Kris Fletcher has been to five of the seven continents, can speak about a dozen words in Russian, and can fold a fitted sheet without swearing (though not always on the first try). She holds a Master’s degree in Child and Family Studies which she puts to work every day in her dual careers of raising children and writing fiction. She is an adoption advocate, a semi-recovered volunteer, and the proud possessor of Harrison Ford’s autograph on an article she wrote about him.
Kris grew up in southern Ontario, went to school in Nova Scotia, married a man from Maine, and now lives in central New York. She shares her home (fondly known as Casa Chaos) with her husband, an ever-changing number of their kids, and the occasional grand-hamster. Her greatest hope is that dust bunnies never develop intelligence.
Loren Kleinman (LK): Do you have any advice for unpublished authors?
Kris Fletcher (KF): Take the time to learn the craft. Don’t race to publish. Build a support group. Keep it in balance. And for the sake of your good health, learn to write standing up. Writers spend waaaay too much time sitting at the keyboard or wherever, and it’s seriously not good for us.
LK: Could you describe to us your typical writing day?
KF: Get everyone off to work or school. Come home and collapse, because I’ve been running since 5 in the morning and it’s now 9 and my brain needs time to switch gears. Spend way too much time on FreeCell, social media, and email. Throw in laundry. Check email again. Realize it’s almost lunchtime and I have library duty and my oldest daughter will be home before I know it. Dive into the story, coming up for air when the first person walks through the door, whereupon I blink and say, “But I was just getting into it!”
LK: Where do you get your inspiration?
KF: Wherever I can find it! Songs, things in my own life, recipes, Pinterest. Oh, and things that happen to my kids. They think I’m just a loving and concerned mother. Little do they know I’m milking their lives for everything they’ve got.
LK: Your favorite books and author?
KF: Jennifer Crusie’s Harlequin novels. Kristan Higgins, especially the ones she wrote in first person. Christopher Moore, especially his Pine Cove books and Lamb. Sarah Mayberry’s Superromances.
LK: If you could visit any place in the world or a place created by a book, where would you visit?
KF: I would be at Hogwarts so fast; you wouldn’t even need a time turner.
LK: What is in the works for you next?
KF: Brynn Catalano, sister of the hero in A Better Father, will meet her match in Dating a Single Dad, coming July 2014. I’m currently working on the story that will follow Brynn’s tentatively scheduled for June 2015. And this lovely new story just started taking shape in my head. I can’t wait to follow it and see where it goes!
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