Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Interview with author Kristin Bartzokis
Diary of a Beautiful Disaster
1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you
taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
I realized I had message to share and voice that many people
admired. My family and friends had been urging me to write a book about
my life with Treacher Collins syndrome for many years. I wasn’t ready ten
years ago to take on that challenge, but I finally felt that I had a variety of
experiences from birth to the present that I could turn into a well-rounded
story. Most importantly of all, I finally had the courage to try.
2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted
My story is about growing up with Treacher Collins syndrome, a
craniofacial abnormality that set me apart from my peers. It details the
mental, emotional, and physical tolls that reconstructive surgeries had on my
life over the course of thirty-three years. But it’s also about the
strength and courage I had to have in order to conquer the obstacles placed in
my way because of my syndrome. I believe this story will resonate with
anyone who has ever faced challenges and needed a way to overcome them.
3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts
for readers who
finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting
it down? I think one of the most important messages of
this book is the importance of choosing to be strong in those challenging
moments. I think my story is laden with that message. I am proof
that perseverance, determination, and courage can turn a disastrous beginning
into a beautiful life, and I hope that my readers understand these values can
shape theirs lives too.
4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow
If you dream about writing a book, do it. Set a deadline and devise a
writing schedule. I told myself I needed to write 500 words a day but
then changed it to 1,000 to allow for more editing time. I have a full
time job so I brought my laptop to work and wrote on my lunch break. Then
I continued writing at home after dinner. Know that you will likely not
have a life for a while, and that is perfectly acceptable. The
accomplishment of completing your book will be well worth the sacrifices.
5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you
the book publishing industry is heading? I see
inspirational stories taking the reins of the book world. We’re living in
a time when readers want to be uplifted by a story. Instead of focusing
on the tragedy that is happening in the real world, readers want to find
comfort in the words on the pages. I think the publishing industry is
following suit with that. They’re looking for the best stories that can
leave lasting emotional connections with readers.
6. What great challenges did you have in writing your
The greatest challenge I faced with Diary of a Beautiful Disaster was
writing for a book as opposed to writing for a blog. I had to slightly
adapt my voice so that it resonated well over 50,000 words, while keeping the
same vulnerability and honesty that my blog followers have come to
appreciate. I had to stay out of my own head in order to confidently come
to the realization that I could find my voice and write a great book.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it
Every person has noticed someone with a disability or deformity and wondered
what that person’s life was really like. But even if they had the courage
to ask questions, they’d never fully understand what it is like to live with a
physical difference. My book, Diary of a Beautiful Disaster,
closes the gap between curiosity and reality. It is an honest, emotional
rollercoaster of a read. Just as quickly as the disasters break your
heart, the triumphs mend it. This book is a raw and beautiful story that
will leave you inspired.
Kristin Bartzokis’s life was defined the moment Kristin entered the world. When you’re born with a facial abnormality such as Treacher Collins syndrome, you’re not the smart one, the funny one, or the pretty one; you’re the girl with the strange face and hearing aid. This made Kristin a warrior from a young age. She surpassed boundaries and crashed through walls, proudly accepting the challenge to stand out. Kristin, author of Diary of a Beautiful Disaster (KiCam Projects, 2017) resides in Central Florida and works in product development for a local attraction. Once a champion gymnast, she now focuses on running marathons. In her free time, Kristin can be found designing T-shirts, watching baseball, and blogging at diaryofabeautifuldisaster.com.
for more info,
please see: kristinbartzokis.com
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