Interview with Kimberly Purcell

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is seeing the seed of a character that has popped into my imagination by various means germinate, sprout, grow, and flower into hero I didn't know was there. I love seeing my characters take on a life of their own, them not wanting to do what I need them to do or doing things I didn't expect. And seeing my characters interact with each other, is like watching your children grow up and become their own person.
What do your fans mean to you?
Right now my only fans are my family and friends, so they are very important to me, obviously. My future fans are also important as my story only comes to life when someone reads it. A story isn't fully realized until someone reads it, so the more people that read it the more complete it becomes.
What are you working on next?
I actually have several stories simmering at the moment. The one that is closest to being complete is Fisher of Men. This story is about a young Episcopal priest in Menomonee Falls, WI who has just started at his first church as the only priest. The church is struggling as it is small and the average age of the congregants is 48. He has just started when his younger brother gets into some serious trouble back home in Twenty-nine Palms, CA. As a result his brother comes to live with him. So he must learn how to father this congregation and this teenage boy at the same time.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have eclectic tastes so I love a diverse group authors. I love J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen Lawhead, Diana Gabaldon, Dee Henderson, Brock and Bodie Thoene, and Gail Godwin.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to read and watch TV. I'm a movie-holic. I love listening to my music also. Gardening is a new pursuit of mine. And my handiman special house also takes my time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I've been telling stories my whole life, but the first "book" I wrote was in 8th grade. It was a sci fi about living on the moon. I even bound it with a cardboard cover that I drew myself.
What is your writing process?
I tell myself stories in bed at night when I'm trying to go to sleep. Sometimes the story is crap and I don't go back to it. Sometimes the story is o.k. and I keep going back to it. Sometimes the story is so interesting I loose sleep. In 2011 I took the NaNoWriMo challenge - to write 50,000 words in the month of November. The Day the Ivy Fell is the result of that challenge. I will continue with those challenges as I need deadlines to motivate me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not a good reader. When I was a kid I can remember sitting with my sister as she read the Dick and Jane books. I couldn't read all the words, but I could figure out the story from the pictures. Those stories started me on my fiction path as simple as they are.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on a Nook. I chose it for internet access, and price.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over the Mid-west. My young formative years were in central Illinois. My early teens were in central Wisconsin and then I spent my late teens and adulthood in Milwaukee, Chicago and eastern OH. I think where you've grown up can't help but influence what you put down on paper. Of course Ivy takes place right outside of Milwaukee, although the specific town is not mentioned in the story, Lake Michigan is and Wisconsin is.
Published 2014-01-15.
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Books by This Author

The Day the Ivy Fell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,760. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Charles Worth's life has just been shaken to the foundation. His family and home seem to be crumbling around him. His father has lost a long battle with cancer. He decides to take time off from college in order to deal it all, which creates problems of its own, especially with his girlfriend. Trying to step into his father's role he discovers that the life he knows may be a lie.