This week, we’re talking with Kirsten Fullmer about writing and her book Christmas in Smithville.
Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
I live and travel in a 40-foot long travel trailer with my husband and our dog. Tiny living! My husband has to travel for his job, so take our home along with us.
How did you get into writing?
I’ve always been an avid reader and interested in writing, but I never had enough time until the kids grew up and went out on their own. I wrote a short story about my vacation a few years back and showed it to a friend. She loved it and passed it around and everyone enjoyed it, so I decided to try writing a book. Readers asked for more, so I keep writing.
What are your top 3 books of all time?
- Tisha, the story of young teacher in Alaska, as Told by Robert Specht
- Mrs Mike, by Benedict and Nancy Freedman
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Where did you get the inspiration for this book?
The leading lady in Christmas in Smithville, Gloria, has appeared in two of the trilogy novels, and I figured it was time she got her man. Fans of the Hometown Series (Shabby Chic Trilogy) asked for another book, so this book is a reunion of sorts, featuring all the town folks and characters from the series.
How long did it take you to write this book?.
I wrote Christmas in Smithville in three months, give or take. I also moved cross country a few times in there, so I wasn’t working on it full time.
Have you got any writing rituals?
Of course, I have to get a cup of coffee and check out social media, then I settle down to write. The hardest part is not getting distracted. I also listen to Sting music while I write. Not sure why, but it inspires me without being distracting.
How important is marketing and social media for you?
Social media is vital to me. That is how I keep in touch with my fans as well as promote my books.
Do you read your book reviews?
I read each and every review, over and over. They help me when I’m discouraged, but they also offer good input as I work to improve my writing and storytelling skills.
What advice would you have for other writers?
I’d say grow a thick skin, listen to constructive criticism, rewrite often, and get the best editing you can afford.
What are you reading now?
Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
What’s your next step?
I am currently working on a new book for the Women at Work Series titled Drafting a Proposal which features a female drafting teacher at a technical college.
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