Name: Kim Fry
Where are you from: Casper, Wyoming, USA
A little about yourself (ie. your education, family life, etc):
Kim: I was born in Wyoming and although I moved away when I was younger, I found my way back later in life. I met my husband and we have three children together. I attended Casper College and along with being a published author, I am an editor with Panoptic Book Services. I definitely keep myself busy.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Kim: Most recently, the team I’m part of with Panoptic Book Services, contracted with Kace Tripp Publishing, along with the independent services we offer. It was a great partnership and I’m lucky to be part of an amazing group.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Kim: I’ve always been a story teller. My dad had a huge book collection, and I started writing out stories as soon as I learned how to form letters.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Kim: Probably around age 10 or so – if you write things – poetry, songs, fiction, non-fiction…. It doesn’t matter much what it is. If you commit to it, you’re a writer. Simple as that.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Kim: It took forever to finish my first book. I posted it to Wattpad, and the readers were influential in pushing me to finish it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Kim: I’d say simplistic. No one is ever going to accuse me of using purple prose – I’m actually working on making my writing a little more in depth because I rush to get it down to paper so quickly I tend to skip of descriptive details.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Kim: For Scream for Me, it was a line the killer used in the beginning of the book. I usually have a working title of the protagonist’s first name until I come up with something better.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Kim: I just wanted to tell a story. At the end of the day, if the reader ended the book and were left feeling a little sad that the story ended, I feel I’ve done my job.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Kim: For Scream for Me, it was based only a little on real life. I’ve dealt with fear and I’ve been through some pretty dark things in my life, so it lent a firsthand feel to what I wrote.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? A mentor?
Kim: I am a self-proclaimed Edgar Allan Poe fanatic – I have the word ‘Nevermore’ tattooed on my left arm. I love his morose, terrifying writing. He was such a dark, mysterious man. That being said, I also love fantasy as a genre; my dad introduced me to David Eddings as a young teen and we spent hours discussing his writing and his characters. So I think both actually have influenced me. I take my love of magic from Eddings and my love of the macabre from Poe.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Kim: I am always a fan of new authors, and I try to stay active in the author community. Emerald Delmara, Maya Starling, Alys Arden, and Vic James are personal favorites as far as authors in the last few years.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Kim: My friend Amanda Till, who passed away earlier this year, and a handful of others that I’m not sure would want to be called out for knowing me. I want to give a huge shout out to Emerald Paslay and Maya Starling, though they are as close as family. I’ve learned that having writers in your corner is amazing, because they understand the insanity we put ourselves through.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Kim: Definitely. It’s in my blood. I have a goal and am working toward full time writing – and editing of course.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Kim: Oh, loads. You always have that one book you look back on and think ‘I could have done this, or this, or this….’ But at the end of the day, it’s still something you poured your soul into, and like people are, writing is flawed. I’ve learned that it’s okay to be imperfect.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Kim: Books. When I was a kid, we had this really tiny basement apartment. I was young, and one day, I was lying in my parent’s bedroom and I asked my dad, “Why you have so many book and book and book?” I was only a toddler, not even in school yet. Seeing all those shelves of books mesmerized me.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Kim: I just started plotting it. It’s not even in written form yet, but it’s about a gamer who has experiments done on him. That’s about all I can say for sure so far. It’s a baby of a notion, not even named yet.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Kim: I think every writer has the same complaint – time. You have to carve out that writing time, and protect it with a stick if you have to. It’s easy to get distracted when you have the internet with you, your family wants time, you have to do adult things, etc. But you have to take the time when and where you can.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Kim: Not too far yet. I am hoping to change that, of course. I’d love to travel more – and if it has to do with books, I’m all in.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Kim: For the first book, my dear friend Erika-Lynn Anderson designed it. The photographer was Kristin Hayes, who has an amazing eye for detail. Future books will be Panoptic Book Services.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Kim: Motivation. As I said, it’s easy to get distracted. I have to listen to music, to shut myself away from the other distractions.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Kim: Not to force anything. I had a phenomenal set of beta readers that read it as each chapter was finished. My friend Onion (she knows who she is), read one chapter, and asked, “Are you over this story?” Because it wasn’t my best work and she called me out on it.
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead?
Kim: I don’t know. I’m not very good with celebrities. I never cast my characters, so I had a clear idea of who my protagonist was, but she didn’t look like anyone specifically.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Kim: If you love it, keep doing it. Even if you never intend to publish, keep doing it. Writing is art and we can all do with a little more art in our lives.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Kim: Thank you for being amazing! I am so lucky to have been able to put my book forth into the world and you all mean a lot to me. Also, leave reviews (it’s like tipping your server).
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Kim: Maya Starling’s Dragon’s Treasure – the second book is out and I’m super excited as I’ll be reading it next.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Kim: No – but it had the word ‘knock’ in it. I remember that because I couldn’t pronounce it. I used to memorize books as a child. My parents thought I was a prodigy and learned to read much earlier than I should have. Turns out, I just have a good memory.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Kim: I laugh a lot – I try to find something to make me laugh every day. Dad jokes are enough to get a chuckle from me, but my husband makes me laugh to the point of having a laughing fit. I try not to cry, but I do like an emotional ending – it doesn’t have to be sad, but if it’s emotional, I’ll tear up sometimes.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Kim: Edgar Allan Poe. He was so interesting and tortured. I’d like to pick his brain a bit.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Kim: Something funny or ironic – or maybe like an inside joke only my family would understand. Death is a part of life, and I wouldn’t want my family to pick out some quote that made me seem like someone I’m not. Maybe I’d pick “Don’t be a dick,” which is something my friends and I say frequently to one another.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Kim: Sure. I love music, I like movies. I also have recently picked up oil painting. I’m not very good at it, but I’ve learned that it helps me mood improve when I’ve had a rough day.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Kim: Oh man. So many. I try to stay away from them because they are one of those distractions. If it has a good story line, I’ll watch it regardless of genre. My son and I really enjoyed watching The 100 – we liked it so much, I made my husband watch it as well.
Fiona: Favorite foods/colors/music:
Kim: Foods – does coffee count? I feel like it should. I exist on coffee and tea. My favorite color is blue, though I wear a lot of black. As far as music goes, I love music. I am really into what Spotify has informed me is classified as Southern Gothic, which is kind of that bluegrass, Americana sound but sort of dark as well.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Kim: Musician. I have no talent for singing and I can’t read music, but I love it nonetheless.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Kim: I have a couple. I’ll keep it simple though. I am at authorkimfry.com – though the site is under construction right now, so you can find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKimFry/ or Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Kim-Fry/e/B00HJEGTIM – and of course, you can check out the Panoptic Book Services site at https://www.panoptic-books.com/ as well.