Hello, IWA! It’s a pleasure to come aboard and join this group. My name is Kristina and I am the author of Mirror Image, the first book in my Mirror sci-fi series. My Mirror series is centered around a young woman named Maddie, who finds out that she is a clone and must work with her counterpart, who works for a secret government agency to protect the Earth and a coalition of other worlds. I could go on and on about Maddie, but this is supposed to be a post about me, not her or the series.
I have a wonderful husband, Brad, who I am thankful for every day. Lived in the Carolinas most of my life. My parents were in the Air Force, but I didn’t move around a lot as a kid. We were in Texas until they retired then moved to South Carolina when I was nine. I lived in Charleston until meeting Brad and moved up to North Carolina. I graduated from Miller Motte College with a certification in massage therapy, but never took the national boards to get licensed. It’s still something I plan on doing. Just life keeps getting in the way.
I’m one of the biggest nerds you’ll probably ever meet. I love Disney and am probably a walking fact book on the films and parks. I collect Disney waterglobes, most of which is from my favorite film, Beauty and the Beast. I love Star Trek (Original, Next Gen, and Voyager), Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, and Star Wars. Mara Jade is one of my favorite literary characters from the books and comics. Every Christmas, I get something Garfield related. This year, my wonderful husband surprised me with a Webster dictionary that had Garfield cartoons in it. It’s really cool. Hunger Games is one of those series that I can read over and over and not get bored with it.
I can’t stomach horror/slasher movies. I can handle suspense and thrillers, but blood and guts for no reason…I’m a weakling. Zombies especially freak me out. I can’t even deal with zombie comedy movies. I am a sucker for good storytelling. If sex or violence is not essential to the plot, I find it a turn off more than anything.
I’ve had the most random assortment of jobs as well. I’ve been everything from a cashier, to a restaurant mascot, to a Sears photographer, a video game store manager, and customer service professional. I’ve done just about everything in retail and am very glad to no longer be working in that field.
More than ten years ago, I met my husband when I came to North Carolina to train to become a professional wrestler. I’ve always been a fan of wrestling. I actually got knocked out one day while training (completely my fault) and decided that wrestling wasn’t my thing. I’ve been a referee for over ten years, though. I’m a den mother to most of the locker room which gives me countless hours of entertainment. Besides wrestling, I’m a big football and hockey fan. Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks are my hockey teams. Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals, and whoever is against the Cowboys for my football teams. Would make things easier if I was a hometown fan, but where’s the fun in that?
I save pictures of my phone to send out to friends when they need cheering up. I’m fiercely protective and loyal to my friends and family. If I consider you a part of my circle, there’s not much I wouldn’t do.
To add to my geekdom, I’m also a big gamer. Final Fantasy series (X is my favorite), Kingdom Hearts, most role-playing games, Lego games, and the Legend of Zelda series top my list. I also love Once Upon a Time, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, The Crazy Ones, and The Newsroom are a handful of my favorite TV shows.
Let’s see…what else…my favorite color is purple. I love cats, but don’t have any due to rules in the complex I live in. The older I get, the more I appreciate 80s and 90s music. I love taking pictures, but hate pictures being taken of me. I am not photogenic at all.
I could continue, but I don’t want to bore you anymore than I probably already have. I look forward to meeting and working with everyone. It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of the IWA. Thank you for having me.
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