Award-Winning Author

KIERSTIN MARQUET

Award-Winning Author

KIERSTIN MARQUET

About Kierstin

Award-winning author Kierstin Marquet graduated Cum Laude from Weber State University with a bachelor’s of science in criminal justice and a minor in psychology. She worked in law enforcement but eventually left crime fighting to her husband, a federal law enforcement officer, when they started a family.

Kierstin is married to Captain Awesome and believes their kids take after their dad. Her husband’s career required overseas assignments so she has a lot of experience creatively stuffing things into boxes—some people call it packing. Once overseas, they had fun seeking out strange new places to explore, new cultures to investigate, and places to get lost in. Kierstin has visited fourteen countries, and lived in Germany and the Middle East. She and her family are excited to go to more exotic places in the coming years.

When she’s not hovering over the keyboard trying to work or fall asleep (sometimes it’s hard to tell which), she is spending time with her family. She enjoys target shooting, engaging in Nerf gun or laser tag battles with her family, hiking, camping, traveling, scrapbooking, practicing sign language, and conducting book research. That’s right, research! (Her husband says there’s probably a medication for that.)

Her Mason Jar Series was inspired by experiences growing up as a police officer’s daughter, such as getting pulled over with lights (thankfully, no siren) in the church parking lot and going to crime scenes in her nightgown. Kierstin admits she was too young to understand why she got to sleep in the back of Utah’s first Mobile Crime Lab while her dad processed crime scenes, but a love of sleuthing was born through these interactions with him.

Kierstin won 1st Place in the Suspense category at the LDStorymaker’s First Chapter Contest and then Soul Mate Publishing offered a contract on her debut novel, Three Reluctant Promises. SMP also snatched up the sequel, Three Stupid Lies sight-unseen.

Her favorite genres are: clean romantic suspense, fantasy, and young adult.

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Questions Posed to the Author

Where were you and what were you doing when you got the call from the editor that your first book was being accepted for publication?
I was at home. After I hung up the phone I ran upstairs to where my kids were sitting. I did a lot of jumping up and down and happy squealing before I said, “Guess what!” My son’s mouth dropped open and then he said, “You got published!” After I confirmed that, he said, “Okay, when you tell Dad, you can’t jump up and down like that, you’ll give it away. You have to say, ‘It’s not a hobby anymore.’”

How long did it take to get your book published?
I started writing Three Reluctant Promises in 2007, but didn’t get serious about getting published until 2009. I knew I needed to build my skills as a writer before sending in a submission, so I attended numerous writers’ conferences, workshops and read 16 “How to write a novel” type books. I didn’t feel ready to pitch it until I attended a writer’s conference in 2010. I got an enthusiastic invitation from an editor to send the whole thing in, but I ended up putting my life on hold to help a loved one through a horrible illness, and missed the opportunity to send a revised copy in. In 2013, I attended a critique group and read the first chapter of Three Stupid Lies. Unbeknownst to me there was an acquisition’s editor in the crowd. After the meeting, she tracked me down and asked me a lot of questions. When she finally told me who she was, she asked me if she could read the first book. I somehow refrained from happy squealing at the time, but jumped at the opportunity. Stella read Three Reluctant Promises in five days and offered me a contract.

How many rejections did you get before the offer came?
Two.

How do you feel about killing a “good guy” character off?
I hate it! I always need a box of tissues nearby when I have to do it. If I kill one of them off, you know I had a good reason for doing it.

Where do you get your ideas for characters, scenes, or books?
I’ve created whole books based on one scene, or even a line of dialogue. Ideas for Circles of Deception was created when I was writing a scene in Three Stupid Lies. During a jailhouse interview with Tommy, (the main character), a police officer told him that his sister “beat a federal agent with a bedpost and ran off.” From that point on I wanted to tell the sister’s story.

If it were a movie, what rating would you give your book?
PG-13. Although my subject matter is intense, I do keep it clean so parents can be comfortable with their teenage kids reading it. I do feel it’s appropriate for girls as young as 12 years old. I believe they need to know that the world can be a scary place, and it’s a good idea to know what’s out there so you can be prepared. I’d actually encourage parents to at least have a conversation about the topics the books cover so that their kids don’t complain if they (the parents) set up rules like: I need to know where you are at all times. Call me when you get there. Call me when you leave etc…

What is something you’d like the readers to know about your books?
I LOVE creating characters that come alive on the page! This is hard to do with some characters who would realistically use a gratuitous amount of four-letter words. At my house, we have the No Swearing Rule, so I had to be creative in how I expressed a character’s realistic word choice. Instead of breaking the family rule, and possibly offending some readers I say, “He cursed.” Or Tommy would say, “son of—” and he’s “conveniently” interrupted. Readers know what he’s going to say, but they don’t have to read it.

What are your future goals?

I envision at least 11 books for the Mason Jar Series and I’m dying to work on the fantasy series that I’ve been dabbling with for years.

About Kierstin

Award-winning author Kierstin Marquet’s Mason Jar Series, was inspired by crazy experiences growing up as a police officer’s daughter like: getting pulled over with lights (thankfully no siren) in the church parking lot, and going to process crime scenes in her nightgown. Kierstin admits she was too young to understand why she got to sleep in the back of the first Mobile Crime Lab in the state of Utah while her dad processed crime scenes, but a love of sleuthing was born through interactions with him.

