Kristal McKerrington is a writer from Scotland, UK who has a love for Scotland and for Vikings. Overcoming obstacles of rheumatoid arthritis and dyslexia, she published several ebooks with XoXo Publishing, including the acclaimed Freedom is Earned and A Different Life YA wrestling romance series. In addition to hosting a weekly webcast on Justin TV, Ms. McKerrington signed two contracts for her upcoming books, A Different Life and Marie's Tales: I Just Want To Be Loved and Burning From Within: A Day In The Life Of Kristal McKerrington which discusses her journey in becoming a published author.
1. Tell us about the A Different Life series in a few sentences.
Its a Young Adult (YA) series that combines wrestling, romance and a writer's life into one twist and turn story line that sees the characters go on a roller coaster of a ride. It sees the lead character change the Wrestling world, while she tries to survive the harsh environment of the front and the politics of the back, while keeping her heart together after she realizes she is in love with three men.
2. How did you come to write this particular book?
I started making notes and coming up ideas for this series 13 years ago when I started to watch wrestling. Story lines like Lita's with Matt Hardy, Trish and Jeff Hardy, as well as many of the modern day superstars. I was hooked through the "Attitude Era" by the relationships of these characters had a huge influence within the ring. The "Attitude Era" was when I really started to get A Different Life together to show the tag team of romance and wrestling could really work.
3. Where and when is your novel set and why did you make these specific choices?
The A Different Life books are set in the modern times with a hint of the old attitude era to them between America and Scotland, with huge Scottish influences within them. I chose America since that wrestling's main market is in America and Scotland's since there isn't a lot of Scottish talent alive within the wrestling world.
4. How long did it take to write your book?
On and off I have to say properly about 13-14 years for the first five.
5. How much revision of your manuscript did you do before you sent it off?
More than I can count. I think we we did the numbers it was at 14 times.
6. What qualities do you think make a successful writer?
The ability to dream, determination, thick skin and to know what your limits are.
7. Do you think writing is a natural gift or an acquired skill?
I think its a gift to be honest. For me it feels like a gift since an acquired skill would mean that there would be a whole lot more writers out there than there was.
8. To what extent are grammar and spelling important to a writer?
Very important. It can destroy the connection between a reader and author if it's not done right. I have dyslexia so it's extra hard for me, but to be honest, I think it's the most important thing in the world.
9. What single piece of advice would you give to writers still hoping to be published?
Stick in there and know that you will eventually find the right publisher for you. It's a match up game, kind of like dating.
10. Are you involved in other projects aside from your books?
I work with my live show every Friday on Justin TV and working on a panel idea with L . Anne Carrington.A panel that we hope to see at Romantic Times next year.
11. Where can your books be purchased?
You can get my books on Amazon, XoXo Publishing Shop, and Nine Clouds Ebook Marketing and Promotions.
12. Do you have web sites or blogs readers can visit?
You can check out the A Different Life series book site at www.a-different-life-series.com. I'm always on Twitter at www.twitter.com/K_McKerrington and my blog site is http://kristalmckerringtons.blogspot.com