Pulling Teeth with Kristal Stittle

Pulling Teeth with Kristal Stittle


Where are you from?

I was born in Toronto, Canada where I’ve always lived.  In the summers, however, I tend to hide out in the woods of Muskoka.


What inspired you to write your first book?survival-instict

Hard to say, since I’ve been dabbling with writing for longer than I can properly remember.  The first book I actually finished and got published, however, came about because of a combination of things.  I had written some fan fiction at the time, the first thing I had ever let anyone else read outside of school projects, and I was pleased with it.  At that perfect moment, I read the book HATER by David Moody, and learned how he had originally self-published his work.  I had never considered the idea of self-publishing, or even of looking for a publisher, but suddenly I wanted to.  After a two hour drive from Toronto to Muskoka, my head was full of characters and I was ready to start my first serious bit of writing, which became SURVIVAL INSTINCT.


What books have most influenced your life most?

As I mentioned above, HATER would be the biggest one.  Growing up, I was big fan of A. K. Applegate’s ANIMORPHS series, and then J. K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER, so they’ve certainly seeped into my subconscious.  The works of Stephen King, especially his DARK TOWER series, and more recently George R. R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE are probably the ones that are most shaping my thoughts right now.


Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

I read two authors this summer that were new to me.  I tore through Adam Baker’s OUTPOST and its following three books, as well as the first three JACK REACHER novels by Lee Child.  Neither of them write in a style that I’m used to, so it took me a moment to wrap my reading voice around them, but once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed their books.


What book are you reading now?

I just started reading THE LAST STAR which is the third book in Rick Yancey’s THE 5TH WAVE trilogy.  I’m not very far into it yet, so I can’t form a proper opinion, but I liked the first two books enough to finish off the series.


Can you share a little of your current Sinister Grin Press work with us? merciless300

MERCILESS starts out as a typical home invasion thriller, following Mercy as she tries to flee from a group of men who want her for unknown purposes.  By the end, however, it is certainly no longer typical.  While MERCILESS is my fifth book to be published, it was actually the second one that I wrote.  I sat on it for some time, waiting to find just the right publisher, which I found here!


How did you come up with the title?

I named Mercy first.  She actually started out as a rough character background for a video game some friends of mine had planned to make.  I ended up liking her enough that, once it seemed the game wouldn’t be made anytime soon, I decided to tweak that background and then flesh out a full story for her.  As soon as the word MERCILESS popped into my head, I knew it was the perfect title.


Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing naked while eating peanut butter)?

None as strange as your examples, haha.  I think it might depend on what you consider strange?  I do all of my writing on a really old laptop (known as Crappy Lappy) that can’t even hold a second’s worth of charge, despite the fact that I have a very nice computer on which I make art right beside it.  Also, last month, I started keeping a colouring book and some pencil crayons beside me while I write.  Whenever I get stuck, I find it helps to give my hands something simple to do while my mind works through the scene.  Until I got the colouring book, I played a lot of Minesweeper.


Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I don’t think there’s a subject I’m not willing to at least touch upon.  I’ve already thrown in some dashes of really dark stuff into my work.  To say I’ll never write about something feels like hobbling myself.  If the story I’m writing decides to take me somewhere, I’m not afraid to follow.  At the opposite end, this also means I might write a super mushy love story one day.


What is your biggest fear?

I have many fears, most of them anxiety driven.  The biggest one feels pretty personal, so that one I’m going to keep to myself.  I will say, though, that I constantly fret about having my house burn down.  That’s been something I’ve dreaded every since I was a wee one.


What do you want your tombstone to say?

I’ve never thought of this before.  I suppose something along the lines of “She lived a thousand lives.”


If you had a superpower, what would it be?

If I could only pick one, I’d probably go the healing route.  I really don’t like being sick, and I get frustrated with the whole balanced diet thing.  If I could heal others too, that would be even better.  Telekinesis sounds great, but I know I would use it to be super lazy and become a great big lump.  Stopping time could be useful, because then I’d be able to squeeze in an hour of writing whenever I wanted.


What is your next project?

I have a couple of projects on the go, and I’m not usually big on sharing.  One of them, however, involves androids, and has turned into an interesting journey about families for me.  There’s also a YA series I’m experimenting with, and I’m constantly toying with the idea of putting together some sort of short story collection.  I’m a bit all over the map with my writing, so the next thing you see from me could be a sci-fi novel I’ve been pitching to a few places,  a suspense novel with a speculative fiction twist, or maybe even one of my film scripts if one of them finally finds its way into a producer’s hands.  I’m as excited to see what happens next as my fans are.




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