– Kim Smith
– Genre(s): Mainstream Fiction
– Publisher(s): Red Rose Publishing
To Other Authors
– What are the three MOST important pieces of advice you would give to a brand new author?
- 1. It’s your dream. Don’t give up on it.
- 2. Writing is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you’re going to get. Be happy with what you find.
- 3. Nothing is worth doing if you don’t do it right, so learn about your craft and apply the lessons.
– What’s your favorite way to advertise?
- Through social networking sites, and Yahoo Groups. I belong to a ton of them and have made some awesome friends.
– What hard-knock lesson did the publishing world teach you (can be your own experience or someone else’s that you learned from)?
- That it’s MY work out there. I have to present it in the best possible light and I have to be in control of what happens to it (when it is within my means to do so). When I had to pull my book from a publisher who was not actively working for me, it was a hard lesson to learn, but a good one to learn. No one cares about my work as much as I do, and I have to care about it a lot.
For the Readers
– What are you reading, if anything, at the moment?
- I just finished the awesome non fiction book Escape into the Open by Elizabeth Berg. It is the best book on inspiration and encouragement for a writer that I have read yet.
– Do you prefer ebooks or print for your reading pleasure?
- I have more print books but only because I am new to the ebook world. I am slowly building my ebook library. Now all I need is an ebook reader!
– Name three of your all-time-favorite, read-them-over-and-over books.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich
- All of JA Konrath’s books, the Jacqueline Daniels series
Idle Curiosity Compels Me to Ask
– What inspired you to be a writer?
- My mother. She wrote a simple autobiographical story and wanted to see it published one day all of her life. She never made it. When she passed away in 1999 I promised myself that either HER work or mine would one day see a reader’s gaze.
– What do you do immediately after finishing a manuscript?
- I take a break from all things computer related that I can. I usually won’t do much more than read or watch movies.
– Do you talk to your characters or your muse or both?
- Yes. Dang muse! She is so troublesome at times. She and I talk a lot as we walk around the lake at the local park.
Website – http://www.mkimsmith.com
MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/mkimsmith
Blog/Newsletter – http://writingspace.blogspot.com and the newsletter, Southern Mysteries with a side of GRIT is available for sign up on the website
Blog with three other mystery and suspense writers at http://murderby4.blogspot.com
For cozy writers and readers
and for local authors in the Memphis/North Miss. Area
Thanks for that interview, Kim!
Join me next week for an interview with Aline de Chevigny.