I love Authors Interview 16
Welcome readers to I love Authors Interview 16. Today I have Kristen Hogrefe on my couch. Her book The Revolutionary is on tour with Celebrate Lit from 10-23 April. I am delighted that I have been allowed to interview Kristen and read her book. My review will be out on 19 April and I hope you will visit again to read it.
Now, let’s all give Kristen a warm welcome.
Kristen – Thank you so much, Margaret, it is lovely to meet you.
Thank you, Kristen. I know we are sitting on a beautiful couch, however, I would like you to imagine we are stranded on a desert island!
Kristen – This sounds fun!
Let’s get started then, Kristen.
Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?
Kristen – I’d pick my twin brother and his wife because they are two of my best friends. Also, with their background in the park service and wildland firefighting, I’m pretty sure we would not only survive but thrive.
I am sure you would Kristen with such helpful family. It sounds like all you would need to do is sit back and write!
For my next question, we are going to let you have something special as a treat.
What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?
Kristen – A large, waterproof Tervis containing an iced caramel latte would be wonderful.
I think we can arrange that, but your brother and sister-in-law might be a bit jealous so perhaps we might need to send you two more Kristen!
While we sit here basking in the sun can you tell me…
What favourite sentence do you like from your most recent published book?
Kristen – “Portia, nothing worth having is easy. You need to train if for no other reason than to prove to yourself that you can.”
I like that saying, Kristen. It is a good motto for life. I think it is similar to “I can’t do it yet”, rather than “I can’t do it.” We all need to strive for those goals.
There’s not a cloud in the sky and it is so peaceful Kristen so tell me..
I know you like writing but do you have another passion?
Kristen – I really enjoy music and have played the piano and sung in church groups since I was a teenager. Just recently, I started learning guitar, because why not? Music aside, I enjoy trying new things, especially when they involve the outdoors. This year, I went skiing for the first time and had a blast.
That’s a wonderful talent to have to be able to play the piano. I love your can-do attitude, yes why not learn to play the guitar and ski. I hope you go on to do many other interesting pursuits too. How about bungee jumping?
Oh, what a shame this is my last question, Kristen.
To leave the island, you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?
Kristen – Small, brave, broken, resourceful, visionary
I am so excited about reading your book Kristen, your description of the main character is calling to me! It’s been a privilege to talk to you and I hope you have a successful tour with Celebrate Lit.
Kristen – Thank you once again, Margaret.
Be upstanding for the talented Kristen Hogrefe. Yes get your hands out of your pockets and show your appreciation.
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And don’t forget Kristen has a GIVEAWAY at the end of my post, so please do enter.
About the Book
Title: The Revolutionary: Liberate the Captives
Author: Kristen Hogrefe
Genre: Young Adult, Action, Adventure
Release Date: March, 2018
Freedom costs more than Portia wants to pay, but revolutions run on sacrifice … and blood.
Three months a satellite prisoner, Portia wonders if the Brotherhood has left her to die—until she plunges into the domain of an underground smuggler contacted by her brother. But her rescue comes with a price tag only she can pay, and now, she must forfeit her identity to act as a spy back in the dizzying politics of Crystal. There, she learns that her enemies want the Dome to approve mass satellite executions. No one knows why. Worse, they’re using her friend Luther, now a Court Citizen intern, to sign the short-term orders. She desperately wants to confide in Luther, but can she still trust him with the company he keeps?
Plagued by shadows and guilt for leaving her protector Gath behind on the satellite, Portia must find a way not only to rescue him and the other prisoners, but also to destroy the slave camps once and for all.
About the Author
Kristen Hogrefe is a multi-published novelist and teacher who challenges young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly.
Her publishing journey began in 2010 with the first book in her young adult (YA) suspense trilogy Wings of the Dawn. She completed the trilogy in the fall of 2014, and in 2016, contracted with Write Integrity Press for a new YA dystopian trilogy: The Rogues.
Kristen also has the heart of an educator and mentor. She teaches secondary language arts for Alpha Omega Academy and served in youth ministry for many years. Through Word Weavers International, she encourages aspiring writers and acts as president for an online writing group. She enjoys speaking events that allow her to connect with readers and other writers.
A lifelong Florida resident, Kristen loves adventuring outdoors and running with friends. Connect with her online at KristenHogrefe.com.
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Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 10
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The Fizzy Pop Collection, April 12
proud to be an autism mom, April 12
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Multifarious, April 13
Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 14
A Greater Yes, April 14
It’s Storytime With Van Daniker, April 15
Texas Book-aholic, April 15
A Reader’s Brain, April 16
Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 17
Carpe Diem, April 18
MargaretKazmierczak, April 19
A Baker’s Perspective, April 20
Bibliophile Reviews, April 21
Simple Harvest Reads, April 22 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)
Pursuing Stacie, April 23
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 24
Janices book reviews, April 24
Bigreadersite, April 25
Reading is my Super Power, April 25 (Interview)
To celebrate her tour, Kristen is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Starbucks Gift Card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!
