I first met Kim Smith when she interviewed me on her radio show, Introducing Writers. Kim was a fabulous hostess and the show was a blast to do. I quickly learned that Kim is also a fantastic author as well. I knew she’d make the perfect guest here at Working Writers.
Enjoy this interview.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I am a lifelong Mid Southerner, and dream of the day when move away. I can see myself in a more temperate climate. Seventies all year round sounds very nice! I began writing seriously when my children were in school. It has been something that I’ve wanted to do all my life, but never had the time or energy until then.
What types of writing do you do?
I write mystery and romance and love reading both. Seems like lately more romance has been coming out of me than mystery but I want my fans to know that is not going to continue!
What’s the best thing about writing?
Freedom to explore new worlds. As a writer, we get to go to different places and see different things through the lives of our characters. Having some one else read our work and see that same picture is awesome too!
Share some of your writing goals.
I would love to be able to travel to other places in the world as research. It would be so awesome to be able to actually be IN the place I am writing about one day. Other than that, I just hope I live a long time so I can write one hundred different works and be a household name.
Is there a specific time of day you like to write?
I used to be more organized and write in the early morning before work or at the eight o’clock hour when everyone was getting ready to be off to bed. Right now, any day I can sit outside in a warm sun with a cool breeze and create is a very good time to write.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
That’s tough. I read a lot. I find all books interesting, especially non fiction. I loved Dr. Leonard Coldwell’s book Instinct Based Medicine. It helped me to see that my fretting and stressing was killing me.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I always joke about being in grade school and having to write about the Pilgrims for a Thanksgiving project. That was probably the beginning point. I was too pleased to find that my mother actually kept that paper (fully decorated by crayon) and it reminds me that it is never too early to teach kids to love to read and write.
Man! I have so many! I love historical fiction of all types, and Sharon K. Penman is one of my all time favs. I also love Diana Gabaldon, and my newest fav, CW Gortner. On the mystery scene, my good friend, Marta Stephens has a couple of books that are wonderful, and literary there is none better than Elizabeth Berg.
Book you’re currently reading.
Mazurka (A Gus LeGarde Mystery), by Aaron Lazar, Love in Bloom, Sheila Roberts, and always have a historical tucked off somewhere, this time The Devil’s Company by David Liss.
Any type of writing ritual you have?
Not really. I just need to open the word document, and go back to where I stopped whether editing or writing and reread. That always gets the juices going.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
I actually do believe in a block thing. It’s like if you stop writing every day, it becomes harder and harder to do. It’s like any other habit, whether it be brushing your teeth, or washing your hands, you have to do it all the time, every day, or it will not be something that comes easily to you.
What’s the measure of a successful writer?
I am not sure. I think if a writer is producing and happy with the work that is coming out, they are successful. It is when we stop producing that things get a little grim.
Not to steal Nike’s thunder, but JUST DO IT! If you are not sitting down daily trying to do something creative with your ideas, you will never have anything to show for the wondrous thoughts you keep having. You cannot submit a blank page!
Where can we learn more about you?
I am easily found on the Internet. I have a website at: http://www.mkimsmith.com and a blog at http://writingspace.blogspot.com and a radio show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kims and I hope you will tune in!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for having me on today! I love readers and fans and will be happy to answer any questions if they send me email. Ah, fan mail, you gotta love it!