Growing up in Texas and later South Carolina as the youngest in a house full of science-fiction fans, K.G. Stutts had her natural curiosity and imagination nurtured since birth by family movie nights where they would watch Star Wars, Indiana Jones and even timeless Disney favorites.
Book one in her science-fiction writings are out now by the wonderful group athttp://distinguishedpress.com and a romance ebook launched at the beginning of June fromhttp://lazydaypub.com. She is also a contributor to http://iwassociation.com andhttp://thewritingnetwork.com.
1) If someone wants to shorten “Kristina Gause Stutts” to something easier to say or text, what do you prefer to be called?
KG Stutts or Kristina
2) Could you and I team up as KGAB and write a Russian Spy Novel?
You mean we haven’t yet? We need to get on it!
3) Do you have a Texas or a Carolinas accent?
Mostly Carolinian accent but Texas does come out from time to time.
4) Growing up as the youngest in a house full of science-fiction fans, did you ever cosplay as a family or go to conventions?
Sadly, we never have. I wish we had. Dad and I would’ve made great Klingons.
5) What do you think about the SyFy channel airing wrestling?
Ever since it switched from SciFi Channel to SyFy, it stopped being true sci-fi to me. And WWE stopped being true wrestling years ago too. It’s still weird though.
6) Can a work of science-fiction play havoc with real science and still be a good read?
Goodness, I sure hope so! lol There is a lot of scientific facts that I’ve used and expounded upon with my Mirror series.
7) How much writing did you do before being published?
I did a lot of writing in high school. Short stories, songs, poems, etc. Not a full story. I had a poem I wrote for the senior class that my creative writing teacher had laminated and posted on the walls throughout the school. That was awesome. I stopped after my mother died in 2000. A few years ago, I started writing again. I have a whole file of stories I have written which I will never share.
8) Have you always considered yourself to be a writer, or was there a time in your life when you decided that is what you were?
I’ve always written. Being an author just seemed like a far off dream though. It wasn’t until I started writing Mirror Image that I dared to make my dream a reality.
9) How many books do you have out now?
I have two out right now, two launching on August 15th, and three more before the end of the year…maybe four.
10) What was your path to publication?
I must’ve re-wrote Mirror Image four or five times. I didn’t know what I was doing when I set out to write a book. It was a learning experience. I went on pred-ed.com and learned a lot. I must’ve been turned down by fifteen different publishers before finding my home.
11) How did you find Distinguished Press?
This is one of my favorite stories. I was on Twitter and saw someone retweet about Distinguished Press. A series publisher who loves sci-fi? I couldn’t submit fast enough. The same person I saw retweet began following me so I followed her back. I saw her mention again about Distinguished Press so I replied that I had submitted. Distinguished Press had requested my full manuscript and I was excited. But while I was waiting to hear back from them about Mirror Image, I was busy writing the second. I said I wasn’t going to let rejection hurt my dreams. I had already made up my mind if I got turned down again, I was going to self publish. I already had a cover designer, editor, and a formatter in mind. She and I went back and forth, had a really great conversation. The next day, I get an email from Catrina, the woman I was speaking with on Twitter. I had no idea I was speaking with the owner of Distinguished Press! She’s one of my best friends as well as my boss now.
Honestly, I have no idea! Mirror Shattered has been in development for a while with the intention of an August release. The third in the series, Mirror Reformed, I’m hoping to have ready by November. Color of Dreams was my NaNoWriMo novel and it was in the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The process to get Color of Dreams ready for publication was a lot quicker than I anticipated. It’s crazy fun and I can’t wait for both novels to be out.
There’s technically four books in the current story. I am going to write short stories for the men in the series (John’s will be the first out, followed by Seth and Logan and then Jackson) and I’ll go back and write the “real” beginning: When Madison Mackenzie Rhodes joined the ISC. Then I am beginning a new series, Amethyst Chronicles which should be out in November, if not earlier. Amethyst Chronicles is a spin-off of sorts. It’s 1000 years after the last book in the Mirror series. And I have a huge surprise in store for the series to…meet. Stay tuned!
14) What are you working on now?
Currently writing Mirror Reformed (Mirrors book three), John’s origin, and a hot historical romance entitled Belle of the Brawl.
15) Do you have any rules or guidelines about how steamy you write a sex scene?
I do not want graphic sex scenes in my sci-fi stories. I am not shy, having written two eroticas and am working on another, but not in my sci-fi. My guidelines in my sci-fi stories is if this is something my father could read without me being embarrassed.
16) What is your ideal writing environment?
Me with my laptop and ear buds. The rest of the world could fade away.
17) What is the most persistent distraction from writing?
18) What is your favorite non-electronic writing tool?
I have an orange notebook a friend sent me from Canada which I have 90% ofAmethyst Chronicles written on. I went through three different ink pens. I love my notebooks. I always carry one with me.
19) Who’s currently winning in our game of Words with Friends?
I am. 🙂
20) Who shot first, Han or Greedo?
Damn right, Han shot first!