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.

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Interview: Patti Larsen

When I got into writing I’ve always wanted to see an article I wrote that had my named featured as the writer. I have always wanted to interview people who personally inspire me or bring good in the world. So far I have interviewed a great editor at Yam-mag.com and a fantastic voice actor and LGBT activist, Jamie McGonnigal. Now its time to put my questions to a pro. A woman who writes more words that I have spoken, and ladies and gentlemen I’m a talker. I’m almost Olympian gold medal pro!  I won’t keep you waiting so here she is Patti Larsen!

Take us back to when you were a young girl. What were your dreams to be when you finally reached adulthood?

I started out wanting to ride racehorses and tortured my old gelding into running fast though he really didn’t have the stamina for it. I then transitioned to one of Charlie’s Angels, thanks to the imaginations of my sister and best friend. We caught a lot of bad guys in my mother’s living room.

When my dad brought home a copy of Dungeons and Dragons, I immediately wanted to be a sorceress/warrior who could kick the pants of any monster out there. It wasn’t until I was twelve when I read a Nancy Drew adventure I finally knew what I really wanted to do. Writing would allow me to be all of the things I wanted through words and make believe.

If you could go anywhere in the world to write a book, where would it be?

I have a dream to sit on a beach with my laptop for one winter. I’m Canadian and, unlike most of my country people, despise snow. It would be absolute luxury to hang out in Bali or Fiji or the Cayman Islands, sand, surf and cold drinks. But honestly? My books take me to the worlds I want to visit.

Do you have a favorite Disney movie?  ….and go!

Hands down, Beauty and the Beast. I watched that movie at least a dozen times in the theatre when it first came out and own the DVD. The opening song still makes me teary. I’ve even seen the Broadway production (fabulous!). There’s something so amazing about the story, how strong Belle is, how Beast finds love… and then there’s that library. Sigh. True love.

Where do you get your spark for ideas on books?

I usually tell people there are two answers to that question: first is the straight up one. Ideas just come to me. I can sit at a window with a notebook in my lap and come away an hour later with five new series roughly outlined. But the second, or crackpot, answer is the real truth. I ask and they come to me. Along with the voices. No, I’m not crazy. Much.

Before writing full-time what were you doing?

I’ve done so many things in my life in an attempt to silence this particular muse, partly because I was told (and chose to believe) I wasn’t good enough. I went to university to study English and History, but hated everything about being a number. I graduated from journalism and worked a (very short) time in a newsroom, but writing the truth wasn’t satisfying. I tried retail for a while, fell into hairdressing. Made films, wrote screenplays, produced documentaries. Was part of an all-female improv troupe and an all-female Celtic band. I wrote songs, fiddled with inventions. Owned my own businesses. Everything but writing books.

As a teacher you’ve helped me a lot. For those that want to get into writing seriously, but can’t devote 100% of the time to it could you give any pointers?

Writing is about the voice of the soul. I’m sure you’ve heard the term writer’s voice. It took me a long time to find mine, partly because I was looking in the wrong places. And the wrong genres. The craft can be taught, but the spark… you either have it or you don’t. If writing keeps dragging you back and won’t let you be, but you feel you’re not there yet, that you don’t have the talent, invest in yourself. In learning the craft. Because once you don’t have to think about writing, you stop thinking when you write. And that’s when the voices come out and make magic. I wish someone told me that a long time ago.

A personal question that no one might care for; but just so I can have a silly question in this interview: Do you prefer your toilet paper rolled over or under?

Snort. I honestly don’t have a preference. We keep ours on a table by the toilet, because our cats like to shred the roll.

I know you pop out books faster than a well-oiled assembly line, but have there been any time where you felt stuck on an idea for a brief moment?

Every once in a while it happens. I wrote a book last year called Best Friends Forever about sixteen-year-old Emily who loses her three best friends in an accident that should have killed her too. She turns to drugs and alcohol and only comes out of her suicidal state when her little brother is kidnapped by a pedophile.

Heavy stuff. It took me two months to write that book. You know me—I’m normally about two weeks. But Emily’s voice was so dark and her story so bleak I really struggled. There are two books left in her series, but I’ve set them aside. I’m just not emotionally prepared to go back to them yet.

Scenario: During a freak thunderstorm there is a bolt of lightning that zig-zags through your window and strikes  Family Magic. No worries everything is okay, the only thing that you can find is the book has scorch marks on the cover. It turns out that this wasn’t a normal thunderstorm and somehow Syd has come to life. What do you do?

First, I give her hell for not wanting her powers. Seriously. Then I hug the crap out of her and beg her to take me home with her. I could be a witch. Honest.

You made me tear up when I read this, you know. I recently had Syd tell me how her series ends. And while she promised she won’t leave me for twelve more books, all of which I’m outlining now, I already have the last line of the last page written and it breaks my heart every time I think about it.

I don’t have kids. But she’s my girl.

Last question: What are your guilty pleasures?

Chocolate. Netflix. If I’m not careful, I can spend an entire day on the couch with the cats watching TV series. Hidden object video games. Sleeping in. Writing when my husband is home.

About the Author: Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. Her YA thriller series, The Hunted, is available now. Book one of that series, RUN, is a recent recipient of the 2012 PEI Book Awards for Fiction. Seven books of her very popular Hayle Coven Novels, beginning with Family Magic, are also out now. Her YA steampunk series, Blood and Gold, can be found on Amazon, along with her YA paranormal novel, Best Friends Forever, and The Diamond City Trilogy. Her middle grade novel, The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House (Acorn Press), is available now. She is a full time writer and a part time teacher of her Get Your Book Done program. Patti lives on the East Coast of Canada with her very patient husband and four massive cats.

You can find her:

On her website Patti Larsen.com

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On Amazon.com and Goodreads