Interview with Kimberly Lewis

What is your writing process?
I think about the plot to pass the time while I'm driving in CT traffic. I don't sit down to write a chapter until I've run it through my head several times, working out the twists. I know a lot of authors do their revisions in rewrites, but I do that in my head until I'm ready to commit to it on the keyboard.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I am a voracious reader. I will pick up any printed material and read it anywhere. I don't recall the first story I ever read because I'm told I was four when I started. A story I read that made a lasting impression was "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe. The psychology of it held me spellbound. I like to get inside the heads of the characters.
How do you approach cover design?
Once upon a time, I was a graphic artist in pre-press printing, so I used to do covers, magazines and posters. I don't like busy covers; I like a clean image that allows the reader to keep his/her own idea of what the characters look like in their own minds. When I read a book, I get annoyed when the person on the cover has different attributes than what is described in the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That is almost impossible to answer because I like so many. I'm a fan of the classics. There are only a few books that I'll read more than once, so that's an indicator that I really like a story. I'll devour anything by Jane Austen and have read them all several times. "Gilead" and "Home" by Marilynne Robinson are two of the most beautifully written novels I've ever read. I like them so much that I bought them on audio to listen to them in the car. Her prose is achingly gorgeous and her characters have so much depth. Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori Series is also a favorite. Again, it's probably the combination of excellent character development as well as writing that wraps around me and holds me enthralled.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything. I was born with my nose in a book. But I also enjoy blogs, newspapers, magazines. People magazine is a guilty pleasure in waiting rooms.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have a lot to learn, as this is my first book I've self-published. I am an introvert, so, this will be a major challenge for me. I was content that my stories were received well by the readers who gave me feedback when I was writing them. However, the point would definitely be that the stories could be enjoyed by a broader audience. I am taking suggestions from people who do marketing for a living since I know so little at this point and wouldn't venture to offer suggestions yet.
Describe your desk
My desk is in the kitchen. I have a bulletin board with a cork board that I hang items that are meaningful to me for various reasons. I am always going through the working pile in the corner and trying to find places to file things away. I don't like to work amid clutter.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Connecticut, which is the setting for the Celestial Series. I love the scenery, which is lushly verdant and changes dramatically with the seasons.
When did you first start writing?
My first earnest effort at writing for something other than a grade began in middle school, where I entered a contest for Scholastic Magazine and received an honorable mention. It was about a girl who struggled with amnesia after a freak accident. This sort of thing still fascinates me as I case manage people who have experienced acquired brain injury. It taught me a lot about researching a topic, and as far as medical conditions go, how quickly things change and make your story sound incredibly ignorant.
What are you working on next?
Currently working on the last book of the Celestial Series: The Nephilim.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Cycling and rock music.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was for Scholastic Magazine. Ironically, it was about a girl who received a traumatic brain injury and had amnesia.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Writing the Nephilim completes the Celestial Series, so it is both a continuation of the first four books and an exploration of Joshua's path. In The Nephilim, we meet more of the central players from the realm as well.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Author Barry Eisler, who re-released all his previous print books because he was so annoyed with all the editing of material he considered intrinsic to the story line. Creative control.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting all these stories out of my head.
What do your fans mean to you?
It's great when fans relate to the characters and situations in the books.
Published 2017-07-04.
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Books by This Author

The Daemon
Series: Celestial. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,020. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Pregnant with her first child, Grace struggles to resolve residual issues after successfully completing the Atonement. The escaped daemon leader Shax has plans of his own at hand, never suspecting a savior he despises might factor into them.
The Redeemer
Series: Celestial. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 140,550. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Beth Jordan returns in The Redeemer, dedicating herself to the future savior of fallen angels. She orchestrates unlikely alliances between angels with long histories of enmity and towards humankind and each other. Uriel struggles to accept Lucifer’s role as protector of the twins, but resents the growing understanding between the fallen prince and Beth.
The Sentinel
Series: Celestial, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,960. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
As Beth and Sam prepare for their wedding and the birth of a child of prophecy, they prepare for opposition from Lucifer. Beth’s happiness is affected by unresolved feelings for the biological father, who happens to be an archangel. Despite the support of angels, Beth’s pregnancy is at risk when the demon from her nightmares threatens to tip the balance in favor of eternal darkness.
The Messenger
Series: Celestial, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,550. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
ICU nurse, Beth Jordan struggles to make sense of coincidences between resurfacing memories of her past and the men who have literally crashed into her life after an accident on the way to work. Tension builds as disturbing dreams of angels and demons begin to plague her. As she realizes the men in her life are not what they seem, she is drawn into an ancient conflict between good and evil.