Friday Fast 5 with Kristy Tate

November 7, 2014

Today I welcome contemporary romance writer Kristy Tate to the Friday Fast 5.

What author first inspired you to write your own stories?

Way back when I was in fourth grade I read the Little House on the Prairie books and thought I would like to be a writer someday. I knew I wanted to be a writer after I read Little Women.

Do you cast people to play the characters in your stories?

My characters typically tend to be hybrids of people I know and love, but mostly they are dimensions of my own personality amplified.

PB&J or fluffernutter?

Definitely peanut butter.

What is on the top of your to be read pile?

I picked up about 7 books at the Las Vegas Valley Book Festival a few weeks ago, and they’re waiting for me. I also recently bought my friends’ books—Michelle Knowlden’s Jack Fell Down, Michael Payne’s Neighbors, and Jacqueline Diamond’s Calling all Glass Slippers.

Coffee or tea?

Pumpkin spice hot chocolate

What was the best movie you saw in the past year and why?

I loved Defenders of the Galaxy because I thought it was going to be silly and it totally was, but I loved it anyway.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I write something else—usually a blog post, sometimes a letter. Or I’ll outline a new story. I like to keep my head in the game, stay focused on my writing goals, and yet not force the process. Usually when I’m stuck, it’s because my story took a different direction—if it’s a wrong turn, then I need to fix it. But sometimes it’s a new direction, a better direction, and I need to decide where the story is headed before I spend too much time and energy on it.

If they were to make a movie about you, who would play you and why?

I guess it would have to be Bonnie Hunt because of her role in Cheaper By the Dozen. Although, I only have six kids and Bonnie had 12 in that movie.

What time of day is your best writing time? Up early with the birds or wake up in the middle of the night with an inspiration and have to go write it down?

I write in the day—never at night when my husband and children might be around.

Don’t Miss Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent

Beyond the Fortuneteller's TentWhen Petra Baron goes into the fortuneteller’s tent at a Renaissance fair, she expects to leave with a date to prom. Instead, she walks out into Elizabethan England, where she meets gypsies, a demon dog and a kindred spirit in Emory Ravenswood.

Emory must thwart the plans of religious zealots. His mission is dangerous, his enemies are fanatical, and Petra Baron is a complication that Heaven only knows he does not need. Or does he? Although Emory is on Heaven’s errand, he learned long ago that Heaven does not always play fair.

As Petra slowly falls for Emory, she wonders if he really is who he seems, or if he is just as lost as she is. How can they have a future while trapped in the past? Or is anything possible Beyond the Fortuneteller’s Tent?

Find it on Amazon.

A Bit More About Kristy

Kristy is the mom of six incredibly brilliant and beautiful children, and the author of several novels. Although many of her novels have won awards and have ranked on Amazon’s top 100 list, Kristy has yet to realize her lifelong dream of owning a Schnauzer farm. Kristy studied English literature at Brigham Young University and at BYU’s International Center in London.

For updates on Kristy’s upcoming novels, please visit her blog at

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