I’ve got another author for you to sit down and meet. This month, I’ve had the GREAT privilege of interviewing Kristin Funston, author of More for Mom, which I reviewed last week.
If her book was anything to go by, this interview confirms it. She’s hilarious and I’d love to be her friend. So, pull up an internet tab and meet her!
Dogs or cats?
Dogs… wait, cats… Dogs. Yeah, definitely dogs. Let me clarify. Any BABY animal is fine with me – I don’t discriminate when they are tiny, cute, and fuzzy.
Morning person or night owl?
Night owl, trying her hardest to be a morning person.
Coffee or apple cider or hot chocolate?
Coffee in the AM, but the occasional hot chocolate in the evening before bed. I know. Worst time ever to drink chocolate. Ha!
City or country or ‘burbs?
I live in the ‘burbs. But I want so badly to live in the country with ALL THE ANIMALS. But the country that’s close to a city, because Starbucks and shopping, of course. (Is that too much to ask?)
Favorite music to write to? (or silence?)
Silence. I get distracted way too easily.
Favorite movie? (It’s okay if there’s a few… I’m not sure I could narrow down to less than 10, haha!)
Hmmmm… I can’t narrow it down! This may make me seem like a child, but honestly any Disney movie I love, especially the slightly older ones I grew up with in the 80s-2000s… Lion King, Aladdin, Tangled, Beauty & the Beast …. These movies are so, so good! I’m also a COMPLETE SUCKER for Broadway musicals! I know they aren’t movies, but it’s entertainment, so I’m counting it… Wicked, Beautiful The Carole King Musical, My Fair Lady, etc…
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Probably laundry or picking up toys. HA!
What I WISH I was doing would be reading or watching Netflix.
Top 3 MUST READ books?
I don’t re-read books ever. But based on the fact I’ve re-read these, I’m going to have to say (not including the Bible)
- “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers
- “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson
- “Chasing God” by Angie Smith
What is the first thing you remember writing? What was the inspiration?
I wrote a short-story when I was in elementary story (maybe 8 or 9 years old) on scrap pieces of paper. It was about a girl with her dog and her horses. I can’t remember what I titled it, but it was a cross between Joanna Campbell’s “The Thoroughbred Series” and “Old Yeller.”
What’s the most recent thing you’ve written? What was the inspiration?
My book, “More for Mom: Living Your Whole & Holy Life” …. My inspiration for it was probably watching all the working moms around me constantly giving, giving, giving.
What is your general writing process?
When I’m on a deadline I will get up earlier than normal and set a word count goal for the day. If it’s a busy season, like when my book manuscript was due, I hire babysitters or get away to a hotel for silence. I can’t write in short spurts. I need long blocks of time, several hours at least, to get anything worthwhile down. I’m not a “write every day” type of writer. I wish I was, but at this stage in my life, I don’t have the capacity (mental or physical) for that. So I write in bulk and always, always set word count limits during each writing session.
What is the best piece of writing advice someone gave you?
Just sit down and do it. Even if what comes out on the page is crap.
What’s the best piece of LIFE advice someone gave you?
My dad once told me that I only had myself and God to answer to in the grand scheme of things. My dad wasn’t one to talk about God – ever. So that stuck out to me. And it’s true. I’m a people pleaser by nature, so this has helped me at times.
Do you have a writing mentor? How did you find this person?
Nope. I sure wish I did!! Maybe I’ll open up the application process.
I do have writers I look up to though … Angie Smith and Lysa TerKeurst are two I can name right off the top of my head. I also love Jen Hatmaker’s seamless integration of humor into her writing.
What does your personal writing community look like?
Most of my “writing community” has come through connections I’ve made through my literary agent – other authors or soon-to-be authors. Now, we’ve become real-life friends. Built-in communities through writing groups like hope*writers and COMPEL training have also been a life-line for me in this “writing life.”
What are your go-to ways to overcome writer’s block?
Change writing topics. Then write whatever stream of thought I am having in that moment. It can always be deleted.
If you could give the readers a piece of advice, what would you most want to tell them?
Don’t stop pursuing that think you KNOW God has called you to do. Even when it seems all doors have closed. They are merely directing you to a different door.
Where can people find you?