I can’t believe I have the honor to even get to post this!
If you’re on AuthorTube or BookTube, you probably will have heard of Kristen Martin and her Bestselling Alpha Drive Trilogy. If not, you will get to learn a little bit about her today, because I have the honor of interviewing her on my blog! So please welcome The amazing author, Kristen Maritin!
- Welcome! It’s SO great to have you here, Kristen!
- Thanks so much for having me, it’s an honor to be here!
- First things’ first, do you want to tell everyone a little about yourself?
- Absolutely! My name is Kristen Martin. I am a young adult science fiction and fantasy author, YouTuber, and entrepreneur living in Texas. I self-published my first young adult science fiction dystopian series, THE ALPHA DRIVE, and I’m currently working on a new young adult dark fantasy series called SHADOW CROWN. The first book is scheduled to be released October 3rd of this year. In addition, I’m a YouTuber who posts writing advice videos to help aspiring authors in reaching their goals of writing a book, and I also post day-in-the-life vlogs to give viewers a sneak peek into the life of an author and a full-time career woman (because I currently do have a full-time career outside of writing). And, I just launched a new webinar program called Hustle Smarter, Not Harder, where the main focus is on helping you build the necessary foundation to turn your passion into profit without compromising the value of your dreams. It’s been very well received thus far, and I’m excited to see where it goes! Okay, I feel like that was the longest introduction ever, but hopefully that gives you a feel for who I am and what I do. 🙂
- So, how long have you been YouTubing for?
- I started my YouTube channel in March 2015, but didn’t post my first video until five months later in August. I guess you could say I was nervous, and I wasn’t 100% sure what direction my channel was going to take, or how it was going to be received by others. Looking back now, it was the best decision I’ve ever made! I’ve met so many amazing writers, readers, and bloggers from around the world, and the community we’ve all built together is truly inspiring. I feel so fortunate to be a part of something so wonderful and uplifting.
- Wow, that’s Awesome! So, what made you want to become a writer? Did you always know that you would write, or was it a decision you made?
- I’ve been writing stories since I was 6 years old, and English/Language Arts/Humanities were my favorite classes growing up, so I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I sort of veered off onto different paths in high school and in college, but after I graduated with my degree in Business and started my career, I rediscovered my passion for writing. And that’s led me to where I am today.
- So you’ve written and published three books in The Alpha Drive Series, and are now getting ready to publish your dark fantasy book, Shadow Crown, which is also the first in a series. What has it been like to transition from writing Sci-Fi to Fantasy?
- This is such a great question because it was actually a difficult transition, but a welcome one! While I really enjoyed writing in the science fiction genre and dystopian sub-genre, I feel that I’ve really found my voice during the writing process for my fantasy series. It’s difficult to describe, but I feel that the words just flow from my fingertips onto the page in the fantasy genre, whereas for science fiction, I had to put more “logical” thought into it – which I suppose makes sense given that science fiction is technically supposed to be grounded in science, whereas fantasy is not.
- Yes, I have stepped out of my comfort zone this year to read more Sci-fi/dystopion this year, including yours. They are indeed, very different. So, what do you, as a reader, enjoy in a story, AKA, What entices you to read a particular book?
- Another great question. So, I’m definitely someone who enjoy plot-driven stories versus character-driven ones. I enjoy some character-driven novels, but if there’s not something happening in every chapter, leaving me on the edge of my seat wanting more, I tend to lose interest and won’t pick it back up again. When I read, I want to be fully engaged in the story and eager to find out what happens next – I find that plot-driven novels tend to give me these feelings more often than character-driven ones.
- How do you handle dealing with negative comments and bad reviews on your books?
- I honestly don’t give them the time of day. When it comes to negative comments on my YouTube channel, I delete them. I don’t want that in my space, and I’ve worked really hard to cultivate a place where people can feel safe and open asking questions and commenting about the writing process, so if someone tries to bring them (or me) down, I remove their comment and block them. I don’t have an ounce of time to waste on negative people or trolls. If you don’t like my content, don’t watch my videos! Plain and simple. And as for low-rated reviews on my books, I don’t read them. I respect the fact that my book isn’t going to be for everyone. And that’s okay. But I’m not going to sit there and dwell on the fact that Susie Q didn’t like my books. I love my books and I’m beyond proud of what I accomplished, and truthfully, that’s all that matters ☺
- Are there any other Book Tubers or Book Bloggers you’d like to recommend for anyone reading?
- As far as AuthorTube goes, I highly recommend checking out Vivien Reis, Kim Chance, Mandi Lynn, and Natalia Leigh. They are wonderful people with positive attitudes who post inspirational writing videos, and I watch their channels on a regular basis. As for BookTubers/Book Bloggers, I highly recommend checking out Grace Zhuang’s channel, Loving Dem Books, as well as The Irish Reader, RemusReads, Rae of Sunshine Books, Paper Faerie, Novel Noise, and Sarah Sunbeemz. I know I just listed a lot of channels, but they are all fantastic BookTubers who truly deserve more attention in that space!
- What is a must-have during a writing session?
- A cup of English breakfast tea and my favorite candle “Arizona” by the Homesick Candle Company. Or, if I’m writing anywhere besides my home office, I must have my headphones and Spotify writing playlist, as well as a green tea from Starbucks.
- Yes! Starbucks is definitely good to have. Last question–What is a piece of advice for those of us pursuing writing, or are thinking of becoming writers?
- Just know that, even though there will be more challenges and hurdles than you can count, the journey is just as important as the destination. Be patient with yourself. Writing a book takes time. Revising that first draft to make a great book takes even more time. And getting that book ready to be published takes time. Time is your friend, not your enemy. Learn to enjoy the journey and focus less on the destination, and I promise you, everything about writing that book or that series will become a heck of a lot easier. And it’ll be more fun!
- Well thank you so much for being a guest here on my blog! I have getting to chat with you, and getting to feature you on my blog! I hope to have you around here sometime again. Perhaps one day, you will have the opportunity to read my books too.
- Thank you so much for having me, I had a great time answering these questions!
That is all for todays post. Please don’t forget to subscribe to both my blog and Kristen’s YouTube Channel, which I’ll link below, as well as all her Social Media, and where you can buy her books. If you haven’t read The Alpha Drive, or its sequels, I highly suggest you do. They’re absolutely amazing.
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In HIS Joy,
Gabriella J. Slade