Girls Write Out
Saturday, September 30, 2006

So Calm Cool & Adjusted is out early. Not sure why, but Integrity has been sold to another, bigger publisher, so perhaps they were antsy to get their bestsellers out!! (that's a joke, if you all didn't pick up on it). Anyway, this morning my publicist sent me a review, and you know, I don't usually read them and this one was good -- but still, it dawned on me how weird the writing life is. I think it's why American Idol is so cutthroat & fun to watch. You do something and then, BAM the world gets its opinion. As writers, we have our Simon Cowells, our Paulas but in the end, it really means nothing if America likes it. You're really judged by the populace. It's like high school on steroids.

Anyway, Poppy's story (the last in my Spa Girls) gets to tackle the sticky issue of natural healing and the holistic side of life in the Christian community. I really had fun with her because she's just a loose cannon and those characters are more fun to me. Can't imagine why?

Oh while you're out buying my book (be careful of the stampede now!) if you're not of the weaker nature in your reading, I have to recommend, "The Thirteenth Tale". As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of the classics and this one pays homage to the great books with great writing and a plot to keep you turning pages. It has a ghostly element and a family dynamic that's hard to take, but don't miss this book. Diane Setterfield is a genius and I bow at her feet. Kristin
Kristin Billerbeck  
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At 1:44 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

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At 11:20 PM, Blogger Kara said...

Am very excited that CC&C is out early. Look forward to catching up with the latest (and sadly last) of the lovely Spa Girls! Congrats girls on all your awards!! Well deserved and hard earned!

 
At 11:23 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Hey, I've been thinking about this for a few days and I wanted to ask...how do pre-orders affect you? In all areas, I guess, like financially and with publicity and everything. Are they a good indicator of how the book will sell when it comes out?

I'm not being eloquent, forgive me!

 
At 11:52 PM, Blogger Janet Rubin said...

I always wonder why God made most writers insecure when we end up worrying so much who likes our writing! Also, I wish He made me a better speller:) Love your new book title (love all your book titles actually.) Thanks for the book reccomendation!

 
At 12:46 AM, Anonymous Suzanne Schaffer said...

Congrats on your award! You look great in that pic....and so proud (which you should be-your books are such fun!)

Can't wait to read all about Poppy!

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Oh such fun things to answer here. Okay, first off writers are one step from crazy. No wait, we ARE crazy but we get paid to be so. It's either write or lock us up and I think we're sensitive people and that's why we can grasp other people's emotions, but at the same time, get ours hurt when someone brings us down.

Kayla, preorders are a good thing. Because they usually tell a store how much of something to order. If there are a lot of preorders, they know the book is desired, and likely, they'll sell more so preorders -- good.

Actually, in that picture what you're seeing is pure relief I got to get off the stage. I was supposed to say something, but I cannot speak without making a jerk of myself, so I was thrilled to escape with no words. Though really, I should have thanked people. Ungrateful little minx. Anyway, I think that's the emotion in that picture. LOL

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger Heather Ivester said...

I read Calm, Cool & Adjusted -- and loved it! Poppy Clayton kept me turning the pages -- wish I could hang out with her in real life. :)

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger R.G. said...

Oooh, can't wait to read Poppy's story. She's my favorite, I have such a love-hate relationship with all that au natural stuff even though I do love shopping at Whole Foods!

I know just what you mean about writers, insecurity, and being so affected by what others think of your work. After all, you're writing for others... how can you not care what they think? I had one of those moments recently... just turned in the first half of a book and was absolutely on pins and needles to hear back. Hearing a glowing response made my week. Doesn't seem very Christian, but there it is.

 
At 7:43 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Rachelle, you're too hard on yourself, how is it not Christian? Isn't it our goal to hear "Well done my good and faithful servant?" Well, it's nice here on earth to know how great that's going to sound isn't it? (I can justify anything, btw, if you want to shop and need an excuse, just call on me.)

See, Heather's words made me grin from ear to ear. I AM human. : )

 
At 11:27 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Yeah! I thought I was going to have to wait longer to hear Poppy's story. Though I don't relate to her style of clothes :), I totally get the organic and wholistic side of eating. My Mom brought me vitamins to church this morning ... I'm 30, she's 60, we haven't lived together for 6 years ... tells you a lot about how important my vitamins are! :) Anyway ... off to the bookstore. And, writers who get good words from publishers/editors/etc, FRAME THEM!!! I did! :) :) :)

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Congrats on your win, Kristin. And congrats on all you've accomplished in your writing! You are an inspiration. I "remember when"--WAY BACK when you used to post about how you were writing "Christian chic lit" on the ACFW loop, and I thought, What is Christian chic lit?" (along with many others). But you held onto your dream and kept writing your passion, and the rest, as they say, is history. You are an inspiration to many. Did I say that already? Thank you.

 
At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristin,

Any idea when the audio versions of "The Spa Girls" triology will be available? They will make great gifts for my sister who has a long driving commute each day.

Thanks!

 
At 11:43 AM, Blogger Dessmond said...

Will it be possible to get your book in Barcelona, in Catalan version?

 
At 12:41 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I don't think theyr'e doing the tapes for the trilogy. The first one sort of died, I think. Not sure on that, but my guess on why books two and three weren't available on tape. Don't ask don't tell is my mantra there. : ) As far as other languages go, I'm not sure about that. I know What a Girl Wants has been translated lots, but haven't heard about these books. : )

 
At 2:54 PM, Blogger Jennifer B. Jones said...

Can't wait to read book three!

 
At 11:52 PM, Blogger Heather said...

The audio versions . . . I talked to a media person about these, as when I travel, scrapbook, clean house, etc I listen to books on my iPod and I'd SOOOOOO love to listen to my favorite Christian author books rather than the fiction I usually listen to. I was told that it was not seen as profitable. {sigh}

So, I save those books for bubble bath reading, car line reading, late night reading.

But still put in my vote for audio one day.

 
At 12:34 AM, Blogger GeorgianaD said...

Ooo, can't wait to read your book! I like loose cannons too:)

BTW, I just started The Thirteenth Tale, and I get so frustrated every time I have to set it down.

 

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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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