Name: Kristy Woodson Harvey
Who is Kristy? UNC Graduate, who loves interior design & blogs about it at Design Chic
Books: Dear Carolina
Some things just come easy for people. But that doesn’t mean that the passion is lacking. Take author Kristy Woodson Harvey; she sees a blank wall and imagines colors and textures and then she sees a blank page and sees stories, movements and life. Her passion for seeing the world, inside and out, is what makes her a must know author.
You currently blog for Design Chic. Does your love of design influence you to write? If it does, how does it influence you?
My love of design definitely influences my writing. In Dear Carolina, for example, one of the protagonists is an interior designer. Plus, designing and writing a book are a lot alike. In both cases, you take a blank space and turn it into something beautiful!
What is the most important aspect of writing a novel? Where in the process do you put most of your attention?
I think the emotional core, those moments that make the reader really connect with the characters, is what’s most important. I usually write those scenes first because they are the scenes that are very well formed in my mind.
Your new book “Dear Carolina” is labeled chick literature. Do you feel the label is justified or does the label limit you as an author?
Dear Carolina is actually being marketed as Southern Women’s Fiction, but, regardless, I don’t think the labels matter. Quite frankly, I’m so thrilled to be published that they can call it whatever they want! I think the “chick lit” label has caught some flack, but I love reading chick lit!
Within your writing career, what genres do you want to write under i.e. paranormal, young adult etc.?
I love writing women’s fiction and I’m working on a non-fiction project right now. I can see myself writing young adult one day, but, for now, I’m very happy in my genre!
Finally, what do you want readers to get out of reading “Dear Carolina”?
I hope that readers get a moment to reflect on the people that they love and the people that are there for them no matter what. When it’s all said and done, family, no matter who we consider that to be, is the most important thing!