MIDDLEBURY — When Kristina Adams isn’t teaching her sixth grade class at Northridge Middle School or spending time with her own two children, she’s writing.
Adams recently published a short story in Chicken Soup for the Soul, It’s Christmas, which was released on Oct. 8. But writing isn’t a new gig for her — Adams regularly writes for the magazine Among Worlds, and another of her short stories was published in a Chicken Soup book in 2003.
“I write late at night when everyone is in bed, or I take snippets of time and try to get into something,” Adams said, referring to her part-time writing life. “I don’t have regular writing time.”
All of Adams’ writing has to do with her unusual experience of growing up in three different countries — Austria, Turkey and Germany — because her parents were missionaries. Adams didn’t move permanently to the United States until she married her husband 17 years ago. Now, she’s settled in northern Indiana and found a niche market for her writing.
Adams, who’s a fan of Chicken Soup’s inspirational collections of short stories, debated for two years before sending her first submission to Chicken Soup.
“Finally I thought, I don’t even care if (the story) gets published, I just want to have the guts to send it in,” Adams remembered. “And it got published.”
After that initial success in 2003, Adams said her writing has “ebbed and flowed” based on other things going on in her life. She reads her Chicken Soup story to her new students each year, and said she likes to encourage them to write.
“It’s one of those ‘take a risk’ things that I would like to have them do,” Adams said. “Also, (for the students) to have someone they know be a published author is kind of fun.”
Adams’s newest story, in the Christmas edition of Chicken Soup, is about a special present that her husband gave her one year for Christmas — a gift that brought back a favorite memory from what she calls her “lost” childhood. The book is available at bookstores and retails for $14.95.