Cristin Frank…author, artist, wife and mother of two boys…well, maybe not in that order.
After earning her bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Cristin moved to the Midwest – a sphere of industry for consumer products – where she worked on ubiquitous brands such as Budweiser, Kraft and Ziploc. Reading The Onion and listening to This American Life in her free time kept her writing spirit alive.
In her late 20’s she met her husband and returned to her family in Buffalo. It was then that the sage experiences with her elderly family members inspired her first novel, which honed her writing and editing skills and manifested a career.
Author of blog blog.carrycargot.com
“Does that come in Green?” by Cristin Frank http://www.findagreenstore.com/articles
5 Ways to Stress Less About Housework contributed to by Cristin Frank
How to Wow Others with your Organization Skills tip contribution by Cristin Frank
1. Tell us about your latest book.
Trimming the Blue Hairs is a book that will make you laugh and cry.
Ella, the main character, drops her stuck-up salon job to be the hero, going into the homes of the elderly to do their hair. She is emotionally and physically unprepared for the challenge but keeps at it through the inspiration of her boyfriend, zany best friend and elderly clients.
2. How did you get started as a writer?
I started in consumer packaging, writing and editing for companies such as Anheuser-Busch, Nestlé and SC Johnson.
3. What does a typical day look like for you?
When I’m not working my part-time job (out of my home) for a design agency in Chicago, I do housework to relax me and let my mind develop my story. Then I spend solid chunks of time getting it all into my laptop. Around this time I’m also sending pitches and gathering media contacts.
4. Describe your desk/workspace.
I do most of my writing in bed. As strange as that might sound (and don’t tell my chiropractor), I find there are no distractions there. I’m also so comfortable that I don’t want to get out, so I’ll keep working.
5. Favorite books (especially for writers)
Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris (he can tie together separate stories with great whit)
World Class – Jane & Burt Boyar
Writer Mama – Christina Katz
6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you
1. I’ve flown and landed an airplane
2. I cannot drink soda because the carbonation hurts my mouth.
3. When I have writer’s block I soak my hands in warm water.
7. Favorite quote
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”
8. Best and worst part of being a writer
Best is being in control of your creativity. No one else can create your voice.
Worst is the uphill battle of marketing. You cannot stay behind your computer; eventually you must pick up the phone and start shaking hands.
9. Advice for other writers
Finish what you’ve started. All the powerful dialog and drama percolating in your head won’t get you anywhere until you get it all out. You don’t have to overwhelm yourself with writing a full outline before you start, map out a few chapters at a time and it can feel more manageable.
10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.
I once had no option but to bring my 5 year-old with me to a book signing. My son was a big help, holding up the book, calling it to people’s attention. But, if they ignored him, he’d feel really bad. A few times he called out, “Fine! Have a nice time with no book!”
Where can people buy your book?
Trimming the Blue Hairs is available at all major on-line retailers or on request through your local bookstore. You may read more at www.cristinfrank.com or watch the video book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1E0Qd4YItY