Interview with Kimberly Sigafus

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing it. Just kidding...sort of. I get the greatest joy from surprising people. I make sure a storyline is headed in one direction, and then make a sharp left. It keeps people from getting bored (I hope), and also makes it fun for me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Nora Roberts is a favorite author. She is someone who writes in little twists and plays by her own rules. I like Diana Palmer, also.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. My husband saying, "That's great, honey," is wonderful, but he would never tell me I wrote something awful. It means people I don't even know like my work, and that is gratifying.
What are you working on next?
I'm always working on that next book in The Mida series. I do a lot of research since the series time-travels in and out of a different era each time.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am most creative in the morning. I eat breakfast and then head to my office. I keep a list I sometimes add to more than cross things off, but it keeps me organized. My husband has a great saying which is, "Accomplish something." Getting the opportunity to be creative every day gets me out of bed in the morning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do a lot of Native American presentations, so I travel quite a bit. I'm trying to learn how to play my Native flute, and I'm always working on dream catchers or Talking Feather. Singing is a great passion of mine, and I have been involved in theater for over 30 years. You can either find me onstage or off, as I direct as well. I love to garden, play with my dogs, and spend some sitting on the porch with my husband just talking and holding hands.We have three grandchildren and they keep me busy, too.
What is your writing process?
I usually have a story in my head for a while before I sit down and actually write it down. I find if I just sit down and expect something to come to me, it doesn't happen. I edit as I write. Many authors tell me that interrupts the flow of their thoughts, but I find if I don't fix the stuff I just wrote, I can't move on. It doesn't slow me down one bit, but I have always done things that way so I'm used to myself by now.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was very young, I used to walk to the library and sit and read books. I hardly ever checked them out. I loved The Mouse and the Motorcycle, A Wrinkle in Time, Charlotte's Web, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I read them over and over again. I love getting lost in a good story.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire someone! Okay, seriously...I sit and think about my book for a while. I try not to go for the obvious cover choice, but if I do go that way, it has to be twisted a little bit. I want people to feel something when they look at the front and back cover of the book, or have a reaction of some kind. I have very little say over my traditionally published book covers, but my self-published book covers have a lot of thought behind them. For me, the cover has to tell some of the story that's inside.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I go for the non-traditional things like 3D bookmarks, miniature Talking Feathers, car air fresheners, post office stamps from Zazzle.com. Everyone likes a free gift when they buy a book. But my best marketing tool is myself. I can talk about the book or series, show them the book, and show them myself. If they like me, they will buy my book. If they don't, they will pass and walk away. An author always embodies their work.
Describe your desk
My husband found a huge, old wooden desk and asked if he could fix it up for me. A few weeks later, he presented me with a beautiful antique workspace which I couldn't wait to use. He also gave me his grandfather's lamp. His grandfather was a newspaper man who covered the crime beat for the Providence Journal in Rhode Island. He worked there a long time and this lamp was on his desk. The lamp sits on my desk to light the way to a great story. I also have a Staples big button I can push which says, "That was easy." I have a snow globe with a teepee village inside my husband bought me, and a spirit guide statue. Usually there are piles on my desk of several projects I'm working on, and snacks for those times when I'm too busy to stop for lunch.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the process of writing and publishing. I like that I know how the publishing side of things work. I can help other people, answer questions, and guide them. I think there are great things about being traditionally-published as well. Any way an author can get their work out there; I'm all for it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's given me a vehicle to get my work out there in another medium. It helps the reader get to know who I am and what I'm all about.
What do you read for pleasure?
My reading preferences have changed over the years but I have always liked romance novels.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all over the place. I moved quite a bit as a child. My father's family owned a carnival and I traveled some with them, but mom was a gypsy of sorts. I think she was a restless soul and liked to see the world. I have a little bit of that in me.

I think that's why I like The Mida series. It moves from one place to another, and the carnies experience all sorts of new things each place they go.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could hold a pencil. I wrote short stories all the time I was growing up.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is set in the town I live in; Freeport, IL. Veronica is a lot like me in some ways; insecure, and beating herself up for some things she's done in her life. We both learn some things in this book. Sometimes I can work out my own issues along with the character I'm writing about.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't read books electronically. I like the feel of a book in my hand and how it feels to turn the pages.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't, but I remember a story I wrote in grade school. It was about a dog and the teacher told me it was good. It was my first little bit of praise and I still remember how important that was to me at the time.
Published 2018-02-11.
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Books by This Author

The Mida Book Four - Perilous Choices
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,090. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The Mida Book Four - Perilous Choices Book Four of The Mida series finds the carnival's fat lady back home in Freeport, Illinois in 1893. Blamed for a crime she had to do to save herself, she is once again pursued by her brother for the death of her father. He's as determined to bring her to justice, and she is to live her life on her own terms.
The Mida Book Three, Destiny of Darkness and Light
Series: The Mida. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,090. Language: American English. Published: August 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The time traveling carnival has arrived in 1965 Prairie Bluff, Wisconsin. Now that Sarah is back, she wants to stay. The problem is she is married to Frank, the carnival’s creature whisperer and he can’t stay behind with her. She also discovers her family tree has a complicated branch. Her decision to stand in the darkness or the light will affect not only her, but the safety of the carnival.
The Mida Book Two, Finding Genny
Series: The Mida. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 74,130. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Carter woke up one morning to find he was back in 1934 St. Paul, Minnesota. He ran from there when he found out his wife had been shot and killed by the mob. Now he’s discovered she’s alive, but on the run. Carter has one week to find her, and turns to the syndicate’s right hand man. Although he’s the one who shot her, he knows where she is. He hasn’t turned her in because he’s in love with her…
The Mida
Series: The Mida. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 86,460. Language: American English. Published: May 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The Mida is a mystically-powerful, time-traveling carnival, a place for its people to hide from the world until they have to face the reality of their pasts. The first book in an eight book series, finds Mesa back in 1952 Farmingdale, IA. There she must deal with a murder, her now-grown son who thought she was dead, and Jiibay, a dark Ojibwa spirit set on taking over the carnival.