Name – Kim Faulks
Age – 41
Where are you from – Queensland, Australia
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I grew up on a farm in New South Wales, we grew our own food and killed our own sheep for meat. I attended public schools, leaving in Year 10 when we moved to Byron Bay. I met my husband when I was 21 and we were engaged and moved in together pretty much straight away. I guess it was pretty quick, but you know when it’s right for you and we’ve been together ever since.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My latest news is the first book of a dark, fairytale series titled, Beast. These are stand alone books with my version of the original stories.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in 2011, out of a desire to have a hobby. I’d dabbled in the idea of writing at a younger age, but the stories were bloody terrible. So when my husband saw an add for the local writers group he encouraged me to go along and I haven’t looked back since.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After I wrote and self-published my first novella, Reclaimed. I think seeing it on the internet for people to read really meant something to me then, it ignited a flame and a desire to create more.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My time training as a police officer and my love for paranormal fiction pretty well collided and what was left was a kick ass heroine with a knack for attracting the unusual.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes, raw and gritty is my style. I like to delve into the aspects of humanity that most people tend to avoid. I love peeling back the layers on motivations and actions. I love seeing how far people will go when their back is against the wall.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Beast was my version of Beauty and the Beast and this story is quite dark and vicious, so Beast seemed like the perfect intro into the story.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message is that sometimes the way out for us emotionally and psychologically and even physically can be right in front of our eyes, we just have to see things through different eyes to recognize it.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
The motivations psychologically are pretty realistic, but the rest is pure fiction.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Some of the themes of my books are based upon my own events and experiences. i think it’s both cathartic and interesting to write what you know. Most of the events are created in a way to deliver the story the best way i know how.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Bram Stokers Dracula was the main book, but Dean Koontz and Stephen King have played a massive part of my own workings as a writer.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m actually reading choose Yourself by James Altucher. I read a lot of self-help books. I tend to get a little lost at times.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Anne Bishop is an author I’ve discovered and I’ve consumed her earlier works of the Black Jewel Series. I also adore Sky Warren, I’ve only read one of her books, Wanderlust and thought it was fantastic.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on a shifter series called Underground Kings and a new dark, gothic series under a new pen name is the same vein as Penny Dreadful.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My faith and strength. I guess you need what’s inside more than anything outside, because without a good foundation, your building will ultimately collapse.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I gave up a very stressful job in January to try to make a goo of writing as a career, there’s been ups and downs, but I’m still writing so that’s what maters.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My love of dark, paranormal books sparked my already vivid imagination. We also lived near a church and so the idea of good/evil started seeping out into my thoughts, from there the rest is history.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My grip tensed on the wooden bannister at the top of the stairs, stopping me. The voice inside said careful. I knew better than to argue. Shadows shifted two doors down from my apartment where a busted overhead light didn’t reach. A light which was just fine this morning.
I gripped the camera around my neck and eased the strap over my head. The little fucking punks on the lower floor tried to break in last week, until I came home early, scaring them off. They thought they were smooth, nodding at me as though they were my new best friend. They had game, that’s for sure. But as I lowered my head, keeping my gaze fixed to the floor something other than the sent of talc and cocaine assaulted me.
Earth, musk, blood drifted from the shadows.
I took a step forward on to the landing, dropping my hand and the camera against my thigh. The hard edge bounced against my leg, the tremor from my hand raced along my arm, shaking my nerve.
Easy. My hand shook. The camera slipped in my grasp. I heard the mirror whir as my finger hit the button. But there was nothing I could do. I felt him near before I saw the man step into the light outside my door as I neared.
Underground Kings, Book One: Tooth and Nail.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Anything light and fluffy. I can’t write contemporary to save my life, so I stick with what I’m good at and keep it dark and full of action.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I think Anne Bishop, because of the characters connections to each other. They’re very realistic, their love and tender moments, their strength and resilience. I just love that.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, I’ve been to writers conferences, one in Brisbane about four hours drive. But I’ve yet to attend a readers/writers book signing, I’ve actually signed up for my first in 2017, at least I’ll have lots of new books out by then.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Most of my covers are created by my very talented editor, Eden Connor. I think I hit the jackpot when I found her.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The editing for me. I have massive blinkers when it comes to my own work.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes, to always keep going, even when you can’t see the end. It’s still there, you just have to fight the darkness to see it
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just write what you’re passionate in. Guard that flame inside of you fiercely. Do everything you can to keep it burning, you’ll know when the light starts to fade.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I just want to say thank you for all your support, and for your friendship mostly. I have readers I never hear from and that’s okay, but the ones who reach out and tell me how they stumbled across my work, or what affected them the most in my story really puts the hard work and long hours into perspective for me. Don’t be afraid to reach out. I’m not that scary, honestly.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The Famous Five was my first. Mum bought me three of them I think. I wore the pages down reading them, I think I was five.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I cry all the time, I’m a real sook. But British humor makes me laugh, that and people hurting themselves. My daughter and I sit and watch youtube and laugh for hours.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I’d love to meet James Altucher after reading two of his books. I love down to earth people, ones who are supportive and caring. I’d also love to meet my best friends Eden Connor and Naomi McCabe, facebbook is adequate but sometimes a real hug is in order.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
I don’t know. I don’t think I want a headstone. I’m quite partial to my ashes scattered in the ocean, or planted under a tree, so part of me will live on in nature.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love fishing, being outdoors and camping. I love reading and watching a few favorite shows. I love gardening and being self-sufficient and I love cooking and feeding my family.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love Penny Dreadful, Orphan Black. I adore Vikings, Game of Thrones and Deadwood. Films I love Constantine, The Divide and I’m looking forward to watching Crimson Peak in October.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I move Chinese/Japanese and Thai food ( a little too much) my favorite colors are blue and green and a combination of both. My favorite music is anything by Chelsea Wolfe, 30 Seconds to Mars, Puscifer and Kelly Clarkson (weird combination, I know)
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
My brain says: Police Prosecutor and my emotional status says: gardener. So maybe a gardening PP?
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Sure do. You can find me at: http://www.hauntingfiction.com
Amazon author`s page http://www.amazon.com/Kim-Faulks/e/B005J7EPH8/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1
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Thank you so much for having me. I had a blast.