For today’s guest in the Author Interviews Series, I would like to introduce you all to author Kristina Steiner, who has just published her sizzling romantic debut.
She kindly goes into her writing processes too, so here we go for another fun and enlightening interview.
Hi there Kristina – thank you for being my interviewee today.
It is my pleasure and honour. Thank you so much for having me.
Let’s start with your Romance novel Equinox: Volume 1 (The Alpha Series). Tell us more about the main characters, setting and how this love story sets itself up for a sequel story arc. What kind of conflicts and challenges can we expect the protagonists to encounter in your book?
The main characters are Alexis and Colton – who both tell the story from their perspectives. I just wanted to provide the reader with both sides to the story, the female and the male. They are both entrepreneurs from New York who have overcome their past and risen above it. They have everything they want. And that is why they don’t have love — they reject it. But life is unpredictable and love is exactly what it throws in their faces. The main conflict is if and how they are going to deal with it? No matter who and where you are love is something puzzling and crippling yet empowering.
I chose NY because I’ve always loved the city. And it’s been my wish to travel there. I love the mesh of energies, art, people and freedom in New York.
I made them wealthy and beyond successful in order to show the equality between both (Alexis as a woman and Colton as a man) that is often lacking in romance novels. Alexis Richards is a strong, independent, creative woman who doesn’t need a man to complete her and she will never allow anyone to dominate her. So, you can expect her to be direct, sarcastic and feminine. She is the focus of the story. There will be no female inequality under my watch!
Without giving out too much, I feel very excited because I see countless opportunities for the development of it. Like any love story, there are lots of scenarios that can happen. I have been mulling over ideas and can’t wait to make it happen. I just want to stay true to the realistic psychological aspect of love and not make it surreal for the sake of fiction.
I feel like my answer is way too long but I could go on and on about it. Just ask my family and friends.
If your novel was to be made into a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles?
I want to curse here. (But I won’t.)
Colton would be easier to cast than Alexis. I would cast Theo James. But when it comes to Alexis…Visually, Emily DiDonato is her match. Character-wise she would need to be creative, strong, smart, funny, sarcastic, warm and yet reserved in a way she is not letting you in completely. Maybe, Margot Robbie (but that could be just because I have a girl crush on her).
Honestly, I would have to meet actors in person to make that decision. A and C are very precious to me, so the process would be gruesome for all sides.
What is the most difficult thing you find about writing? And what do you find the easiest?
I hate I don’t have more time for it. Writing has become my biggest passion in life. I don’t need to sleep, eat, drink (even breathing is optional) when I’m developing a story. Writing itself has been the easiest part, everything that has come after it has been challenging — promoting, wishing to make a dream into a reality.
Who are some of the authors in general that inspire you?
I am so bad when it comes to answering any questions that involve listing favourites because I don’t have them. I can’t seem to limit myself.
I love a variety of authors. I like everyone from the European and American “classic” writers to modern authors — Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Nabokov, Camus, Steinbeck, Brontë, Fowles, Tolkien, Hardy, Dickens, Agatha Christie, Dan Brown, Sylvia Day etc. I’m just all over the place. I would say that any author I’ve read has inspired me and that comes through in my style of writing.
What sort of research do you do to write your books?
Well, I’m a really visual person. So I have a folder of things and people that would fit Alexis and Colton and their lives. But other than that I didn’t have to do much research. The story is full of fashion and music bits that stem from me. The visual descriptions of their offices and homes were my inventions. I did have to find the name of Hozier’s manager because I love him and so I inserted him into the plot. And I did make sure to check the NY locations.
Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always been an avid reader, barely seeing over the pile of books I bring home from the library. Studying English and German broadened my literary horizons. And while reading I would always think what I would write, how I would develop the story. I found myself wondering more about the author than about the characters when reading. And then I just couldn’t reign it in anymore and put pen to paper (actually fingers to the keyboard).
What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?
I have never had it. (Knocking on wood.) So far, I have so many ideas for the sequels and several for completely different novels and even genres.
How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?
What’s free time?
I’m an English and German teacher as well as a translator. That takes up a lot of my time.
But I do enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and my family, going to concerts and listening to music, baking, reading, walking my dog (that knows he is beyond gorgeous and takes full advantage of it).
My free time right now is just full of doing things for the promo of my book and dreaming about actually starting to write another one.
Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline? Can we expect a sequel to Equinox soon?
