Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Kris Clink.
Kris writes about relatable characters who rely on humor and tenderness to navigate complicated relationships. Set in middle America, her novels are laced with romance, heartbreak, and just enough snarky humor to rock the boat.
When not writing, Kris spends her time searching for an open karaoke mike and an understanding audience. Born and raised in the Texas Panhandle, Kris lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband and two spoiled-rotten pups. She’s also the host of Kris Clink’s writing table, a podcast for writers and book lovers. Today we’ll be discussing her debut novel, Goodbye, Lark Lovejoy, which is out now.
In this episode Kris and I discuss:
- Why she writes the flap copy for her next book before she begins drafting it.
- How she wrote a not necessarily likeable character that readers can engage with.
- What makes a book one genre versus another and why that can be important.
Plus, her #1 tip for writers.
For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/371
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384: Writing Personal Essays with Honesty, Authenticity, and Hope - Interview with Marcus Harrison Green
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