My guest today is Chrissy Dennis, author of the newly released YA novel, Paper Wolf. Chrissy, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Okay, my name is Chrissy and I’m from a rural town in Saskatchewan, Canada. I work part time as an administrative assistant for Renovaré Canada, and I’m a full-time foster mom to two little girls. So, that definitely keeps me busy. I have a cat named Lexi, and for fun, I like to read, crochet and, of course, write.
What is Paper Wolf about?
Happily-ever-after doesn’t exist for kids like Gracie—or does it?
Gracie Anderson may only be eleven, but five years in foster care has taught her that happy endings don’t exist in the real world, not for kids like her anyway. And she’s convinced this next foster home will be just as bad as all the others.
Except… it’s not.
The Barkmans are completely different from any family she’s ever known—and she doesn’t trust them one bit because no one is that understanding and compassionate. But no matter how hard Gracie pushes against them, how rude, rebellious, and disrespectful she is toward them, they consistently come back at her with faith, love, and acceptance. And when Gracie’s mom decides not to come back for her, the Barkmans welcome her as one of their own, proving that even someone as damaged as Gracie deserves the love of God and a family.
Do you have a day job? If so, how do you find time in your day to write?
I do, and I’m a full-time single mom. I don’t have time to write, but I have been intentionally making it a practice to write for 10 minutes a day. Everybody has 10 minutes in a day, right? I set a timer, I turn off all social media, and write. If I have time or inspiration to go longer, I do. Some days, I stare at a blank page for 10 minutes. It’s a good practice and honestly, that’s the only reason The Paper Wolf was ever finished.
Are you a night owl or morning person?
Neither. I’m exhausted 24/7. I suppose I’m most productive in the morning, but I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself a morning person.
How did you come up with the name of your heroine?
I chose the name Gracie because the story is ultimately one of grace. Grace is undeserved favor, and that is Gracie’s journey in The Paper Wolf. It is also the story of the Gospel, available for all who trust in Jesus.
Who was the first person you allowed to read your completed book?
My best friend, Kari. She is always the first reader of my books because she is incredibly encouraging, but she’s also honest about the many ways I can improve.
If you didn’t write books, what would you do for a living?
I used to want to be a forensic psychologist. I’m kind of glad I didn’t pursue that, though. I doubt I have the stomach for that line of work.
Do you have a favorite author or book?
My favorite author is Kristin Hannah. She is a phenomenal author who writes raw, emotional stories that draw you in so deep, you never forget it. When I grow up, I want to be a great author like her.
What’s next for you as an author?
I’m sloooowly writing my 5th novel, called Only Chance.
Where can readers find you online?