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Daily Inspiration: Meet Kristina Smeriglio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristina Smeriglio.

Hi Kristina, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Ever since my adolescence, writing has been my outlet. The things I couldn’t say out loud, I would write. And it helped me greatly in overcoming many obstacles. I started by primarily writing poems and songs/verses, to essays and blogs, to most recently releasing my first novel, Falling Into Fire. In my work, the theme of self-analysis, especially regarding relationships and sexuality, has been at the forefront.

Our lives are built on relationships and my writing has allowed me to explore the inner depths of myself and my relationship with others, and overcome the hardships that I have endured. By writing my story, through each format I have thus far, I have had the opportunity to examine and realize who I truly am as a person. With my writing, I hope to share this opportunity with others as they read and respond to the writing. May they see themselves and realize all that they are and can be.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My journey as a writer, thus far, has not been without its struggles. While writing as an act comes naturally, oftentimes the confrontations I have had with my past experiences, which have been a major part of my work, have been difficult to contend with.

Particularly while writing my first novel, which was based on my Master’s Thesis. While writing both, it was difficult to write several scenes as they were triggering, taking me to a wounded state. But that was the point, to explore that space and overcome it to reach an empowered state. So I truly am glad that I allowed myself that opportunity to grow as a person. Not only was it difficult to come face-to-face with my pain, but it was also intense having someone dissect it as part of the revision and editing process.

Seeing the work as its own entity, and not just a memory, was essential. I told my story, yes, but it was ultimately a part of a larger conversation. So I am happy that I allowed myself to be uncomfortable and persevere through the obstacles that arose so that my work could reach the page, so that others may be empowered and know that they too could overcome their pain.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a writer and editor, having recently released my first novel, Falling Into Fire. What I am most proud of, and would consider my specialty, is my ability to ask the questions that need to be asked to get to the heart of any matter. It is a method that has allowed me to heal from my past in many ways, as can be seen in the journey of self-exploration I embarked on in Falling Into Fire.

It is something I do regularly in order to challenge myself to grow as a person, as I believe questions have a special ability to reveal important information. It is a method I also implement when working with others as a ghostwriter. When helping my authors with their stories, it is imperative to get to the heart of what they are trying to say so that the final product is honest and stays true to its mission.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
As a writer, editor, and ghostwriter, I find great joy in and welcome collaborations with individuals that want to share their personal stories or bring to life their inspired ideas, whether it be as a book, article, film, or song.

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Caffeine & Ink Publishing

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