Author Interview: Kimberly Kinrade

I bring to you another writer that has impressed me with her kindness. I sent her this interview a while ago.  Her e-mail ate it; but when she found it she was very apologetic. Needless to say, with the holidays that are nearing, how could I, a loyal reader blame her for not answering ASAP? It took me by surprise how sincere she is. I am blessed to have such kindness from a beautiful stranger. This is my first time ever interviewing Kimberly Kinrade. I hope to get to know her better and interview her again soon. I hope you enjoy this as much as I have thinking up questions.

What has inspired you to write?

I often joke that I was born with ink in my veins and magic in my heart. I’ve never NOT written, it’s always been a part of me. It’s like breathing. I just have to write. The inspiration for my stories come from everywhere, from dreams, daydreams, random things I see or read, my kids, my muse. Inspiration is everywhere.

When did you know you made it as a writer?

Financially, when I could pay my bills with my royalty check. Emotionally, when reviews started rolling in for Forbidden Mind and I saw that people really did love my books.

What has been your happiest moment? It can be about writing or as much personal you’d like to share.

The day I married my husband, with our three kids there and my best friend officiating. Being with my family, knowing that we are a unit, makes me the happiest. It doesn’t hurt that I also get to work with my husband since he’s co-writing books with me and does cover design. We have an amazing relationship and wonderful kids and all the best parts of my life are reflected in this.

While writing how often do you take breaks?

It depends on if my kids are home or not. I can write for hours without break, or I might have to stop every ten minutes. I don’t have a regular system in place for breaks. I do find, though, that I take less breaks when I block the internet while writing. Turns out I can go more than 30 minutes without checking email or Facebook and the world doesn’t end!

When not writing what can your readers find you doing?

I love to read and to spend time with my family. I also enjoy working with the Drama Club at my daughter’s school, and speaking to kids about the writing process.

Of your own series do you have a favorite character? Could you tell us about them?

Lucy and Hunter are my two favorite characters in the Forbidden Trilogy. I love that Lucy is strong and spunky, she can tell when people are lying and she’s a hacker who’s also a martial arts expert. Hunter is sexy, strong, skilled and is an IPI Agent. He’s also funny. The two of them together were so fun to write in Forbidden Life.

How do you deal with reviews on your books that you may not agree with?

It doesn’t phase me much. I don’t love getting negative reviews, obviously, but I recognize that not everyone is going to love my books (sad as that may be). If it’s an intelligent review with valid points, I’ll see if there’s anything I can use to strengthen future books. If not, I just move on.

What books do you read?

I read everything from YA paranormal to epic fantasy to thrillers to romance to horror. I like it all.

For those that want to become a writer could you tell them a pro and con of the adventures in getting your name into the world as well as your books?

These days, writing the book is not enough. You have to market yourself, regardless of who you’re published with. It’s a lot of work. First thing is to make sure you have a quality product on the market. That means pro editing, pro cover art, pro formatting, etc. Then, you need to have a long term marketing plan in place and really brand yourself for the long haul. This isn’t a business of overnight success. Even the authors who seem to have risen to the top overnight will tell you it wasn’t that way. The public just wasn’t privy to the time and work it took to get to that level. So be prepared for the long haul and settle in for the marathon.

If you had one place to go in the entire world to write, where would it be?

My mind. There’s enough in there to keep me entertained and writing for several lifetimes. The outside location isn’t too relevant when I’m writing, as long as it’s not too loud or crowded. But I wouldn’t mind doing some world travelling to Venice, Italy and Europe for my next book!

Where can the readers, new and old reach you?

They can find my books at: http://Amazon.com/author/kimberlykinrade.

And for social media

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Thankful for YA books

I wanted to write a blog that gives me much thanks for the month of November. My first thing of being thankful for is Young Adult books. I’m not a young adult anymore but I can say that it has saved me literally when I was a kid. I was the only 12 year old reading Stephen King books while everyone else did whatever 12 year old kids did. I was in love with Hanson which I’m still a fan of since 1997. I was teased and made fun of for supposedly being a lesbian because Hanson looked like girls. I always remember a memory of having an ice ball thrown at my face around my 8th grade year. The laughter and pointing created a whole inside my heart and a loneliness no child should feel. My mother would take me to go to the library and check books out. My usual collection was of course consisted of Stephen King and a lot of books about the planet and solar system.

I don’t remember the first young adult book that I had read but reading has always been apart of my life. I remember reading V.C. Andrews and Dean Knootz. It wasn’t until I started writing (seriously as a pre-teen) that I was introduced to the world of YA writing and reading. The books took me to another world-although temporary-it was a relief to be ‘away’ from the teasing and the feeling of being hurt all the time.

As an adult I find pride that I was that odd kid that read a lot and wrote short stories that I had been complimented on. It branched me out to the person I am today. Without such great writers like, Judy Blume to take my mind off of the harsh reality around me I don’t know where I’d be today. I surely wouldn’t be a book reviewer for Yam Mag and meeting fantastic people. I wouldn’t find the joy in reading Patti Larsen’s Clone series (as well as other novels). I wouldn’t have had the guts to go by myself to book signings and meeting, Becca Fitzpatrick, Libba Bray, Meg Cabot and many other fantastic writers who still continue to impress me and motivate me in many ways. My life wouldn’t have been enriched by talking with a fantastic writer Rhonda Helms and bonding over Spartacus.

YA has opened a lot of doors for me. They might not be the biggest doors but I could be a single mother of 3 children right now. Or I could have been stuck in Chicago, poor with some health problems that a lot of people I knew as a kid are suffering from. Its an unfortunate fate for us to be teased but we made it. I want to be that author that sparked life back into a reader even if I never knew it. YA is a fantastic piece of my life. I’ll always read it remembering my first crush or how I felt being rejected by someone but having the courage to go on with my life. Young Adult has taught me a lot of things and it continues to do it till this day. I believe we always learn from children and those who write about them are living their life again and perhaps we’ll learn from that at any stage of our life.

In November, I’m thankful for the countless trips to the library picking out YA novels and standing out when the world wanted me to step back in line and be a quite little girl. I’m far from being a young girl now and I’m way off in being quite. I’m grateful for the hardships that created this sweet reward.

Hosting a 50 book give away, Beth Revis is celebrating. Why? Because she loves books! And so do I of course. Come check it

 out and enter to win all month. Happy Reading!