Interview with Writer Kristen Andersen (Kissing Fish)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your short story about?

Kristen Andersen: Kissing Fish is about an intense connection with nature, one’s mother, and deep feelings of love, joy, and confidence.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

The story is under a category or genre I like to call, “Unconscious Fiction”. However, I think it could be generally categorized as a short story, fiction, or maybe even fantasy?

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Heartfelt and Intuitive

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I have seen these movies countless times in my life and know the dialogues like a sing-along: Jurassic Park, Club Paradise, Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, and The Darjeeling Limited.

5. What is your favorite song? (Or what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I have multiple favorite songs and being a musician too, I have to name them all. :O)

Pink Floyd, Fearless; Eric Clapton version of, Classical Gas; The Kinks, Strangers & This Time Tomorrow; Led Zeppelin, Bron-Yr-Aur; Shankar Jaikishan, Title Music from Merchant Ivory’s Film Bombay Talkie; Billie Holiday versions of, Them There Eyes & The Very Thought of You; Culture, Pyaka; Bob Dylan, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall; Chris Cornell, Sunshower; Jimi Hendrix, May This Be Love; David Bowie, Sound & Vision; Ravi Shankar, Raga Rasia; Favorite Soundtrack, The Darjeeling Limited; Acustalapse, Universe.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

All-time favorite will always be, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

7. What motivated you to write this story?

My prolific and consistent dreams inspire and motivate me to write an 11 Volume series called Unconscious Memories and the story “Kissing Fish” is from Volume I: Up to the Dreamer. Volume II: Dream into the Music is coming out soon and I am extremely excited to continue writing!

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

I knew you said 3 famous hilarious actors/artists/musicians to have dinner with…

❤ Jack Black-Jim Carrey-Steve Carell ❤

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, I am passionate about music, fine art, plant life, and education.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I love the idea of my writing coming to life through performance. I would really like to see my book series grow and inspire others to connect with their unconscious minds and learn from their dream memories!

11. Any advice or tips you would like to pass on to other writers?

Never stop writing and always believe in your voice!

Watch the Short Story Reading:

Performed by Allison Kampf

Kissing Fish is about an intense connection with nature, one’s
mother, and deep feelings of love, joy, and confidence. It is based-on
a dream memory of mine and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did
dreaming it!



By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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