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Meet Kristin Hurd

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Hurd.

Kristin, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve always been interested in writing. When I was a child I used to write poetry to express my feelings. It was therapeutic for me. As a kid I often felt alone, although I had five siblings, none of them were like me. I was quiet and sensitive and they were all much more outgoing. Writing was my escape.

Over the years life had thrown me a few curveballs. I worked jobs that I hated just to make ends meet. I neglected my writing and stopped doing things that sparked me creatively. I was an unhappy robot milling about through life.

In 2009 I became pregnant with my 1st and only child, a daughter whom I never thought I’d have to raise as a single parent. That was never in my cards but giving birth to her nearly killed me but making it through gave me purpose. A few years later, still working a dead-end job, a friend and I both decided to write stories, just for fun. I wrote my first novel in four weeks and when I was done, I self-published. I didn’t have anything to lose and seeing people’s reception to it motivated me to write more.

I drew from experience and the experiences of others. I love black love and was always rooting for the happy endings. Representation is really important to me. I had been in many failed relationships and never achieved the romance and love I desired. But, I saw my parent’s love story and the love stories of my siblings and grandparents, aunts and uncles. Those stories inspired me to write about real-life relationships. No fluff, just things that real-life people go through. My work was received well and I went on to write three novels fairly quickly.

My 4th novel was in the works when life came at me fast again. I had begun a romance of my own with a wonderful man (whom I have been with now for five years) and things were going great for me. Then, I was laid off from a job I hated and a few days later my oldest niece passed away. I was stopped in my tracks. I lost my niece, my income and my home. My relationship went through some changes and for the next three years, I barely put pen to paper and any the story kind of stalled. I went through a really dark depression but my faith in God and my support system, my village encouraged me to push through and shake it off. They encouraged me to write again.

When I picked my novel back up and read what I had already written I knew I had to finish it. I knew the story should be told. It took me a while but I completed it and hit publish this past July.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s been a very bumpy road. I had a lot of self-doubts but, feeling the pride once I am done with a book and pride in my child when she seeing me complete something is immeasurable.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’ve written four novels and have completed my 1st children’s book under my umbrella for my daughter. I have no choice but to keep going.

What sets my work apart from other authors is my ability to make my characters real and relatable. I draw from personal experiences and the experiences of those around me. I know that love is not some fluffy thing that has zero ups and downs. Love is a journey and often times, one gets bagged up in the process, but to make it out on the other end is always my goal. I live for happy endings and I love black love which I feel is always underrepresented. so I make those stories my priority.

My readers often tell me they felt like they know my characters in real life. I’ve written four novels and have completed my 1st children’s book under my umbrella for my daughter. I have no choice but to keep going.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Over the next decade I believe that the independent publishing lane will flourish. Just like with social media and the way a person can become a household name just from views, I believe that visibility with independent writing will do the same thing. It’s currently difficult to have publishers look at your work and see the same value that you see. So publishing on your own and keeping full creative control will become a really big thing.

Over the next few years, I would love to write full-time and have my work in more bookstores. Currently, they are just available online but I would love to be everywhere.

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