Friday, 5 October 2012

Interview with Kimberly Kinrade PLUS giveaway

We're taking part of the FORBIDDEN MIND blog tour by interviewing author Kimberly Kinrade. After you read the interview, leave a comment for your chance to win the ebook!

Welcome to We Do Write, Kimberly. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born with ink in my veins and magic in my heart. I've always believed there's more to life than what we can see, and I love stories that explore the 'more' that might exist out there. I'm blissfully married to the man of my dreams, who is also co-writing a whole series of books with me. Dmytry Karpov is my soul mate, writing partner and best friends. We have three darling little girls who inspired my children's Three Lost Kids series, two pampered kittens and two dogs and I adore my life and my family. 

How long have you been writing?

Since I could pick up a pen. I literally started selling my short stories and poetry when I ran out of teeth to sell to the Tooth Fairy. (True story.) By the time I started college I was working at the third largest daily newspaper in the Los Angeles and Orange County area in California and getting paid to do what I loved. 

Tell us about FORBIDDEN MIND. What’s the story about?

Forbidden Mind is the story of a girl who reads minds who links to a boy who can controls minds and begins to unravel the mysteries about her life and her past. She thinks her life is safe, that when she turns 18 she'll be free to go to Sarah Lawrence, study art and live the life of her dreams. What she discovers is something so terrifying, she barely survives. 

How did the idea of the story come to you?

Years ago, I dreamed of a girl named Sam who could read minds and was rented out to the rich as a spy. I jotted the idea down and went back to sleep. Last fall, while preparing two other books for launch, I wanted to put out a short story and remembered this dream. Well, turned out it wasn't a short story, it was a trilogy that is now becoming a saga, with more than 40 spin-off books now planned in this world, though the world becomes so much bigger than Forbidden Mind. 

Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?

My husband and best friend both beta for me and then I have two editors with my publishing company who do content and line edits until my books are polished. I also do heavy self-editing in the process. 

Are you a planner or a pantser?

In my heart, I'm a pantser, but I've been pulled into the world of plotting kicking and screaming. With so many books coming out in rapid order, and the plots becoming more complicated and interconnected, I couldn't keep writing the way I was. With the help of Dmytry Karpov (my husband) and Patti Larsen (one of my best friends and a brilliant author who teaches a process of outlining and book writing that's amazing!) I have learned how to plot. Now I won't enter a new series (trilogy) if the whole thing isn't plotted ahead of time. 

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

The outlining. It's not as natural for me as just writing, but boy does it save time in the end. 

What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

My computer. lol I can't hand write, my muscles no longer have the stamina. Everything else is optional. I think coming from a journalism background, I learned early on to write whenever and however I could, so I don't have crutches that are needed before I can write. But if you were to offer me a heavily sugared and creamed cup of Chai tea, I certainly wouldn't say no! 

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Time travel. I could get more done and see some really cool things in the past and future. ;) 

What's the weirdest thing you've googled?

Wow, this is a tough one. I honestly don't know. I've googled everything from cerebral spinal fluid, to specs on helicopters that can lift airplanes in the air, to what really happens to a guy when he gets kicked hard in the balls, to how to kill someone without leaving a trace. lol 

Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: hammer, mysterious, and host.

The mysterious hammer lay in wait, biding its time until it could unleash all the powers of its host--the power to destroy the core of humanity with one swing from the chosen. 

Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ... 

editing (or reading). 

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.

Dmytry Karpov for, well, everything! My editors Lane Diamond and John Allen who make every book of mine better. Evolved Publishing for believing in me enough to sign all of my books. Patti Larsen for her friendship and support. And to all the fans who have fallen in love with my books, to all the book bloggers who write about my books or host me on their sites, to everyone who has gone out of their way to read, review and/or tell people about my books--I couldn't do it without you! You are my stars! 

And finally, where can people find you and your books online?

Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal novels Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire and Forbidden Life and her illustrated children's fantasy chapter books Lexie World, Bella World, and Maddie World all on Amazon.

She lives with her three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they're humans, her two cats who think they're gods, and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.

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Thanks, Kimberly! Best of luck with your books!

And now for my readers: Leave a comment for Kimberly and you're automatically entered for a chance to win the ebook of FORBIDDEN MIND.


Kimberly Kinrade said...

Thank you so much for hosting me today and for the great interview questions. They were fun to answer! :)

Dorothy Dreyer said...

Pleasure having you, Kimberly!

Barbara Josselsohn said...

It sounds like an amazing book! I love that you have so many book ideas percolating at once, and also that some of your best ideas come to you in dreams.