Kris Ripper

Tell us about your recent Riptide release. What was the inspiration behind it?

As La Vista Turns is about a woman who has a list for everything--and how some stuff just can't be controlled from a list. Zane Jaffe has been trying to get pregnant forever (or at least it feels that way). She owns her car outright, she has a condo she loves, and now she's ready for the kid.

Except the kid's just not happening. Which is hardly fair, since she has a list.

Like Zane, I've got a lot of lists. Also like Zane, I'm under the impression lists mean I've got more control over things than I actually have. I also planned out single parenthood down to the finest of details, including alllllll the alternative reproduction stuff. And man, there is a lot of AR stuff.

What can readers expect when they read a story from you? What would you like potential readers to know about you and your books?

A reader just told me the other day that she started reading my books for the porny bits, but she keeps reading "to get slayed by the feels". I kind of love that. I do take special pride in writing books that might get you off and make you cry, sometimes in the same chapter.

My books aren't for everyone. They are unapologetically queer, frequently kinky, and often poly. I love to write (and read) series fiction; I hardly ever write stand-alones. I really enjoy writing how people relate to one another: romantically, sure, but also as friends, as parents and children, teachers and students, coworkers, former lovers, people sharing a scene for the night who will never see each other again. That's my jam.

What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while writing your latest release?

I loved how much I related to Zane, while also making entirely different life choices at a lot of points! Humans are endlessly diverse.

How long does it take you to write a book?

A month. Almost always.

Describe your workspace.

I recently set up an actual workspace for myself, in the studio I share with my kid. It's a round IKEA table with a whole lot of Hamilton quotes and kid art on the walls alongside index cards for the eight million ideas I want to write. Oh, and of course my computer (Zephyr), bullet journal, and external hard drive.

Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to cure it?

I never stop writing for anything. There are times when I hate what I'm writing and know it will all be scrapped, but I'm almost always better off bitching to my writer friends about how everything I write is crap instead of bitching to them about how I'm not writing at all.

What can readers expect from you in the future?

I've got a few books coming out in the next year or so: Practice Makes Perfect, Less Ordinary, Let Every New Year Find You, and Kith and Kin. Plus a series I'm just starting to write, which takes place in a climbing gym. Super excited about that!

Do you have a favorite quote?

Yes! Audre Lorde has this poem "A Litany For Survival" that just guts me every time I read it, which is often.

It ends like this, and I've repeated these lines to myself over and over again when the cost of speaking my truth seemed too high to pay:

and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid

So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive

Feel free to include anything else you'd like to talk about!

Excellent! I have a short story called "The Queen's Reflection" in an anthology called Follow Me Into Darkness, which I'd love for folks to pick up. The story's incredibly close to my heart, and the only fantasy I've actually, uh, published (as opposed to written and left to spoil in a file somewhere). It's about a trans queen in a world where the concept of "trans" doesn't exist, and it's got all the sexy and all the feels. Thank you!

Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a toddler, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and prefers the z-based pronouns because they’re freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write, and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.

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