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:

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