Ask the Author: Kristin Wright
What would you like readers to know about you?
Mainly that I love books. I love writing them, of course, but I also love reading them. One of my favorite things is when a reader tells me that my book reminded them of ______, and especially if I haven’t read it. I work full-time as a lawyer and have two kids to drive everywhere. I’ve never once had a dedicated writing space or any time other than where I carve it out, but I love writing enough to fit it in anyway. Kids’ sports practices and early weekend mornings are my favorite times.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
THE DARKEST FLOWER is about Kira Grant, a woman who is accused of poisoning another mother at the PTA-sponsored fifth grade graduation party, and Allison Barton, the single mom lawyer she hires to represent her. It’s a courtroom thriller told in alternating points of view with lots of PTA-mom juiciness along the way. Both women desperately need a victory, but as the court case proceeds, it becomes clear that this case isn’t as simple as innocent or guilty, and that a win may be the worst thing ever to happen to them both.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I have been, at various times, both an elementary school PTA officer and a criminal defense attorney, so the setting and characters were well within my experience, but inspiration struck while I watched Game of Thrones, specifically the character of Cersei Lannister. I wondered what such a person would be like if she were real and lived in my community. Cersei’s motherhood was always her only redeeming feature, so obviously she’d be the president of the PTA. Once that spark lit, I was off and running.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
It’s a thriller, so I can’t really tell you what scene that is, or I’d give away the plot. Let’s just say it was a time when Kira, annoyed that Allison’s ethical practice of law might not be covering all her bases, decides to take matters into her own hands.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
Jane Austen is my favorite, because I love how she gets in so many tiny details of character that show us how their motivations arise out of their different life experiences. Pat Conroy is a close second for his beautiful use of language and setting. I’ll give Stephenie Meyer credit for posting the PDF of Midnight Sun online. I’d never seen an unpublished manuscript before, and seeing it like that made me think for the first time I could open a Word document and start typing, too.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Open that Word document and start typing. Ask yourself “what if?” and then answer it. Feel out the characters and the story. You don’t need to have a full plot carefully outlined to begin. Just start typing. See where it goes.
THE DARKEST FLOWER is available now for preorder at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1542026342/ref=tmm_pap_title_sr?ie=UTF8&qid=&sr= and comes out on June 8, 2021. Readers can follow me on Twitter at @kbuttonw, on Instagram at @kristinbuttonwright, or on my website at www.kristinbwright.com.