Hooray! Today’s the day that Kris Yankee’s on my blog. So, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado…award-winning author, Kris Yankee!!
First, I want to thank Laynie for having me on her blog. She’s awfully nice to let me take over for the day and tell you about myself and my story, Saving Redwind. She wants to grill me-ah…ask me a few questions, so here goes…
Kris, if there was one thing you could do differently in your writing career, what would it be?
I would’ve started sooner! It took me a very long time to realize that writing was what I wanted to do. Which is odd because I loved reading and language ever since I was a small child. I think what held me back was that I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my writing.
Between Amazon, CreateSpace, and SmashWords, which (in your opinion) is easier to use? Which is more successful for you?
All three involve formatting of the text, and of course, none of the formatting is really the same. I’m not sure one was easier over another. All of them were a pain! I seem to be doing better with Amazon and CreateSpace.
How do you divide up the hours in a typical day?
Morning and afternoon hours are for my two days jobs, editing for a press and editor/writer for a non-profit. The evening hours are for writing. But I also have two kids, a husband, and two dogs. One kid plays travel hockey, so we spend a lot of time at the rink. I’ve been known to write or edit at the rink– especially if it’s a practice!
Do you manage to find “girl” time, surrounded as you are by all that testosterone?
I make sure to schedule lunches or nights out with girlfriends. Phone calls also help — there are just some things we women need to talk about that men aren’t particularly interested in, so phone calls are essential.
Do you have any hobbies…other than writing and keeping up with the boys, that is?
I love to garden (as in flower garden), but don’t come look at mine right now! It’s a total mess. Too many obligations this summer let it get run over with weeds. I love to see new
things grow and watch them come into full bloom. I also like to power walk with the puppies, read, bike with the family, and of course, watch hockey!
Do you anticipate doing any more collaborative books or are you happy “going it alone?”
I think you’re referring to me working with a screenwriter on a screenplay and book. I’ve discovered that working with another person can be challenging, yet very rewarding. I love seeing the process of creating a screenplay — it’s so different than writing a book. I think both sides have merit and I would consider any new opportunity that came my way.
Thanks for taking time out of your obviously busy schedule, Kris. Good luck to your son’s hockey team this season. Take full advantage of those practice-time writing sessions: we all want to see a new Wallpaper Adventure in the near future. Be sure to let us know.
All comments on this blog interview are welcome. Comments will be forwarded to Kris and the best comment will receive a free copy of Kris’s book, Saving Redwind: A Wallpaper Adventure.