Interview with Kimberly Berry

When did you first start writing?
Oh my gosh. I was probably 10 or 11 years old. But seriously, about 7 years ago.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
This book was a passion for me. Doing family research was life-changing. It led me so many places I never dreamed I'd go. I wanted to share everything I've learned about how to find those experiences with everyone.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing isn't just writing. Writing is an exploration of humanity, a raw and honest interpretation of your soul. My greatest joy in writing is what I learn while I'm writing.
What are you working on next?
In doing ancestry research, I found that generation after generation, for hundreds of years, my father's side of my family was of mixed ethnicity. I've learned a lot about why and how that would have happened. I wanted to know the truth about what my ancestors lives were like. I wanted to know where I came from and how. And I've spent many, many years trying to figure that out. I think I've been able to reasonably trace my origins on both the white and black side to several hundred years back. I'm working on writing a fictional novel based upon the real people and real journeys of both the white and black people in my family, and how they were involved with each other over hundreds years, from the origins of slavery to today.
Who are your favorite authors?
I've always loved the classics. My favorites are Nabokov, Steinbeck, Huxley, Orwell, Vonnegut, Keats, Golden and Shakespeare.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That's easy. My son.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I write all the time. And I work a lot. I'm a worker bee by nature. But when I write, I get lost. I honestly love it. I love the research, the learning, and the expression. That's where I find my joy. And I love to read. I'll go by myself to one of the insanely beautiful Cleveland Metropark nature preserves with a book, a water, and a snack. And read on a blanket by a lake among the trees.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember exactly how old I was. When I was a pre-teen, I had a fondness for writing poetry. I remember a poem I wrote when I was about twelve years old. I sent it into one of those magazine writing competitions for kids and it was published somewhere. But I don't remember where.
What is your writing process?
I have no process whatsoever. I'm not a professional author. I go with what I feel, and with no motivation or agenda. I just do it for my own love of history and self expression.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever "read". But I do remember the first story I ever "heard" that resonated enough to stay in my consciousness. It was called "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman. It was about a baby bird that didn't know where he/she came from, where they belonged, or even if they were a bird or a boat or something else. The little bird wanders around alone, asking everything it encounters if it's their mother. In the end, the baby finds its mother and learns it's not a boat, not a dog, not a house...but a little bird with a bird family. It was my favorite book when I was little. And I think the impact it had on me goes without saying.
Published 2017-07-16.
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The Living Dead
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This edited and annotated book, originally written by my grandfather, was claimed by him as the memoirs of his life beginning in the deep south Mississippi in the 1920s to 1940s. This book is nothing short of a brilliant work of art, an autobiography perhaps, of a madman.
All-In-One Basic to Advanced Guide to Genealogy & Ancestry History Research
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 69,200. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks & Manuals
This book is the one all-inclusive guide you can't do without. Over 300 pages of in-depth and informative guidance, citing numerous specific resources for domestic and international research. This guide is no fluff, and not just for dummies. It teaches you how to interpret information you find, and offers specific steps on how to use that information to go further in your research.