Interview with Kristin Hetzer
Author of Valle Egypt
Where are you from originally and where do you reside now?*
Originally from Michigan and now reside in Southern California.
If you currently reside somewhere besides where you were born, what’s the story that lead from there to here?
I graduated from a private mid-west Liberal Arts College in 1978. At that time, there was a significant recession with double digit unemployment. I headed West for better employment opportunities.
What made you decide to write and publish your first book?
I believe this is an important story as the statistics indicate a very small percentage of people who experience the pain of this experience actually do anything about much less write about it. This is a story that everyone has come in contact with, whether it is from personal experience or the experience of someone close to them.
People don’t want to talk about problems after the death of a close person as it is too painful and personal.
How would you describe your books to first time readers?
This is a real life story of 60 year family farm and family. The story covers parent disparate treatment of children, sibling rivalry and manipulation of the elderly parent. The common theme throughout the book is undo-influence. Two children used undo-influence to take advantage of the living parent, disenfranchising other children which violated the wishes and written plans of the parents prior to their death.
Who do you feel is most likely to connect with the topics you write about?
Parents in the process of setting up their financial estate plans. Elderly parents with financial assets. Children of parents facing their parents later years of life. Law School Estate Planning professionals. Financial Professionals. The Financial Services industry compliance department which is required to educate employees about financial elder abuse.
What unexpected or surprising thing did you learn during the process of writing and publishing?
The interest in this topic by all presented by the story.
If you could, what advice would you give to your past self before embarking on this journey?
Understand the length of time it will take.
How many people would you ideally like to reach with your books?
What has been the biggest challenge and frustration during the process to date?
Figuring out the best marketing strategy.
What’s your biggest strengths when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
Knowledge, experience and discipline.
What’s your biggest weakness when it comes to book a) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
Lack of a qualified publisher or ability to reach the educational market.
When do you think you will write your next book?
Immediately. I am already working on my next book.
Are you self published or did you use a hybrid publisher, or a traditional publisher?
Covenant Books. (?) Hybrid(?) I’m not sure.