Interview with Author Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie


Please help me welcome talented author, Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie, to the segment, Interview an Author.  Thank you, Kristy, for stopping by to share your book with me and my readers.

1.     When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

Like a lot of authors, I wrote early on. Before I realized how hideous my voice was (and is!). I wrote song lyrics and I’d record myself on a Sharp pink boom box.

2.  Has your background in education and media influenced you to write?

That’s a difficult question! If I could turn back time, I wouldn’t have majored in psychology or school counseling. Instead, I would have majored in Journalism, English Literature, Creative Writing, or something related. That’s why I’ve decided to return to school, yet again, for a School Library Media degree.

3.  I noticed on your blog that you love to travel. What is your favorite place to visit?

I love traveling to new places but my favorite place is the beach, especially Florida beaches.

4.  Where is your favorite place to live?

Each summer I visit my grandparents who live in central Florida, and I absolutely love it.

5.     Please share the title of your book and a synopsis of it?

Jaded, YA Thriller

Jade has spent her entire life within the confines of the eye-color-obsessed Nirvana commune. She dreams of experiencing freedom but travel to the Outside is forbidden. Besides, she’s a dutiful daughter who never breaks the rules. As her seventeenth birthday approaches, however, she realizes just how little she wants to follow the commune rules. She doesn’t want to undergo another eye color surgery, or immediately choose a life partner, or follow her parents’ life paths of teaching or wine making. In fact, her green eyes suit her just fine; she’s never even been on a date, and she’s passionate about photography. And yet, she’s resigned to do as she’s told because it’s easier for her to close her eyes and follow orders.
Her Grandmother Ruby’s murder is the catalyst that causes Jade to open her eyes wide for the first time in her life. She’s devastated yet determined to find the killer and their motive. With help from her mysterious friend Tyrian, and Peaches, the commune leader’s sweet daughter, Jade unearths dark secrets which include her mother’s illicit affair, her maternal grandparents’ escape from Nirvana, and a plethora of murders. To make matters worse, someone is hell bent on ending Jade’s mission for the truth, and that someone is most likely the killer.
Jade can’t continue conforming to an evil society and yet she fears the Outside is just as corrupt. If she resolves to flee and is caught, the punishment is banishment to the slave cabins…and blinding.
Although Jaded is considered a young adult dystopian novel, adults will be able to relate to Jade’s plight.

6.     What inspires you to write?

Everything! I’m convinced I have ADHD. I have scraps of paper everywhere with story ideas.

7.    What do you like to do in your spare time besides writing?

I’m a bit of a workaholic, so most of my spare time (when I’m not at work) is spent on classwork, blogging, reading and reviewing. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends, wine tastings, listening to music, and of course, traveling.

8.    What project are you currently working on?

Hunted, the sequel to Jaded

9.     Is there anything else about yourself that you would like to share?

I’d like to encourage everyone to Keep Calm and Create! Thanks so much, Janice!

10.    Please share your links to purchase your book and other links to connect with you.Jaded



Keep Calm & Write On:


It was such a pleasure to learn more about you and your book, Kristy.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Please come back again to share any new projects you have with me and my readers.

Thank you readers and supporters for stopping by to read about another amazing author.

Thought for the Day:  Read a good book today and feed your imagination!


About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 31 books: 15 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 23 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 2 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon 8 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on a novel and Book 4 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2021 and beyond along with more children's books and novels for 18+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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5 Responses to Interview with Author Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie

  1. deanie2013 says:

    This is another really nice interview, Janice. It;’s always fun to read your interviews and find out about other authors.

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