Nothing is more exciting to an area than having homegrown writers; authors working in their midst, creating dreams, worlds, and characters that we can attach to and live vicariously through. Right here in the Syracuse area, Krissy Angello-Mayfield started chasing a dream that, as so many writers have experienced, someone close to her heart saying she could not do it. Like those of us chasing down that dream, she ignored the naysayer and went from a one book beginning that has grown into a four-book series with book #5 almost ready to join her impressive body of work.
She is engaging, humorous, very grounded, seems to wear her heart and soul on her sleeve like most writers that I know, and is one of a growing number of literary gems cropping up from the region. So who is she? Here is her ‘about the author’ response:
Kristin resides in the Central New York area. Her hobbies include attending craft fairs/flea markets, traveling with friends, eating out, listen to music, making jewelry, photography, occasional reading, watching movies, hiking/nature trails, making new recipes that are Gluten Free, and adores a good camp fire. Her true passion is science fiction/supernatural type genre and appreciates her fellow writers in that field. She enjoys the ability to interact with her fans and does so on: Facebook (Krissy Angello-Mayfield) and twitter @KAMTheVisionary.
Her links are below and please do read her interview, check out her books, and let’s all spread the word on this wonderful woman from Central New York and her works!
Interview with author Krissy Angelo-Mayfield
So the first question is when did you fall in love with writing; what was the catalyst for you?
I have always been a huge fan of writers of Vampires, X-men, but at times I sit and read/watch these other writers’ works and think NOW I would have done it like “this” or had that character do “that”. So one day when I was not happy in my life, I created a person that brought me joy – I suppose my depression created the catalyst and then the joy of the character saving me made me want to make each one of them flourish.
I know a lot of writers write for several outlets beyond books, what other outlets do you work?
I haven’t had the opportunity for this other than when I meet another writer (usually young people in high school seeing if this is the avenue they want to take) and they show me something they have written and I bounce a few ideas or avenues to them in order for them to get “back on track”. I do jot down cryptic dystopian poems in a jot book at times when certain things upset me and I do not wish to engage with another brain – if that counts.
What genre(s) do you normally work in and why?
Oddly I started writing a book called Kidamer, which is an action/romance – I wrote it 17 years ago and am working on revamping the manuscript to my “adult style”; which I find now is a lot harder to write then Fantasy/Science Fiction. In Fantasy the characters can be more abnormal, gives your imagination more for its money and is seemingly more challenging for me (more research too). My key is to teach strength and acceptance and to fight for what you believe in. Good Versus Evil I suppose as it were.
How did you get started and were there any frustrations? How did you get beyond those?
I actually got started when my ex-husband told me that I was fooling myself and that I can’t write, I dropped my English major in college for Business/Law. Frustrations for me are mostly activity or noise around me when I’m attempting to write. And I just go with it! Every writer needs to learn to go with it. Especially in the world of processors! You type whatever is in your head, get it out and down and keep moving forward. Then go back and read what you wrote…comprehend it, digest it and then frost the crap out of it! I feel the only frustration is that in and of itself. If you’re frustrated with what you’re creating then drop it and move to another angle, jot down in a binder what your originating thought was, if you stop being forceful toward it you probably would be greatly surprised on how it just might fall into place once you let the binder be responsible for it. (That’s another thing if you get another idea GO for it! Don’t worry about the other project; it’s like a mental friend it’ll find you when you’re ready!)
What are your works thus far and where can people find them?
My works thus far are: The Visionary Evolution Series under my author name K. Angello-Mayfield. It is a four (soon to be five) book series. They are available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, ITunes, and Authorhouse.com. I also have Kidamer, The Weeds, and Tortoise that I’m working on and off and on depending on where my mood is.
What is forthcoming and can you give a brief description?
I am looking for a literary agent or a new publisher as I am not going as far as I would have liked to where I am. But I am working on “We Are Facility” which is a revamped and more in depth writing of the full works of The Visionary which will be available on Kindle and other Ereader format. I am working on Kidamer, which is an action/romance about a girl that gets kidnapped because of a clause in her father’s will; Woodland Grove, a fantasy story of fairies and how to overcome bullying and ancient rules; and Tortoise, a funny romance a young woman who finds friendship in a man who understands her better than she realizes she understands herself.
I have learned that the literary world can be quite cut throat; what advice would you give to a person trying to find a way to publish their work?
I find that most writers I’ve come in contact with are afraid that “If I give your manuscript to my people what if you become a better success.” In my world, hey if you’re a better writer than I am, your genre and style was better than mine, I would simply hope that you would give me a little “her books are great too.” I can’t say that it’s “cut throat” more than “fear stricken”. It seems that all these agents and publishers want is a query and a synopsis and if you’re not good at writing that then you can’t be good at writing a book. Honestly, read the first 15,000 of the manuscript. Ask questions. Self-publishing is fulfilling, that is the avenue I took. I kept more creative reign over my works, but the downfall is, you have to pay for it, you have to advertise with your own money. Has it paid off? Not monetarily, but my readers thrill me into making what would have been a 3 book series to a five book. Read books on how to write a query and synopsis. If you’re taking classes tell your professors to teach you this technique, because if you can’t find a friend willing to give you a good word or a foot in the door, those two articles are going to make/break you. Also get the Writer’s Market, get Writer’s Digest, research, learn, and do NOT give up. Denials are going to happen! So what! KEEP TRYING!
Is there anything else that you would like to add; thoughts, advice, pet-peeves?
It doesn’t take a lot to help out a writer. Contact people, state you read this great book and thought they should see it, don’t be shy, and boast about it. Most works of literature are from advertising and word of mouth. I find it difficult to get people to “help” with simple things. For instance, clicking LIKE on Amazon for the books, posting their pages on Facebook, mentions on Twitter, posts on Pinterest, etc. Word of mouth goes a long way! Positive word or mouth goes on forever! I feel that people get more jealous than anything; to me it is like BUT if I make you famous what do I get out of it. Suppose we won’t know until we both try!
She is also on iTunes!