Kimberly Menozzi


An aspiring writer from the age of eight, Kimberly Menozzi began writing her first stories instead of paying attention in school. While her grades might have suffered, her imagination seldom did. She managed to keep most of her stories together for years, then lost them after a move when she left a trunk full of papers behind. (She meant to go back and get them, but circumstances prevented her from doing so.)

So, she started over again. And lost those, too.

After a trip to England in 2002, she began work on A Marginal Life (Well-Lived), inspired by the music of Jarvis Cocker and Pulp. The novel was completed in 2003, and is undergoing rewrites with hopes of publication in the near future.

Also in 2003, she met and fell in love with an Italian accountant named Alessandro. She married him in 2004. This necessitated her arrival in Italy and she has lived there ever since. After several months of working for language schools and writing blog entries for her family in the US to read, new story ideas began to develop.

Finally, in 2007, she began work on a new project, inspired by her love/hate relationship with her new home. The novel Ask Me if I'm Happy was completed in 2009.

The novel was released November 15th, 2010, and in May, 2011, Kimberly released both the US version of Ask Me if I'm Happy, along with Alternate Rialto, a prequel novella.

Her latest project, a novel set in the cycling world titled 27 Stages, was released in April 2013.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
The first piece I can remember writing was when I was eight years old. It was an essay about the importance of saving the whales. I shared it with my family and they seemed quite impressed that I was so aware of the situation at that age.

I always wrote stories, though. I can't honestly remember the first one, but I remember entertaining myself with stories I would write in school when I'd finished my assignments in class and didn't feel like drawing to pass the time. They were epic stories, covering all the things I imagined and/or playacted when playing outside (I was a kid, after all).

Looking back, it was a fairly foregone conclusion that I was going to be a writer. My head was always in the clouds and my pen was always on paper, crafting stories to entertain myself with later on.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When my first publisher, a small start-up press in London, went belly-up a couple of months after releasing my first novel, I took it upon myself to reissue Ask Me if I'm Happy. Other publishers either weren't very interested, or had terms I couldn't get on with in their contracts, so I opted to do it myself.
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Where to find Kimberly Menozzi online


27 Stages
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 148,450. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Cyclist Federico Renard assists photographer Abigail White after she is caught up in a crash at a stage finish of the Tour d'Europa. When chance keeps bringing them together, a tentative romantic relationship begins to grow. If they give in, the cost could be too great – his place on the team and her marriage are both at risk – but it's difficult to hold back for the sake of coming out ahead.
Ask Me if I'm Happy (Italian Connections series)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,220. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Emily Miller and Davide Magnani meet by chance in Bologna, Italy, thanks to a transportation strike. After passing a day together, they realize there's more than a simple friendship between them. A fragile relationship quickly blossoms before they part ways without expecting to meet again. Reunited one year later, however, each has their own secret to keep - and one could easily tear them apart.
Alternate Rialto (Italian Connections series)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,000. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Emily Miller comes to Italy to get over a breakup, but watching her beautiful best friend Jenn draw all the attention of the local men isn't helping. When at last a handsome Venetian named Jacopo entices Emily into a once-in-a-lifetime fling, she grabs the chance with both hands. In time it seems his intentions are anything but short-term, but can she really trust what seems too good to be true?

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bologna    contemporary    cycling    fiction    italian    italy    literary    love story    novella    road cycling    romantic    venezia    venice    womens fiction