or being ill – writing relaxes and regenerates my body and mind.
- Where can we stalk you?
Anywhere but in real life. 🙂
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And you can find my contemporary romance novel Equinox on Amazon and Kindle. 😉
I’ve loved, loved, loved doing this interview with Kristina, and I wish her all the best of luck with her second novel, which I’m sure is going to be brilliant!
If you feel like doing a collaboration post (interviews, discussions, etc…) just give me a shout on firstname.lastname@example.org