Feature Friday with author of One Petal Flower, Kristi Ayers.

21 Sep

Feature Friday with author of One Petal Flower, Kristi Ayers.

 

What would you like everyone to know about you?

I was born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma.  I’m a wife, a mother of two, an NICU nurse on “indefinite vacation”, a paranormal investigator, and an avid daydreamer, which serves to help me create my stories.  When I’m not writing or being domestic, I’m reading YA novels and sometimes painting pictures of horses.  Now that it’s getting closer to Halloween, I’m decorating my house with the MANY decorations that I’ve accumulated over the years.  My kids might need therapy someday from all the monsters in the house.

What would you like for everyone to know about your book?

It took me four years to write One Petal Flower because of all the distractions in my life, but I never gave up on my dream of becoming published.  In my book, a few of the locations I used were based on actual haunted places that I investigated.

What genre does One Petal Flower fall under?

One Petal Flower is a young adult novel. 

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I got the idea when I learned a high school classmate that I had had a crush on died suddenly at age 30.  He was the inspiration for the character Jonas.  The rest of the book formed around him as I added the elements of Native Americans and their customs, the holistic properties of gemstones, and the paranormal aspects of ghosts, werewolves, and revenants.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like (I write with music in the background or some kind of noise and like and prefer to sit on the back deck with the sun shining)?

My setting isn’t romantic by any means, but I like it just the same.  I sit on the couch with jazz music playing (unless I want to listen to something specific), and I always have coffee beside me.  I write with paper and pen and then type it afterward.  I like to be able to write anywhere I go without having to drag a laptop with me.  And it actually helps me edit and revise if I do it like this.

Okay so if you were to have lunch with one of your characters who would it be?

I would want to have lunch with Chayton (my Native American character) because he is just my type of guy.  He’s mature, protective, musically inclined, knows how to use a hammer, and best of all, he’s forgiving.

How do you think the conversation would go?

I would probably pick his brain about Native American beliefs.  Their ancient stories hold such wisdom and advice!  They are connected to and have such respect for nature and animals.  They believe in many things that close-minded people wouldn’t even sit still long enough to hear.  And then I’d also hope Chayton could give me advice on how to communicate with ghosts, because unlike him, I can’t hold a conversation with them.

Alright now in my research, I found that you like to do paranormal research, so which show do you like best Ghost Hunters or Ghost Adventures?

I prefer Ghost Hunters.  They go in with the intent of helping the client.  No one should be scared to live in their own home or be at their place of work.  The investigators assess the situation, gather data as scientifically as possible, and present the findings with the client’s well-being in mind.  Of course, if they get great evidence they are thrilled.  We each have a story that led us to the paranormal, and those stories were just enough to create the passion for answers.

Since 2008 how many paranormal investigations have you performed?

Oh gosh, so many.  We go on Saturday nights, but occasionally a Friday night is needed.  We’ve been to many houses; old to new, small to large.  But, we also go to libraries, museums, places of business, theaters, hotels, schools, hospitals, and restaurants.

Any popular place or places?

The most popular place that Oklahoman’s will recognize is Spaghetti Warehouse (a restaurant in downtown Oklahoma City) and possibly the Poncan Theater in Ponca City, Oklahoma. 

Have you had your own paranormal experience?

My first paranormal experience was when I was 18.  It was after my grandmother died.  I saw an image of an arm handing me a blanket.  I had just gone to bed and had been crying.  I think it was trying to comfort me.  The other time was just a couple years ago when I saw an apparition of a head and shoulders peek around a staircase at me.  It evidently made a noise that the other paranormal investigator heard because I saw his head snap in that direction right after I saw the apparition.

Any tips to other authors on writing?

Whether the author is brand new or not, my advice is to just keep writing.  You are doing it for the passion of creating a story.  Your soul obviously has something to offer this world, so let it.  And know that no two people are alike, so not everyone will like your story.  That’s okay.  Because the people that do like it will make your day, your week, your life, with kind words that make the hard work all worth it in the end.

Will there be a follow up to One Petal Flower or are you writing a new story?  So what is in the future for you?

I had intended it to be just a single book.  Anything more seemed daunting.  But, I’ve decided that the story was not finished.  I’m working on a sequel, and it will be in Chayton’s point of view rather than Darian’s.  This will require me to delve even deeper into Native American customs and beliefs, which I’m so excited about doing.  I’m also working on a contemporary young adult novelthat I think people will really enjoy.  The characters are coming out so crystal clear that I feel I know them personally!

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4 Responses to “Feature Friday with author of One Petal Flower, Kristi Ayers.”

  1. Monica La Porta September 24, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Fascinating hobby you got, Kristi, and interesting interview 🙂 Truly enjoyed reading your answers.

  2. Kristi Ayers September 23, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Thank you so much Hotlit Books for this wonderful opportunity! This interview was by far the most fun. Xavier and Gabriella have a wonderful blog helping authors and I’m blessed to be a part of it on Feature Friday. I will recommend my writing friends to you most certainly!

  3. jrobayo74 September 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Great interview, and awesome to know there are still people out there who care about the one true American heritage. Native American legends are indeed fascinating, and combined with a young voice and a paranormal story, Kristi has made her story unique and fascinating.

    • gabdeveraux September 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

      Thanks Javier as usual you have some great comments to add to the conversation. We appreciate you supporting our organization. We appreciate all that you have done. Yes Kristi is going to be a force in the literary world. Thanks again and have a great weekend.

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