Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristen Cosey (Krissy the Author).
Hi Kristen, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I grew up on the south side of Chicago. I didn’t have the best childhood so reading was one of my favorite outlets. I always imagined I was the characters in my favorite books. I guess you could say I lived the life I envisioned for myself through stories. Some of my favorite series as a child to read were the Junie B. Jones series and the Bluford series. I was always excited when a new story from either of these series was available in the library. I read every book. My mom tried her best to keep me and my siblings out of the streets so we spent a lot of time in the library. I began looking forward to the next occasion. I felt there was a lack of diversity when it came to stories about growing up in the hood and some real-life concerns that plagued the hood. One of those was being a ‘product of your environment.’ I didn’t believe in that. I began writing stories to shed light on real-life issues that not only plagues low-income neighborhoods but people in general that’s often overlooked. I wrote and published my first story at age 25. The story told about some struggles I encountered growing up with an alcoholic and abusive father and navigating the streets of Chicago. The story also serves a purpose to bring awareness to how prevalent domestic violence is. It can or could be happening to someone you know. You mom, sister, cousin, aunt…anyone.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Although I didn’t publish my first novel until the age of 25, I began writing at a young age. I had the inspiration to create my own children’s book series inspired by the Junie B. Jones series. I started around the age of 12 or 13. My aunt, Polly, gifted me with a book on “writing for beginners.” My mother always encouraged me to pursue my dreams and told me I would make it as a best-selling author. Although I am not there yet, I am well on my way and I thank those around me for their continued support. When I first started, I thought writing a book would be easy but it wasn’t. It came with its own set of challenges. I wrote three short stories at the age of 15. I remember my father trashed my stories out of anger and feeling hopeless. This caused me to become discouraged to become an author. I began writing again while working at a call center in Las Vegas. This job provided me with a lot of opportunities for ‘downtime.’ I was often bored so I began writing and letting my colleagues read small sections of the story as I finished them. Many of my colleagues loved it and began encouraging me to finish. My best friends, Antonik’Qua and Keyanna played a huge role in motivating me to take my writing seriously.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My goal is to express that you don’t have to become a product of your environment. Your environment does not define who you are. All of my stories reveal a circumstance that many people can often relate to and ends with a positive, impacting message. Overcoming struggles and/or obstacles make some of the best success stories. I’ve since published two books, Broken Trust and My Visit with Dad. My third novel, Burden of Proof is set to release in the new year of 2022.
‘Impacting lives one story at a time.’
Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
The Junie B. Jones and Bluford series were my favorite book series to read. My favorite authors are Ashley Antoinette and Tracy Brown.
- Broken Trust novel – $11.99
- My Visit with Dad novel – $13.99
- Broken Trust Crew Neck – $20.00
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