Please welcome author Kirstin Pulioff


Author Bio:

Let’s see…  I was born and raised in Southern CA, went to Oregon State University and got my degree in Forest Management.


Shortly after graduating, I married the man of my dreams and have been living up here in the Northwest ever since.  We have two wonderful kids, and my primary job is as a stay at home mom.  To add to the chaos, in my “spare time,” I write, work at my church, and do the books for the family business.  I like to describe my life by saying if I am not living an adventure, I am writing one.  J


Book title: The Escape of Princess Madeline

(Release date - 5th November 2012)


Brief Synopsis

The Kingdom of Soron is known for many things, its rolling landscape, haunting history, fiery sunsets, and its beautiful princess.  Princess Madeline woke on her sixteenth birthday to realize that her future had been planned out, a life full of privilege, royalty, and boredom... a life with a husband and knight champion that she did not choose.  Using her charm, strength and stubbornness, she defies the King at every turn, determined to keep her freedom on her terms.

Freedom quickly turns to disaster as she finds herself seized by a group of wandering bandits.   With the kingdom in turmoil over her capture- her Knight Champion eager to prove himself, a group of dedicated suitors determined to win her hand, and a group of exiled wizards join forces in the hunt to rescue her.  Follow Princess Madeline in this adventure full of twists and turns as she finds freedom and love.



Personal

What do you do to relax when you are not writing?

As a stay at home mom to two kids, my time is very chaotic and free time is limited.  In those precious moments when I do get a chance to relax, my favorite activities are to meditate, yoga or take a nice walk in the fields.


What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?

For me, writing was just one of those things that I did, but never really thought was possible to pursue as a career.  It wasn’t until this past year, that I re-learned the life lesson about following your dreams that I really started pursuing it.


Current work

What or who inspired you to write your current novel?

“The Escape of Princess Madeline” began as an escape for me.  I actually wrote this book several years ago, while working in an office.  That position didn’t fulfill my creative needs, so on my lunch breaks, I began writing.  One day, over my tomato and cucumber salad, as I was doodling in my notebook, a light bulb went off in my head.  Suddenly, this story began unfolding in my mind … every day during lunch, I picked up where I had left off, and a month and a half later, the first draft was finished.


Tell us three interesting facts about your book which isn’t covered in the synopsis?

1)  This is not a typical damsel in distress type of story- Madeline is strong willed, smart, and capable of saving herself.

2)  This story is told from multiple points of views- to keep the pace moving, the twists unfolding, and the reader enthralled.

3)  Don’t think everyone is what they appear to be, there are plenty of secrets waiting to be unveiled.


What research did you need to do for this book?

No special research needed for this one.  


Are any elements/characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you’ve met/known?

Princess Madeline was a fun character to create.  She’s a combination of a lot of women in my life, and the struggles we faced in the process of growing up.  It was very important to me to make sure that this character was relatable and real.  Yes, she is a princess, but above all, she is a sixteen year old girl.  A girl growing up on the verge of her own life and her own choices.  It was important to balance the hard and soft qualities of her – her rashness with intelligence, her stubbornness with strength, and her defiance with vulnerability.


Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress.

Currently I am in the editing stage of the sequel, “The Battle for Princess Madeline.”  It’s a continuation of her story, as Madeline prepares for her wedding, and the battle that ensues.  It is a nice piece that compliments the first, but adds a new dimension to the world and characters.


Writing/publication process

What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?

As a new author, I really did not know what I was getting myself into.  J  I wrote the book at work, gave it to my husband and some friends for editing, critiques and advice, and began sending off queries to agents and publishers.  It was a long process of writing, praying and waiting.  The main thing I did which helped was continuing to take action.  I never stopped working on my book, whether it was continuing the editing process, reworking queries, or starting the next story, I was constantly actively writing or pursuing.  It is easier to keep the momentum rolling rather than to start and stop…


What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?

To really write, I need to be in my “writing zone.”  To get to that space in my head, I need to be alone. So, most of my writing is either done after bedtimes in my closet (where my computer is) or on the weekends when my husband can watch the kids for a couple hours.


What were the three biggest challenges you faced when writing your book?

1)  The first big hurdle was overcoming my insecurities and deciding to go forward in pursuing publication.  It is one thing to write a story, and an entirely different decision to open yourself to the scrutiny and publicity of publishing it.

2)  Editing and critiques.  Although these are invaluable pieces of the process, getting those first pages of feedback can be brutal.  It helps add to the development, polishing and fine details in the story, but it is often a double edged sword.

