10 questions with Williamsport author Kristin Detrow

August 01, 2010|By HEATHER LOWERY
  • Author Kristin Detrow has written "The Intrusion."
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Name: Kristin Detrow

Age: 34

City in which you reside: Williamsport

Day job: Employee at Center for Joint Surgery

Book title: "The Intrusion"

Quick synopsis of book: "When dark secrets from the past collide with the present, Jake and Arin Welsh's lives are thrown into a tailspin. Suddenly, their only son's life hangs in the balance. Will they reconcile their pasts in time to save their family?"

Page count: 210

Publisher: Innovo Publishing, LLC

Genre: Fiction/suspense

Price: $12.99, according to

Last book read: "Flight of Shadows," by Sigmund Brouwer

Favorite books: George Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm"

Favorite author: Randy Alcorn


1. What inspired you to write this book?

I really enjoy reading books that are more scary and suspenseful, but now I don't have the stomach for a lot of the violence. I wanted to write something in that genre with a different kind of message, more redemptive in nature.

2. Tell us about your writing process.

I don't know from one minute or the next what is going to happen, and usually I'm surprised myself at how things end up.

3. How do you develop your characters?

For my characters, I take people I know and I throw them into a blender. I pick and choose people and places I think are interesting.

4. What was the most challenging aspect of the writing process?

The editing. I love the creative part, and mixing everything together, but the grammatical part, I see that as tedious and boring. So the editing, definitely, I hate that.

5. What have you learned that you wish you would have known earlier in the writing process?

I guess I would have wished that I would have taken more time with the parts I find to be less interesting.

6. Did you discover anything about yourself while writing this book?

I just really found that the one thing that interests me most is studying the motives of people. I'm happiest when I'm studying that and picking it apart. It's not something I noticed before about myself, but it's something I naturally do."

"I also think there is a side of me in the past that was a little judgmental. I guess through my characters I've learned to be more forgiving of people."

7. What advice can you offer other writers?

I would tell other writers not to show people your work until you are pretty much completely finished because it can so effect the things you write. Do that so that what you write you can say that it is completely yours and was not influenced by what others thought and their opinions.

8. Are there any underlying messages that readers should look for?

There's a strong pro-life message, but in addition to that, there is a strong message for abortion recovery for people. It could be people who may not have shared with others or who have gone through it. It's focused on forgiveness and redemption and to not be judgmental at all. I think it's that judgmental spirit that gives God and the church a bad name.

9. How does being a Christian influence your writing?

I kind of go out of my way to not write like a Christian. I don't want to write a book that only Christians would read. I want to write like a human being, I want my characters to be flawed like we are. I want to bring it back to redemption and forgiveness and the love of God and how much we need Him.

10. What do you want people to take away from reading your book?

For Christians, I would want them to step outside their box a little bit and be more forgiving and welcoming of people. For non-Christians, I would want them to not judge God by the church who has hurt them or the Christians who have judged them, and to think of Him not the way they've been trained to think of Him as. And if I can give people a good scare, I'm really happy.

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