Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday spotlight on Contemporary Fiction author Kris Radish. I asked Kris to tell us about herself and her writing, and this was her wonderful response!
I like to say I am a Wild Radish. A Broad Who Has Been There and writes from the heart of everywoman. I have been a writer/journalist/author my entire life and I am not about to stop. I care so deeply about my readers! I’m tall, love to be outside, am married, have two grown children, a sense of humor, which is essential for survival, and I love birds and wine and birds who drink wine.
Where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester –though they should totally check here first!)
Yes! Yes! Check Indie bookstores first as they are the soul of the universe. All the usual places and probably at some great book rummage sales.
How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?
http://www.krisradish.com and I have a blog on there called The Radish. Also Twitter, Instagram and Facebook–be my friend because a woman can’t have too many. Just write down my name and walk inside my world.
For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write? What can readers expect from Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral?
I look into the mirror and the reflection back is a cascade of women everywhere who all share the same feelings, thoughts, experiences and passions. I write about US. And US is real, true, hard, funny, fun and a million other adjectives. Annie is my bestselling book out of the 14 and I think it’s because it deals with love, friendship, and death in a way that resonates with readers.
What kind of research went into writing this book? What is your favorite research story? What cool facts and findings didn’t make it into the book, but you loved discovering?
I pulled my years as a journalist into this novel. Remembering the plane crashes, accidents, murders and my own feelings of loss when someone I loved died. The research was a lifetime of holding hands, knowing what is important in life when someone leaves us physically, and also how we have the power to keep them alive in our hearts and keep on living…which is exactly what they want us to do.
What is your favorite part of being a writer? Of the whole writing and publishing process? What do you think has been your greatest lesson in the journey thus far?
Oh, how I love who I am (and still becoming) and what I do! I love creating worlds and having characters appear to me and become real. I love the feeling of knowing when I am HOT into something and it is all working. Words are my life and right up there with all of that are my amazing, real, kind readers who have all become my dear friends. My greatest lesson remains the same no matter what do…Believe in myself, never stop, take a little pause for crying out loud.
What else can we expect from you in the near future?
I’m almost finished with a non-fiction book. It’s where I started and it’s time to travel back there. It’s called The Tender Resurrection of Bold Women. Prepare yourselves.
What does your writing space look like? What do you need to have around you while writing or editing?
Right now I am living in a 750 sq. ft cabin in the Colorado mountains but that is going to change soon. I am REALLY in the wilderness, writing on a tiny desk that sits at the edge of the bed. I need a little quiet but truth be told I have spent my life writing everywhere. Now, when I have a choice, I love a beautiful wilderness view, wine or tea near me, a candle burning and forever to finish my story.
While you’re writing, do you prefer music, silence, other? Please elaborate!
I love listening to birds chatting outside my wind, soft spa-like nature music, and wind in the pines.
Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy writing schedule to answer our questions, Kris!