3)  Waiting!  Patience is not my strong suit.  Perhaps it is being overly excited or anxious for the release of each new stage, but waiting in between each new development has been extremely difficult.


Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point. How do you overcome it?

Writing is a process...  Sometimes I can’t write the words down fast enough, and sometimes it seems I can’t finish a sentence.  When I am blocked, I simply take a break- going for a walk, feeling the fresh air blow through my hair, or just relaxing for a bit.  I try not to push it, but wait for those moments of inspiration to pop back up.


What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?

You only live once, so make sure you live it the way you want to remember it.  If writing is your dream, then it is up to you to make it happen.  Keep writing, keep trying, and don’t give up.


Genre

What genre does your book fall into?

YA Fantasy


How did you get interested in this specific genre?

I have always gravitated towards the fantasy genre.  Growing up, even as young as elementary school,  I wanted to be whisked away to a far off land with princesses and castles and knights, but what I found was that most fantasy novels were a struggle to read due to them being above my reading level.  So when I began writing and as ideas began to flow through my mind, I really wanted to capture something that a younger reader, a teen, and even an adult would enjoy.


You as a reader

Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?

1) Dr. Suess- by far, he has been able to charm me with his words both as a child and as an adult.  Whether tackling rhymes and green eggs, or challenging you to think and dream with the Lorax and the Places You Go, he writes with clear intent and a positive message.

2) Piers Anthony- I fell in love with fantasy the moment I read his Incarnations of Immortality series.  It was the first real book that I had read and was transported into that world.  The characters, the message, the overall theme- it had a profound effect.

3) Ken Follett- I read his “Pillars of the earth” in a week… This was the first book after having kids that truly spoke to me.  I gave up many hours of naps and sleep to read an extra chapter and see what happened next.


What was your favourite book as a child?

As a child, I was a huge “Babysitters Club” fan… and for a stand alone book, I loved “Watership Down.”  I must have read this book over 10 times through elementary school.


What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?  

Besides mine?  J  Through this whole new process of having my book published and meeting new authors, I have discovered some wonderful new books.  One of the most recent that I read and truly enjoyed was Bobbie Shafer’s, “Love’s Golden Dream


What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?

The last book I recommended was “Loves Golden Dream”.   It was a fantastic read with a wonderful message.


Kindle (or other e-reader) or paperback, and why?

I think both have their places, but I prefer the kindle.  It certainly allows me more room for knick knacks on my bookshelves!  I have my favourite books in paperback, but for storage, accessibility and travel, nothing beats a kindle.


Hollywood is calling

You’ve had the call from Hollywood and they want your opinion on who should play the leading roles in the film based upon your book. Who would you choose, and why?

Oh man, that would be fantastic!  Since we’re dreaming here, I will dream… Princess Madeline should be played by Emily Rossom, Knight Daniel by Jared Padalecki, King Theodeore by Cary Elwes.  I think these three would be able to match the look of the characters while projecting their range of emotions.


The film of your book is now going to need a soundtrack. Which musician(s) would you want to write and play it?

Since this is for fun, I have to have Bon Jovi write and play my soundtrack.  They can perform love ballads to perfection, and some great music for the royal ball and tournament.  J


Favourites

Drink – Coffee… I cannot live without my coffee.  

Meal – Hamburger, fries and a diet coke.  My husband laughs and calls me a cheap date.

Holiday destination – Home.  Nothing beats being home for the holidays and celebrating our traditions with the kids.

TV programme – My top three right now are Warehouse 13, Once Upon a Time, and Quantum Leap.

Film –   Don’t laugh, but my favorites are “Goonie’s,” “The Neverending Story,” and “Tangled”… some of the favorites from my childhood, and my kids.  I enjoy movies, but these are the ones I can watch over and over again.

Method of travel – I really enjoy a long road trip.  There’s something special about feeling the wind blow through my hair, the radio up loud, and rocking out to my favourite songs…

Sport – Rugby.  I was an exchange student to New Zealand in high school, and was introduced to this sport.  Loved it!  Still cheer for those New Zealand All Blacks!


How can people connect with you?

Website/Blog: www.KirstinPulioff.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/KirstinPulioff

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KirstinPulioffAuthor


Where can people get a copy of “The Escape of princess Madeline?”


To be released 5th November 2012, by Malachite Quills Publishing

Will be available on amazon.com & barnesandnoble.com