Why I Write

I write because I love it.

There are stories inside that seam to be screaming to be released from the walls of my mind. They want to be released into the world and find a home in the pages between a cover. They want to snuggle in a warm chair, with a fuzzing blanket with a cup of tea. They want to be heard and understood. They want to change perceptions and lives.

I write because I can’t not write.

I get excited when I see a new world open up with all its friendships, joys and, yes, even its disappointments. For me, it’s one of the most relaxing, stress relieving things I can do.
And believe me, I can use a bit of de-stressing these days. This world is going crazy, and if there’s a way to escape, I want to find it.

I write for you and I want to get to know you.

When I receive an email from my readers, I get excited. I want to know each of you and find out what you like. I encourage you to send me a message.
I really will answer you!
You’ll find it’s easy to get in touch by going to my contact page. I want to know about my readers. You are why I write and I would like us to become friends.
A word of warning, though. I don’t check my email everyday and I can get so much junk mail that I have been known to miss an email. If I don’t respond within a week, please resend your email. I didn’t ignore you intentionally!

Wasn’t life supposed to be easier than this?

Who said life was easy? Someone sure sold me a rotten bag of goods. It’s not just what’s happening in the world outside, either. If that were the case, I think I could handle it. If it weren’t for our own inward failings and struggles, life would be easier. Do you ever feel you just can’t get it right no matter how many self-help books you read, or how many affirmations you repeat each day or church services you go to? And if you finally do figure it out, you forget it two days later. Raise your hand if you’re with me.
I hear yah!

These are the people I write to, and these are the ones I write about.

It’s what makes me want to write. The ones with the real problems—the people like me who mess up as much as they get it right. I don’t write about the people that “find salvation” and then they know the answers and make the right choices from then on. People just aren’t like that. We fail every day… a hundred times a day. I don’t know anyone who has changed overnight, so why should my characters get to do it?

Under Penalty of Death

Keturah, my main character in Under Penalty of Death, is always in trouble. I modeled her after myself. She messes up, learns her lesson, promises God she’ll never do it again, and then is right back at the same mistakes the next day. You think she’ll ever learn? Come along on a journey and find out. Find the hope, love, forgiveness, and healing that only come from Christ.

Under Penalty of Death, is up for sale on Amazon. It’s earning 5 star reviews both on Goodreads and Amazon. I’m so excited about the awards it’s earned. I know you’ll love it as well. 
I’m writing the sequel now. It’s book two in the Slavery of the Heart series. It’s a tale we can all relate to, as well. A tale of loss, failure, struggle, and shame, before finally finding the joy and love we all long for. 

—Kristena

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