Interview with Kimberly K Comeau

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allows me the flexibility to provide free copies of my book to reviewers, contest winners, and during other promotional efforts. It allows me to offer my book at a reduced price for a period of time I specify, and even allows me to chose the venues through which my book is sold. I know no other publisher that offers their books in as many electronic formats, so that virtually anyone with an e-reader or computer can download and read my work. The ability to see my sales numbers at all times allows me to judge the effectiveness of various marketing efforts so I know how best to delegate my time and efforts. Smashwords truly is author and reader friendly.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creativity. The intellectual challenge. The necessity to dig deep into my heart and soul and experiences to understand the fictional situations I create. The surprise of discovery.
What do your fans mean to you?
They represent incredible encouragement in a business that is necessarily a solitary endeavor. I love the opportunity to see my story through their eyes, to hear about their favorite character(s), to receive validation on story weaknesses and strengths. Their feedback helps make me a better writer. My success comes from them.
What are you working on next?
Too many things! A full-length science fiction adventure, Rainbow Gold, is closest to publication-ready; the sequel to Moons' Kiss is three-quarters complete in draft, and a mainstream novel that takes place in the old Virginia State Penitentiary is partially completed in draft. I also have a novella (the prequel to Rainbow Gold), and several short stories that require final edits, that I'd like to find homes for.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, so many. George R. R. Martin, Charles Dickens, C. J. Cherryh, Andrea Norton, Robert Heinlein, J.R.R. Tolkien all spring immediately to mind. Tim Cahill, my latest discovery, is an author I'd like to read more of. His Buried Dreams is the best book I've read so far this year.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The realization that I have another opportunity to make a new discovery, to invent a new process or item, to hit upon a new story concept or question, or to discover a new insect, fruit, or flower. The knowledge that I can share what I've learned with my husband, students, and loved ones.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gardening, preserving the fruit I've grown, quilting, learning, teaching, sharing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through online sites that discuss favorite books, including reviews, recommendations, and reader comments. Subject matter is a strong deterrent or draw.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, indeed. I was twelve, and the fantasy featured a heroine who was captured, falsely charged with a crime, and banished to a penal colony where the prisoners were expected to starve to death. My clever heroine saved seeds from the fruits she ate during the journey, but I abandoned the story when I realized I didn't know how she would keep herself alive while her plants grew to fruition.
What is your writing process?
I began writing before I knew how to type, and I'm still most comfortable with a pen in hand. So drafts are written in longhand and revised as they're typed. Critique partners read my electronic drafts, and I'll revise, edit and rewrite based upon their responses.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was Fun With Dick and Jane, while being taught to read. I remember feeling lost and confused. Years later, after I'd graduated to "real books," I read Time Traders by Andrea Norton, which lit a fire in my imagination as nothing else had. It's one of the few books I've read multiple times, the one I used to teach myself to write, and the story that began my life-long love of science fiction.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything from classics to contemporary fiction, including fantasy, animal stories, science fiction, memoirs, true crime, and nonfiction. Anything that's well written, teaches me something new, and holds my attention. There are so many incredibly talented writers out there, I can't narrow my reading to one genre alone.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Describe your desk
My "desk" is my lap, which often includes a hardback book supporting the notebook I'm filling. I find it quite portable, usually clean, and not dependent upon electricity.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a small farm post World War II, which explains the deep connections my characters have with their natural worlds. That I now live in the City of Richmond--Virginia's capital--provides an intimate contrast that allows me to write with confidence as my characters transition between the natural world and human settlements.
Published 2013-09-25.
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Books by This Author

Moons' Kiss
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 149,990. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
They found him in the South Ofrann Desert, where everything evil lived. No one knew what he was. Most called him a demon. One leader thought this stranger-without-a-past held the key to tribal peace and prosperity. That leader’s enemies saw an opportunity to gain control of the nation.