Author’s Roundtable: Jessica Kristie


How long have you been writing? Has writing always been something you wanted to do?

I have been writing since I was a child. It has always been an important part of my life, but it was not something I even considered being my primary focus until only just a few years ago.

What books or stories have you written?

I am the co-creator of the anthology “Inspiration Speaks: Volume One” (benefitting colalife.org). In addition to my award-winning poetry collection “Dreaming in Darkness,” I released my second poetry collection “Threads of Life” in March, and I have just released my offering to writers, “Weekly Inspirations for Writers & Creators.” All my work is available at most major retailers.

What are some of the hardest things you’ve had to overcome as a writer, in order to be published?

I have needed to find resilience. It often becomes easy to want to give up with the constant walls you run into trying to find a publisher, writing the perfect story and many other issues that threaten your ability to continue on. Being resilient in this business is the best way to find success.

Is there any advice you have been given that you could give to a young up-and-coming writer?

Be patient and take all your news with grace. It is a tough industry with lots of competition. Your work may not be right for a publisher, but that does not mean that your work is not valuable. Take your time, revise, listen and learn.

How did you find time to write your books?

I force myself to make time, but I am not always successful. You should give yourself a word count goal to keep on track but remember your health and family comes first. 

You should absolutely keep writing and keep pushing towards your goal. Don’t spend too much time editing on your first draft but go through the second one looking for more technical stuff. Your first draft is to just get it down on paper. 

Do you think writing has any benefits, and if so what would they be?

More benefits than I can name, and it is different for every person. For me it is a way of understanding and growing. I learn a ton through my writing and letting go through my pen. You won’t know your benefits until you try it.

Has writing made you a better person? Was there a point in your life where writing helped you deal with something, a death or a problem relationship perhaps?

Overwhelmingly so, it has made me a better person. I have a new sense of patience and a much healthier vision of those around me. Because I so often put myself in others’ shoes, the appreciation for each individual journey is so much greater. My writing has been a testament to the journey through every emotion I have encountered, from grief to joy, and in the end I have become a much better and healthier person.

About Jessica Kristie

Jessica Kristie is the author of several poetry books and the co-creator for the Art Platform book “Inspiration Speaks Volume One,” which is now available in print and eBook through all major retailers, and benefits ColaLife.org. She is also the founder of the Woodland, Ca., poetry series, “Inspiring Words—Poetry in Woodland.”

“Dreaming in Darkness” is Jessica’s first volume of poetry; the winner of the 2011 Sharp Writ Award and nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize. Jessica’s second book, “Threads of Life,” is available through Winter Goose Publishing along with her eBook offering to writers, “Weekly Inspirations for Writers & Creators.”

Jessica has been published in several online and print magazines such as Zouch, Muse, A Writer’s Point of View and Twit Art Magazine. You can find all of Jessica’s appearances under her Press Page at JessicaKristie.com.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Jessica Kristie discovered her passion for writing as a child. Her inspiration comes in many forms, often inspired by just a word or quickly fleeting emotion. Through years of writing she has been able to capitalize on her experiences, whether they are painful or joyous. She hopes to draw you close to her world through shared emotion while inspiring you to forgive, remember, and heal. Check out Jessica’s website, be her friend on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Note from Jessica

Over the last several months I was inspired to write a short book of inspirations, tips and affirmations. It is available on eBook only and the first eBook only my publisher has done. It is on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $2.99. 

About Weekly Inspirations for Writers & Creators

Writers and creators can often face a roller coaster of emotions that build unnecessary barriers to the artistic flow. “Weekly Inspirations for Writers & Creators” contains 52 topics followed by affirmations and writing prompts, tips and inspiring activities to engage and build confidence. Each week you will have an idea to focus on and a small task to complete that help you in your journey to overcome and keep creating.

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