She has also written three fiction books under the name Abbey K davies. She loves to read and make a difference in lives.
1.What got you into writing? This is a bit of a long story. In 2002, my husband I bought a house in a new town. We sold our home in one day. We were blessed. A week before closing, our buyers backed out. I was hit with anxiety out of nowhere. I became debilitated with it for nearly a year. Always being the one who people came to for advice, a listening ear, compassion; I was a literal lump laying in the fetal position for months, afraid of everything. In my journey to help myself heal from the thralls of anxiety, I decided the best way to help myself was to help others. I had never written a book before, but always thought it would be cool. I sat down at my computer and started typing. With each strike of the keyboard, I shared my story of anxiety and then depression. The title is, “It’s Okay To Have Anxiety…Really!” I had no idea at the time how to format or sell the book, so I created a website. The local newspaper did a story on me and my struggles, which many thought it was very risky as I am a business owner. I had no care about that, I wanted to help others that were going through what I did. That began my writing, under my real name, Kristen L. Baker. I continued on to write in the self help genre. I was asked to write a book for a publisher, 30Day Boot Camp To Eliminate Fears & Phobias. That was the hardest book I ever wrote. I didn’t have the freedom as I did with my first book which was self published. I then wrote, Invisible Pain, What you Can’t See is Real! After much criticism and fear from my father writing non-fiction, he kept telling me to use the gift of my imagination and write fiction. In late 2011, I decided, what the heck, I’ll give it a whirl. I had to use a penname because it was a different genre and I had become a Certified Master Life Coach in 2005 and I was known for non-fiction. I sat down one day and said, “This is the day!” I had no idea how to start, so I just started. I had had a story in me for over 20 years and that was when PASSION was born. I spent months locked away writing and loving every second of it. So that is how my writing started.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you? A usual writing day for me is in my office at home, with my water nearby. Complete quiet and the windows shades open looking out to my beautiful sprawling front yard. When I am in the groove, I can write 5000 or more a day.
3.Who influences you? I would have to say, from the very beginning, my mom. She has always been my support and made me believe I could do it. Since I started Fiction writing, my husband has influenced me as well.
4.What is your all time favorite book? This is tough; I read at least 30 books a month. I would have to say my all time favorite book though is “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield.
5.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? Most Definitely, I am in it right now. What I usually do is to stop writing and read a book. I also sit in quiet and let the thoughts come to me. The block can be long, weeks even. Clearing my head is the best thing to come out of it.
6.Besides writing, what do you enjoy doing? I own a catering business and I really enjoy that, especially creating fruit and vegetable carvings. I love to read. I enjoy watching my kids play sports more than anything. I love to redecorate my house. I enjoy snuggling with my husband and watching a good movie. I enjoy beyond measure, coaching people all over the world and helping them improve their lives.
7.Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to starting a story? This is a funny question to me because I can sit at my computer and write a 350 page book in less than a month with no plotting and planning. I am completely off the cuff. I usually do not have any plan. It just comes to me.
8.What reason(s) did you choose self publishing over traditional publishing?Honestly, for me I have gone both ways. I have been published and I hated everything about it. In 8 years, I have still not seen a red cent or have control over my book. I love the freedom of self publishing and being able to go back and make changes and re-edit as needed. Lord knows I have had to do that many times. I’m not in it for the money, it is my passion.
9.Do you have a particular writing space? I do, my home office. It is my space that my English Cream Golden shares me with. Hehe This is where it all comes to me.
10.Where is the best place you’ve visited, or what’s your best experience? I don’t travel much, being a business owner. I have lived in Hilton Head Island, SC for a while before I got married. I flew to Colorado and toured the state by myself and it was amazing there. I have been to Florida a few times. My favorite place was Colorado though, the people there were so courteous and nice, not like the East were I am from, New Hampshire. My best experience and memory was when I was about 25 and my uncle, my sister and her boyfriend and two other friends went canoeing down the Saco River in Maine. It was breathtaking and beautiful. We canoed for 8 hours and then camped out on the river’s edge. The constant laughter was an amazing gift.