Meet Kristin Beale, Author of A Million Suns the new exciting Nonfiction Novel Released in March 2020.
-Now, Kristin, I understand your novel is printed book. Tell us more about yourself and your book
A Million Suns is my third book, and it tells the story of my Jet Ski accident in 2005. Before my accident I was a competition cheerleader, field hockey player, and captain of my lacrosse team. The Jet Ski accident left me paralyzed in a wheelchair, which not only flipped my world inside out, but it left me unable to play any sports on what I considered a “normal” sports team. This book tells the stories of my search for those passions I lost with my disability. My found passions look like: sports, past times, and meeting Chris, love of my life.
-That’s amazing, you are very brave to share your experience with the world! What inspired you to write this book?
My accident and situation gave me a unique perspective on myself, the world, and my life. I want to share my unique experiences and the lessons I’ve learned since becoming paralyzed more than 15 years ago.
-Very inspiring indeed! What was the main challenge you faced when creating your book?
My biggest challenge in writing this book was vulnerability. At first, I was hesitant about sharing so much of myself with the world then, once I talked myself out of that fear, I struggled with how much I should share about the paralyzed population. In the end, I decided that vulnerability is the best way to connect with and relate to my readers. It’s a risk I’m willing to take!
-Very true! How do you stand out from your competition?
My story is unique in that I express the perspective and views of a minority population, the disabled population, in a real and candid way. There are so many little challenges I face on a daily basis that able-bodied people don’t give a second thought to.
-That’s a noble message! Are you a huge reader yourself? And what do you usually read? Any favorites?
I’m a huge reader! My preferred genre right now is thriller/mystery. I love being able to read a book and say “OH MY GOSH” at a surprise twist at the end. I make a point not to try to figure out the ending of the books, in fear of missing out on that feeling.
-That’s great, thrillers are my favorite too! Tell us, what is your next step as an author?
I’m attempting to write fiction, which is a completely different ballpark than nonfiction. It’s a challenge because my imagination isn’t as great as I thought it was, but I’m here for it.
-It is a different thought process of course, but with the right inspiration you can get many ideas. Do you have any tips or advice for other aspiring indie authors?
Try all the different kinds of writing styles until you find what you enjoy and excel in. Writing becomes a chore when it stops exciting and benefitting you as an author, so don’t let yourself get stuck in a style or project for too long. The moment it becomes a chore, you’re more likely to not stick with it.
-Very that! Is there anything else you would like to add?
As corny as it sounds, writing helped me process my feelings and experiences during a time after my paralysis when I was experiencing the world through a completely new perspective – from the 5-foot height of a wheelchair. It’s so much fun to have a platform to share my thoughts with others, and hopefully save somebody from learning the hard lessons I’ve learned along the way. Writing these books and sharing myself with the world has been the best thing I’ve done.
That’s awesome, thank you Kristin for those great insights! We all wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing your next piece of work.
A Million Suns is available now at kristinbeale.com at only $14.95, check it out: