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Meet Kirstin Pulioff

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

That is a great question! I was one of those kids who changed their minds every year. In 3rd grade I wanted to be the first woman president. In 5th grade I wanted to be a firefighter. In 7th grade it was a farmer, and when I graduated high school I was on the path to be a forest ranger. Now I am happy being a mom, a writer, and a dreamer.

Do you have kids?

I have two kids, a daughter who’s 6, and a son who’s 4. They are my world, and remind me the importance of following my dreams.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Or, what first inspired you to write?

I have always been a writer, but didn’t really think of it as a career possibility until recently. It was always simply my creative outlet. A couple of years ago, I began thinking about what I would want to do when my kids were back in school… given the opportunity to do anything, writing was my first and only thought.

Where/When do you best like to write?

Well, with two young kids, most of my writing gets done either before or after bedtime. I am 100% focused mommy during the day and my author cap goes on during those late/early hours.

What do you think makes a good story?

I love the stories that I can lose myself in. I look for a story with believable and relatable characters, with a story that I escape into. I prefer reading fantasy, and forgetting about reality.

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How does a new story idea come to you? Is it an event that sparks the plot or a character speaking to you?

My stories tend to begin with a glimpse of a scene. Like watching a movie- a scene, dialogue, or a story will unfold in my mind. When these bursts of inspiration hit, I am compelled to write them down.

Do you have a bucket list? What are some of things on it?

Oh yes… my list is full of adventures that I want to share with family and places I want to see. On my list:

1. See the northern lights

2. Go black water rafting with my family in New Zealand

3. Go on a hot air balloon ride

4. Take my children to the small village in northern Greece where my husband’s family is from.

What's the best writing advice you have ever received?

Oh, best writing advice…write, edit, read, repeat. :)

Best advice in general - Never give up on your dreams. You are the only one who can live them.

About the Author

Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart.   Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Forest Management.  Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom.  When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids and church. This is Kirstin’s first venture into YA Dystopian, her other published work includes a middle grade fantasy series.
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