The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos by Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Zoe Jabril could be just another 17-year-old girl attending parties with her friends and checking out cute guys—except her best friend is a Guardian Angel, and the boy she crushes on is a Nephilim, half-Angel, both sent to Earth to protect her. A high school classmate happens to be a trendsetting shopaholic Fairy. And now there’s a new Werewolf in town. 

Now Zoe has to deal with her feelings toward Shay, who spreads a strange electrical current through her body every time he touches her. She is under constant attack from Demons, trying to kill and stop her from fulfilling the Prophecy: a girl will be born who will unite the Enlightens to battle evil. Then on top of that, between boring homework and drama with girls at school, she has to control new found talents if she’s to prevent the Devil from escaping Hell.

In order to do so, Zoe must devise a kick-ass plan ASAP or watch everyone die, because she’s running out of time. She turns eighteen in two months—the date Armageddon kicks off.

What drew you to writing? I took a lit course in highschool and a reading one in college. Didn’t think anything of it but enjoyed writing and reading back then. I started reading as something to do before I met my husband. Then when Twilight came out, a group of friends created a book club and it’s been downhill ever since. I read a ton. My cousin started writing and she asked me to (beta) read for her. I did but didn’t really know what I was doing. One of her friends asked me to read one of hers too so I did b/c my cousin said that my comments were spot on.

Then in January 2013 I dreamed of the warehouse scene. Didn’t think anything of it until the next night I had the same dream in the warehouse. Woke my husband up and told him about it. He said I should write it down. Of course I didn’t. The 3rd night, I dreamed of the tattoo and knew I had to start getting it down on paper so to speak. I started writing when I got home from work and wrote until the wee hours of the morning, so 7-8 hours at a time. Go to sleep a few hours and get up for work. Did that for 3 weeks.

How long did it take you to create your first book? 3 weeks for the first draft to be completed.

How many drafts did this project take you? A Ton! I lost track of them. I wrote the first all the way through becuase I didn't really know what I was doing. Then I re-read it and tweaked it. Had a couple people beta read it, revised parts of it yet again, changed the ending, and kept revising.

Do you have other work experience? I graduated from Winona State University with a double bachelors degree in Paralegal and Corrections. After, I worked as a paralegal in litigation, civil, municipal, estate, appellate, and business. I worked as a paralegal for 15 years. In the last 8 years I worked for the same company and transferred into the business area. Currently, I’m a Buyer for a tech company.

Do you prefer creating short stories, or novels? novellas

What draws you to the mid-range length of novellas? They are short and sweet. Usually the pace is a bit faster and it kinda just ends up novella length.

What Genre do you write and why? YA. I’m not really sure exactly but I think its fun. Gets me to think about my own experiences and compare it to how it’s changed these days

What about your life influenced your drive to create? I got all out in everything I do. Never half do stuff. It’s an all or nothing attitude.

Where do you do your best writing? I write at home all over the house. I have a desk in the basement but I didn't use that much when writing Book 1. Mostly I sat on the couch in the upstairs den, late at night, after the hubby went to bed.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Book 1 was not plotted. When I wrote it, it just flowed out in three weeks. I didn't know the difference.

In the Indie vs Traditional debate - does it matter to you? Nope.

Why? Depends on the reasons why you chose what route you went. The same way isn’t for everyone. I’m glad there are options now.

Do you think there's still a stigma attached to small/indie/self publishing? Yes actually I think there still is. Some people don't like change while other embrace it. Sometimes its people who struggle with change who try to come up with negative ways to stop the change. But that's the thing, you can't stop it. Are there legit books out there who are self published that are not up to the same calibur as traditional books? Yes, no doubt. But on the flip side, there are some really GREAT ones, too. People just can't lump everything and everyone into the same category. Thankfully I have a huge positive support group who encouraged me to self publish.

Do you have a favorite author(s)? Not in any order: Richelle Meade, Julie Kagawa, Kristin Cast, Cassandra Claire, Kristin Hannah, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Sophie Kinsella.

JK Rowling gets her own line.

Where is your favorite place to read? On the front of the boat in summer. in bed in the winter.

What is next on your current writing agenda? I need to finish the series but have been thinking about a YA Dystopian from a male perspective.

Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small river town in Minnesota with her parents and older sister. And after receiving a double Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University in Paralegal and Corrections, she worked as a Paralegal for various law firms around the Twin Cities for 14 years. Then she left the legal field and is now a Senior Buyer for a technology company.

Currently, Kristin lives in Eagan with her husband and two Calico cats. She also loves attending book clubs, going shopping, and hanging out with friends. She has come to realize that she absolutely has an addiction to purses and shoes. They are her weakness and probably has way too many of both.

In the summer months, Kristin can usually be found lounging on her boat, drinking an ice cold something. Being an avid reader of YA and Women’s Literature stories, she still finds time to read a ton of books in-between writing. And in the winter months, her main goal is to stay warm from the Minnesota cold!

Kristin’s first book, The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos, is published by Kasian.

You can find The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos at Amazon, Smashwords, and Kobo.

You can connect with Kristin here: Personal Website Facebook Twitter ● Goodreads


Justin D. Herd

Justin D. Herd is a purveyor of the weird and strange. He occasionally squawks at friends and family, but does so only under the cover of night. Okay, that's not true. He squawks in full daylight. Drinking games have been built around his peculiarities, but the truth of it is this: he is a loving husband, with two wonderful dem--children. One growls at things he likes, including pretty women. The other has started to learn hand-eye coordination. Neither had made it to the tender age of three. From there, things will only get more interesting. He spends most of his writing time either at a coffee shop or sitting at one of his many desks around his house. Any other place makes it nearly impossible for him to write. He uses horror movies and rock music to help get the juices flowing. His favorite authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alan Campbell, Terry Pratchett, Justin Cronin, and Patrick Rothfuss. He consumes most of his books through audiobooks, but still loves his personal library and getting lost in the printed word.