I first came across Kim Smith when I was a guest on her popular Introducing Writers! radio show. She was warm-hearted, engaging, and a blast to talk to. She’s also the author of the zany Shannon Wallace mystery series available now from Red Rose Publishing and she has a website and a blog for readers to find out more. Her character, Shannon Wallace, also has a blog . Enjoy this interview!
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I am a lifelong Memphian. Southern born, southern bred. Most people who hear me on the radio comment on my cool accent. I have been writing since dirt was discovered but only seriously published for the last couple of years.
Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
Buried Angel is a cozy mystery with a laugh a page. I strive to keep the reader turning the pages to see what these two kooky characters will get into next. I hope readers will love it so much that they go out and buy the first one and make plans to pick up the third one coming soon.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I am wrapping up the third book in the Shannon Wallace mystery series and planning some short romance stories for 2010. I long to write a historical but know that the research will be all-consuming so am holding it off for now. There is a big book coming from me in the future, I am currently plotting it, and plan on seeking an agent for it.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
Outlanderby Diana Gabaldon. It has everything: history, humor, romance, suspense, just everything. I love the era and Scottish things so it fit my requirements to a tee.
Gabaldon, obviously, but also Janet Evanovich, Carl Hiassen, Sue Grafton, and many many romance authors.
Book you’re currently reading?
Boca Knights by Steve Forman.
Any type of writing ritual you have?
I have to have something to drink nearby. I don’t know why that is. I used to drink coffee like a maniac, now I have switched to herbal tea and plain water and have to have some of it near me when I write.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
Yes. I do believe in it. I have had it and no matter who tries to convince me it is not writer’s block, I know it is. I have been in a quandary to the point where I refused to even open the laptop for fear of having to face that WIP. I eventually began hearing the voices again and had some story ideas that wouldn’t leave me alone so I got back to it. But I believe it is very real and very deadly. Writer’s block can cripple a writer to the point where they quit writing altogether.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
A reader who really loves them and gets their writing style. Once you have a true fan, someone who follows you everywhere and reads everything you write, you are a successful writer.
Advice for other writers?
Keep going. It is such a long arduous journey to being published. But it can be done. If I can jump the hurdles, anyone can.
Where can we learn more about you?
By going to my blog. I post all my news and views on my blog at Writing Space. I also have this virtual book tour going on all the month of January thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotions. I have the list of sites posted at my website and blog, as well as daily reminders on facebook and twitter. Fans can find more about Shannon at her blog on wordpress.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you. You have been very kind to host me today. I hope readers will love this next installment in the Shannon Wallace Mystery series.