Krista Wagner is the author of Intent, two
upcoming novels, and several published poems. She's been writing since
the age of seven. Wagner has a M.F.A. in Creative Writing and has been
teaching college English courses since 2008. She can adapt her
presentations to any age group and any audience size. Contact her today
for your next speaking engagement: firstname.lastname@example.org
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INTENT's 1 Year Anniversary by entering the "Intent is Intense"
Contest. All you have to do is comment on your favorite thing about
thrillers. The comments with the most likes wins a free Kindle version
of INTENT! Contest runs 9/1/15-9/6/15. Winner will need to supply an
email address in a private message to me in order to receive the copy.
Have fun posting!
Artists of all kinds will be selling their work, being
interviewed, and available for chatting. I will be there with copies of
my novel, INTENT.
"This is our first annual book fair at Frank
& Son Collectible Show. We will be in exhibit area. Dot Cannon, of
Over Coffee Podcast will be performing live interviews followed by Q/As
throughout the day...General Admission FREE."
**To those of you who have read Intent,
I thank you for your support. I hope that you will take the time to
post a review on Amazon and spread the word--my readers are the ones who
keep this story alive.
is a well-written story that captivated my interest from the first
paragraph. So much happens throughout the book... each event shaping and
transforming Raylee Johnson (the main character) in both expected and
unexpected ways. I read this book in less than 24 hours, not wanting to
put it down."
read this book the day I got it! I was unable to put it down. It's
captivating! Raylee, the main character, is somebody who everyone can
relate to in one way or another. Just when you think you have the
characters figured out you realize that you don't! I recommend this book
100%. I spent my entire evening reading Intent
with the intention of starting it and finishing in a few days but I
just finished it. It was so captivating I couldn't put it down. Krista
Wagner did an amazing job in vividly explaining the characters, scenes
and backgrounds. Raylee has characteristics that a lot of people will be
able to relate with...I know I did. The way the story line develops and
not to mention the plot twist! Amazing! Above all, I especially enjoyed
how she incorporated Christ and the consistency through out the book. I
will be recommending this book to friends and family. As a matter of
fact one of my friends has already asked to borrow it."
"Great book. Very hard to put down, read it in three sittings. Can't wait for her next book."
"Great book easy to read and all can relate one way or another to what this gal goes through"
"The characters are interesting and believable. It's an unpredictable ride to find the truth that keeps you wanting to read more."
is a fast-paced mystery-thriller with a riveting plot and stunning
characters. With danger lurking around every corner, Intent keeps you on
the edge of your seat from beginning to end."
by Krista Wagner is an excellent book. Buckle your seat belt and hang
on tight as this novel twists and turns through suspense filled pages. I
loved it! Intent by Krista Wagner is a great read. The element of
surprise and intrigue are utilized throughout this entire book. As the
protagonist, Raylee Johnson, pushes through a seemingly monotonous dead
end job and begins to reach the conclusion that her life is without
meaning, she is catapulted into a maze of events that leave her reeling.
The courage and strength that Raylee finds during this tumultuous and
precarious period of her life unfold with dramatic flare. The reader
is led astray several times as the plot unravels down narrow paths of
apprehensive action. Clues are scattered like finely sifted granules of
sand across the grand canyon. As with any good mystery novel, the reader
is never quite sure who's behind it all until the very end. Wagner's
ability to infuse the reader with hope and encouragement through a
relationship with Christ is worked into the story in a clear manner
without being intrusively overboard. There is not a "preachy" feel to
this read, as the author takes advantage of her talent for subtlety and
cohesively delivers sound Christian doctrine through some of the lives
of the minor characters. This book is sure to help the reader
effortlessly transfer some healthy prospective into their life. If you
enjoy reading a good mystery that has an element of reality without
creating nightmares, I highly recommend that you read, Intent by Krista
this book immensely. From a Pastor's and a Professor's perspective this
is well written. I can and do highly recommend this to both young and
well written. Really enjoyed the twists and turns that happen along the
way. The author does a great job of revealing stuff at just the right
moments which keeps the reader guessing until the end."
found Intent to be a fast reading tale of romance, betrayal, mystery,
and truth. I recommend it to our friends without reservations. We give
Intent a 5 star rating!"
"Great storytelling that moves the book along and captures the readers attention."
you are a newly published author, then you know how difficult it is to
get your book out there before lots of people. Sure, the publisher will
help you--a little bit--, but most of the promoting is up to YOU.
Family and friends are typically wonderful supports,
and when you publish your first book, they rush to purchase a copy. But
our worlds are so small and soon, the people we know run out. What then?
How do we keep the pages of our story fluttering?
are some of the things that I have seen, in my short career, work the
most effectively in terms of getting larger groups of peoples' interest:
Make appearances. If you have children in school or you teach at a
school or you know someone who teaches, request a guest visit to discuss
your book. This visit can lead to many types of discussions like how
you got a publisher, your favorite part of writing the story, some of
the challenges you faced, how to not give up on your dream, etc,.
Do an inteview-- theauthorsshows.com is an online radio broadcast that
allots you a fifteen minute Q&A slot about your novel. I posted the
interview on all my social media sites and received a lot of interest
in a book/library event. There's not enough publicity of the physical
book these days, and people love to be reminded of the tangible. One of
the colleges I work at hosted a library/book event to celebrate reading,
and in its one hour venue sparked student and staff interest. It was an
awesome way to connect with other avid readers.
Contests are amazing. People love to win things. My publisher entered
two copies of Intent into a goodreads contest and nearly 800 people
5. I thought that
most people preferred to buy books online, through Amazon, for instance.
So I was surprised to discover that when I brought copies of my book to
church that my Sunday School friends were anxious to buy directly from
me. I even sold a copy to my local video store clerk. You never know.
