Trendy Tuesday: 5-31-2016: Kristi Gillespie

Welcome to another "Trendy Tuesday" 
By this time, you already know the drill! 
Today, I have Kristi Gillespie here on my Blog, joining us for another Author Interview! 

Kristi is the author of "The Gentle Giant" and "Gultar" 
You can find her here on her social media sites: 

Get Comfy in your seat, and here we go! 

What was the publishing process like for you? If you self-published, what obstacles have you come across in the process of publishing? 
At first, I was really excited that I was under contract with a publishing company. It quickly became very expensive though. Then I looked into self-publishing, and it was also very expensive. I've made a lot of mistakes along the way, and most were financial.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say? Gultar is about growing up, learning about the world around you and figuring out how you fit into that world.

If you type into Google “Your Name” – what is the first thing that comes up? My Facebook page

 If you could go back and re-write a novel, or re-experience writing a novel of yours, which one would it be and why?: The Outsiders. I would let Johnny live, scarred and embarrassed to be seen in public. That allows for the rumble to still happen, and Dallas to be so angry.

Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?: I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was young. Then as I got older, I wanted to be a military police officer. Unfortunately, I broke my back and was unable to continue my military career.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”? When my physical health rapidly declined in 2009, I started writing seriously. I have already been a published poet twice. My focus is now on novels.

If you were a donut, what kind of donut would you be? I would be a fastnacht. I grew up eating them and making them. It's a Pennsylvania Dutch thing.  (Go PA!) 

If you could take a character from your novel on a date, where would you go and what would you both do? We would go on a road trip and see as many wonders as possible along the way. We would also eat at local diners throughout the road trip.

 Do you have any future books planned or in mind? 
My second book is under way at this time It will be titled Barry's Girls.

If you could be any part of a happy meal, which part would you be? 
The toy

Do you have a favorite character from your books? Why?: 
Gultar is big and doesn't know much about anything while he stays in his corner of the world. It's when he goes traveling that he really finds himself, and he uses his size to help others defeat bullies and perform necessary tasks.

If we were to go to a book store together, where would I find you?: 
The sales table. I love to read, and there are books that are cheap and very exciting.

What is your favorite character’s “favorites”? Give us a list! 
He loves to eat bordons (deer). He loves the Aquiwos (friends). His best friend is named Tard (he's a lion). He loves to meet new species, even if he doesn't like them or agree with them.

How long have you been writing and who or what inspired you to write? 
I started writing when I was in 4th grade. I was so bored at school that my teacher asked me to write a book about being a new student. I've written on and off since then. In 2009, I began seriously writing on the advice of my psychologist. I needed to find a new career.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? I like to visualize the world my characters live in, draw a map or some illustrations to set the scene. Then the story takes over, and I scribble it down as quickly as it comes into my head.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books? – Why or Why not? Can you remember your first great one and the worst one? I will read all the reviews of my books. I want to know if there's something I'm missing with my readers. I've only had two reviews so far. One said I didn't use enough dialogue. The other said, “I couldn't put it down.”

How did you feel knowing more than just yourself would be reading your work? 
Ecstatic. I don't write for myself.

Who was the first person to ever read a story/poem of yours? My 4th grade teacher.

 How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?: I was sitting in my bedroom. I looked and saw the box my guitar came in. It looked like it said Gultar. That's how my character got his name. The rest of it just came by imagining what the world would look like and what species would live there. I did borrow some ideas from the language of Indigenous People of our country.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?: As my characters go forth through their lives, they come alive inside my head. I write what they would say or do based on the pictures in my mind.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?: Like Water For Chocolate is such an amazing book. I've read it countless times. The story is so true and real. Love doesn't always win. Plus there are recipes for some of the food made in the story.

Your favorite food is?: Steak

Your favorite singer/group is?: Michael Jackson

Your favorite color is?: Electric blue

What sparked the idea for this book? 
The need to be doing something constructive, something I could share with others.

Which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the novel? 
The character always comes first. The novel writes itself around him/her.

What was the hardest part to write in this book? The death of a beloved character.

How do you hope this book affects its readers? I want people to have hope. There are people who can stand against bullies. There are ways to communicate with other people. There is hope for a better future if we all do our part.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer? Stick with it. You are going to be discouraged at times, even frustrated. Don't let anything or anyone stop you from realizing your dream.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? 
Knowledge of everything without going insane.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
Being able to say I did it.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
It teaches life lessons in the setting of a fantastic new world.

What’s your favorite season/weather? Spring

What is your favorite and least favorite thing about writing? I love to just get words on the paper. I hate editing.
If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? If you mean historically, I would be Adolf Hitler. I would commit suicide before his rise to power. If you mean today, I would be the Queen of England. I would love to experience her memories. She has lived an extraordinary life.

If you could meet any famous person, who would it be? What would be the first thing you say to them? 
Historically, it would be Janis Joplin. I would tell her the heroin she bought was going to kill her. Today, I would love to meet Ilene Chaiken. She is so creative and talented. I would tell her that her writing has changed my life in so many positive ways.

Favorite Superhero ? Or if you could be a superhero, who would you be or what super power would you have and why? My superpower would be knowledge of everything without losing my sanity. I believe that is the ultimate goal for a student “for life” like me.

Wow! Well those were some really interesting answers! I hope you all enjoyed this interview! Thank you again, Kristi for joining me and I hope you all check out her work! 

Join me next Tuesday for an all new "Trendy Tuesday!" 

See you all then! 


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