Hello, everyone! Today I’m thrilled to host an interview with author Virginia Sanders!
Virginia Sanders blogs at Kiss Chronicles and loves getting the chance to feature art, photos, and stories centered around the subject of kissing. Two ungrateful, wickedly cute cats live with her in Indianapolis, IN. She holds degrees in English and Theatre and can’t figure out how to put them down. She hopes to be a dragon when she grows up, but for the time being she works as a copy editor for a publishing company.
You can find Virginia on Twitter at @KissChronicle, on Facebook, and Goodreads.
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✖ Thank you for agreeing to this interview. After reading the bio, we’d like to know more about you! What’s the quirkiest thing about you?
I have to pick just one? Oh gosh, that isn’t easy. The subject of my book is pretty quirky, but setting that aside, I think the fact that I keep an Excel spreadsheet listing the titles of all the anime I’ve watched might be my quirkiest habit. That, or my recent steampunk fetish.
✖ Tell us a bit about your book! What inspired Kiss Chronicles or drove you to tell this particular story? What sets it apart from others in its genre?
To explain where the Kiss Chronicles ebook came from, I have to tell you about the original Kiss Chronicles project from which it sprang. When I turned thirty years old without getting my first kiss, I decided I wanted to try to auction off my first kiss for charity. That’s just logical, right? From there, the project began, and absolutely nothing went as I expected it to. It has been the most interesting and enlightening journey of my life, so sharing the story was the natural next step.
Many factors set my book apart, but I think the biggest factor that makes Kiss Chronicles different from other memoirs is the spirit of purpose behind it. The reason this ebook is free, you see, is because I invite the readers to make a donation to a cancer-related charity instead. I have a third-party fundraising page set up on the Razoo website.
✖ Do you think you could share your favorite excerpt or tease us with a single quote even?
This is one of my favorite quotes, and it sums up a lot of the book:
✖ What was your process for writing Kiss Chronicles? Did you make a story outline, map out scenes with index cards, or did you just go with the flow?
I started with a basic table of contents, thinking that what I was writing would be a short promotional piece with only a few sections. I wrote a two chapters. Then the story grew from being a short piece to a full book, and I expanded the table of contents. From there, I simply filled in chapters. I also relied on my trusty writing critique group for feedback, and some of my friends submitted flash fiction stories for me to include as well, expanding the “chronicles” theme of the story.
For added flavor, I chose to do a sort of miniature NaNoWriMo and wrote a minimum of 1,000 words every day in February, which helped me to jump start the book.
✖ What advice have you most benefited from? Do you have any words of wisdom you’d like to impart to all the writers still on their journey toward publication?
“If your dream doesn’t scare you, it isn’t big enough.” My dream scared the snot out of me, so I knew I was on the right path and kept going.
Advice for other writers: If you don’t have a writing critique group, what are you waiting for? Also, start building your social media presence yesterday. Or the day before yesterday would be even better!
When I turned 30 without getting my first kiss — yes, you read that right. Read over it again if you need to. Anyway, when I turned 30, I decided I had to take action and get a first kiss to be remembered. So I devised a method to get my first kiss in a way that would be guaranteed to make it meaningful: I would auction off my first kiss for charity.
In this quirky memoir, I share details from my life, exploring exactly how it was that I came to a kissless crossroads at age 30, and I tell all about the exciting and challenging experiences I faced as I developed the Kiss Chronicles project.
Note: This ebook is free, but the story invites readers to make an optional donation to a cancer-related charity. Full details inside.
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