Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Kristy Centeno and I mostly write paranormal, romance, young adult, new adult, horror, and contemporary. I enjoy reading, writing, listening to music, spending time with my family, and watching movies. With a big family, I don’t always get too much time for myself so I try to take advantage of every hour down to the last minute to do what I love, with the people I love.
I currently have eight published books, with two more scheduled to be released later on this year.
The paranormal is usually the main topics of my novels. Romance, YA/NA, and contemporary genres fall on my second best list. Often times I combined any two of them to make the best of my stories. Vampires, werewolves, and witches have been the main subjects of my plots, but lately I have been delving further into the mythological world, looking for other creatures to inspire other tales I’ll be more than happy to create a novel for.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Bound to the Moon is the POV version of the main male character in my paranormal romance novel, Secrets of the Moon.
My inspiration behind this book was born after some profound brainstorming. It came to my attention that I had to tie many lose ends, which the main female character couldn’t explain herself. There were secrets, major plot points that needed to be carried out by someone stronger, more capable of carrying out events that Marjorie couldn’t under the same circumstances.
Being able to bring him to life in a more realistic, detailed way enticed my creative side even more. I enjoyed having him have his say on what’s going on, what he feels, what he thinks—for him to relate every aspect of his life as opposed to have someone else tell it for him.
He’s so different from the female lead yet, they complement each other fairly well.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m not sure if they would qualify as unusual, but I do have a few rituals I have to do before getting down to do what I love to do the most.
First, I have to make my work station is clutter free and organized. I’m a mother of five so having a messy work space-or house for that matter keeps me from concentrating on my work. I can’t focus if there’s a pile of toys on the floor, or dirty dishes in the sink and so on. Cleanliness if my number one priority.
Second, I have to make sure I have a notebook, pen and pencil, bottle of water, and music player ready-all neatly organized to the right of the computer table.
I like to listen to music while I write. I tend to get thirsty when I’m writing. And I take notes of what I write or what I intend to write in future chapters.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
If I were to name all I would have a never-ending list, but just to name a few…Stephen King, Janelle Taylor, Madeline Baker, Kathleen Eagle, Jasinda Wilder, Amanda Hocking, Danielle Stelle.
What are you working on now?
The Dark side of the Moon is yet another novel in the Secrets of the Moon saga. The continuation of Marjorie and Kyran’s ever-growing young love.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Promotional websites, interactions with readers, giveaways, forums, twitter or Facebook parties. I try to cover as many avenues as possible.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up.
Read every day.
Do plenty of research.
Find your voice.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re not good enough to do something. Those who tell you otherwise are the ones looking for you to fail.
What are you reading now?
Growl by Ashley Fontainne.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have a few projects I’ve plotted and hope to finish before the end of the year. Among them is Deliverance-another paranormal romance novel with plenty of action and which pushes me even more off comfort zone.
I love being challenged. I love challenging myself.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I honestly don’t know. My TBR list changes constantly, but the one book I would take with me for sure is Fire and Rain by Kathleen Eagle.