On Creative Adaptation with Beth Barany and Kristen Caven
In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, Kristen Caven and I chatted about about the challenges of working cross-platform and the joys of creative exploration, collaboration, and conversation about the multitude of technologies we have at our fingertips. We also gave away prizes. Kristen gave away a copy of one of her books to a lucky winner! I gave away one digital copy of one of my books, Twitter for Authors, or A Cupcake Christmas. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes! We reward action over here.
About Kristen Caven
Kristen Caven is a multi-disciplinary creative who works in a variety of genres and media. Her most recent novel, The Souls of Her Feet, has been developed through a series of adaptations: an opera, a musical, a blook (blogged book), and an interactive ebook. In this interview she talks about the challenges of working cross-platform and the joys of creative exploration, collaboration, and conversation about the multitude of technologies we have at our fingertips.
Visit Kristen’s website to explore her adventures in what she calls “The Liberal Arts.” Far from being a libertine, she brings her keen sensibilities and innovative production values to everything she touches. Follow her on social media for updates on her upcoming expressions — be they a reading group, water ballet, lyric video, travel blog, lecture, or shoe salon.
ABOUT THE SOULS OF HER FEET
Sweet Ashley St. Helens is searching for the self-esteem, dignity and confidence that her parents raised her with, and longing for freedom, love, and a scholarship.
However, her “fairytale life” with her stepfamily keeps her overworked, overwhelmed, and stressed out, and she misses her mom and dad.
When her eccentric godmother/godfather/godwhatever shows up, reality begins to feel magical.
A soul-and-body makeover empowers Ashley and puts her in touch with her inner awesomeness—just in time for prom.
The Souls of Her Feet gives fresh insight into our beloved, classic tale of transformation, finding evil in alcoholism, magic in fashion, and morality in tidiness, with delicious detail about dangerous cleaning products, 21st century clutter, and vintage footwear.
Readers of all ages will relate to this teen with too many AP classes and a complicated, contemporary blended family, and find themselves swept up in the combat waltz between human rights vs. narcissism that swirls around the heroine.
In finding just the right the balance between being passive and assertive, Ashley teaches those around her to be more responsible and empathetic … and of course — wearing just the right shoes — she finds romance and true love!