Name Kimberly Readnour
Where are you from Illinois
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I consider myself lucky. I’ve been married for twenty-two years to my high school sweetheart. We have two wonderful children, a daughter and son. I worked as a Registered Nurse for fifteen years, and then quit to pursue different avenues.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My third and final installment, Vanished, is available now for pre-order. The release date is September 24th. I will be participating in a Facebook author book launch with two other talented authors on September 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When my daughter was a teenager, I would read the books she brought home. I have always enjoyed reading young adult books and shared the same interest as my daughter. One particular book, she never finished because she did not like the content. Curious, I started reading it and was shocked at the content myself. I remember telling my daughter that I would write her better stories. I had no idea I would develop this passion for writing.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Hmm… I still have a hard time considering myself a writer. I love creating stories and want to share them. Perhaps hitting the publish button a few more times, it will slowly sink in.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My daughter. The first couple of novellas I wrote for her were pretty cheesy, so when I tried coming up with a storyline neither one of us had read, I really put some thought into it. Then I went to bed one night and told myself to relax, it will come to you. The next day the story line for Visions was in my mind. What started as a single story quickly developed into a trilogy.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I like reading books in first person. I can tolerate third person, but I just don’t enjoy the story as much. In first person, you can get inside the character’s mind, which I love. That is the main reason why I write in first person while trying to maintain a deep point of view.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The titles were extremely easy for me. The first book in the trilogy, Visions, was simply because the protagonist, Heather, is clairvoyant. The second book, Deceptions, Heather has to make hard choices which leads to her deceptive behavior. The third book, Vanished, Heather’s ability is called upon again to help find a missing girl. But not just any missing girl, this girl is connected to Heather.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Acceptance in yourself. In order to reach any goals, you have to accept yourself.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
It depends on what you believe. If you believe in clairvoyant people, then almost all the book could be realistic. If you believe in ghost and spirits, then all the book could be realistic. lol
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Although these stories are totally fictional, there are little hints laced throughout the manuscript for my daughter. Nobody will be able to understand or pick them out except us.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
In truth? The Bible. Then cookbooks.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am beta-reading a book, then I am going to start Dark Shadows by T.D. Shields.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Yes! Patrick Hodges novel Joshua’s Island. The book’s theme is about bullying. I believe it is a must read for any teenager/ middle grade student, or a parent. The message is very good. But have a box of Kleenexes.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I starting a book titled Imperfect Love. I was inspired by a vacation our family took almost two years ago. I had to complete the trilogy first before I allowed myself to write it. It’s quite different than my current works, as it will fall in the new adult genre.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My high school friend Staci. When my daughter kept telling me to publish my works, I had Staci read over the manuscript. Her encouraging words propelled me forward. I’m not sure had it not been for my daughter’s four year persistence or Staci’s words, I would have published.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I would love to be able to say writing is my career. There are so many stories brewing in my mind, I simply do not have the time to write them all.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would not change the content, but sometimes I wished I had waited to publish until I had the series completed. But then again, I have learned so much and it may have been because of the publishing. I’m not a dweller in the past kind of person. I don’t want to live in regret, so I just push forward and do what I can.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have always wanted to write. Whenever I would finish a book, that desire to write my own story always lingered. I just never took the time to do it. Now, I cannot imagine not writing.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
The prologue for Vanished:
Secrets have plagued my entire life. Only recently, I no longer had to hide my clairvoyant abilities, but one concealed truth still remained. One secret buried deep inside, never to be shared—until now.
My fingers clenched against my chest while I squeezed my eyes shut. What did I just hear? I tried slowing my erratic breathing to maintain some type of calmness, but the blood pulsating through my veins succeeded in raising, not lowering, my anxiety. Was it a dream? I shook my head. I didn’t think so, it seemed too real.
Dominated by fear, I was too afraid to open my eyes. I feared whoever voiced those words would be standing in front of me. What if she was? I winced. This could not be happening again.
