Today I’d like to introduce my fellow CIR author, Kimberly King.
One of Kimberly’s favourite things to do is make people laugh. All of her books are full of humour, with bits of romance and a dash of magic. She loves writing for young adults when relationships are new and fun and scary, and life is full of so many possibilities.
Kimberly currently live in beautiful Cache Valley, Utah, trying to squeeze in minutes of writing while raising six children.
Welcome, Kimberly. We’re all curious to hear about your books, but first, let’s get you to answer three questions. First, what inspired you to become an author, and how old were you at the time?
I’ve been writing and publishing my own stories ever since I learned how to write. My bedroom drawers were always full of spiral notebooks full of stories and ideas, stapled cardboard picture books, and printed out manuscripts. I realized becoming an author might be a real possibility in seventh grade when my English teacher told me that the picture book I’d created for a project was worth publishing. Then, as a junior in high school, my Creative Writing teacher pointed out my ability to write humor. It wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I realized it was time to reach out and grab my dream of becoming a published author. I hired an amazing editor, and with her help, I finally made that dream come true.
Another wonderful story of the inspiring teachers some of us were fortunate to have! So glad you got a good one there. Now, next question, what three things would you say are the most important for an aspiring author to keep in mind as they being their writing journey?
Writing is a beautiful art, and while your story is so personal to you, be humble enough to realize that it’s not a masterpiece without help from others. Getting beta readers to go through your manuscript is necessary, whether you choose to go the traditional or indie route. Also, don’t doubt yourself. Everyone has a different story to tell. Just because your story doesn’t seem as sensational as someone else’s, you are a unique author with a unique story to tell, and it’s going to speak to someone. Always be true to yourself. And lastly, don’t ever think you are too old or too young to reach your dreams. Keep trying, keep working, and eventually, you’ll get there.
Wonderful advice, Kimberly. Just wonderful. Now, one last question, what makes you happiest as an author?
I absolutely love it when people read my books and tell me the parts they laughed at. Making people feel good, empowered and happy is one of the reasons I write. I want people to finish my books and feel the burdens of life lifted. Happiness is contagious, and I want to help spread it around.
Awwwww, that’s lovely. All authors like to hear their books have touched others, but to make someone laugh, especially in troubling times, in a true blessing.
Now, let’s hear about your books.
“The Trouble with Fairy Godmothers” was my first published book. This was a fun one to write, because it’s a modern-day take on my favorite fairy tale, “Cinderella.” In this book, Nikki Baker discovers she’s got a fairy godmother who’s willing to help her get her first kiss, but Nikki soon discovers her magic tends to have hilariously disastrous results.
“The Trouble with Prince Charming” is Book Two of the Magical Troubles series, full of memorable characters I hope you enjoy as much as I did! Dating Ryker Stone is the happy ending Nikki has been hoping for, opening up the exciting new world of popularity. But dating a guy way out of her league presents a whole new set of problems she never anticipated. When a secret admirer comes to light, Nikki must decide which path to follow–and that means either betraying her fairy godmother or her own heart.
“Evan the Horrible” was my absolute favorite book to write. Evan Rice, a character from Book 2, is the textbook definition of class clown. He’s determined to make life as miserable as possible for everyone around him, especially after he finds a ring that grants wishes. From a school-wide food fight to a stink bomb not easily forgotten, Evan turns the school into his personal playground. But what he doesn’t know is that on the other end of his ridiculous wishes, something sinister lies waiting. Every wish he makes brings the mystery woman inside the mirrors closer and closer to getting out. It’s up to Jazzy Allen, a gothic recluse, to knock some sense into Evan before it’s too late. But what she doesn’t expect is to actually fall for the guy.
Thank you so much for joining us today, Kimberly. And readers, you can find all of Kimberly’s book on Amazon, by clicking here.