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Meet Kristin Strassel

Meet Kristin Strassel

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Kristen Strassel is far cooler than she’ll make herself sound in this bio. The prolific author of many paranormal and contemporary books, she enjoys spending time with the voices in her head–nudging the characters toward those bad decisions and seeing if she can get them a happily ever after. When she’s not writing, she’s often still in the land of make-believe–doing makeup for film and television. And when she’s not doing any of that, she enjoys making her house look like a Pinterest board, watching football, and road trips to the middle of nowhere. Kristen doesn’t have any kids, but she does have a very opinionated cockatiel.

 

Getting to know Kristen Strassel

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When did you first realize you wanted to be an Author?

because the night

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I always enjoyed writing. When we were teenagers, my friend and I used to pass a notebook back and forth and write a mashup of fantasy with people we knew and our favorite celebrities for funsies.
Then about fifteen years ago, I had a dream about a girl trying to make her way in Las Vegas that was so vivid I moved there so I could write a book about it. The book didn’t happen for several more years, but it became Because the Night.

What would you say is your interesting quirk that only happens when you are writing?

I’m not sure I have one. But writing did make me more confident in expressing myself in other areas of my life.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books?

Writing is great therapy! It’s a safe place to explore my thoughts and feelings and see what happens when my heroines or heroes tackle certain issues.

Where did you get ideas for your books?

Everywhere! Because the Night came from a dream. The spinoff series, was born at an Alice Cooper concert, when I thought he said his guitarist’s name was Holly Octane. It was actually Orianthi, but by the time I fact checked, I’d fully fleshed out the character who became The Fire Dancer. The Real Werewives of Alaska and No Strings Attached came to me in conversation. And Dirty Little Secret was born when I was exhausted and sitting in traffic.

 

Out of all the books you have written which is your favorite and why?

I can’t choose a favorite child! I love them all for different reasons or I would never be able to spend so much time with them.

 

What do you think makes a good story?

I love characters who feel real and a resolution that makes both protagonists (in romance) better than they were before.

Who are some of your favorite Authors?

desk-1148994_640Some of my favorite big name authors are Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Kresley Cole. Indie authors—Carian Cole, Bella Jacobs, Karina Halle. Who do I think more people should be reading? Sotia Lazu.

 

If you could pick one actor to play a character in your book in the movie version, who would it be?

I’m horrible with actors and actresses. I barely know which Chris is which.

 

Who are some of the people that influenced your love of writing?

My mom was an English teacher and it was very important to her that I read. And I cannot have a real job. I’m a total bull in a china shop at a 9 to 5. So I have to create or I’ll explode.

 

monitor-155158_640What kind of TV shows do you like and do you find that as a Paranormal Writer that you gravitate toward True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Lost Girl and others that center around Preternatural or Supernatural Creatures?

I liked True Blood, once I accepted that it was NOTHING like the books. I was reading the series as I watched and it took me a minute to reconcile the differences. I’m not a huge TV watcher. If you were to come to my house, you’d probably find me watching either HGTV or football.

 

How are your Supernaturals different from the traditional mythology?

My vampires don’t have to drink blood to survive. Energy sustains them. Blood is sexual for them. My Sawtooth Shifters only shift during the full moon.

 

What is your view on the Paranormal “Craze” that’s going on, do you feel that it is a fad that people will look back on and laugh or a lasting interest that will birth classics to come?

I don’t consider Paranormal a craze. After all, Mary Shelley was the gothiest goth to ever goth and she lived 200 years ago. In the indie age, I think we’ll have fewer iconic standouts because we consume information in a different way now. It’s hard to have a blockbuster.

 

What other genres do you write?

I write shifters, vampires, and hot contemporary romance.

 

If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring Author what would it be?

Keep writing. Study the market. Get the best editor you can afford. Make author friends. Do NOT be afraid to make changes when you know you can do better. Okay, that was more than one piece of advice, but they’re all important.

 

Excerpt of Her Captive Wolf (Sawtooth Shifters #1)

 

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“It is a wolf thing, but it’s more than that. When I’m with you, I feel complete.  All our lives we look for the piece of ourselves that we aren’t born with. The other part of our soul. And when we find it, we promise that person forever. Because without that piece, we can never be the same.”

My eyes burned. The sentiment was so beautiful, but that wasn’t the reason I was about to cry. “We’ve only known each other a week.”

“It doesn’t matter. As soon as I saw you jump into that fighting ring, I knew you were the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. My heart can’t tell time, Trina. It knows two things: never and forever. Weeks, months—that’s something that humans came up with.”

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