She graduated Cum Laude from Weber State University with a bachelor’s of science in criminal justice and a minor in psychology. She worked in law enforcement but left crime fighting to her husband, a federal law enforcement officer when they started a family.

Kierstin considers herself married to the most wonderful man that ever lived and their children take after their dad in “awesomeness”. Her husband’s career required overseas assignments so she has a lot of experience creatively stuffing things into boxes—some people call it packing. Once overseas, they had fun seeking out strange new places to explore, new cultures to investigate, and places to get lost in. Kierstin has visited thirteen countries, and lived in Germany and the Middle East. She and her family are excited to go to more exotic places in the coming years.

When she’s not hovering over the keyboard (working or falling asleep, sometimes it’s hard to tell which) she also loves hanging out with her family, target shooting, Nerf gun or laser tag battles with her family, hiking, camping, traveling, scrapbooking, sign language, and book research. That’s right, research! (Her husband says there’s probably a medication for that.)

Kierstin won 1st Place in the Suspense category at the LDStorymaker’s First Chapter Contest and then Soul Mate Publishing offered a contract on her debut novel, Three Reluctant Promises. SMP also snatched up the sequel, Three Stupid Lies sight-unseen.

Her favorite genres are: clean romantic suspense, fantasy, and young adult.


Questions Posed to the Author

Where were you and what were you doing when you got the call from the editor that your first book was being accepted for publication?
I was at home. After I hung up the phone I ran upstairs to where my kids were sitting. I did a lot of jumping up and down and happy squealing before I said, “Guess what!” My son’s mouth dropped open and then he said, “You got published!” After I confirmed that, he said, “Okay, when you tell Dad, you can’t jump up and down like that, you’ll give it away. You have to say, ‘It’s not a hobby anymore.’”

How long did it take to get your book published?
I started writing Three Reluctant Promises, the first book in the Mason Jar Series in 2007, but didn’t get serious about getting published until 2009. I knew I needed to build my skills as a writer before sending in a submission, so I attended numerous writers’ conferences, workshops and read 16 “How to write a novel” type books. I didn’t feel ready to pitch it until I attended a writer’s conference in 2010. I got an enthusiastic invitation from an editor to send the whole thing in, but I ended up putting my life on hold to help a loved one through a horrible illness, and missed the opportunity to send a revised copy in. In 2013, I attended a critique group and read the first chapter of Three Stupid Lies. Unbeknownst to me there was an acquisition’s editor in the crowd. After the meeting, she tracked me down and asked me a lot of questions. When she finally told me who she was, she asked me if she could read the first book. I somehow refrained from happy squealing at the time, but jumped at the opportunity. Stella read Three Reluctant Promises in five days and offered me a contract.

How many rejections did you get before the offer came?
Two.

How do you feel about killing a “good guy” character off?
I hate it! I always need a box of tissues nearby when I have to do it. If I kill one of them off, you know I had a good reason for doing it.

Where do you get your ideas for characters, scenes, or books?
I’ve created whole books based on one scene, or even a line of dialogue. Ideas for Circles of Deception was created when I was writing a scene in Three Stupid Lies. During a jailhouse interview with Tommy, (the main character), a police officer told him that his sister “beat a federal agent with a bedpost and ran off.” From that point on I wanted to tell the sister’s story.

If it were a movie, what rating would you give your book?
PG-13. Although my subject matter is intense, I do keep it clean so parents can be comfortable with their teenage kids reading it. I do feel it’s appropriate for girls as young as 12 years old, because I believe they need to know that the world can be a scary place. It’s a good idea to know what’s out there so you can be prepared. I’d actually encourage parents to at least have a conversation about the topics the book covers so that their kids don’t complain if they (the parents) set up rules like: I need to know where you are at all times. Call me when you get there. Call me when you leave etc…

What is something you’d like the readers to know about your books?
I LOVE creating characters that come alive on the page! This is hard to do with some characters who would realistically use a gratuitous amount of four-letter words. At my house we have the No Swearing Rule, so I had to be creative in how I expressed a character’s realistic word choice. Instead of breaking the family rule, and possibly offending some readers I say, “He cursed.” Or Tommy would say, “son of—” and he’s “conveniently” interrupted. Readers know what he’s going to say, but they don’t have to read it.

What are your future goals?

I envision at least 11 books for the Mason Jar Series and I’m dying to work on the fantasy series that I’ve been dabbling with for years. 

 

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Enter your email address and the prequel to the Mason Jar Series will be sent to your inbox. You’ll also be added to Kierstin Marquet’s mailing list so you’ll be the first to know when a new book is available. Your email address will never be shared—Kierstin hates spam mail too. You can unsubscribe at any time.

The Mason Jar Series is about a crime-fighting family that will make you despise bad guys, laugh with the good ones, and cry for helpless victims.
In the end, you may just want to reach out to rescue somebody in need.

The Mason Jar Series is about a crime-fighting family that will make you despise bad guys, laugh with the good ones, and cry for helpless victims.
In the end, you may just want to reach out to rescue somebody in need.

© 2017 Kierstin Marquet. All Rights Reserved. Published by Soul Mate Publishing.

© 2017 Kierstin Marquet. All Rights Reserved. Published by Soul Mate Publishing.

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