Kriss Erickson is a prolific freelance writer who has had over 1,000 stories, articles, blogs and recipes published. She has also had twelve books published. Erickson’s first book was a cookbook titled “Healthy Gourmet Cheesecakes” published in 1998 by Avery Publishing Group. Erickson also has had five children’s books published by San Min Publishers in Taiwan, a fictionalized autobiography titled “Sky Eyes” and three fantasy novels in “The Land Behind the Veil” series published by AKW Publishers. Erickson’s latest book is titled, “Before There Were Words: Energetic Meanings of Runes” published in 2012 by Synclectic Media.
What inspires you to write?
What inspires me to write is, in a word, everything. From the small motions of insects to the bigger energy waves of weather patterns and society, I am constantly fascinated. It fills me with gratitude to live in such a diverse world that contains so many reasons to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
I like to observe for awhile, let ideas gel and integrate, then let the words fly. After the first draft, I go back several times to add depth, detail, and continuity. I sometimes create a sample table of contents but for the most part, the only outlines I create are after the work is completed, when I am seeking a publisher.
As I create characters, they sketch themselves in my mind. I do jot down notes as the characters come to life on the page but I don’t decide for the character who she or he should be.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I absolutely listen to my characters. Many of my characters are based on archetypes so they are already in the stream of consciousness. It’s fascinating to see how the aspects of the archetypes that are pertinent to a storyline will manifest.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I can give is to write for yourself, from your heart. Don’t write for anyone else and don’t worry if anyone else “gets” what you are trying to say. The more authentic your message is, the bigger potential impact it will have.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I started freelance writing in the early 1980s so the pattern I learned was to seek out a publisher. So that is what I have done. I like the collaborative effort that is created when a book is brought into being by a team of likeminded people, but if there ever is a message that I feel is important to share, where I can’t find a publisher who understands, I will self-publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will always be a place for hardcopy books. Many of my book-loving friends have disclosed that they love the feel of a book in their hand, love the sound and texture of turning pages, love the smell of the paper and binding. But eBooks are more economical and potentially a way to share my words and the words of others authors with a wider audience. As with publishing choices, I would like to see diversity remain in book publishing.
What genres do you write?
nonfiction (energetics, Runes, Reiki), fiction (fantasy, allegory)
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print