All About Kristy Centeno
As a child, Kristy used to lose herself in an imaginary world by the means of a good book. Now that she’s all grown up, she gets to create her own fictional realms and make them come to life in ways that most readers might not expect.
Writing has always been a passion of hers but she never had the opportunity do so until now. After trying out numerous options, she realized that writing was what she loved the most and so she decided to give it a shot. As it turns out, her very active imagination helped her achieve her goals of creating believable plots with some ordinary, and some not so ordinary characters that move the stories along in one way or another.
As she keeps achieving her dreams of becoming a published author, she divides her time in between four children and a very understanding husband.
Kristy’s Journey into Writing
When and why did you begin writing? Writing has always been a passion of mine and I was often told by my teachers at school that I was quite good at it. My short stories were often picked to be played out in school plays or were put on the bulletin board next to the principal’s office, but it wasn’t until I went back to college that I actually began to consider the possibility of becoming an author.
How long have you been writing? The earliest memory I have of me writing was probably around age six or seven. As soon as I could write full sentences, I began to put together child fantasy stories in blank pieces of papers, which I would later staple together to pass around as books. Of course, back then the only reader I had was my younger brother.
When did you first know you could be a writer? While I was attending college. I was asked to write a short story for English Comp. as an assignment. Although I didn’t give it much thought at the time that was the little push I needed to be entirely convinced that writing was something I most definitely wanted to do.
What inspires you to write and why? Most times, it’s an idea. Although there may be a few factors in there as well, what actually inspires me are flashes of images or scenes, which I then write down. These will eventually become full chapters or even a full-length novel.
What genre are you most comfortable writing? Paranormal Romance because you get to have the most fun coming up with plots that can be purely based on how active your imagination is.
What inspired you to write your first book? A concept. I had this crazy idea one day that kept playing itself in my head so much I had to write it down. And as I actually opened up a Word Document in my laptop, I began to imagine what having an unconventional hero would be like. A few months after that my first Young Adult novel was finished.
What made you want to be a writer? To be perfectly honest, the idea of me being able to write stories my way was one incentive. However, the number one motive was to be able to accomplish a lifelong dream.
Do you intend to make writing a career? Not really. Writing for me is more of a passionate hobby but if it ended up as a career at some point then that would be okay too.
Have you developed a specific writing style? Not at all. I usually just go with the flow.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Oh, I’ve had those and they’re usually not much fun at all. In order to get rid of writer’s block, I stay away from the computer for a day or two and relax. Sometimes it takes a couple of hours of deep relaxation for me to get back on track.
When desire battles with the forbidden and passion overrules obligation, at the end of the night, which will win?
Victoria Bonvalet, a purebred werewolf, has no desire to mate to an alpha not of her choosing and after a one of a kind encounter with the mysterious blood lord Tristan Garland rattles her existence, she knows that she could never share any part of herself without love being the number one incentive.
Tristan, a vampire of over a thousand years, no longer cares much for the world or the creatures inhabiting it. But when he meets the beautiful she-wolf invading his deep woods territory, he realizes that it’s never too late to find your perfect match, even if she belongs to the opposite branch of all mythological beings. But even as they begin to explore their in-depth feelings for each other, can they find a way to be together without starting a war between two enemy species?
Can you share a little of your current work with us? Basically, it’s the tale of a young rebellious werewolf princess who falls in love with a vampire elder. Neither is willing to trust the other completely because for thousands of years one has considered the other an enemy but yet, neither can they deny the attraction they have for the other.
Can you tell us about your main character? Victoria is very strong-minded, stubborn, and determined person. When she is dead set on doing something there’s no force on earth that can stop her.
How did you develop your plot and characters? The development of the story started out as a scene—the scene where Victoria and Tristan meet for the first time—the rest pretty much fell into place after that.
Why did you choose to write this particular book? At first because it felt like the main characters had a mind of their own and they wanted their story told. But then because I fell in love with the concept of bringing two complete opposites together and letting their passion for one another grow.
What was the hardest part about writing this book? Being absolutely positive of which direction I wanted both main characters to take. Although that’s usually the easiest part of a love story, I wanted to be sure that when I wrote about the physical joining between Victoria and Tristan there would also be an emotional bond tying them together.
The Writing Life of Kristy Centeno
Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Absolutely. I have three more novels currently contracted.
Have you started another book yet? Actually, I just finished another Young Adult novel and hope to have it in the market soon.
What are your current writing projects now? Right now I’m hoping to finish book two of the Forbidden mate series. After that, I hope to finish another Paranormal Romance story, which has been stuck in my head for a while and screaming for me to let it out of the memory box.
Do you have any advice for writers? Don’t give up. No matter how hard things get don’t quit because if you don’t believe in your stories, no one else will either.
The “If” Answer by Kristy Centeno
If you could have a book signing anywhere in the world where would it be and why? I would definitely love to have a book signing in Tokyo, Japan. It’s a country I’ve been dying to visit but have been unable to and it would be great to have the opportunity to do so.
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Thanks for joining us, Kristy. Happy Writing!