Currently, my goal and project is to spread the word about Equinox. But I can’t wait to start writing the sequel and that is going to happen very soon. There is a crowd of ideas in my head (it gets pretty loud) and I can’t wait to get them out.
Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?
Well I am a newbie, so I would be the one welcoming advice.
But I would just like to say that don’t let doubt, fear and mistakes take away from your dreams.
And that’s a wrap!
Thanks again. Please, grab a copy of my novel on Amazon and visit my blog and other social accounts. Sending all of you my love.
In Kristina’s own words:-
“I was born and grew up (actually, I’m still doing that) in the beautiful country of Slovenia — if you don’t know where it is, you don’t know what you’re missing.
During the day, I spend my hours moulding the minds of students and teaching English and German language. But what I am constantly thinking about is having some time to sit in front of my computer, letting my imagination run wild.
I have always enjoyed reading books, discovering new worlds and characters. That love has grown too powerful and transformed me from a reader into a writer. I have found writing to be my ultimate passion. Nothing has made me have such a stupid grin on my face and so many sleepless nights and missed meals.
My first book—and definitely not the last one—is a romance novel where the female and male character share the spotlight. I wouldn’t have been me, if I didn’t make her the ultimate alpha female. We all know there are plenty of strong, seductive and irresistible men in fiction. But I wanted to make a powerful, independent and utterly alluring woman. One who doesn’t ignore her nature and cave to the wishes of her (lesser) half. Together they are equal parts of a power couple—both excelling in their separate business ventures.
I want my novels to entertain people and to let them take their minds from the daily routine and the stress of it. I aspire to make every reader wish they had a day off and not be able to stop thinking about the story and what’s going to happen next. I just want to be a pleasant nuisance—like the silly pop song you can’t get out of your head.”
You can contact Kristina on the following Social Media platforms:-
Blog/Website:- KRISTINA STEINER – Through the eyes of an aspiring author and a modern woman
Facebook:- Author Kristina Steiner (FB)
Instagram:- author_kristinasteiner (Instagram)
Twitter:- Author Kristina Steiner (Twitter)
You can buy her book here:-
US/Rest of the World:- Buy Equinox: Volume 1 (The Alpha Series) in US/Rest of the World
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Still want more? Well, Kristina has called her book ‘Equinox’ and there is a similar themed astrology prompt over at The Daily Post called ‘Eclipse’. For more articles associated with the Eclipse prompt then check out the links below:-
1. shame – To the little Southern girl on the beach
2. Fluffy Pool – Eclipse
3. Saint P. Blogging – Eclipse is the Prompt for Today
4. Eclipse of your love – Rhea Khaira
5. Secrets of The Moon – True_George
6. Dark-Side Priest – StrangeLander2015
7. Theresa Barker – Lab Notes – the light’s eyelashes
8. Petra Omoregie Caroline – Civil Twilight and sunrise photoshoot in Dublin docks. Day 18 Caroline’s sunrise photo and health challenge
9. Myammy! Moving in together at 50… – The hills were alive with the sound of lies
10. “Eclipse.” – Nomadic Adventurer
11. Eclipse (100wordstory) – LAW OF THE LETTER
12. Life/Job v. Blog – By the Wayside
13. lemonadeletter – we won’t remember this.
