A little bit about Krista...
Krista Phillips is the author of Sandwich, with a Side of Romance and A Side of Faith. She enjoys life with her husband and their four beautiful daughters in Tennessee. She is an advocate for congenital heart defect and organ donation awareness and blogs at www.kristaphillips.com.
How to connect with Krista...
Purchase: A Side of Faith (A Sandwich Novella) (Volume 1)
Author Interview | Krista Phillips
You and Writing
Tell us a little bit about yourself: How did you start writing? What has kept you writing?
...I started writing when I was 19. I outlined this dramatic romance filled with tears and emotions... I never got past chapter 3. Marriage and kids and work came, and still... chapter 3 always haunted me.
...In 2007, God tapped on my heart and whispered that it was time to put aside chapter 3 and write something different.
...So I tried my hand at a bit of a romantic comedy, and 3 months later, I'd finished my first novel! Adding a bit of fun to my books was exactly what I'd been missing!
Do you have a favorite book or work that you’ve written? If so, why?
...Honestly, that first book I wrote will always be my favorite. I'd have to completely rewrite it for it to be publishable, but it was my first baby and I'll always treasure that story.
What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?
Easiest: Getting caught up in the story world. It's my favorite part!
Tell us a little bit about what you're working on right now.
...I'm actually working on two right now. I'm finishing up a novella, A Side of Hope that will be releasing in January.
...But the full length I'm currently editing and polishing is called The Price of Love. I've always had a not-so-secret guilty pleasure of watching The Bachelor/The Bachelorette. Most times it's like watching a train wreck that you just can't tear your eyes away from. It flows like fiction, but these are real people's lives. I've always been fascinated by the idea of what goes on "after" the show, so wanted to write a story about that. So The Price of Love takes place six months AFTER my characters were contestants on a reality TV dating show that I made up. :-)
Do you have a favorite character in this work? If so, why?
...Oh yes. Hanna is the main character, and I pretty much love her. She's sweet but tough, a petite blond who carries around a hunting rifle in her big ol' truck, and loves Jesus.
What is one take-away from your book that you hope readers identify with?
...That God calls us to love and forgive. To lift each other up instead of tear each other down. That the words, the things we say, even on social media, can have long reaching effects that impact more than we could ever imagine.
Where do you find inspiration for your story/characters? Are they based on real life or pure imagination or both?
...A little bit of both! Most times they start from something real life sparked in my mind, and then they morph into something very unique.
When you write, what is your overall intention with your stories?
...I'm a mom who loves to read. Reading is my recreation, my escape time from the crazy that is my life. That's what I want my books to be. A clean read that allows a woman to relax and escape for just a bit, to laugh a little, maybe cry a little, and at the end, be encouraged in their relationship with Jesus.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors for writing and/or publishing?
...Give your writing career to Jesus. His hands are the BEST place for it.
What will you/did you do for Thanksgiving?
...EAT TURKEY! We do a big family Thanksgiving with my side of the family. I'll make cinnamon rolls for breakfast, then go to my sister's house and enjoy dinner with my parents and siblings and their families. The house will be packed with probably 25-30 people. Then we sit around and play Euchre and look at Black Friday ads in the paper!
What is your favorite food of the Thanksgiving dinner?
...My mom's mashed potatoes and selfishly, my rolls. I make GIANT yeast rolls that are pretty much amazing, if I do say so myself.
What are three things you’re thankful for?
2.) My family
3.) The ability to stay home with my girls and do what I love.
Thank you so much for joining us here at Thinking Thoughts! I love the idea of your next book - sounds really interesting. I've often wondered the same things. I also really appreciate your approach to writing and what your intentions are for writing. I think we can all use a little bit of escape now and then :) And AMEN to handing our writing careers over to Jesus. I'm totally on board with that! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope to see you back on the blog soon!
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