Book Nerd Interview
An avid reader who took up writing on a whim, Christa Kinde hails from Scandia, Minnesota, a small town on the fringes of the Twin Cities metro area. She attended Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she discovered the glories of singing in Latin, took biblical Greek as a second language, and learned to play a mean game of foosball. Nearly a decade later, she put her dual degrees in English and Bible to practical use. Everyday Living: Bible Life and Times [Thomas Nelson] was soon followed by numerous Bible study guides and workbooks, including award winning titles for Max Lucado and Women of Faith.
Christa and her husband Wayne lived for several years in rural West Michigan, then spent a handful more in Nashville, Tennessee. They’ve thoroughly enjoyed their travels throughout the United States and abroad and currently reside with their five children in San Diego, California. The Threshold Series [Zonderkidz] is Christa’s first fiction publication.
What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I write by candlelight. Makes me sound ancient, but candles have been part of my early morning routine for a few years now—get up while it’s still dark, fire up the laptop, strike a match, light the wick. Something about the smell of singed matchsticks and pooling wax helps me slip into writing mode.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was thirty when my first non-fiction book was published. Forty when Zondervan decided to pick up the Threshold Series. Does that make me a late bloomer?
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
Learning isn’t limited to the lecture hall.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Sensible. Nonsensical. Contrary.
Did you learn anything from writing The Blue Door and what was it?
Perhaps the best lesson has been patience. Publishing happens at its own pace. I’m so glad my publisher has been open to letting me write various short stories, serials, and supplementary materials. I’m finding whole new ways to expand on the Threshold universe while waiting for Book 2 to come out next May.
For those who are unfamiliar with Prissie, how would you introduce her?
Prissie is a small town girl with a big family, a solid Christian upbringing, and plenty of strong opinions. She’s proud of her heritage, loyal to her friends, bossy with her brothers, and full of good intentions. For a girl who puts stock in appearances, it’s disconcerting to learn that not everyone in her life is who—or what—they appear to be.
If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I think it would do Prissie some good to meet some of the heroines from Gail Carson Levine’s The Princess Tales. While I find Prissie’s many ideals endearing, I’d love to shake up her stereotypes a little.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I grew up with my nose in every kind of book, so countless authors played their part in shaping my tastes and helping me find my own voice. However, if I had to choose, I’d say Max Lucado.
How many books have you written?
Lots! I’ve published dozens of non-fiction titles, mostly Bible studies. And while The Blue Door is my official fiction debut, I’ve written several other stories. For instance, I’ve been building an adventure from scratch on my blog all year. Galleries of Stone began as a personal challenge to post a chapter a day during 2012. The tale of Freydolf and Tupper, a magical master sculptor and his young servant, has been all kinds of fun to tell!
You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
Write every day.
What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?
If you want good memories, I spent a steamy, spice-laden summer in the kitchen of a high-class restaurant in a fine, old hotel. For bad memories, I could dredge up the endless monotony of a summer squandered in a plastic factory.
Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before?
I choose love.
Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
Bad days bring out my inner recluse. I don’t reach out. I burrow!
When was the last time you cried?
While working on a scene for the final book in the Threshold Series. I’ve never been the weepy sort, so it’s downright embarrassing when I get misty.
Where can readers stalk you?
I’d love for readers to drop by my website, ChristaKinde.com, where they can pick through my weekly accumulation of desktop clutter, ogle a gallery filled with story art, uncover a small trove of sneak peeks and authorial gossip, and—naturally—read more stories. I’m also on Twitter @ChristaKinde.
The Blue Door, the first book in The Threshold Series, introduces Prissie Pomeroy, a teen who discovers she can see what others cannot: angels all around. Even more startling is the surprising secret she uncovers about people she thought she knew. As she wrestles with this unexpected ability she must come to grips with the spiritual battles surrounding her. Especially when she learns she received this gift because God has a unique role for her in his bigger plan. But if she's to fulfill it, she'll need faith like never before.
This exciting debut by author Christa Kinde draws on the rapidly growing interest in angel stories, an emerging trend in teen and preteen supernatural novels. Boys and girls alike will appreciate her gifted storytelling that captures their imagination with things beyond human sight. And parents will appreciate the family-friendly tone and godly messages maintained throughout this intriguing tale of adventure and spiritual warfare.
The story that Christa has created is unlike any angel-driven book. The character development is strong. Fourteen-year-old Prissie Pomeroy outshines her youthful age as she struggles to accept her new reality. She must now adjust her feelings about the people very close to her but must adhere to a special task; she has to keep the secrets of all the angels she knows. And it’s this fact that is difficult to swallow since the angels are people in her town that she and her family have known for years. To make things more difficult, there are “demons”, or angels that have defied the wishes of God and are rallying a rebellion.
The writing style of Christa uniquely gives readers a new perspective in the classic Angels vs Demons scenario. Instead of seeing the story from either an Angel or Demon, it is through Pressie’s eyes that the story is told and it opens up a whole new outlook. The path that Christa follows to invent this remarkable tale is amazing. The spiritual warfare enclosed is a visual spectacular with suspense deriving from the points of views of the angels. The Blue Door is a highly complex literary read that will captivate readers from beginning to end. The ending is perfect and keeps readers hungry for more to come.