I am absolutely thrilled to have the fabulous Kristina Wright with me today - author of a gazillion short stories, a Silhouette novel, and a novella in the recent Bedding Down anthology. Plus, she has four cats. I am jealous.
Why do you write?
Writing sustains me. It's in my blood, a part of my identity. I can't *not* write, as so many others before me have said. I wrote my first story when I was six (about a shape-shifting witch, of all things) and I never stopped. I don't write for the money (insert hysterical laugh here), that's for sure. Writing has been the one constant in my life since the day I realized someone wrote all those stories I loved to read.
Is there something in particular that you'd like to express?
Honestly, I just want to be a good storyteller and connect with the reader on some level. There's a little bit of me in everything I write-- not necessarily things I've done or experienced, but my belief system. I write under my real name-- which I've been criticized for by several people-- but I think using my real name makes me work harder to make that connection with the reader.
It's as if we already have this intimate connection, the reader and I, because they know who I am. Through my words, I hope to show them that maybe I know who they are, too.
What is the most successful piece or work you feel you've written, and why?
I guess it depends on what you mean by "success." The stories that have been the most financially successful aren't necessarily what I would consider my biggest successes. On the other hand, when I start a story I'm not sure I can write-- a story that scares the hell out of me to write-- and I somehow find my voice and finish it, that feels like success to me.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a story called "At Midnight, In the Month of June" about a widow scattering her husband's ashes. (Yes, it's erotica.) That was a hard story to write-- and a harder story to sell. It is also one of my favorite stories because it was such a challenge to write.
Please name a recent thought, event, person or whatever that inspired you:
Inspiration comes from everywhere and I love to people watch. I spend a good chunk of my time writing in Starbucks where every overheard conversation is fodder for a story. It really is amazing what people will talk about in public. Lovers' quarrels are the best-- from an erotica writer's perspective, of course!
Other writers inspire me, too. When I start getting lazy, I only have to look around at the accomplishments of my wonderful group of peers and I'm driven to push myself harder and pursue those challenges that are so scary and so rewarding. I sold my first two stories to Black Lace this year and I can credit the talented authors at Lust Bites (including you!) for motivating me.
Kristina Wright is an award-winning author whose steamy erotic fiction has appeared in over sixty anthologies, including Bedding Down: A Collection of Winter Erotica; Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women; and four editions of The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica. She lives in Virginia with her husband and a menagerie of pets and she can be found writing at Starbucks most days of the week. Visit her at www.kristinawright.com.
Thanks so much, Kristina!
Next week I'll have the superb, sexysweet Saskia Walker stopping by.