When did you fall in love with words? What do you do as a day job?
The first time I realized how much I loved the act of writing was in high school. I was the kid who got excited when I saw essay questions on a test rather than multiple choice questions and most of my friends thought I was crazy! I absolutely loved and excelled in any English class I took throughout college and I found myself spending large amounts of time on writing assignments. My father is also a writer (more technical than creative) and he has been my writing coach my whole life. He always pushed me to be a better writer and could be quite tough on me at times (something I’m still thankful for).
Although I pursued architecture throughout my life, I have always longed to write. So one day, I simply sat down and started writing Behind the Glass. My unyielding passion for writing has developed into seriously pursuing a second career as an author. I’m educated and trained as a licensed architect, and I own my architectural firm. I’m not happy unless I’m creating something, whether it’s floor plans for a new house or writing a new love story, as long as I’m exercising the creative side of my brain in some way.
What books do you have available and where can someone buy them (nonmonetized links).
What are you currently working on?
I’m starting the next book as we speak! I have the story mostly figured out in my mind and I’ve outlined the first eight chapters so I can at least give you the basics of the next novel on the horizon. The story focuses on Charlotte, an outgoing, confident young woman who owns a gift shop and feels like she’s finally got her life figured out. After switching majors a few times in college and graduating with absolutely no clue what she wanted to do in life, she suddenly inherits the shop from her aunt and puts her heart and soul into it. Life is good. She has a great family, friends, a new boyfriend and her best friend, Addie, whom she’s known since second grade. Addie’s older brother, Logan, who is six years her senior, is home for a rare visit from Chicago. Logan has done his best to stay far away from his family over the years, starting his own construction business and steering clear of his millionaire father’s plans for his life and career. A casual reunion for lunch with his sister and her best friend Charley, who he remembers as a barely noticeable tomboy when they were growing up, completely throws Logan for a loop when he reacquaints himself with the now grown up and stunningly beautiful Charlotte. There’s more, but that at least gives you a taste…
Why did you decide to become an indie writer?
I considered finding a literary agent and pitching my book to publishing houses in the beginning, but after reading a couple of books about self-publishing and marketing, I decided to try doing everything independently. My editor was also a huge help in showing me the ropes. It’s a lot of work but the more I learn, the more I love it!
Who designed your cover? Interior? Would you recommend them?
I found an amazing book cover designer through a book marketing firm I use. Her name is Marianne Nowicki and her company is Premade Ebook Cover Shop. I highly recommend her. She is fast, reasonable and has an excellent eye for design.
About how many words is your book/story?
My book is roughly 64,000 words (estimated reading time 4.5 hours to 5 hours).
What genre is it?
My book is a New Adult Contemporary Romance, which could also be considered Chick Lit.
What traditionally published books or authors are similar to yours?
Many people have compared my writing and content to that of Nicholas Sparks. He is definitely one of my favorite authors and that’s a huge compliment!
What words have your readers said about your work?
“A truly touching story of betrayal, love lost, love found and the art of forgiveness and letting go. Truly a masterpiece.”Amazon 5 Star Review
Right now I have 57 reviews on Amazon with a 4.4/5 star rating overall and 52 ratings/reviews on Goodreads with a 4/5 star rating overall. So overall I would say that people have really responded well to my book. My writing has been complemented more than I ever dreamed and the story and plot are strong. Most people looking for a good, sweet, deep romance will love my book.
Your links. Social media. Newsletter sign up. Good reads link. Etc.
I have links to everything on my website – www.kristenmorgen.com but I’m on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, Twitter and I’m planning on writing more blog posts on my website this summer. I also have a link tree set up – https://linktr.ee/kristen.morgen
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