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  1. 50/50

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    March 3, 2014 by kristin

    My sister and I are kind of obsessed with the Myers-Briggs personality types. We try to figure out ourselves, our …
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  2. What Makes a Historical Fiction Writer?


    August 14, 2013 by kristin

    I’ve been thinking lately about what makes a person crazy enough to try to be a historical fiction writer. I …
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  3. Etymology Junkie

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    August 10, 2013 by kristin

    My new favorite thing is the Online Etymology Dictionary. For the past month, I’ve been working on yet another revision …
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  4. The Opposite of Optimistic

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    July 10, 2013 by kristin

    It’s amazing how much hormones amplify feelings. When I was pregnant with my second daughter, everything seemed a bigger deal. …
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  5. Tips for Naming Characters


    May 13, 2013 by kristin

    I bought my first baby name book at age 14 from a mall bookstore and carefully explained to the disinterested …
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  6. A Dream Deferred


    April 27, 2013 by kristin

    I got the idea for my historical fiction novel five years ago after I quit my magazine editor job to work from home. I stumbled across an obscure historical incident and decided if I tweaked it a bit, it would make a good story. I wrote an outline and 15,000 words or so.

    Then I got bogged down in the research. I wanted everything to be as close to the truth as possible, and I froze.

  7. Book Brain

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    April 17, 2013 by kristin

    I’m not known as a punctual person, but one area I do manage to do things on time is paying bills. That is, until recently. I completely forgot my car payment for two months in a row, until they sent me a “Hey, remember us? And here’s a late fee for ya” notice.

    I blame this on two things: baby brain (the condition in which a mother is so sleep-deprived and hormone-addled that she forgets her own age and her cousin’s last name) combined with a special dose of book brain (the condition in which a writer is so obsessed with her book that half her brain is living in 1864).

  8. Mood Music


    March 13, 2013 by kristin

    Some writers absolutely must listen to music when they write. Others absolutely must NOT.

    I recently read an interview with historical YA novelist Ruta Sepetys in which she was asked if she listens to music when she writes. Her answer: “Never. I know a lot of writers do, but it would distract me. Music isn’t background ambiance to me. I sit and listen intently to every note and aspect.”

    Ever since, I’ve been trying to figure out why I, though not a particular music aficionado, or a music talent agent by day like Ms. Sepetys, fall into the “never ever ever listen to music while writing” camp.

  9. 100,000 Words of Awful


    March 7, 2013 by kristin

    I read somewhere years ago that every writer has to purge at least the first 100,000 words before she can get to the good writing of which she’s capable. That every good novelist has at least one really bad novel tucked away in a drawer or hard drive somewhere.

    (Maybe it was Sol Stein in Stein on Writing who said that? If it wasn’t, he said plenty of other smart things, and I highly recommend his book.)

    My really-bad-novel was a thinly disguised coming-of-age memoir, and a rambling mess with no proper plot.

  10. Forty Minutes at a Time


    March 6, 2013 by kristin

    I wrote the bulk of my historical fiction novel in 40-minute chunks the summer my first baby turned one. Never a fan of sleeping, she went her entire first eighteen months of life napping exactly 40 minutes a day. The moment I heard the deep sigh that signaled she was truly asleep, I’d tiptoe-run from the room, close our creaky old-house door carefully behind me, and race to the keyboard.

    Even two rooms away and with a white noise machine humming in her room, she might wake up if I sneezed or made a phone call or typed too loudly. So I worked in tense, waiting silence, typing lightly but swiftly. When the clock crept toward 35 minutes, I’d type faster, because I knew what would happen when my 40 minutes of peace were up.

About Kristin

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Historical fiction writer and reader. Procrastinator. Sewist. Slytherin. Fan of red lipstick, rock 'n' roll, and everything vintage.

Current Work-in-Progress

The Boy in the Red Dress

When her drag queen best friend is accused of murdering a socialite, a Jazz Age Veronica Mars searches for the real killer in the seedy underbelly and glittering upper crust of 1931 New Orleans.


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