Skip to main content

Meet the author - Kristen Joy Wilks


What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself as you wrote this book?

My main character is a helper and she is always "helping" people far more than they really want. She has a habit of purchasing new pets for folks that are impractical to their living circumstances, such as circus donkey's or bald rats. Through the course of the story, she learns that her help really does come from the Lord. While I would never purchase a bald rat for an unwilling pet owner, I discovered that I show others that I care by cooking for them. Strangely, some folks don't care about food and so I realized that just like Shelby and her bald rats, there are times I need to find new ways to show my love.

Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?

I loved to read as a girl and devoured Black Stallion books and Nancy Drew mysteries at light speed!

How does your faith affect your writing?

My faith helps me to create a believable inner story arc for my characters as I give them some of the struggles that the Lord and I have faced together over the years. It also helps me to write happy endings as even surrounded by hard times and pain, I have seen the Lord bring about amazing victories and miracles.

If you were a pair of shoes, what style, brand, and color would you be?

I think that I would be bright yellow Chucks! Google, "shoes, Chucks, yellow" and you will see me in footwear form.

What’s more important to you, to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

You saw the yellow tennis shoes, right? Yeah, you guessed it, I deeply enjoy an original story!

What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

My dad died when I was fourteen and I actually had to help perform CPR, call the neighbors for assistance (we live way out in the woods and the ambulance couldn't make it), and direct a relative to call 911. When I was finally ready to grieve, I began writing about the experience. Seeing that I was able to both sort through my own pain using words and transport another person to that moment in time was such a powerful realization. Writing gives you the ability to place another human being into your shoes. It shows us that we aren't actually alone.

What is an interesting event that occurred in your life?

I actually put this event into Chicken Crossing after an interviewer asked what makes me unique from every other writer. I told her the story about digging a snake pit as a girl with my cousins and attempting to dangle each other upside down over the snake pit with the use of a tippy tripod made of old logs. We had just watched Indiana Jones, ha! I was too tall and ended up with snakes in my hair! Anyway, the interviewer was so intrigued (apparently my snake pit experience is fairly unique) that I fictionalized the memory and put it into my next book!

What do you hope readers will tell others about this book?

That they laughed out loud! I hope that I can bring a moment of levity to my readers' day.

I love to write Christian RomComs and children's stories. If you would like to try out my writing for free, I have two books available on my website that are free for newsletter subscribers! Yes, they both involve pet chickens! Download a copy here:

I have five other romantic comedies available, including Yellowstone Yondering which follows a young photographer who loses her Scottish terrier in Yellowstone National Park and will do anything (including break all the rules that a handsome ranger keeps reminding her of) to get her furbaby back! Yellowstone Yondering is available here: 

(which you can read Clare's post about Yellowstone Yondering HERE)


Great interview ladies!
Always nice to learn more about fellow PBG authors
Good luck and God's blessings to you both
Carol James said…
Love the interview. I laughed out loud about the snakes in your hair.
Kristen said…
Thank you so much, Pamela and Carol! Thank you Clare for having me on your blog! It is a joy to share about the snakes in my hair to brighten your day, ha! We sure were crazy kids.

Popular posts from this blog

A Christmas Promise by Tamera Lynn Kraft

  Blurb: During colonial times, John and Anna settle in an Ohio village to become Moravian missionaries to the Lenape.   When John is called away two days before Christmas to help at another settlement, he promises he'll be back by Christmas Day. When he doesn't show up, Anna works hard to not fear the worst while she provides her children with a traditional Moravian Christmas.   Through it all, she discovers a Christmas promise that will give her the peace she craves.     Excerpt: December 23, 1773, Schoenbrunn Village, Ohio Anna Brunner kneaded dough while she tried not to notice it was almost dusk. Her husband still wasn’t home. She wiped her hands on her apron and glanced out the six-pane window. The last glint of sunlight blazed the horizon gleaming on the dirt path. No trace of him. After scooping some sugar, she worked it into the dough and strove to reflect on the Christmas Eve Lovefeast and all the work she had ahead. She’d been honored with the mission of making the s

Defending David: Ittai’s Journey - Barbara M Britton

  Discover a friend of King David’s that stuck closer than a brother. Biblical Fiction from II Samuel, Chapters 15-19.   Book blurb: When a quiet journey to Jerusalem turns tragic, newly orphaned Rimona must flee a kinsman set on selling her as a slave. Racing into the rocky hills outside of Hebron, Rimona is rescued by a Philistine commander journeying to Jerusalem with six-hundred warriors. Exiled commander, Ittai the Gittite, is seeking refuge in the City of David. Protecting a frantic Hebrew woman is not in his leadership plan. Although, having a nobleman's niece in his caravan might prove useful for finding shelter in a foreign land. Rimona and Ittai arrive in Jerusalem on the eve of a rebellion. In the chaos of an heir's betrayal, will they be separated forever, or can they defend King David and help the aging monarch control his rebellious son?   Extract: (Joab and Ittai prepare for war against King David’s son Absalom)        “Mahanaim is too far from

“Christmas at Whispering Creek” by Barbara M. Britton

  Today is my launch day for “Christmas at Whispering Creek.” Paperback fans will have to wait until December 1 st . I’m excited to share my story with the world. This novel is my first contemporary romance, and my heroine, Samantha, is a breast cancer survivor. I am a breast cancer survivor, too. Praise God! I share about my cancer journey in the back of Samantha and Cole’s story. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I’m excited that my publisher released the eBook in October. I never dreamed about incorporating breast cancer into a romance novel, but after being contacted by two friends who had breast cancer diagnoses, I thought the idea may touch a lot of women’s lives. I have been cancer-free for several years and I am thankful for each new day God gives me. The verses in this book were ones that I read constantly throughout my treatment. Don’t worry about the storyline. There’s enough humor and adventure to keep you laughing and tissue-free.   Book blurb: All