The Hippie

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: June 18, 2011

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Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter | iUniverse | Teen Memoir | Released December 2010

Snowflake Obsidian is a dark comedy about life, love, and learning, that accounts the true story of one Mormon girls rocky transition into adulthood as she falls in love with a non-Mormon drug addict.

Please describe your writing environment.

I've tried writing at desks, on the floor, at coffee tables or on couches, but I always come back to my bed. There's something special about being able to roll out of bed first thing in the morning, grab the laptop, and start the day writing. I keep a small stash of provisions nearby for when I get hungry, usually dried fruit and water. I also like to hang notes on the walls concerning whatever story I'm currently working on. Or sometimes, when I'm feeling especially naughty, I'll write or paint directly on the wall. I've really gotten into animal totems and often find myself painting animals on the wall. Luckily my husband doesn't mind.

Please tell us your latest news!

I am currently rewriting my untitled Zombie Horror/Romance YA novel that I started in 2009. There is something about mixing comedy, gore, and romance in a story that makes me feel whole. Last summer I was also commissioned to write a historical fiction that I will be finishing later this year.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I think it's impossible to pick a favorite author, but if I had to choose I would say Lois Lowry. I think I have a soft spot for her because her novels were the ones I grew up reading. Her ability to lure the reader into this other world while weaving together such beautiful themes concerning the good and bad of human nature is beyond incredible to me.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

If writing is one of those things you simply feel compelled to do, then do it with all your heart and don't be afraid to share what you've written with the world. Believe in yourself, and validate and honor your expression and creation, even when those around you may not get it. Then when the time comes, be prepared to completely slaughter your masterpiece for the benefit of reaching your audience. For me, writing is truly rewarding, but knowing that someone read my book and connected with the story is even better.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?

I have a thing with pens that have multiple colors of ink in them. I love to be able to switch from writing in blue, to black, to green and then to red. So I keep a few of those nearby with a slew of notebooks, simply because I find that sometimes it's easier for me to express an idea if I write it by hand, rather than type it.

What main genre do you write in?

Teen / Young Adult

What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?

Staying balanced and grounded. When I really get into the flow of writing the story becomes the only thing I can think about. Eating, exercising, personal hygiene, socializing, and keeping appointments can become very difficult for me to do. I can be very flaky when usually I'm not. That's why, when I feel myself going into the writing cave, I try and let people know so they won't feel bad when I don't respond to their texts or calls.

Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?

You mean besides the love of my life Colin Firth? I've had a lot of great support from family and friends. I think my husband would be my biggest supporter, considering he told me if I didn't pursue my passion for writing that he'd divorce me! Now that's love. Am I right?

Do you have any other author names? If so, what are they and what's different about what you write under each name.

All my YA novels will be published under The Hippie, which is one of my many nicknames. The historical fiction I am writing will be published under the name Sage Steadman, which is my actual name. Sort of. My given name is Kirsten. I know, chick name right? And according to Urban Dictionary Kirsten's are stunning creatures who love to party. So not me. That's why I grew up being called Fons. It was yet another nickname, and a part of my maiden name. Fons is a much more masculine, odd, and eccentric name, which is why it fits me perfectly. Sage is the name I go by professionally because Kirsten seems to be too difficult a name to pronounce correctly, and because of this I also respond to Kerstin, Kristin, and Christine.

Do you have any animals? Do they influence your writing?

I have two dogs, a brown, hyperactive lab mix, and a retired racing greyhound that's a big whiner. I wouldn't say they influence my writing, they more like to interrupt it.

If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?

Is this where I'm supposed to put another author? Because really it's Colin Firth, for the obvious reasons. I'm only human. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite novels, and the first time Colin Firth graced the screen as Mr. Darcy, a one-sided love affair began.

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