Featured Fig: Kristy

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Kristy is a winner of the Figment Street Team, book blogger, and Griffin-lover from Texas. In her free time, Kris ballroom dances . . . and writes, of course!

What was your favorite part of being on the Pushing the Limits Figment Street Team?

Promoting books that I love has always been a joy to me. This is why I became a book blogger and why I jumped at the chance to promote Pushing the Limits. I had received a copy of the book for review and admired the grace and talent with which Katie McGarry weaves together themes relevant to the teenage audience into an edgy story with entirely realistic characters. It was a delight to be a part of the Pushing the Limits Figment Street Team, which gave me an opportunity to share this wonderful book both online and offline.

If you had to give your writing style an adjective, what would it be?

Thoughtful. My ideas tend to come to me through questions. What if this happened? How would someone react to that? Writing is a way for me to explore the world around me and to come up with answers to ideas that come to mind. I don’t want my writing to be viewed as something meant merely for pleasure reading. I want it to be thought provoking and inspiring.

Which mythical creature would you most like to have as a pet and why?

A Griffin. I’ve always wanted to fly, but I don’t seem to be showing signs of sprouting wings of my own any time soon. While I also love dragons, I doubt I could ride them bareback with all those scales. They’re also so big that I wouldn’t be able to house much less feed one. Griffins are smaller (I think—you never know with mythical creatures. They often defy your expectations!). They’re noble creatures, feathered and furred, which I’m much more acquainted with than scales. It would be a dream to befriend a griffin, even more so if it lets me fly on its back!

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Just write. First drafts exist for a reason. They’re not meant for immediate public viewing, but rather to get one’s thoughts down on paper. I have a lot of trouble with this because I have a tendency to overthink. In the middle of writing, I often read through what I’ve written thus far to see how it flows and if it’s heading in the direction I want it to go. I’ve rewritten my beginning countless times, trying to find the best fit before I move on to the end. Sometimes this works; mostly, it prevents me from getting where I’m supposed to be going.

Writing the first draft is a messy process, and most of what I write at this stage will never be shown to anyone else. However, the important thing here is to lay the story out. The revising and editing stages are there to polish the draft into something worth publishing. I’m still in the process of trying to let first drafts be first drafts. It’s tough, but writing has always been a learning process for me. That’s what I love about it. It’s always full of pleasant surprises.

What’s your most unique hobby?

I’m a ballroom dancer. A friend that I met at a camp for incoming first year students at my college invited me to go to the first ballroom dance meeting with her. I loved it so much that I joined the team just so I could spend more time dancing. It’s become my biggest on-campus activity. Other than reading and writing, I haven’t found something that I enjoyed doing so much or could share with so many people who love it just as much as I do.

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