Kimberly S. Daniels currently teaches English Composition and Literature at the University of South Alabama. Her hobbies include writing, reading, more writing, and saving ALL the animals in the world. She lives in Mobile, Alabama with her awesome husband, capricious daughter, two goofy pit bulls, one hyper poodle and a very wicked cat.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story, complete with illustrations, was for an assignment in the Third Grade. Our teacher liked to hold a little writing contest each month. The winner would have their story and accompanying illustration posted on the class bulletin board, where it would stay until the next winner was chosen the following month. I won with a science fiction story about a girl who was sucked into her TV by aliens and was to be the representative of the human race. I've long since forgotten the title of the story, but I'm sure my parents have stashed the original away somewhere.
What is your writing process?
I like to do a medium amount of plotting. Really, I begin with just the bare bones. I know where I need to begin, and the major plot points that will get me to my predetermined end. Now how I get from plot point A to plot point B, I like to leave open, so that part is very organic, allowing for changes in the narrative. I like structure, but I also need to give my characters the freedom to figure out how they will get to where I need them to go.
Declassified from human to cyborg and accused of crimes against humanity, Vladia Robespierre is on the run. But when Mars refuses her sanctuary, Vladia and her allies must trek to The Barbarous Outer Moons. Only at the edge of civilization, can she rally an army and come to terms with her new identity. But can one who is no longer a part of humanity really be the one who saves it?
Vladia Robespierre has always had a past to hide. Raised by the aristocracy instead of the State Rearing Facilities, her half-brother is all she's ever admired, respected, and counted on. But with war on the horizon and a rising body count, is he really who she thinks he is? And if her brother is the enemy, what does that make her?