I am super excited to be sharing about these two amazing books today. Well I’m actually focusing on Diamond today and Misfortune on the 19th, so be sure to keep your eyes open for that! Check out the rest of the tour here. I am really happy because I am interviewing Kristen Fichter today so let’s jump into the interview! 🙂
Hey Kristen, thank you so much for joining me today. Okay my first question is, what caused you to start writing?
A: I’ve always loved stories, and once I realized that books were written by real people, I
knew that’s what I wanted to do. I wasn’t necessarily the kid who went around making up stories
everywhere; I loved reading more than I loved writing back then. As I read more, my
imagination grew until I couldn’t contain it. I had too many ideas and too many characters
running amuck up in my head, so I had to write it all down.
Additionally, as I read more and more, I realized that not all books are perfect. le gasp
Characters were too flat, plots were too full of holes, things didn’t make sense. And then to top it
all off, so many books had objectionable elements stuffed into their pages. I hated telling people,
“I loved this book, but there was this one scene/character/etc…” I wanted good books, clean
books, books that did what books were made to do. And that desire is definitely something that
keeps me writing today.
That is so cool! Yes, I totally understand where you are coming from, I hate telling people that as well. My next question is did you ever think you would actually publish a book one day?
I always knew that I wanted something published, even from the beginning. I think that’s
a unifying dream of all writers. However, did I think that ACTUAL PUBLICATION would be in
my future? Nope. I knew it was tough to get published, and I didn’t consider independent
publishing until I began a blog in highschool and connected with a lot of other indie writers.
Seeing my name in print now is still a bit shocking.
I bet! I can only a imagine how it must feel to hold your very own book in your hands. So, how many books have you published?
Diamond: A Rapunzel Story is my third published work. All three of my books are less
than 25,000 words and are part of an inter-connected fairytale series in a non-magical, slightly
steampunkish, fantasy world. The first two are The Rose and the Balloon: A Beauty and the
Beast Story and Spindle Dreams: A Sleeping Beauty Story. I have plans for larger books and
books that aren’t inspired by fairytales, but getting them published is sadly not in the near future.
Well I’m sure they will be amazing when you do get them published! Perfection takes time! 😉 What is one thing you hope people take away from your books?
Families aren’t perfect, but there is always cause for love and reconciliation. Family is a
big theme for me, as I grew up with five siblings, and I’m really close to them and my parents. I
want to show that people are important, that they’re worth investing in and showing love to –
even when it’s tough.
That’s beautiful! I am the oldest of 8 so I know exactly where you are coming from. Family is a huge part of my life. How did you come up with the idea for Diamond?
I always knew that I wanted to retell the fairytale Rapunzel one day. For this series,
especially, I was on the lookout for a fun way to twist the original fairytale and the main idea
actually came up in one of my dreams. I dreamt that Rapunzel wasn’t the only one in the tower,
and then I woke up thinking, Who was the other person? And why was whoever it was in the
tower? From there, I eliminated Rapunzel being in the tower at all, and the plot for Diamond was
Oh my word, that is amazing! I seriously need to get a hold of a copy of your book! Who has been your favorite character to write in Diamond?
Probably Seth Stendahl. When I first created him, I didn’t realize I was going to like him so much. He was very much one of those characters that you learn about as you write the story. I didn’t know he was an alchemist, I didn’t know he struggled speaking Diamond’s language, and
I didn’t even know he had six sisters. Personally, I thought he was a lot of fun, and I’d love to
revisit his character sometime in another story – preferably when I can put a greater emphasis on
exploring his alchemy.
Yes, those characters are definitely the most fun to write! I love allowing my creativity to craft my characters because they turn out so much better than I could have ever thought possible! This is sadly my last question but what is one thing you wish you could tell everyone in the world?
Mr. Darcy wasn’t wrong when he said that extensive reading improved one’s mind. But on a more serious note – I would like to tell the story of how the Creator of the universe saved me. It isn’t a dramatic or overly long story, but it’s one that I love to tell because it’s real. I’m simultaneously humbled and overjoyed that King of Kings loves me, and I want everyone to know that love.
Yes, I totally agree! I personally believe that my generation and even the Millennial generation is where we are today because of the LACK of reading we do. We don’t explore the world around us but rather listen to politicians and the media rather than true hard core facts. Yes, amen to that sister! It is so sad to see so many people searching for love when there’s a perfect love right at their finger tips.
I had a lot of fun interviewing Kristen. I am super excited about her book and y’all should really check it out!
About the Book
Once Upon a Twist #3 Diamond leads a quiet life with the woman she calls Mother. There isn’t much to pass the time save for excursions in the forest and one-sided conversations with her pet rabbit, Hobie. Men are cruel beings who care only for themselves and must be avoided at any cost. After all, Diamond’s own father gambled her away once. What other terrible fates might await her if people knew she existed?
Seth Stendahl is an alchemist with a middling proficiency in the Rohesian tongue. After growing up with and surviving six sisters, there shouldn’t be anything too difficult for him to master – except maybe breaking his leg and being locked in the top of a ruined watchtower.
About the Author
Kirsten Fichter is a twenty-something Christian writer who loves being the wife to her favorite person ever, mommy to two precious blessings, a piano enthusiast, a dragon buff, a serious bookworm, and an INFP synesthete. Fairytales have always fascinated her, and she has made it her goal to rewrite as many as possible and become known as the “Grimm Dickens” (i.e. mixing Grimm fairytales with a Dickens style). Diamond: A Rapunzel Story is her third published fairytale retelling. You can find out more about her on her blog, A Synesthete Writer.