Kristy Centeno loves to spin tales of creatures that go bump in the night, with a sprinkle of romance to top them off. Her passion for writing stems from a lifelong enjoyment of reading and the pleasure derived from the magical worlds created by authors like her. She prefers her female leads strong, independent, and stubborn who will stop at nothing to save their loved ones and protect those they care for.
Kristy currently resides in Pennsylvania with her five kids and a trio of noisy parakeets. When she’s not working or writing, she juggles her free time between raising a handful of minions and pursuing other career goals.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration comes from creating stories I'd want to read myself. I enjoy the simple art of storytelling and I take from personal experiences, dreams, and everyday life as my fuel for my work.
Tell us about your writing process.
I start off with an idea or a concept and I graduate from there. The first thing I try to do is come up with a title, name for characters, and their physical descriptions and personality traits. I write everything down and file it in what I call my writing portfolio. It’s a large binder that I have divided into sections. Each section is assigned to a WIP where I organize all my ideas, possible outlines, and any research I do on that specific book, for easy access.
Normally, I can’t start working on a book unless I have the title, character names, and major conflict figured out. I try to outline my stories now, but I don’t follow it religiously. Sometimes the characters get away from me and I let them guide me instead of sticking to the outline I put down on paper. It works for me so I don’t overthink it too much.
Once I’m happy with the all of the above, I just let my instincts guide me. I use Microsoft Word for writing, but most of my ideas and notes are written in paper and filed in my portfolio. Whenever I’m in the writing cave that binder is right next to me and I refer to it when needed. It helps keep me on track and make sure I’m not overusing ideas from my other books.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to them 100%. They do the talking. I do the writing. Its easier for me to follow their lead as opposed to try to lead them. They cooperate better when I let them be in charge.
Who are your favorite authors?
I've enjoyed books from Stephen King, Anne Rice, Simon Clark, Jessica Sorensen, Kathleen Eagle, Jeremy Robinson, and Jason Brant.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I opted for a publisher because I was new to the industry and unfamiliar with the process itself so it was easier for me to go with a small publisher. I still have much to learn and while I do that, I prefer to stick with publisher. My goal is to self-publish one day in the near future.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe that it will continue to grow and expand.
What genres do you write?
Paranormal Romance, New Adult, Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy.
What formats are your books in?
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