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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Q & A with Author Libby Kirsch

Hi, Libby. Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world?

My goal is to have multiple successful series of books on Amazon and the other online retailers. I’ve really enjoyed publishing my own books, but hope to become a “hybrid” author, with some books published the traditional way, and others still coming out from my own small press.

Those are great goals. What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?

TV?? That’s still a thing? Lol, just kidding. I could watch Modern Family reruns for hours at a time. Love Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight. They’re the reason every Monday is particularly difficult—Its hard to stay up late for good TV, then wake up early with the kiddos the next morning!

I am obsessed with Game of Thrones! Do you believe in fate or love at first sight?

No way. Life is what we make of it. Love is what we choose.

What is the strangest fact about you?

I used to be the lead singer in a band in college. We were terrible, but it was awfully fun.

Which writers inspire you?

I love some of the classic talents, Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Margaret Mitchell, Ayn Rand. But also can’t get enough of Kristin Hannah, Gillian Flynn, and Lee Child. My reading tastes are so varied. I love chick-lit just as much as rom-com, science fiction, mystery, and literature.

Kristin Hannah and Gillian Flynn are amongst my favorites too. I have written reviews for Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl. Be sure to check them out. What are you working on right now?

I’m working on the third book in my Stella Reynolds series, and also jotting down ideas I have for a second series—also a mystery.

Why do you write?

I love it! I stay at home with our three children, and writing gives me something that I absolutely need—something that’s just for me. It helps me stay centered and focused, it’s something I look forward to each day. 

That's awesome! Writing offers different things for many people. Do you have any advice for someone wanting to publish their own book?

Make sure you put the best book possible out there. Just because you’re self-publishing doesn’t mean you’re doing everything yourself. Hire out your cover design. Hire out the content and copy-editing. You are your own publisher, so you have to make sure your book reads well at the end of the day!

That's really good advice! What book(s) are you currently reading?

I just finished The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah—amazing! Now Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff is on my nightstand, ready to start. My book club is discussing it next week, so I’d better get a move on!

I have a review of both Fates and Furies and The Nightingale. If you want to check out the book chat for The Nightingale and leave some comments, you can find that here. How can people find out more about you?

The first book in this series - The Big Lead - will be free this week during the tour here. The Big Lead was chosen for a Publishers Weekly review.

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Thanks again for joining me and best of luck in your future writing!