Author Spotlight: Kristine Dugger

CJC Photography, book cover photographer, romance book cover photographer, romance book cover photography, romance book cover model, book cover photography, romance book cover imagery, romance novel photography, male models for romance novels, book cover models search, licensing art for book covers, selling photographs for book covers, custom romance novel covers, book cover models search, Kristine Dugger author, Daniel Rengering modelCJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?
KD: When I was seventeen, I came up with a story idea and decided to write it. Then more and more stories started coming to mind. This might sound crazy but the voices would not shut up. I have always loved writing but never really pursued it until my first release, DAMAGED. I had no idea what I was doing when I released it. I love rereading Damaged to see how far I have come since April of 2016.

CJC: What hurdles have your overcome while striving towards your goals?
KD: The biggest hurdle I would say is managing work life, mom life and author life. Mom life is always number one. I felt like work life was starting to get in the way of my real passion. That real passion is becoming a successful author and sharing my world with everybody else.  Being an author is a full-time career that doesn’t pay in the beginning. Like with any business, you have to put out more than what you get in return. This is something I have to remind myself daily. Then I get a message from a reader and that mind-set changes. More motivation happens.

CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?
KD: I would have to say The Last Check. This book took a lot out of me emotionally. I wanted to focus on PTSD and losing a loved one. I wanted it to be raw. And it was. There is a scene that no matter how many times I read it, I cry. I just hope I did justice on real-life situations in that book.

CJC: For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?
KD: Stay true to yourself. Don’t be afraid to take that leap. Yeah, it is scary but it is so worth it. Lastly, research, research and research.

CJC: Favorite motto?
KD: You live and learn.

CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?
KD: Fast-paced.

CJC: Which author inspires you the most and why?
KD: This is so hard to answer. There are so many wonderful authors who inspire me. In the beginning it was Jamie McGuire. Now, it is the authors who I have met and read while writing my own journey. But here is a few: Thia Finn, Renee Harless, Teri Kay, Colbie Kay, Janine Infante Bosco, Victoria Renteria, Kahlen Aymes, KL Kreig, KL Donn, and the list goes on and on.

CJC: What is your writing process like?
KD: Crazy. That is the only way to put it. I need my coffee and cheese popcorn. It’s my thing.

CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?
KD: I have a few projects up my sleeve. I plan to finish out my MC series. Then start Rocker romance and possibly write something a little different from my norm – a horror suspense with a little romance.

CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
KD: Don’t be afraid to take that chance on that author you have never heard of. I found so many authors who I love because of the chance I took.

It Was Always You is now available !

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