Have you ever had a judgement day? I have had a few, but one remains in my mind to this day – telling a parent that I had not passed my exams and couldn’t apply for the career I desperately wanted.
In no uncertain terms, I could see the disappointment on his face. His anger welled up, and razor sharp eyes cut me to the quick. I had tried, but there would be no compassion that day. In his judgement, I was a failure, to him especially. I had not come up to his expectations and therefore not his daughter. His daughter would have excelled, been top of the class in everything and someone he could introduce as an extension of himself.
Being a disappointment hurts, its tendrils weave in and out of your heart and mind lying to you that you are not good enough. That judgement convicts you even though you know you are worthy of more. You have not changed from the person you were before, but now you carry the mark of embarrassment. You have become diseased, someone to ridicule and get rid of. If only my father knew the real me, my heart, my kindness, but he wanted the trophy, the model daughter. He never got over my failure.
Adam, the main character in Kerfuffle suffers too. However, his judgement is by far worse for his crime….
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My penny’s worth
What right have we to make a judgement?
Kerfuffle by Kirstin N. Spencer is a thought provoking book which in my humble opinion ought to be a must for church discussion groups.
It is brave in its challenge to test Christian beliefs and thinking. Which side of the coin would we fall on I wonder?
What I liked
I found the characters all believable with flaws and thoughts that were in line with the plot. My heart went out to Adam and Sophia whom I could relate to as they coped with their dilemmas. What wonderful friends they had but even here there were surprises.
There is judgement in my church
I recognised faces and sentiments from my own church which made the book feel real and also sad.
How wonderful for Adam that he had such guardians to help him as he came to understand the implications of discovering the root of his secrets.
How helpful and healing it would be if such guardians patrolled our churches with such acceptance and support.
Finding the answers
This book offers Jesus’ answers through biblical verse and encourages the reader to seek mercy and compassion as a solution rather than judgement. This I feel is one of the strong areas in the book.
Would I recommend this book?
This book needed to be written, and I hope more people – both teenager and adults alike, will pick it up and start discussing its contents. Thank you, Kirsten, for your book.
*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*
About the Book
Book title: Kerfuffle
Author: Kristin N. Spencer
Release date: June 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult
Olive’s best friend needs her now more than ever, but can she piece together everything in time to help him?
When an anonymous email circulates through Normandie High, everything Olive knows about her family, church, and friends will change. In the midst of controversy, Olive finds she has been entrusted to protect her best friend and his secrets, though revealing them would make her life much easier. Meanwhile, she struggles to figure out what the Bible teaches about homosexuality while the members of Revive church lobby accusations back and forth, threatening to cause a church split.
In a twist that even Olive couldn’t anticipate, family relationships waiver as Olive tries to decode her mother’s mysterious behavior. When the past stirs up new accusations against Olive’s family, she learns that some secrets are more painful to reveal than others.
Though a helpful guy in Spanish class has her attention, Olive realizes that boy problems are the least of her worries. Can she balance drama, schoolwork, and still be the supportive friend and daughter God wants her to be?
About the Author
Kristin N. Spencer is an American expat living in a 68 square meter flat with her husband and three kids near the Aegean Sea. When she isn’t wifing, mothering, counselling, disciplining, or writing, she enjoys sewing cosplay costumes for her family, baking, and hanging out with other geeks. She writes whatever she wants, including Non-Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. Her favorite person is Jesus and her favorite X-men character is Jean Grey. Kristin studied Comparative World Literature at California State University, Long Beach and received a Bachelors, which she fondly calls a degree in reading
Guest Post from Kristin N. Spencer
August 15: Bukwurmzzz
August 16: Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
August 17: Ashley’s Bookshelf
August 18: Blogging With Carol
August 19: Just the Write Escape
August 20: Carpe Diem
August 21: A Reader’s Brain
August 22: Remembrancy
August 23: Margaret Kazmierczak
August 24: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
August 25: Baker Kella
August 26: Avid Reader Book Reviews
August 27: The Power of Words (Spotlight)
August 28: JosephineAnneWrites
To celebrate her tour, Kristin is giving away a grand prize of all three of her books: Newfangled, Flummoxed, and Kerfuffle and a T-shirt of your choice from the WritersLife Artist Shop (https://writerslife.threadless.com)!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bb66 – this giveaway is now closed.