We had the good fortune of connecting with Krista Mae and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krista, how do you think about risk?
I think that nothing in life worth having or doing is easy, so you need to be willing to take a gamble when it matters. Failure is an opportunity to learn and grow from your past mistakes. The only way you can take advantage of everything life has to offer is by taking risks. Not all risks will reward you handsomely, but you will only know if you try. I’ve never been one to be boxed in. Genres or styles, I do not like to be confined. It’s always been my motto to do and ask for forgiveness later. Taking these risks in my life and career have been some of the best decisions for me; life changing.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been writing my entire life, for as long as I can remember. Stories, poems, lyrics, journals, blogs, haiku. Words have always resonated with me. Being able to touch people with only your words and paint a picture has always been fascinating. I began writing seriously in 2012 and published my debut in 2014. Without knowing much of the industry other than what I could find online, a lot of mistakes were made. My cover designs weren’t the best representation, the self-editing was terrible, and the formatting was a headache to learn. My marketing was non-existent. But I did it…I said I was going to write a book, and I did! Over the next 9 years, I’ve released a total of 16 books which includes 3 separate series and 4 standalones. I had my books picked up over 25,000 times. I’ve made $10,000 off my backlist (which is not anything to brag about, yet it makes me excited), and my blog has been visited over 55,000 times. I’m nowhere near what one would consider a successful indie author and yet I know there are other self-published authors out there who have only sold a couple of copies of their novels with each release. I know when to celebrate my successes. With my singing, I was a part of a duo for over 7 years and released over 50 songs on platforms such as Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, Bandcamp, and more. Our music was played over 200,000 times before it was taken down. Our Instagram page was being viewed regularly by industry giants. Our biggest musical hit had over 10,000 views on it’s music video. When we ended, I worked on rebranding myself and getting my words back out there to the world. I’ve released 3 songs as Krista Mae and all have had relative success on Spotify. My debut Used to Love Me is sitting pretty with over 6500 plays on Spotify. At the end of the day, when everything else is stripped away from me, at least I’ll have my words.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I recently moved back to Oregon, but I had been living in Vegas for the last 7 years. If my best friend had come and visited when I lived there for a weeklong trip, I’d take them to some nice, high end restaurants such as Lavo, Milo’s, or Scarpetta. I’d make sure that they got to stay at the Cosmo which is one of my favorite hotels on the busy strip! I love the design! Downtown would be a definite and I’m not talking about the Fremont experience, I’m talking about Goldspike and their lively backyard area with oversized games and music. Commonwealth with their hidden speakeasy or rooftop bar overlooking the downtown hustle and bustle. The Griffin with their cozy, fireplace aesthetic. Let’s hang out at some open mics and support the local artist and creative scene! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom. For my entire life, she has been in my ear telling me I can do it. My own personal cheerleader. Whether that was singing, acting, or writing – she has been there pushing me toward greatness. She believed in me before I did. Before I truly realized the passion inside myself.
Shane Morgan, Mike La Putt