Interview with Kristen Kooistra

Kristen, do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?

Oh gosh no. I was reading at a very young age, and my mom read to me a lot prior to that. There’s no way I could remember the first story, much less the impact it had.

I guess that’s fair — I don’t remember the books my mom read me when I was young, either. I do know that my Kindergarten teachere was pretty annoyed that I already knew how to read, though. I guess I was motivated — what ideas motivate you?

Because sometimes, where we are and what we have means the best we can do is get through the day.

What motivated you to become an Indie author?

Control. I don’t like other people dictating what I do or don’t do. I knew from the start that letting someone else pick if I was published, what my cover would look like, what methods of promotion were used, and get a cut of the profits, was not what I wanted.

The more I looked into it, the more I realized that going indie was for me. I sink or swim by my own  power.

That’s so true! Could you share your favorite quote?

I love the LotR quote from Frodo: “I know what you would say, and it would seem like wisdom, but for the warning in my heart.”

Because sometimes we can’t always explain why something isn’t right, we just feel it.

Tolkien is definitely an old standby when it comes to clever phrases. He’s considered the father of modern fantasy for a reason, right? Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?

There’s so many I interesting people in our past, but I think above anyone else, I’d want to meet Jesus. I’d want to see what he actually looked like, hear him, and just ask tons of questions. Not to mention that if I got to time travel to then I’d get an interesting historical tour.

Jesus was a very inspirational figure, who had a huge impact on the world. Is there a message in your novel that you hope will inspire your readers?

I suppose there’s a few. Not everything ends at the same point, we don’t always find out how people’s stories end, to be the best us we can be, there’s always a reason (good or bad) behind people’s actions and sometimes that reason is important to know. And also that we shouldn’t let other people’s actions dictate our happiness and rule our lives.

About Kristen Kooistra

Kristen Kooistra lives in Michigan with her husband, three kids, and two cats. Kristen spends most of her time being Mommy. She loves spending time with her family and hopes that her writing will entertain and inspire them as well. You can check out her website, follow her blog, or connect with her on Facebook & Twitter. She also tracks what books she enjoys on Goodreads!


Eleanor teaches Ancient Civilizations and spends the bits of time left over writing stories that bring history -- and magic -- to life. She enjoys rock climbing, bullet journaling, & gardening focused on plants you can actually eat.

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