Welcome to 3 Questions Wednesday, Kristen.
Tell us a little about yourself and your latest release:
My goal as a fiction writer is to make readers feel something and let them experience make-believe worlds that mirror the truths of their own. I think each reader’s takeaway will be different, but I’ve woven several themes into the story that explore topics like identity, guilt, fear, and second chances. Ultimately, I want the reader to realize that no matter what they’re facing, they can have hope.
In The Revolutionary, Portia confronts the dilemma that freedom demands more than she wants to pay, because revolutions run on sacrifice. Will she have the courage to do right, regardless of the cost?
Thanks, Kristen. First question—
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Kristen: Wow, this is hard, but here goes: 1. Caring 2. Intentional 3. Over-Analytical
And I’d add honesty to that list. Ha ha! I like those answers.
Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?
Kristen: Right now, I would choose Orvieto, Italy, because I’m currently writing the final book in The Rogues trilogy. In it, I introduce the international scene in Portia’s dystopian world, and there’s an interesting historical connection between this Italian city and American history. Getting to experience this setting first hand as I write my futuristic version of it would be incredible—and much more enjoyable than poring over research and travel blogs.
Yes, so much more agreeable! I hope you get to make this trip someday.
If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?
Kristen: At the moment, I have the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman stuck in my head. If I were to pick a song from that movie, I’d say “A Million Dreams.” The key for me is that I want God to shape my dreams however He sees best.
I love that. Sometimes it’s so hard to balance our personal dreams with those we believe are inspired by God.
Kristen Hogrefe is a Florida girl who says yes to most adventures involving sunshine and prefers to start her day with Jesus and instant coffee. She is a multi-published novelist of young adult fiction, including The Rogues trilogy (Write Integrity Press) and Wings of the Dawn trilogy. A life-long learner, she also has a heart for teaching and speaking in academic settings and professional conferences.
You can find her blogging at KristenHogrefe.com where she challenges young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly. She enjoys connecting with readers on social media:
Freedom costs more than Portia wants to pay, but revolutions run on sacrifice … and blood.
Three months a satellite prisoner, Portia wonders if the Brotherhood has left her to die—until she plunges into the domain of a smuggler contacted by her brother. But her rescue comes with a price tag, and now, she must forfeit her identity to act as a spy. She learns that her enemies want the Dome to approve mass satellite executions, though no one knows why. Worse, they’re using her friend Luther, now a Court Citizen intern, to sign the short-term orders. She wants to confide in Luther, but can she still trust him with the company he keeps?
Plagued by shadows and guilt for leaving her protector Gath behind on the satellite, Portia must find a way, not only to rescue him and the other prisoners, but also to destroy the slave camps once and for all.