I am graduate student pursuing his Masters degree in technical communication. Before that, I graduated from Peru State Collge with a Bachelor of Science in English. I've written various articles for the student newspaper, The Peru State Times, and a couple of reviews which are featured on Classic Adventure Gaming. I am also a member of the Nebraska Writer's Guild, which I have been a member of since 2009. And before that...well, I just scrawled random stuff for the fun of it but that's a different story.
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So, what was the first book that really made a big impression on you?
The first book that really blew my mind was Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. It was unlike any fantasy novel that I ever read at twelve years old. I found its characters and its settings going from planet to planet with physics explained to be highly capitvating. It was a book that tackled a lot of issues, such as teenage insecurity and how courage can win against the darkness. Now, I know the question said "first book," but I also want to add that Daniel Keye's Flowers for Algernon was also pretty big on me. The way the story was told and the way the narrator's voice changed was simply amazing and it went great with the concept of a mentally challenged man becoming a genius. I really like it when writers break out of the norm.
So, when did you start writing?
I remember my first "story" was when I was in first grade. It was about a giant frog who floated in space and ate planets until he kept getting zapped by a spaceship. I was a spasmodic writer in high school who penned short stories about angsty goth kids having bad days to entertain some friends and video game parodies to entertain some people I knew on the discussion boards. Yes, I have some of them, and yes I'm glad some pieces of bad fanfiction got lost in the scribbly netherworld from where they will never rise again.
What genre do you like to read?
No, no, I won't say it..."Horror and sci-fi, of course!" Ach! Those are not the only genres I read into! I'm very picky about my music and my film but I'm quite open to different genres of literature. From drama to poetry, from sub-genres like fantasy, humor, and mysteries to biographies, autobiographies, and classic texts like the Hagagure and Gilgamesh. As a writer, I try being open to different genres for inspiration and not be a complete literary snob.
So, have you read any good books lately?
Aside from some textbooks, I've been reading Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, which is as terrifying and absorbing as experimental literature gets. I like crazy footnotes, I like it that I have no clear idea what is going on until the very end.
So do you go by "Kristopher" or "Kris?"
"Kris" is just fine. I have no problem with it just as I have no problem with wearing crocs in public. Really, why is everyone prejudiced against crocs? Uh, yeah, back to the bio...
We keep hearing that you have a novella in the works. When is it coming out?
My novella, The Maze's Amulet, is undergoing one final editing process before it hits Lulu.com sometime at the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012. You can check out some excerpts of the story at my blog, The Catacomb's Bookshelf.
After The Maze's Amulet is published, will you have another work-in-development to show off?
Quit being nosy. It's done when it's done. Really.
Any last words?
Never let go of that pen and never let that pen off the paper.