14. Eclipse – Angela Montijo
15. Summertime – Bolognese’s Blog
16. Eclipse – Words For Leaving
17. kStan(ly) kSays – unbalanced
18. kStan(ly) kSays – simply weak from hunger
19. 6th Street Lamppost (A Poem) – stephentotheplate
20. Response to The Eclipse – The Bag Lady
21. Lemonadesss – Get the fame!
22. Eclipse ~ Senses – Word Adventures
23. Haiku: Tidal Eclipse – whippetwisdom.com
24. MY ENDURING BONES – Murder The Sun
25. My Simple Blog – Eclipse
26. Here I am !! – Eclipse
27. artifiswords – ECLIPSE
28. Speak Now Storyteller – Talking to the Moon
29. A Literal Eclipse – citse
30. The Day After the End of Time – ONE MORE SHOT PLEASE
31. Eclipse – disue
32. Lemontress – Get the fame!
33. Eclipse – Tales & Trails
34. He Was The Moon – Butterfly On The Wall
35. Eclipse: An Introvert’s Outlook – Shelby’s Starlit Crossing
36. Copper Cranes – Soot
37. Really Just Words – An Essential Happening – Eclipse
38. There Are More Poets than Stars in the Firmament – last call
39. Winner – The Chaos Within
40. Eclipse – Accidents
41. As I See Things – Sucked Dry
42. theblackwallblog – Let Your Light Shine Thru
43. My bi-reality – Visitation No 4 – Afterlife Love Story
44. Ring of fire eclipse – SENTIMENTS
45. Success Inspirers’ World – Don’t eclipse me!
46. Sure Scribbles – Fate.
47. Standisms: life through my eyes – daily prompt: Eclipse
48. eclipsing the truth – Love it Now
49. The Eclipse which is not everlasting… – rupalislale
50. The Auspicious Looking Cat & Other Strange Things – just a little magic
51. The Eclipse of varied Interests – Observations on life and all manner of Things
52. Shopping Day (rated ‘S’ for smutty) – writemebad
53. Selene – november child
54. Briefly Blocked Out – My Second Act, Scene One
55. Eclipse – The Inkwell
56. Decore la vie ! – Eclispe du soleil par les nuages…
57. Eclipse – Jane Dougherty Writes
58. Eclipse – CrossGear
59. The Past – Leigha Robbins
60. Devil Doll Musings – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
61. Eclipse – English-Language Thoughts
62. Travel Much? – Lunar Lunatic
63. Eclipse – Living Ghosts
64. You Tube Caption Translator Tool Theo Herbots – Wie is Theo Herbots ? // Who is Theo Herbots?
65. Theo Herbots Activiteiten kalender – Info-gegevens Theo Herbots // Info data Theo Herbots
66. Stop gap god – Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored
67. Vindt U Theo Herbots Leuk? // You’ll find Theo Herbots Cute? – Wie is Theo Herbots ? // Who is Theo Herbots?
68. heartbreak – know my heart
69. Eclipse of a Theory – findingbreathless
70. Frank Prem – light vision
71. Eclipse – Cynthia Goes Online
72. Flowers and Breezes – Eclipse
73. Chris Thilk – The Daily Post – Eclipse
74. witchlike – When Darkness Falls Part 2 Encountering Eric
75. WordPress Blogger Eclipses – August’s Attic
76. ECLIPSE – websaladbar
77. Eclipse – A Walk in the Woods
78. theempathyqueen – This Too Shall Pass…
79. Life Out of Tunes… – Eclipse
80. Le Happyone – Why You Should Make Mistakes, Young Ones
81. Book Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 1 by Tom Taylor, Jheremy Raapack (Illustrator) – Sleepless Book Junkies
82. Eclipse – Oh, border!
83. Hot White Snow – Lights Out – The End of the World as We Know It
84. Lantern Words – Eclipse Of All Things
85. quiet time journal – The Sidewalk
86. Allison M. – Allison remembers her first eclipse
87. It’s All in Finding the Right Words – Eclipse
88. Le Drake Noir – Out through the eclipse
89. The Pixie’s beautiful red moon…. – Serendipitous Web Life
90. a bliss of birds – not everyone lost at sea is lost, or found
91. Eclipse – Asleep At The Wheel
92. The Forever Eclipse (English and German versions) – Justus Books
93. Guns in Passing – LazyHaze
94. Lives In Stone – Eclipsed
95. walk with me – writemebad
96. Casting a shadow on solar – The Mono-Economy of the New Millennium
97. Devil Doll Musings – Lazy
98. Lost Property Repository – Murder Club, And the name is?
99. Hello dimness, my new friend – Melolontha by the River
100. Autism in Our Nest – Riding the Autism Wave
101. The Pain of Rest Day – Sneakers on Pavement
102. Your Nibbled News (c) 2016 YNN – Manhole cover rings take a breather
103. A revenge story – Life at 17
104. Outside of Work – A lot from Lydia
105. Original-Dante – What Am I Without?
106. Michael J. Fite – How Do You Survive Your Own Eclipse?
107. I wrote a book. Now what? – Shhh Don’t say a word.
108. Under the Same Eclipse: A Letter to David, Who Committed Suicide… – Karuchan
109. The Fiction Cafe – Daily Prompt – Eclipse
110. How often does a lunar Eclipse happen in your life…? – Cooking with the DeGroffs
111. A Total Eclipse – April’s Perspective
112. From Cover to Cover – The DADgum Blog
113. lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown – Eclipse
114. Your Eclipsing Cock… – Insidious Temptation
115. Jibber Jabber with Sue – Tapping Into Our Own Syzygy
116. The Story Files – Red Sun