When I “Fall into the World of Extraordinary” I always want to…
…be more extraordinary.
Falling into extraordinary worlds always inspires me to be more extraordinary, to be better. I want to be as strong and compassionate and brave as Claire (Outlander), as kick ass and noble and filled with conviction as Daenerys (Game of Thrones), as strong and smart and big hearted and take no BS and, okay, yeah, again, kick ass as Eve Dallas (In Death series).
All of at some point wonder how we might respond to a dramatic event: Would I run toward the danger or away? Would I sacrifice my well-being for another’s? Could I be brave enough to fall in love? My most favorite stories, the worlds that resonate with me far beyond the final page or screen, are the ones to which I form the deepest emotional bonds. The ones that inspire me to be just as extraordinary in my (decidedly more humdrum) life—or, better yet, to exceed it.
From a young age, it was the stories in romance novels that taught me to not sell my wants and needs short—not sell myself short. When I was bullied or excluded, the heroes and heroines in those pages were my friends and champions. They showed me I was worthy of friendship and love. Romance novels taught me to hold out for the one who’d find me extraordinary. To be proud of my brain and my attitude. To be loyal and honorable, sexy and challenging.
To be the heroine of my own extraordinary world.
I want to write books that instill those feelings in other readers; that show them they too can be uniquely extraordinary. And I want to live that story. I want to be that brave, that giving, that vulnerable, that kind, that heroic, that supportive, that smart and sassy, that open and inclusive, that protective, that reliable, that champion, that take-no-prisoners, that driven—whatever it is that‘s made that world and those people special, I wants it. I wants the precious. I want to be worthy of those extraordinary worlds by becoming even more extraordinary, a constant, ever-changing challenge in whatever world into which I may fall.
Name something on your bucket list you HAVE done and name something you HAVEN’T yet done.
About two years ago, I decided I wanted to remove the phrase “I used to do…” and replace it with “I’m doing…” or “I am going to do…” So my bucket list now features things that are out of my comfort zone, like joining dating sites (check!), to things I miss doing, like boxing at the gym (getting there) and wearing heels (check!), to things I thought I’d never be fit and strong enough to handle, like sky-diving and driving a motorcycle and a race car (soon. I’ve already got the motorcycle boots!). And, like many of my fellow authors, I’m a travel junkie, so I’d like to see Paris in the near future and return to the United Kingdom and Italy soon.
Writer, singer, editor, traveler, tequila drinker, and cat herder, Kiersten Hallie Krum avoids pen names since keeping her multiple personalities straight is hard enough work. As an undergrad, she studied English literature and European history, which means she knows a little bit about a lot of things concerning people long dead. Then she got her Masters degree in publishing and professional life began to click in the right direction.
At various times, she’s worked back stage for a regional theater, for a commerce newspaper in the World Trade Center, for various book publishers, and for a pharmaceutical advertising company.
Born and bred in New Jersey, she moved away once, a time still spoken about only in whispers so as not to irrevocably scar the innocent. Now back where she belongs, Kiersten sings as easily, and as frequently, as she breathes, drives fast with the windows down and the music up, likes to randomly switch accents for kicks and giggles, and would be happy to spend all her money traveling for the rest of her life.
Kiersten is a Reader Rave Luncheon host this year at InD’Scribe Con. Please come have lunch with her on Saturday, October 14th and stay for the InD’Scribe Book Festival. For more details about luncheon tickets visit InD’Scribe Con and Book Festival today!