Saturday, May 6, 2017

0 Kerstin Gier, author of JUST DREAMING, on great ideas not being the most important step

We can hardly believe this isn't a dream, we had the opportunity to catch up with Kerstin Gier to discuss her latest novel JUST DREAMING.

Kerstin, what was your inspiration for writing JUST DREAMING?

Puh, inspiration.... everything inspires me. I think it is actually the other way around: the ideas find me. Thank god. By the way, you need much more than a single idea for a book. I usually have most of them when I start to plot the novel, but others have to give way to new ideas while I write… (they are probably insulted and talk about me behind my back).

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

I have difficulties with the love-scenes...

How long did you work on JUST DREAMING?

Approximately one year.

What do you hope readers will take away from JUST DREAMING?

Ah, my favourite question ;-) I always write books with the same intention. I want to provide good entertainment and give the reader the chance to find some comfort in my story. Also, my books are fun and a distraction from the cruel world out there. I was especially drawn to the dream topic, because really everyone dreams. I really like the idea that all people around the world could be wandering through a corridor of dreams and are connected by a labyrinth of hallways and doors.

How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?

I was very lucky. And back then, times for authors were different in Germany. In 1995 - I was 28 and had just quit my (stupid) job on the spur of the moment to give myself a year just to write. I gave my manuscript to a publisher, surprisingly they read it, even though it was printed with large ornamented lettering and filed unprofessionally in a big red folder. My sister-in-law had pushed me to hand in the red folder, I would have never dared to do that. But the next day the editor called me and said harshly: “How did this get to my desk”? And while I ashamedly started to splatter something about my sister-in-law and the receptionist, the woman said “Whatever, we would like to buy it.” That was my first novel “Männer und andere Katastrophen”. The same month I signed a contract for two more books and since then being an author has been my profession. But it took many years before I called myself an author for the first time.

I have published many books before Just dreaming.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

No, I don't have any rituals. I can only work at home. I wish I would be as cool as some other authors and work in a coffee shop but no, it has to be my desk.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Many aspiring authors have great ideas but do not get beyond the beginning of a book. I think plotting a complete story and writing it down until the end - in spite of all doubts - is the most important step of becoming an author. There is no room for perfectionism while writing, otherwise you will never finish. The revision in the end is a piece of cake compared to the process of writing a complete story.


Just Dreaming
by Kerstin Gier
Henry Holt and Co.
Released 5/2/2017

A dream traveler faces the greatest challenge she's yet encountered in this gripping third and final book of the Silver trilogy.

The course of dream travel never did run smooth—at least, not in Liv Silver's experience. Able to visit other people's dreams (whether they want her to or not), Liv has solved mysteries, unearthed difficult truths, fought madmen, and escaped life-threatening peril, all from the comfort of her own bed. But Liv's troubles are just beginning.

A rocky romance, a malicious blogger with a hidden identity, a wedding, and a classmate (or two) dead-set on revenge all await Liv in this action-packed conclusion to the Silver trilogy.

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Kerstin GierKerstin Gier is the bestselling author of the Ruby Red trilogy, as well as several popular novels for adults. She lives in Germany. You can contact her at


Have you had a chance to read JUST DREAMING yet? When you begin writing, how many ideas do you start with? What is the boldest thing you have done for your career? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Emily, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Sam, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, and Lori Ann

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