We bid a warm welcome to Kristina Blasen author of: ‘Sambala The Mighty And Mimba The Wanderer’, ‘Grey Weir’, ‘Tales of The Wyrd’, and ‘The Adventures of Sample Girl’.
Kristina Blasen is a dabbler. She writes a dab of this and a bit of that. Her short story collection, Tales of the Wyrd explores dark fantasy, paranormal themes and alternative timelines. If you see 11:11, you need to read this collection! She also enjoys writing children’s fantasy and has two children’s books, Orion and the Land of the Tomatoes and Sambala the Mighty and Mimba the Wanderer. As a poet, she offers three poetry chapbooks: The Wildwood Guardian, Grey Weir and Slipshod Mornings & Meandering Midnights. Kristina is currently finishing her first full length novel, a science fiction fantasy called Gateways through the Penumbra which will be released in 2014. Kristina currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Kristina Blasen – Interview with Grey Wolf
1. How long have you been writing?
I have been thinking about writing and being a writer since I was a kid! In college I took creative writing courses and poetry classes and I’ve spent years working as a newspaper reporter, but I didn’t really start putting together my writing as books until 2009.
2. What is the earliest work of yours that you have published or intend to publish?
My earliest published work was written in 1999 in a children’s writing class at Eckerd College. It’s my children’s book Sambala the Mighty and Mimba the Wanderer. I can still see those characters having fun and dancing around in my head to this day.
3. Who were the earliest authors to be an inspiration for your writing?
L.M. Montgomery was a huge writing inspiration for me as a young girl. I fell in love with her lesser known Emily of New Moon series while everyone else was reading Anne of Green Gables. Her description and ability to create the scene in minute detail endlessly fascinated me, and it helped that it is a series of books following the life of a young girl who wants to be a writer! Reading truly is the best way to learn to write. I also fed my imagination when I was younger with books by Madeleine L’Engle and William Sleator.
4. Which other authors do you consider to be an inspiration and for what reason?
Anne Bishop is one of my favorite authors. She writes dark fantasy. I found her accidentally one day in a book of short stories and had to go back and find all of the different books she has written after that! I think what I admire most is how she can make her characters feel real with all of the good and bad traits they have and how she can write strong characters, both male and female, who still have struggles and foibles. I learned a lot about world building and character creating from reading her books and can only aspire to create a place so vividly in my own first novel, Gateways Through the Penumbra.
5. Are you inspired by any landscapes or buildings, or even towns and cities?
I’m inspired by my dreams and they feed many of the visions of different fantasy landscapes that feature in my novel. For poetry, I am often inspired by the beauty of the real world around me to write. I lived near Minneapolis for many years and the graffiti in the city, the lights in the fog and the architecture of the buildings often inspired my poetry and song writing.
6. Which was the first book you published and why?
The first book I published was my poetry chapbook, Gray Weir. I started out writing as a hobby using a website called Allpoetry and found out that people really enjoyed my poetry and my stories which eventually gave me the confidence I needed to publish a collection of my poems and to perform those poems at a poetry reading.
7. Have you been surprised by a negative reaction to any of your work?
I write across many different topics and in different styles. When I know someone who expresses an interest in my work personally I can usually guide them to which of my books they will enjoy and which they won’t. Some of my books touch on paranormal themes, reincarnation, the 11:11 phenomena and others are non-fiction or autobiographical so I can usually find at least one book they will enjoy.
8. Other than authors (and friends and family) who are your heroes?
I admire self-made women in many fields. I’d admire not just their success, but their confidence, talent and tenacity to create the life they envision for themselves and to better the world, even as they often balance other responsibilities with their family or children.
9. If you could go back in time to learn the truth about one historical mystery or disputed event what would it be?
I’d like to know the truth about so many things! I’d like to know more about the Anasazi Indians and their cliff-dwelling lifestyle. I’ve visited the cliffs and the ruins in Mesa Verde (which is in Colorado in the US) and the year I went there had been a brush fire that had cleared the land at the top of the cliff and biologists found that suddenly there was ancient corn growing there that had lain dormant since the time of the Anasazi. I’m intrigued by things like that from the past all the time.
Kristina Blasen, Thank You very much!