Women’s fiction author, Kris Clink, returns to The Spotlight this week to talk about her latest, Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal
Author Name: Kris Clink
Book Title: Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal
Book Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: November 9, 2021
Publisher: Spark Press
Welcome back, Kris! Please tell us about Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal.
Fighting for her daughter’s future tests a young mother’s resolve, divides a family, and exposes a husband’s secret life. Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal examines the ties that bind us – some inherited, some chosen, but none without their share of agonizing tangles.
What inspired the idea for this book?
I was inspired by a question we’ve all asked at one time or another: What keeps people in relationships that, from the outside, appear unhealthy? As I fleshed out into these characters, a Dr. Seuss quote floated through my mind. Eventually, it landed in the text: “Sometimes the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple.”
What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Whatever you do, avoid measuring yourself against your colleagues. There is no wrong path to publishing. Every turn will inform the next, so embrace each outcome as it will fuel your next step toward publishing.
Great advice! Can you tell us about what you’re working on now?
Before I jump back into writing the third Enchanted Rock novel, I am writing about a distraught woman who inherits a crumbling Kansas estate and discovers the journals of a dead socialite. It combines a thread of history with a story of friendship, found families, and women supporting each other.
Oooh, that sounds great! So where can readers find you?
Or my podcast where I get to talk to other authors and creatives about the writing world: Kris Clink’s Writing Table podcast.
Thank you, Kris! Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal is available for preorder NOW.
One mistake can steal your innocence. One promise can plague a friendship. One secret can tear apart a family.
Sissie Klein barely remembers the night that tore her from the carefree life she knew. Not long after the shocked teen is pushed into marriage, she’s rushed to the hospital where a catastrophic delivery seals her destiny.
Sissie is determined to give her daughter the opportunities she forfeited, but some fates can’t be avoided. Tragedy strikes, leaving behind a legacy of deceit—and an orphaned toddler.
Told with heartbreaking honesty and shrewd humor, Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal examines the ties that bind us—some inherited, others chosen—none without their share of agonizing tangles.
Kris Clink is the author of Goodbye, Lark Lovejoy and Sissie Klein is Completely Normal, which have received praise from Bustle, Midwest Book Review, Kirkus Reviews, Women.com, Lone Star Literary, Brit + Co, Travel and Leisure Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly, among others. Set in middle America, her novels are laced with love, heartbreak, and just enough snark to rock the boat for the relatable characters as they confront transformative challenges.
She’s a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and The Author’s Guild. Before becoming a novelist, she coordinated business development in medical environments and managed an office of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Since then, her work has been published in Moms Don’t Have Time to Write on Medium, diyMFA, Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, Women Writers Women’s Books, and Accent West Magazine. She is the host of Kris Clink’s Writing Table, a podcast about books and writing, where she interviews a variety of publishing professionals and authors from Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) to Camille Pagán.
Calling Texas home for most of her life, Kris now lives in Kansas. She and her husband have filled their empty nest with two spoiled-rotten pups. When not writing, Kris is playing pickleball with friends or searching for an open karaoke mic and an understanding audience.
Kris welcomes the opportunity to appear at your book club.