Name: Kristi Jo Shields
Hometown: Beaver Falls, PA
Book Title: The Masks We Wear
Dorrance Publishing (DP): Describe your book in 10 words or less.
Kristi Jo Shields (KJS): Inspirational through tough times and relatable to everyone.
DP: What made you want to write your book?
KJS: I’ve always wanted to write one, but never had the time. I was laid off during the pandemic which gave me the opportunity to write my book.
DP: How long did it take you to write your book?
KJS: It took three weeks to write.
DP: How do you choose the names of your characters?
KJS: Usually I use names that I like. For this book I only named one character, JoJo. JoJo is my daughter’s nickname.
DP: What do you do when you have writer’s block?
KJS: I take a break from it. I take a tablet with me everywhere I go so that when ideas come to my head, I can write them down.
DP: What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
KJS: My favorite poem is Good Morning, River. I wrote this poem at our family camp, sitting by the river enjoying my family sitting by the fire.
DP: If you were stuck on an island and had to have one person from each category with you, who would they be and why:
a. One character from your book:
KJS: The character that I would choose would be the father in my book. I envisioned this man to be strong, loving, supportive, funny, and smart. He would be perfect to be stuck on an island with.
b. One fictional character:
KJS: Chuck from the movie Castaway.
c. One famous person (living or dead):
KJS: Dwayne Johnson (of course).
DP: Besides writing, what are your other interests?
KJS: Raising my three children, spending time with friends and family, and going camping with my kids. I also love to play sports with my kids, especially volleyball.
DP: Do you keep a journal?
KJS: No, I don’t keep a journal.
DP: How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?
KJS: I celebrated with friends and family.
DP: If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main characters?
KJS: Mom would be played by Reese Witherspoon, Dad would be played by Chris Pine, and Grandma would be played by Jamie Lee Curtis.
DP: What did you enjoy most about working with Dorrance Publishing?
KJS: The cover illustrator was above my expectations.
DP: Five favorite books of all time?
KJS: E.T., The Velveteen Rabbit, Dr. Seuss’s books, Twilight, and The Notebook.
DP: One sentence of advice for other writers:
KJS: Believe in yourself and follow your dreams.
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