Meet the Ladies in Red – Kristine Overbrook

Hello Ladies, my name is Kristine Overbrook.  It’s a pen name.  The reason I’m using a Pen name is because I work as a database analyst in a law firm for my day job and one never knows what will be found offensive these days.  So, I’m protecting my identity a-la Clark Kent.

I’m married, have two dogs, and am a mother of two.  Two teenagers.   Anyone that has raised children knows, and I can firmly say, there is no easy age.  They start sleeping through the night, and you get no naps.  They start to talk, they talk back.  They learn to drive, they Actually Drive.

If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?

I currently live in a home in a place called the Endless Mountains.  It’s beautiful, peaceful, we have all four seasons.  Deer graze outside my window.  A lake sparkles across the road.  It’s a little hot lately, but most places in the US are hot these days.  If I had a choice, I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?

Creatures of the Moon is set in a fictional small city.  It wouldn’t really work if I had set it in a small town.  The next Kristine Overbrook novel I’m working on is set in Las Vegas.

What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class?

When I was eight I wrote a story about little people that worked in your body, running it like a factory.  My father read it and commented that what I was writing wasn’t real, and I should write a story about what really happens inside a body.  Much later the Magic School Bus did just that.  At the time, I was crushed.  It took almost a decade to write something else.

Why do you write romance novels?

Like many romance writers, I write romance because of the happily-ever-after.   In real life the HEA takes constant work, so I like to think that my couples have the chops to work through the hard times and embrace each other in the end.  I prefer the happy ending, good guys win, love triumphs, and the reader can go on with their day with a piece of good that can carry over to the other parts of their lives.  Romance writers make the world a better place, one book at a time.

What else do you write?

As Kristine Overbrook is my “alter-ego” and she writes sensual paranormal romance with elements of suspense, my “real self”  writes humorous paranormals.  Those are lighter and sweeter, but still paranormal.  Hum, perhaps that means I’m not exactly normal…something to think about.

What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience?

This book was born while I was losing my temper.

The best part about my writing life is:

I love writing because I love creating objects from my imagination.  I’m not the best sculptor or painter, but writing is like sculpting or painting with words.   Creating people, places and adventures is a fantastic experience.

Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.

My next book follows Eric Adams from Creatures of the Moon as he consults with the police in Las Vegas on a series of disappearances.

Kristine Overbrook’s upcoming release Creatures of the Moon is now available for preorder at any of these eBook retailers Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and anywhere eBooks are sold.

You can follow Kristine:

blog – www.kristineoverbrook.com
twitter – twitter.com/#!/krisoverbrook
facebook – www.facebook.com/#!/KristineOverbrook
pintrist – pinterest.com/krisoverbrook/

Just a bit of something here, and a bit of something there

From the 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins taught me about editing as a child.  When the children point out that Bert left out the road to the fair, he whips out his chalk and fixes his picture.

From the 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins

“There, suitable for travel and high adventure.”

I’ve heard from several writers that their first draft tends to have too much information or description and they struggle to figure out what to cut.  Then there are writers like me, whose first drafts seem to lack something.  Eventually, I learned to go back in and “draw the road.”   I thread through bits of story or description.  Highlights and lowlights, to make the story deeper and richer.

It can be done with themes.  For instance, after you’ve written a story that unexpectedly climaxes on a boat.  You may want to have your main characters respond to maritime images or situations throughout the book.  Lightly.  A sentence here.  A sentence there.   The result is a story with a deeper meaning.

It can also be done with back story.  At the end of your rough draft you realize something in the heroine’s history plays a part in how she reacts to the dark moment.  So, you go back, strategically including little bits of her back story.  That way, when the dark moment comes, the reader can anticipate the heroine’s behavior.

Remember, even as you trim the unneeded bits.  Adding to manuscripts can ratchet up tension, weave deeper description, and develop dynamic characters.

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Kristine Overbrook’s novel Creatures of the Moon is forthcoming from Crimson Romance.

Find her at her blog www.kristineoverbrook.com.