Behind the Writer

Have you ever wondered, “I wonder what inspires Kristian, what she does to relax, or what her favorite flowers are?” I am sure you guys wonder about these kinds of questions all the time! Haha! I am only kidding.

However, if you are now curious, or if for some reason you have found yourself wondering about the woman behind “Life Lessons From Around the Dinner Table,” you are in luck!

I had the honor of participating in Rory’s “Cuppa Community Chat.” Rory, aka “The Autistic Composter,” is the author of “Earthly Comforts.” Rory writes poetry, is a fantastic photographer, and shares pieces of his life, from gardening, walking around his hometown, and more personal issues. He takes great strides to preserve the planet, advocates for mental health and is a great human being. If you do not follow his blog, I highly recommend you do. You will not be disappointed.

I am including the interview in this post, but I ask my readers to please check out his blog and the post in the link below, which also features the interview. He has also included a poem from another WordPress blogger and some of his photography. Go show him some love, please!

Rory’s Blog:

Earthly Comforts

Rory’s Post with the interview:

Wildlife Greetings

Thanks again, Rory! Now onto the interview…

About the Blog:

I started my blog back in 2015 when my mother was dying. The first post I wrote was about my acceptance of knowing my mother had reached the end stages of her life. I feel things deeply, and expressing them through the written language is beautiful and cathartic.

I titled it Life Lessons From Around The Dinner Table because I come from a long line of great cooks, and the best conversations always take place around the dinner table.

It’s inevitable; when you get a group of people together for a delicious meal, people are bound to express themselves more freely because they are in a joyous state. That’s what my goals are with this blog. It’s my digital dinner table.

About the author:

What inspires you the most, and are there subjects you write about more than others?

Many things inspire me, but I think love and sunsets inspire me the most. The subjects I tend to write about more than others are love and pain. I have learned to appreciate both in my life, for both have taught me how to live.

What do you do for relaxation?

My absolute favorite way to relax is to have my hair washed and played with. Since it happens so infrequently, my current go-to form of relaxation is soaking in a bubble bath. I like to light some candles, turn on some easy-listening music, partake in some cannabis, and turn my brain off for a bit.

When did you start writing poetry, and what influenced your writing the most?

I started writing poetry as a child. I don’t recall the exact age, but if I had to guess, I would say I was around ten. I had recently lost my grandmother, who was my best friend. I quickly learned how cathartic putting my feelings on paper was.

What is your favourite flower?

I have a hard time picking only one favorite, so I like to do a Mount Rushmore of favorites. My Mount Rushmore of flowers are dahlias, orchids, sunflowers, and tea roses.

When did you first discover your love for writing?

I discovered my love for writing around the age of five. My mom used to leave scrap pieces of paper lying by the phone to take notes, write important messages, or doodle. I was constantly taking some to write down thoughts and ideas. My mom took note (no pun intended) of this and bought me a journal. I started filling journals with stories and my feelings and opinions.

What food can you not live without?

Cheese! I love cheese. I would be despondent if I had to give it up for some reason. Cheese and apples are my favorite snack! Well, cheese and apples, and white cheddar popcorn.

Do you have a signature dish you enjoy creating for friends and family? What is it?

Yes, Shepherd’s Pie. I make a mean Shepherd’s Pie, which is the dish I get the most requests to make.

A book you could read over and over and why?

The Velveteen Rabbit. It was the first book I read as a young child, and it made me realize I wanted to be a writer. I find that every time I read it, I find something that resonates with me. It is technically a children’s book, but it has some advice adults could be wise to adhere to.

 Do you prefer to be in the garden, the kitchen, or somewhere else in or out of your house, and where?

I prefer to be in the kitchen. The kitchen is my happy place. I love to turn up the music and sip a glass of wine while I cook. It is one of my favorite things. I also love sitting on my front porch, especially during the early morning hours, watching the sunrise or during a thunderstorm.

I hope you enjoyed Rory’s Cuppa chat interview and learning some new things about the lady behind “Life Lessons From Around the Dinner Table!”

Wishing you all a great weekend and a gentle holiday season!

Love & life lessons,


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20 Responses to Behind the Writer

  1. Hey Kristian – my thanks to you for the opportunity to interview you 🙂

    It was a pleasure.

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  2. joyroses13 says:

    This was great finding out more about you. So sorry that you lost your mom, so hard to lose a loved one! So glad that you could find healing in your writing. Writing is very cathartic for me as well! The Velveteen Rabbit is such a tender story and the book stands proudly in my bookshelf. I also could not live without cheese. 🙂
    Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing more about yourself.

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    • kristianw84 says:

      We have a good bit in common it seems! Thank you for your sentiments regarding my mom. It is not easy to lose a loved one, but she suffered terribly during her last years. I am glad she is not suffering any more.
      Merry Christmas! Thank you for reading! 🙂


  3. parkermccoy says:

    Great post! I also enjoy a good cheese.


  4. Brad Osborne says:

    Always nice to get a peek behind the curtain of our favorite writers and artists. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Great interview! I started writing poetry around the age of 10 too! I used to create stories on scraps of printer paper my dad brought home from. I wrote stories and made illustrations 🙂

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  6. I really enjoyed reading this. I am sorry for your loss🙏 I just lost my dad too recently, I haven’t seen my dad in over 8 months & then I a frantic phone call that he had a massive heart attack & is getting ready to undergo major heart surgery. But, my daddy never woke up after the operation, & developed Sepsis. I lost him the following morning. It is so hard to lose a parent. It hurts so much, but I know I will see him again in Heaven someday, just as you with your mom🙏✝️ You are a good writer, I’m sure she is proud of you! God Bless, Merry Christmas 🎄⛄

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  7. I always love posts like these, even when some of it is sad =/

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