In The Mind of Kristen Painter – 30 Years of Happily Ever Afters

This week we’re jumping over the hump with our featured workshop presenter and editor, Kristen Painter!

Kristen will be giving a workshop at our conference in October. Worldbuilding Through a Series is just one of many fabulous workshops we have scheduled.

For more information on our conference, on how to register, and other popular questions, please visit our website at

Please welcome Kristen!

Why did you decide to write paranormal romance and urban fantasy?

It’s what I liked to read and the kinds of stories that have been in my head.

What is your process for writing a book? For example, are you a plotter or a pantzer? Do you start at page 1 and write your book sequentially or do you skip around? Do you start with your characters or the plot?

I plan for major events, then I write toward them, always sequentially.

Do you use any techniques, tools, or aids to help you write?

Nope. Just my brain.

Do you write multiple drafts or barely need revisions when typing, The End?

One dirty draft, two – three revisions and then I’m pretty much done.

(Lucky girl!) What advice do you have for other writers?

Read as much as you can.

What was the most exciting thing that happened to you after you signed your contract – besides receiving your first check as a published author?

Probably signing books at New York Comic Con.

If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

Sleeping more.

What books can we expect to see in the near future?

A new paranormal romance series that’s (hopefully) a little on the funny side.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as an author?

Develop a thick skin.

If you could have one special, supernatural power, what would it be?

I already have one but I can’t tell you what it is or I have to kill you.

<laughs> Tell us a little about the state/country you live in.

Besides being warm and sunny, Florida is home to more romance writers than you can shake a stick at.

How would you describe yourself in five words?

Sarcastic, loyal, impatient, funny, tall.

If you were a millionaire would you still write?

Yes. I need shoes. A lot of shoes.

Cat or dog person?

CAT. We have six. There is no other option.

Okay, get ready, we have our rapid response portion. Don’t think about your answers, just say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready?  

Favorite color: Purple

Favorite number: Seven

Favorite Actor: Cary Grant

Favorite Actress: Katharine Hepburn  

Wine or liquor? Vodka, but not often

Tea or coffee? Coffee      

Decaf or caffeinated? yes

Boxers or briefs? Neither

Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

Donald Duck or Goofy? Agent P

Frozen (the movie) or Tangled? Neither. The Incredibles

Channing Tatum or Johnny Depp? I’m more a Vin Diesel kind of woman.

Want to meet or attend Kristen’s workshop? Make sure you check out the information on our conference at!

Registration closes October 4th!



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