Friday, January 16, 2015

Interview & Giveaway with Krista Phillips

This woman is not celebrated enough!! Seriously. I love me some Krista Phillips. She is an amazing human being. Strong, courageous, fixated on Christ and her family, and with a snarky wit that far surpasses my own.
This woman is FABTABULOUS.


.... even if she prefers Dr. Pepper over coffee...

WHO DOES THAT??

Here's me trying to force feed the poor woman.

I invited Krista here to answer some silly questions, some serious questions, and to help you get to know this wonderful lady and her REDUNKULOUSLY amazing books.

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1.       So tell us what first inspired you to write your current book?

"A Side of Hope" comes out next month, so I guess we'll call that my current book! Honestly, this was one of those books where the title drove my inspiration. I'd decided to do 3 novellas called, "A Side of Faith", "A Side of Hope", and "A Side of Love" as sequels to my debut novel, "Sandwich, with a Side of Romance." I've spent a lot of time thinking about the word Hope. It's an interesting word, one we often misuse as a "the wish of something that probably won't happen" rather than a "feeling of expectancy for something that seemed impossible." One thing that has broken my heart lately is watching the marriages of close friends disintegrate as spouses lose hope in a future with their mate. So when a "single" character minored in the first two novels needed a past, I thought it would turn everyone on their head for her 40th birthday party to bring in a surprise guest: her husband. Is there hope for an 18 year old marriage everyone thought was long over?

      Who is your most favorite character (and yes, you HAVE to pick one J)

Oh Geez, Jaime! You're so mean making me pick one! I guess I gotta be true to my first book and say Maddie from "Sandwich, with a Side of Romance." She's spunky and came through so much in her past. She's a bit overbearing for some, but I LOVE her heart and I LOVE how she shows that God can bring good even out of the deepest hurts in our life.

3.       Is there a spiritual element or thread you hope your readers to catch as they read?

In "A Side of Hope," my HOPE is (see the pun there?!?) that readers will see the value of looking to Jesus as our final hope. That with HIM there is hope for things like struggling marriages and sick babies and habits that seem unconquerable.

4.       Where are you at in your writing career? Published, not published, searching, unsure?

My first novel was published in 2012 by Abingdon Press, and I'm indie-publishing some sequels while my agent busily works on selling my next novel.

5.       Favorite color and why?


Pink. I used to NOT be a super big fan of the color. But my 4th daughter, Annabelle, was born with half of a heart and was very blue-toned in her skin. She had a heart transplant at 8 months of age, and after that, she was a nice, pretty shade of pink! Pink quickly became the fav color of our whole family! #thinkpink

           Favorite restaurant?

J.Alexanders... specifically their Prime Rib French Dip. Holy cow, I think I just drooled a bit on my keyboard there! (I rarely get it, as it is $$$, but it is a fav of mine!) OH and they have awesome crème brule for dessert. *swoon*

         On our blog, Erica constantly tries to introduce the concept of tea drinking. So, are you in her camp, or do you side with Anne and I as bonafide coffee drinkers?

NEITHER! Tea—blech! Coffee—blech! I hate to offend the hostesses, but bring me a Coke or Dr. Pepper any day! (Although I'm currently trying to cut back for my waistline purposes, so a water will be good too!)

8.       Tell us about the last thing that scared you to pieces

HA! My family and I were talking about this the other day. My youngest went through a phase where she would wake up in the middle of the night and the only thing that would console her is if I would come and lay down in her room until she was back asleep. She was in a toddler bed, so I would curl up on the floor. Sometimes, I'd fall asleep for a bit while waiting for her to go to sleep. Well, one such night, I was in a sound asleep in her room when I heard a noise. My eyes flew open just in time to see something large flying through the room toward me, then the loudest crash you'd ever heard. I had no idea if it was a burglar, an alien, or what, but ran out of the room screaming and yelling and crying. My husband finally woke up (he's a sound sleeper) but I wasn't coherent enough to tell him more than "crash, room, scared, *sob*"  Goodness, I'm so glad it wasn't a burglar, cause I ran out leaving Annabelle and everything! What a mother I am! Scott went into her room, turned on the light, to find that one of her closet doors had fallen off the rollers and crashed to the floor, a mere inch from where my head had been.  To this day, her closet door only has one door on it, as I refuse to put the evil door back on! It was a few hours before I stopped shaking enough to go back to sleep!

9.       Your favorite all-time cartoon as a kid and what was it about it that you liked so much?

There were so many! This is almost as hard as my favorite character! I guess I really liked the smurfs, but was big into Strawberry shortcake as well.

1     They call me the Selfie Queen which sounds terribly self-absorbed. So can you save my reputation and share the honor by posting a selfie here? J

I LOVE YOUR  SELFIES! I personally love taking selfies with my kids (makes me feel slightly less self-absorbed, hahaha!), so here is one with me and one of my daughters! 



       How do our readers connect with you, buy your books, or follow your writing journey?

Oh I LOVE connecting with readers!

Links to A Side of Faith:

Social Media Links
Blog/Website – www.kristaphillips.com


Last but not least, what’s one story idea you’ve had that ventures out of your typical genre?
I write strictly romance, but I do have one idea that is more women's fiction and a bit out of my comfort zone, but God keeps bringing it back in mind. It actually follows two sisters and is inspired by the old Big Tent Revival song, "Two Sets of Jones." When I got married, we were dirt poor and my momma warned me how hard it would be, but that song was my anthem, that love mattered MUCH more than money ever would. I found out quickly that being dirt poor and married and pregnant isn't all it was cracked up to be. The song made it sound so easy, so simple, when in fact, it is not. But the concept is still true, that a relationship founded on God can flourish regardless of financial status, but I'd love to do a fictionalized version of it, showing the highs and lows and struggles from each side. It's a story from my heart, I just have to write it. :-)

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BIO


Krista Phillips is the author of Sandwich, with a Side of Romance and A Side of Faith. She enjoys life with her husband and their four beautiful daughters in Tennessee. She is an advocate for congenital heart defect and organ donation awareness and blogs at www.kristaphillips.com


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5 comments:

  1. Several that I love, however, my favorite kind of sandwich is probably philly steak and cheese with an au jus dip.

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    1. YUMMMM! You really just can't beat a steak sandwich!

      Thanks for stopping by!!

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  2. My favorite is a grilled chicken avacado sandwich.

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    1. You had me until avacado, LOL!

      Thanks for stopping by!!

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  3. I do like a good BLT... Nice crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato & Mayo on toast!

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