A few moments passed and I remained completely still, anticipating what would come. The eerie quietness that surrounded me amplified the light hum of the aquarium air pump. I welcomed the sound and visualized the curtain of air bubbles rising to the top. The endless imagination of bursting air helped soothe my nerves as my breathing evened.
I slowly opened my eyes and let out a huff of air. The scant amount of moonlight filtered through the top arched window, highlighting the lead singer’s eyes from the pop band poster hung on the wall. He stared at me with his smoldering dark eyes; a reminder this wasn’t my bedroom.
But I’m safe. It was a dream.
My gaze scanned the entire space until it landed back on poster-boy. “Yeah, yeah, yeah,” I said to the hunky singer. “I know, I’m going crazy.”
My shoulders dropped and my arms relaxed as I smoothed out the blanket lying across me. I lay back and closed my eyes in a worthless attempt to sleep.
“Heather,” the same raspy voice whispered against my ear.
My eyes opened to the urgency of my name being called. The shakiness in the tone sounded desperate—a cry for help. That was no dream.
I quickly rose and scooted out of bed, but nobody was there. The room was still dark, and poster-boy still stared. I hurried toward the window and scanned the outside area, only to be faced with more frustration. Heavy fog made visibility impossible.
“Who are you?” I whispered.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Just time. I have to work full-time so my evenings are pretty much spent writing. I love to write early morning, but only have about thirty minutes before work.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Colleen Hoover is my favorite. I just find her stories interesting and I like her style of writing.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I did travel. My stories are placed in a different state than where I live, but I sort-of cheated. I have family there and visited them during that research.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Right now, I just have pre-made covers. I am actually having my covers redesigned by Sherry Soule.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I do not want to give away spoilers, but in Vanished I had a friend pass away while I was writing the ending. I thought of her the entire time and almost scrapped what I had planned, but I plowed through it, crying the entire time.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that I LOVE to write. After doing numerous hobbies, I finally found the one thing I absolutely love to do. It’s hard to explain, but I love sitting in front of my computer and getting lost in a story. It’s peaceful.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
I suppose it would depend on their question. Ha. There are several books that help improve the craft, but there is one book in particular I recommend to everyone. Take Your Pants Off by Libby Hawker. This is a great book on outlining and her technique makes it so simple. By reading that book, I was able to keep my schedule for Vanished! I actually finished earlier than expected.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
A huge Thank You for reading my work! I love to hear from people, which is why my email and Facebook links are found in the back of my books.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, I am too old. Ha ha. I remember liking Little Bear when I was younger. But during my teens years (and this will date me) I loved the Sweet Valley High books.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything! If something is sentimental or sweet, like someone doing a good deed for someone else, I will tear up. And of course if anything is sad, you better have a box of tissues handy. My cousin officially dubbed me the crier of the family. (In my defense, their wedding was really beautiful. The love between them really showed on their faces.)
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
I would love to meet John Cusack. He is actually who I pictured as the detective in my trilogy. My crush began when I watched Sixteen Candles. His role was not major, but he was so cute. Plus he is a Cub fan!
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
A loving mother and wife. Because family means the most to me over everything else besides God.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love to bake. I have always wanted to own a bakery/café. I also like to sew, scrapbook, knit, cook… goodness I have many interest.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I do not watch television too much anymore, but I do enjoy the Walking Dead, Gotham, and Suits. My all time favorite show is Friends. There has never been another show quite like it. As movies go, I like chick flick’s. Ha ha. Sixteen Candles and Ever After are my top favs. But I also love Harlem Nights and Coming to America.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music I
love sweets! Bring me coffee and chocolate and I would be your friend forever. I love Italian food the best. I like to eat, which fuels my desire to cook. My favorite colors are pink and purple. Sometimes I am such a girl. Music… I love a variety of music. Some hip-hop to rock. My favorite band is a tossup between Bon Jovi and Matchbox Twenty. They both sound awesome live. Sigh
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Sing. But I cannot hold a tune, unfortunately.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? http://kimberlyreadnour.com