Welcome, Krista Wagner – thanks for answering my interview questions so we can learn a few things about you:
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was seven. I started writing plays and songs every day after school and on the weekends.
What genre(s) do you write?
Mostly mystery/thriller. I also have my first middle grade fantasy releasing this summer.
How many books have you written and how many of those have been published?
My third published novel will be out this summer. I am working on a fourth.
How many hours a day do you devote to writing?
It varies. Typically 1-2 hours.
What’s more important: character or plot?
Character. A story can be fascinating to us, but without a good character, one we care about,the plot won’t matter much.
What is the hardest part of writing?
The time involved. It’s a serious business if you are serious about writing.
What does your family think of your writing?
They love it.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read, teach, and spend time with my family.
What authors do you like to read?
Dean Koontz, Christopher Pike, and Poe.
Do you have future projects in mind?
Indeed. My next story is a young adult novel.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Do you write every day?
How did your writing journey begin?
I loved reading when I was a child and soon after I began school, I felt compelled to write. I also loved listening to music. So, both books and music played a huge role inspiring me to write. I had so many stories to tell, and I still do.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Take a break. It’s important to step away from the page, refresh, and come back to it with ‘new eyes’; there are things in your own story that you can’t see at first, but after a period of time, you will later detect.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Being able to share with the world important truths about life.
What motivates you to write?
Entertaining readers, encouraging them, and helping them heal.
Do you have any advice for other writers
Writing is hard work, but it’s important you don’t give up on it because you never know whose life you will change for the better.
About the author:
Mother of three and Adjunct English Instructor Krista Wagner has been writing short stories of dramatic events like murder and kidnapping since she was in high school, and has been writing in general since she was seven years old. Wagner received her B.A. in English from UMBC, her M.A. in English Composition with a Literature Concentration from CSUSB, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from National University. Her debut novel Intent was published by TouchPoint Press in 2014. Outside of her professional life, Wagner enjoys watching suspenseful films, reading the Bible, and spending time with her family. She is currently at work on her next project, a children’s fantasy screenplay and novel.
In her latest novel, author Krista Wagner introduces us to Rian Field, a Marine Biologist who, after surviving a shark attack, continues her work at the Southern California Marine Institute, determined to continue living her routine life. But Rian is plagued both by memories of an earlier trauma and a sudden onslaught of mysterious and ominous events. Immersed in an inescapable danger, she suspects that her former assailant is still threatening her life–and may be someone close to her. More disturbing is the growing certainty that the trauma is somehow connected to the shark attack, compelling Rian to uncover the truth of her past and discover who is after her.
Rian Field will resonate with those who have doubted the integrity even of those closest to them. More seriously, it will move those who have suffered from an emotional or mental trauma and who yearn for a way to find victory.
“Because what you don’t remember can hurt you.”