K. Kris Loomis is an eclectic author who writes both fiction and nonfiction books. She is the author of the novel, The Sinking of Bethany Ann Crane, as well as the short story collection, The Monster in the Closet and Other Stories. Kris has also written several books about yoga and meditation and a humorous travelogue about the time she, her husband and their handicapped cat moved to South America called Thirty Days In Quito: Two Gringos and a Three-Legged Cat Move to Ecuador.
When Kris isn’t at her standing desk writing, you will find her playing chess, folding an origami crane, or practicing a Beethoven sonata on the piano. She lives in Rock Hill, SC with her husband and two cats.
Kris’ interest in writing nonfiction came from teaching and learning from her yoga students for almost twenty years and her experiences in learning about Ecuadorian culture after moving to South America in 2013.
Fiction has been an integral part of Kris’ life since childhood, when she would borrow twelve books at a time from the library, spread them out on her bedroom floor, and move one to the other, reading a page at a time, until she finished them all. She believes that fiction should not only entertain but should also challenge the reader.
I have always been a voracious reader so it’s difficult to narrow my writer influences down. But I love the work of Milan Kundera, Margaret Atwood, Alexandre Dumas, Jean Rhys, and Gabriel García Márquez, to name a few.
I can NOT write sitting down! I do all of my writing at a standing desk or on an exercise bike desk.
A writer is expected to wear so many hats these days it is easy to get overwhelmed and bogged down in the non-writing side of the business, but don’t forget to WRITE!
Also, you are not a writer until you have finished something. Anything: a poem, a short story, a blog post. But you must finish.
Authors have to have a pretty thick skin, so this quote from Dita Von Teese keeps me on an even keel in the midst of negativity: “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”
I try not to worry so much about what other people think or say about me or my work, positive or negative. I just keep working.
I’d say the best thing about being a writer for me, at least, is being able to positively contribute in some way to a person’s life, whether that is through entertainment or sharing lessons I have learned in the many years I’ve shown up on the yoga mat. I have been an avid reader my whole life, and have personally experienced the power of words many times.
Writing is also an essential part of keeping lines of communications open, through observation, questioning, challenging, and holding people and institutions accountable. Knowing that there are people all over the world that are not able to express themselves publicly, I feel fortunate that I am able to freely share my ideas and do not take what I do for granted.
I find inspiration in many places. An ant carrying a small leaf or a football player celebrating in the end zone. Really it doesn’t take much!
The uniqueness of people fascinates me, and I am inspired by the many different life combinations that co-exist together (not always peacefully) on this sphere barreling through space.
The Count of Monte Cristo, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Screwtape Letters, and Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess.
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