Guest & Contest: Kristen Beairsto

I think one of the most common questions authors often get asked is: where do you get your ideas?  I think it’d be fair to say that ideas come from all over the place.  For myself, ideas normally come from reading or watching a show or movie and asking myself what if this happened instead?  At that point, an idea starts to take shape and morphs into something totally different.

With my newest release, I had the supreme fortune of having the story practically handed to me on a silver platter wrapped up in a neat little bow.  (An exceedingly rare occurrence let me tell you!)  This perfect alignment of the stars happened after an awful dream I had.  In an effort to get over the bad dream, I started writing down different parts of the dream I thought would make good scenes for a future story.  Before I finished writing the first paragraph, I had the entire plot line figured out in my head!  It was like a gift from the romance gods!

I felt like it was one of those golden days that happen so rarely.  You know, the days where the kids get ready for school without a fuss and you actually leave the house on time, the boss gives you a raise, you remember to pick up milk on the way home from work, you whip out dinner like Betty Crocker ain’t got nothing on you, and all the while you have a superb fantastic hair day that lasts the entire day.  You know, one of those days.  *Sigh* I love those days. = D

Has something like this ever happened to you?  When was the last time the stars aligned, they angels sang, and the gods granted you a special gift? = )



In between her to-be-read pile and trying to bring the characters in her head alive, Kristen spends as much time as she can with family and friends.  Much to her husband’s dismay, she enjoys collecting purses, shoes, and jewelry.  During those rare times she’s not working at her day job, rushing her daughters somewhere, watching movies with her husband, and trying to meet a deadline, she can usually be found energetically cheering for one of her favorite New York sports teams.

As with just about every other writer on the planet, Kristen grew up an avid reader.  She started with young adult before she technically hit the age range and moved on to sci-fi classics by Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.  At fifteen, her best friend gave her a book she just had to read!  The book was Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts.  Always a sucker for a happy ending, she was a goner and fell in love with the romance genre.  Having started writing novel length stories at the age of eleven, Kristen’s stories all took a romantic turn from that point on.

You can connect with Kristen through her website, Facebook, or Twitter

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21 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Kristen Beairsto

  1. Chris Bails says:

    When my daughter was born, the gods were looking out for us. My daughter was born 2 months premature. She was 3lbs and 1/2 oz. She was so little. My amonitoc sack ripped and was leaking fluid. I was rushed to the hospital and was kept on bed rest for a week. By the 6th day my contractions were getting worse and they were pretty sure that I would have her soon. My husband had just left for the day and she decided that she was going to come. He had to turn around and just made it back in time to see his first child born. She is getting ready to turn 11 years old in March.
    This book looks great and would love to win and read. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. erinf1 says:

    Congrats to Kristen on the new release! Sounds fabulous 🙂 I guess my question would be… of all of the characters who would you want to meet/befriend in real life ?

    • What an awesome question! I may have to borrow that one at some point 😉 Hmmm, I think I’d have to go with a favorite of mine and say Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. What about you? Who would you want to meet?

  3. Texas Book Lover says:

    Does getting the perfect interest rate to refinance and take 5 years off the mortgage of our house count? If so then just last week!

  4. Crystal says:

    The day my husband had a terrible accident. He ended up on the passenger side of the truck on the floor. The only spot on the dump truck that was not crushed. he had just removed his seat belt for a second to remove his wallet. he had not replaced it & the front tire blew out. If he would have been wearing his seat belt he would not still be here. It wasn’t a good day but I’m thankful that he still here so the Angels must have been watching over him.

  5. JoAnne says:

    Not sure if that’s ever happened to me – YET.
    Who are some of your favorite romance writers?
    If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?
    Thanks for sharing.

    • I love the fact that you said YET! 🙂 Some of my favorite romance authors are Christina Dodd, Carly Phillips, Teresa Medeiros, HP Mallory,Mary Jo Putney, Nora Roberts, I could so go on, but would be here for hours, LOL!

      As far as the travel question goes, that’s a toughie because I want see the ENTIRE world. But if I had to pick one place to go first, it’d be England, Ireland, and Scotland. 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  6. Tina B says:

    What a wonderful story. I have had that happen a few times in my life. Just when I needed it too. 🙂
    It is an amazing feeling!
    Thank you for sharing, Kristen. 🙂
    And for the chance to read one of your stories.

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