Hello everyone, Kyra here having a total fan girl moment as I introduce this week’s Honorary Chick. While writing may be in and of itself a solitary process, I don’t know anyone who spends their entire writing journey living inside a box, cut off from the world. Most of us, at one time or another, seek out help. Advice. Maybe even a shoulder to cry on, or an ear to vent to. In my early writing days, another local author repeatedly mentioned one name that she believed every new writer should seek out: Kristen Lamb.
Check out her blog, this gal said. Kristen’s got great advice, she said.
While both statements are true, they don’t do justice to the Warrior Writers blog or its author—who, by the way, is also the founder of the grass roots “We Are Not Alone” (W.A.N.A) online writer support group. To do that, you’d need to add in many more descriptive words and phrases than we have room for in this post. But the ones that come to my mind when I think of Kristen Lamb, after following her blog for several years now, include the following: inspire, empower, embolden, educate, and, last but not least, entertain.
(Oh, yeah—I’m a total sucker for sarcasm, and Kristen adds a healthy dose to every post.)
So, without further ado, please join me in welcoming this week’s well-deserved Honorary KickAss Chick, Kristen Lamb.
Kristen, why do you tell our readers a little about yourself, what you do, and why.
I am going to start off saying that I feel super weird talking about myself because the only reason I get to do what I love is because it is and has always been about others. Probably the only selfish decision I ever made was leaving sales to become a writer. I was the target of yet another office bully and got tired of having to throw up on the way to work every day, so I decided to take the leap and go after “the dream.” Of course my family only heard something akin to, “Hey, I’m blah blah joining a cult blah blah throwing away expensive college degree blah blah writer blah blah probably going to starve.”
Those early days of being a writer SUCKED…especially when my family was paying those people who deprogram Scientology converts to talk me into a “real job.” I was really lost and had to learn stuff the hard way. Finding mentors was brutal and often involved me just stalking authors I admired until they either answered my questions or got a restraining order.
Thus, much of what I do revolves around this idea of, “We are not alone.” I never wanted anyone to feel the way I did. I wanted to do something, so I did. With W.A.N.A. we can go for the dream. Family and friends might not understand, but WE do. You have a tribe. WE are your peeps who “get” you. In the beginning, I personally wanted to be there for every newbie author who wanted to cry and give up. Of course, that was delusional but, hey, I’m a writer. Delusional just goes with it. But, after gathering an amazing group of people with the same vision, I realized that I WAS NOT ALONE. I could simply be a conduit for a lot of love and support. This became what we now know as W.A.N.A. and we affectionately call ourselves WANAs. My latest book Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World is just as relevant two years later because it hinges on relationships, not technology.
My days revolve around W.A.N.A. and also this weird dream that one day my house will finally be CLEAN. I blog three days a week and take care of family. I run W.A.N.A. International and also help out with the family sign business. On top of this, I homeschool my five-year-old son (The Spawn). I taught him how to play my Xbox 360, thus when I am not writing, I am yelling things like, “No! Get the SHOTGUN! A sniper rifle is useless for killing zombies up close! Burst fire! You’re wasting ammo!”
I blog and write and research and clean and then haul Spawn off to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the evenings where I assist the kid’s BJJ class. Then it’s my turn to be used as a Human Swiffer for an hour. Hey, I’m a writer. We are masochists.
Now for a little fun, some Rapid Fire questions near and dear to the heart of any KickAss Chick. (And sorry, no Texas firing ranges required.)
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Dungeons & Dragons, zombies, horror movies, craft supplies, my Kindle (The Precious), LOVE TEACHING, speaking, HBO series
People who rant on Facebook, spammers, book spam, junk mail
HBO series, e-books, and OMG! Craft stores! I need a 12 Step program for my crochet habit.
Kick Ass Superpower:
Humor, Genetically Enhanced Sea Monkeys
Your best book boyfriend:
- For the night: Eric Northman
- For a dirty weekend: Eric Northman
- To have and to hold: Eric Northman
I read the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries and told y’all I was addicted to HBO. Don’t judge me 😛
Kristen, thank you so much for carving out time from your blogging and writing to stop by and share with us today! Be sure to say “hello” to Kristen while you’re here, and check out her blog at https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com .