Today’s author spotlight is shining on the lovely Kimberly Readnour. Kimberly comes to us from the mid west United States where she is rumoured to be found camping every chance she gets! I am not sure how the cat likes it, but maybe fluffy cats are different in the mid west…without further ado, here’s…Kimberly!
Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live in the Midwest with my husband, two children, and a very fluffy cat.
I worked as a Registered Nurse for fifteen years before hanging-up my stethoscope. When I’m not running my own business, you can find me tucked away writing. Otherwise, I like spending time with the family. We like to camp and other outdoor activities.
How did you get started on your writing journey?
At a very young age, the idea of writing my own stories intrigued me. I loved to read, but when the book was finished, that urge to create my own story would be present. For some reason, I just never took the time to follow through. Then life happened, and I actually pulled away from reading for a while. When my daughter became a teenager, I slipped back into reading. Since I enjoyed the young adult genre, we read the same books. Then after finishing one particular book, the content disturbed me so much, I had decided to write stories for my daughter.
Publishing was another beast that I never planned on doing. In fact, Visions sat in my computer for four years, virtually untouched. My daughter loved the story, though and kept insisting that I published it. She kept saying it needed a wider audience. She was relentless. Four years later, I finally heeded her advice and published.
Are there any poets or writers who influence you? How so?
Colleen Hoover is probably the one who influenced me most. Her background story is amazing, and I love her writing style. I’m always anxiously awaiting her next release.
Let’s talk about your novel! What is it about?
The first book in the Unforeseen Destiny series, Impossible Love is a stand-alone new adult romance with a splash of added humor. The main setting takes place in Kauai, but Kayla and Kai’s romance isn’t the typical love story. They face real-life challenges and have to fight through those challenges to be together. I’m absolutely in love with Kai and feel that Kayla brought out his best.
How is the title significant?
The main protagonists have so many obstacles to overcome in order to be together. Their love really is impossible.
Where did inspiration for this come from?
We took a family trip to Kauai. The beauty of the island captivated me from the first day. After the second day, a story developed in my head, and I started writing on every loose paper I could find. On the flip side of the itinerary, paragraphs of the novel developed.
Tell us a little bit about the characters? What are they like and how did you come up with them?
Kayla Cannon is goal orientated and focused mainly on school. Kai is a tour guide with no aspirations on settling down. He rather likes having his options open. But life always throws curve balls, and sometimes we don’t always plan what happens.
My characters came to life when I was visiting Kauai. I can’t pinpoint exactly how or why, but everything clicked into place. I wrote down what I could, and then paused on it to finish the Mystical Encounter Series.
Who do you think would like your story and what kind of readership are you aiming for?
Readers of true romance would like this story. There are some heated parts, but I hope I captured their passion between each other.
What is the message you are trying to get across in your book?
The theme of the book is simply, love will conquer all. I believe in true love (I’ve been with my hubby forever and still love the guy immensely) and I like HEA (happy ever after) endings, but I also like keeping things real.
What is your writing process like?
I work full-time and my business spills into my evening, so I write in any downtime that I have. I do drive a lot for my business, so I have time to think in the car about my scenes.
How do you go about editing your story?
I read, edit, re-read, edit some more, and re-read it again before sending it off to my critique partner. Then I apply any suggestions she has and re-read/edit again before sending the manuscript to my beta readers. I apply the next changes and re-read again before sending it to my editor. By the time I’m done, I think I’ve read the story fifty times. LOL.
Where did you find your cover artist and what was the process like?
The cover artist I used for my books is actually my developmental editor. She designs covers as well, and I liked the ones she had already made.
How did you go about getting published?
I sent quarry letters to a few agents, but knew I would have to self publish. I joined K-boards and soaked up their generous knowledge. I read multiple books and followed other people’s advice.
What was your self-publishing experience like?
It’s been surreal. I have to constantly work it, but when I look at the sales page, I’m still surprised that people are buying my work.
What are the pros and cons of self-publishing?
There are so many pros to self-publishing, but the one con would be self promotion. There are no backers, and you have to constantly self-promote your books. Publishing is a business that I take very seriously.
What were the surprises? Good or bad? If so, what were they?
Holy cow, my books sold. That was the biggest surprise. That and receiving fan mail. When I had my first message telling me how they related to my character, I thought wow, that is so cool.
How do you go about promoting your book as a self-published author?
Social media is a big key to success. Without those platforms, no one would ever know about you. Paid ads have been pretty successful for me, too. My latest move, making my first book in my YA series free, has helped tremendously with moving units.
Is there something about the whole process you wish someone had told you before? Good or bad?
Wait to publish. I actually read this advice, but I was anxious. I wish I had waited to publish until I was completely done with the trilogy.
Do you have any advice for writers who want to self-publish?
Learn as much as you can before publishing. Be a sponge and soak up all the information available. Joining groups on Facebook or Kindle Boards has been the most helpful to me.
What plans do you have for the future of your writing?
Keep on writing. I have two more novels in this series to write. Then I have a few standalone novel ideas. But I’m also working on plots to continue my YA novel series. I need more time in the day!
What are you social accounts if people want to connect with you?
READ AN EXCERPT FROM IMPOSSIBLE LOVE!
You can also follow Kimberly at her website, click on this link: Author Kimberly Readnour
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