We are beyond excited today to feature Kristy Bromberg (aka K. Bromberg) in our Monday Morning Spotlight! Many of the GoR ladies love The Driven Series and Kristy is always a must-see when we’re at signings. We love her and her words so much! Hear what she has to say in our version of 20 questions.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No, not really. I’ve just always written but never thought it would happen so I don’t think I ever really put any stock into it.
What did you do before becoming a full-time writer?
I was a bookkeeper for a yacht broker. So accounting stuff.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
I’d tell myself a few things. (1) Love your body because you’re not fat. (2) Quit caring what people think and just do your own thing regardless of what people think. (3) Eat the dessert.
Do you work on one storyline at a time or do you have multiple storylines in the pipeline?
I write one at a time. That doesn’t mean I don’t have other ideas or aren’t outlining another book or editing another, but I can only write one book at a time.
Let’s play favorites! Who is your favorite character you’ve written?
That’s like trying to pick a favorite child. I love them all in different ways but I’d probably have to say Colton just because he started everything from me. And plus I love his filthy mouth.
Have you experienced any of your stories personally?
Nope. 100% fiction.
What are your biggest distractions?
Social Media! Ugh. It’s so hard some days to ignore it so I have an app on my computer that locks me out for hours at a time so I can’t access the internet. Oh, and my kids.
What is your least favorite part of the writing or publishing process?
Writing the first chapter. That’s always the hardest for me.
Do you find it difficult, or challenging to write from the male POV?
I love writing in the male POV. Men tell it like it is and say what they want to so to write like a guy is rather liberating and fun!
What activities do you enjoy outside of writing?
I have (3) kids under the age of 10 (10, 7, and 5) and so my days are filled with soccer practice and school stuff so there isn’t much time for me… so they are by far my most favorite thing outside of writing to do.
Do you have a favorite author or book?
Not really. I have a lot of favorites and I think they shift and change as I experience different things in my life.
Ever think you have a great idea for a book, only to find out someone released the same storyline already?
Yes BUT all storylines are similar in a way, it’s up to the author to tweak it and make it uniquely theirs. They say there are only like 7 storylines in all of literature and every book is just a variation of them in one way or another.
Have you ever had writer’s block and how do you work through it?
All the time. It’s super frustrating. Sometimes I step away for a day or two but when I’m on a tight deadline, I can’t and so the only way to deal is try and write through it OR go get on my treadmill to help my mind work through it.
Do you ever find yourself jumping up from the dinner to table to jot down a scene that just ran through your head?
Yes but usually it’s in the shower for me or just before I fall asleep. And I try to remember it as best as I can.
What does your writing workspace look like?
I sit at my kitchen counter most days and usually have earphones on and a Diet Coke next to my laptop.
Sharing your work with the public has to be scary. How do you respond to negative reviews?
It’s very scary but it’s also very rewarding. My theory on negative reviews are that I’m never going to please everybody. That’s impossible to do. Sure there are people that are hateful just because they want to be but for the most part I try to read the negative reviews and find something postive in the criticism to better my writing or storytelling for the next book I’m working on.
Do you have any visuals for your characters from any of your books?
Nope. My characters are all in my head.
Can you tell us what you are working on next?
I’m working on a standalone novel of another Driven character, Zander, and it’s titled Down Shift. And when I’m done with that one, I’m writing an all new set of characters that are non-Driven related.
What is in your purse right now?
A wallet, keys, iPhone, wintergreen lifesavers (I love to chew on them), hair tie, usually something of my kids, and my checkbook.
Do you have a favorite scene or book of your own?
I have a favorite scene in each book I think. There’s definitely scenes in the books that give me the chills and those are my favorites!
Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know me better. I appreciate all of your support and enthusiasm over the novels and I can’t wait for you guys to read some new ones!
I Race You!
BOOKS BY K. BROMBERG
The Driven Series