Kristin Baker: Interview of a YA and middle grade Author

Kristin, is visiting today and we can’t wait to see what she has for us. 

Welcome Kristin, tell us how long have you been writing?

Pretty much as long as I can remember. I was in 6th grade when I realized how much I loved creative writing. I took a lot of writing classes in high school and college, but gave up for a little while when I started having kids and realized they take up a lot of time! Now that they’re all in school, I have much more writing time.

That seems to be the norm for many of us… Where were you born and where do you live now?

Born in Carson City, NV; raised in California; moved back to Nevada and lived there for 20 years or so; followed my family to Boise this past summer and love it here!

Cold Nevada wins, I can see why you moved to California. What is your favorite part of being an author?

I love being able to pull stories out of my head that other people enjoy. The other day, I put my almost completed work-in-progress on my Nook for my 14-year-old to read. After she was a few chapters in she said, “I heard you were a good writer, but I didn’t know you were THIS good!” This girl hated reading all her life until she discovered Artemis Fowl a couple months ago. To me, that was one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever had as a writer.

That is special. I too like Artemis Fowl. Kristin, what is the name of your book?

I have a couple that are completed and will hopefully be ready for submission soon: My first book The Moongate, which has been a project on and off the back burner for the past few years, and Cobalt, a steampunk dark fantasy that I’m about to start editing.

Could we have a back cover blurb for Cobalt?

This is what I’ve come up with for Cobalt: Wanting to escape her cruel Aunt Gerta’s beatings, twelve-year-old orphan Kate Lebel joins forces with a teenage mercenary and airship pirates, and discovers what really happened to her father in the sentient forest that constantly threatens her village.

Any idea for a book trailer for your book?

I had a few ideas for book trailers, but they just got all goofy and weird and probably wouldn’t get me taken seriously!

Kristin, is there any particular reason you wrote this book?

I just really love steampunk. It’s a genre that’s getting a lot of mainstream attention with books and music now (although as a literary genre, it’s been around forever). I also love young adult and middle grade, and I’m always excited to write a story for those age groups on a topic I’m really crazy about.

That is the only way to write… What do you want your readers to get from your book?

If it can get any of them to freak out about airship pirates and alternate history and all the fun indie steampunk bands I try to support, then that’ll just make my day. Bonus points if any part of the story gives them the creeps (like it did for me after writing one scene, I scared myself so much I couldn’t sleep)

Been there than that, just not on a book. Tell us of your future in writing?

I have all my fingers and toes crossed that my stories will be on bookshelves someday soon – and that at least couple of readers will say I’m one of their favorite authors. 🙂 I’m really excited about the future of small presses and indie publishing. It seems like a very writer-friendly market that’s picking up momentum and gaining more respect in the writing community.

I know exactly what you mean. Where can we find your work?

Right now, I have some small excerpts (and other craziness) on my blog at Hopefully it won’t be too much longer before you can find my books online or at Barnes & Noble!

We will cross our fingers and toes for you, too. Best wishes, Kristin. 🙂

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One Response to “Kristin Baker: Interview of a YA and middle grade Author”

  1. Amy Freeman says:

    Kristin, this sounds so creative. best of luck!

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