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Interview With Kristen Simmons

You're in for quite a treat today, Bookworms! I.B.C had the wonderful chance of being able to interview Kristen Simmons. For those of you who don't know who she is, she is the author of The Glass Arrow. The Glass Arrow was released February 10th, 2015. She is also the author of the Article 5 series. Since Ms. Simmons has been extremely busy she was very nice to do a short interview for Insomnia Book Club.

Time to pull out that leftover Valentine's Day candy and munch away while learning more from Kristen Simmons! P.S. Don't forget to keep a trash can near by for those "surprise" candies.

Insomnia Book Club [I.B.C]: Congratulations on the release of your book The Glass Arrow! How does it feel to have a book published that is brand new yet seems to be so popular amongst people?

Simmons: Hi! Thanks for having me! I'm honored to be featured on your blog. And thank you! I'm glad to hear it seems to be popular! It's kind of hard to tell what people think from this side. I hope they are enjoying it (or at least not hating it!).

I.B.C: During this day and age most authors come out with series rather than stand alone books, which I must say is very refreshing to see that The Glass Arrow is a stand alone novel. Did you plan for The Glass Arrow to be a stand alone novel or did it just so happen to turn out like that?

Simmons: I did plan on it being a standalone. When I outlined it, I knew it would wrap up in one book. It was refreshing for me to write it this way as well. My last book was the conclusion of a trilogy, and it was a workout tying up three sets of loose ends!

I.B.C: Do you have any major influences when it comes to writing?

Simmons: I am influenced by all sorts of things. Music, art, books, conversations I overhear (I'm not a creeper, I swear!). Inspiration comes from all over the place, you just have to be open to take it all in. This is why I constantly have a notepad on me!

As far as specific authors, there are so many talented people out there. I love Patrick Ness's books, and I'm currently hooked on The Raven Cycle books by Maggie Stiefvater. But truthfully, I'm inspired by anyone who writes, because putting together a whole book, whether or not it's published, is hard work. My hat's off to all the writers out there.

Is it possible that you might write another stand alone novel(s) in the future?

Simmons: It's totally possible. In fact, I can guarantee it's going to happen. My next book which comes out in the winter of 2016 is also a standalone. It's called Metaltown and is about young sweatshop workers who fight against their terrible work conditions. It's a love story, of course. Ha!

Thanks again for having me! I hope everyone enjoys THE GLASS ARROW!


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