When Intent was first released, I purchased 250 bookmarks to promote
it. I have handed them out to students, to an In&Out worker, to
anyone who seems interested. I keep them in my car and in my work bag
because you never know who you might run into.
The Promise, or the Pros and Cons of Talking with God is Sean’s inspirational, coming-of-age tale of first faith and first love and how the two became almost fatally intertwined in his life. It is a poignant and insightful meditation on surviving in the gray area between God’s sovereignty and our individual free will. “Unless you’re a big name celebrity or other well-known personality, selling your memoir is more than just difficult; it’s often impossible. After all, everyone has a story to tell, don’t they? When we received Sean’s pitch, we weren’t certain it would be one we’d pursue—even with his clear accomplishments in the film/movie industry. But a few pages in and I was hooked.” Publisher, Sheri Williams adds, “Sean’s author voice is crisp and inviting. It’s like having a conversation with a close friend and sharing the struggles and revelations he’s encountered. And, best of all, he’s down-right entertaining!” While Sean wrote this book with the Christian reader in mind, the audience for the book is definitely not limited to born-again Christians. It was written in casual, easy-to-understand, non-theological style to make it accessible to spiritual seekers of all varieties. Human beings naturally seek to find the transcendent and eternal. This book reveals it is possible.
1.Where were you
when the idea for this book came to you?
felt strongly compelled to write this book after dying on the operating table
after routine surgery.That experience
made me realize that, although I was a storyteller by profession, I have never
told my own story, which I felt some people would find valuable.
2. What makes your book unique?
Promise, or the Pros and Cons of Talking with God” is my own story.No one could tell it but me.In fact, many aspects of my life came as a
complete surprise to even my closest friends.Still, although the book is very personal, I have discovered that many
people relate to it very deeply.
2.Who is your primary
The book is a spiritual memoir, and since I am
a Christian, I suppose the primary audience would be Christians.However, I didn’t write the book specifically
for that market.This is not a
theological book.It is a very human
tale that is both unique and universal in its appeal.As a teenager I underwent a surprising and
extraordinary spiritual conversion that falls well outside commonplace
experience.However, the awkward
parallel story of first love, which my faith journey ultimately plays out
against, should be aching familiar to anyone who has loved and needlessly
lost.Both stories are well worth
telling, but combined I believe they possess a special value.
Aside from love and spirituality, the book also deals all
too knowingly with the subject of suicide.My love story ends with a suicide attempt on my part.Fortunately, my life was spared by divine
intervention.My sister would not be so
lucky.Her tragic death allowed me to
experience firsthand the suffering I nearly inflicted on my family and
friends.In a final strange irony, the
death of my sister resulted in a brief reunion with my lost love that gave me
peaceful closure to our relationship, and my relationship with God Himself.
3.What draws you to
screenwriter.To date I have written
fourteen produced feature films.I never
imagined I would write a memoir.I have
always been a very private person and I was completely satisfied drawing
oblique references to my formative life experiences through the framework of myfilms.However, after suffering a near death experience and battling a
potentially fatal illness, I felt a very strong need to tell my own tale and
give my testimony.
4.What kind of
research did you have to do?
I value the written word and I have saved almost every personal letter anyone
has ever written me.That correspondence
provided the backbone of my story.Also,
when I began writing I downloaded a hundred or so songs from each of the years
featured in my book.I would randomly
play the music of the years I sought to recreate as I wrote about them.It’s amazing the memories the songs brought
back.It was a very useful tool.
5.What challenged or
surprised you about writing this story?
biggest challenge I faced was balancing my need to tell my story truthfully
against my desire to protect the privacy of the people who played major parts
in my life.This was particularly true
in the case of my former girlfriend, whom I call Kathy Gardiner.“The Promise, or the Pros and Cons of Talking
with God” is about my relationship with God, but that relationship plays out
mainly against the backdrop of my relationship with Kathy.She is a very private person so I did
everything within my power to obscure her identity by changing practically
every traceable detail concerning her life.This was also true of other
individuals I discuss, including an old friend I essentially accuse of murder.On the other hand, I was genuinely surprised
how many people wanted me to use their real names in the book.
6.What did you enjoy
most about writing this story?
say I enjoyed writing it.It was an
emotional rollercoaster for me.I felt
bad for my wife, who had to endure my moodiness at the time.Although most of the memories were sweet and
charming, others were extremely painful for me to confront.I find the first half of the book easy to
read, but there are a number of chapters in the second half that I still avoid.
What surprises me most is that people
often talk about how much humor there is in the book.I’m glad.I never intended it to be gloomy – despite some of the serious subject
matter.Overall, I am happy I wrote it,
if only for the impact it is having on the people who read it.
7.What do you want
your audience to come away with after reading your book?
want people to realize that it is possible to have a true personal,
relationship with the living God.I want
people to know you can reach beyond the world and touch the eternal and
transcendent.However, there’s a reason
I called it the pros and cons of talking with God.There are cons.With knowledge comes responsibility, and
there is often a temporal price to pay when you ignore God’s will in your life.Faith might be all you need to be saved, but
you must learn obedience to experience all of the riches God has in store for
9.What are your
plans for the future?
I would prefer to move away from movies to books.I have started a follow-up to my memoir
called “Unconditional, or the Pros and Cons of Missionary Dating,” which will
prove how little I learned about love during the events of the first book.I have also started a novel.However, film work, both as a writer and an
editor, keeps getting in the way.
Sean Paul Murphy is an award-winning screenwriter with fourteen produced feature film credits including the faith-based favorites “Hidden Secrets,” “Sarah’s Choice,” and “The Encounter.” Sean lives in Baltimore, Maryland. He is happily married with three step-daughters, and he can be found every Sunday morning playing guitar at his church.
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