I am so happy to bring you an interview with the lovely Kaitlyn Krispense!
Kaitlyn is a farmer’s daughter that loves the Lord, her family, and her books. Psalm 46:10 gives her inspiration, her brothers make her laugh, and there’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening an unread book for the first time. Writing takes up much of her free time, whether actual writing takes place or writer’s block, in which case she’s probably browsing Pinterest.
About Kaitlyn’s book BELOVED:
Life without love is hopeless.
Foster teen Cara Richards is unloved. With nothing left and nowhere to go, she is determined to find peace, no matter the cost. But despite her intentions, she’s tossed into another foster family and this time, there’s no going back to who she used to be. To make matters worse, one of her five new foster brothers is a Jesus freak, and she refuses to believe that God actually cares.
Her world is thrown upside down in a way she never expects. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her mind is lost adrift among a sea of questions: Is death really the answer? Does God care about someone as unworthy as me? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what?
Doesn’t it sound wonderfully sad? I read and reviewed it last year, I can testify that it is a hard but good book!
On to the interview!
(My questions are in normal text, Kaitlyn’s are bold.)
When you started writing did you plan to publish Beloved?
Actually, yes. I’d never written a story before with the hopes of publishing, but ever since I first started writing it, it just felt . . . right. Like God was telling me that now, finally, I had a story worth telling to the world. That I had a message that needed spreading. From the very beginning, I had the inklings of the idea, but wouldn’t let myself dare hope. But, obviously, that hope became reality. 😉
Who or what inspired you to write?
I’ve loved reading books ever since I learned how, and I can remember scribbling my own nonsensical stories in random notebooks when my handwriting was barely more legible than chicken scratches, haha! But when I really started writing seriously was in 2014, I think. I entered in the Circle C writing competition and won honorable mention, and after writing several more fan fiction pieces, I fell utterly in love with the art of writing.
What is your favorite place to write? ( Would you be willing to share a picture of your favorite place to write?)
If you’d asked me a month ago, I’d say in front of the fireplace or at the kitchen table (which is where I am right now, actually). But the bedroom that I share with my sis just got rearranged, and my dad & brothers made me bookshelves to surround the room at the ceiling. So add to that all my fake flowers, and my sister’s fairy lights across the room, I’m completely in love with curling up on my bed (on my fuzzy comforter!) in my cozy little corner and typing away! It’s a great place to read, too. 😉
What is your favorite non-literary thing to do?
Singing. Anytime, anywhere. Well, within reason, that is. 😉 I don’t sing much in public, but . . . I adore singing so, so much. I’ve loved music ever since I was little. Mostly singing, but listening to music is wayyy up there too! And, of course, playing stringed instruments. So, pretty much anything with music. I also love crocheting, but that’s more of a side thing that I do when I’m not reading or writing.
Do you hope to publish another book?
I do! As of now, I don’t have any finished WIPs (other than Beloved, of course!), but someday I would love to publish again. I’ve got numerous projects going, so we’ll see which one gets done first and actually gets published . . .
Thank you so much for the honor of doing an interview, Abigail!
I had so much fun with this review, I hope you liked it and stop by Kaitlyn’s blog or buy her book at the link above imbedded in the cover photo.