Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hey all! I’m Kimberley Hatch, but only my mother calls me Kimberley, everyone else calls me Kim… or mom depending on if you’re 10 or not. Oh goodness, I had to do the math to remember how old I am. In my head I’m still 28, although my driver’s license says I’m 31.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Originally, I’m from England, but I grew up in America. Now, I live in Arizona and have become an absolute baby when the weather resembles anything remotely cold.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
For a vain person I’m finding it hard to talk about myself. I live with my husband and daughter. We have a sassy golden retriever, fat Chihuahua and two geriatric cats that might actually outlive me.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest book news would have to be that I’ll be at the FanSASStic book signing in October 2018. I’m pretty excited about that. And of course this interview is making me feel way more important than I am.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Life is a funny thing. My first job was what I wanted to be when I grew up. What is a person supposed to do once they’ve lived a dream they worked their whole life for? For me, writing turned out to be that second dream that I didn’t even know I had.
You might figure this out when you see my tv habits, but I’m an obsessive person. What better way to obsess over fictional people than to write my own.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still don’t. I often look at ‘real’ writers and think, “how do I get to be like that?” I feel the same about being a grown up. Maybe that’s how life works, we never really feel like we’ve made it, because then we’d stop trying.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I was talking to an author I met on Twitter about how amazing I found it that writer’s can create an entire world out of nothing and she said that I could do it too. She told me to just pick one idea and go from there. So I did. And to think that first idea came from a little gray cat staring at me from the edge of my bed.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Title’s are hard. They’re like naming your children. You want something unique but not weird and one of the last things you want is to have 12 other books with the same title. I’ve had to learn as I go with that. Mostly, a word or phrase pops into my head and I just can’t let it go. My next book (that no one knows about yet) actually got its title from a hashtag my husband used once when we were on vacation.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I find that each book requires something different. One book might need me to outline every chapter, scene and conversation before I begin. Another book might work best when I go in blind. So far the only thing my books have in common as far as their creation goes is a Pinterest board. I pick characters and homes and vehicles and towns all before I start writing. It works best if I can make them real to me.
The hardest thing about writing is that sometimes, the characters don’t do what I want them to. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Aren’t these fictional characters that you made up?” Yes, they are, but once I’ve created them, they have a mind of their own. In my fourth book Chasing Forever the main character Camille said something so cruel to her love interest that I had to close my computer. I couldn’t speak to her for a month. A month without writing all because when I thought about what Camille had said I was furious with her.
Along those same lines, things happen in Broken that I wish I could take back, but I never would. Life isn’t always a fairy tale and sometimes things can’t be fixed, even if I’m the one in control of the delete button.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I have 6 books out currently. Each one has little pieces of me scattered here and there. A New Forever (My second book) has a gas explosion at one point and that happened to the home next door to me about 5 years ago.
Broken is my 5th book and one that will always have a special place in my heart. If I never write anything of value again, I’d be okay with that. Broken is the book I measure all my current and future writing to. That book is based on the relationship between a brother and a sister. The sister: learning to balance love, work, school and her brother. The brother: fighting a heroin addiction. The relationship between the two is loosely based on my brother and I. Although we’re lucky to have a close family, unlike the two in the book. The brother’s addiction is based on someone I know who took the time to let me see into the world of drugs and addiction. I learned things I never thought about and view addicts completely differently than I did before writing Broken.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
While I don’t have to travel to get ideas or get the words on the page. I do come up with some of my favorite ideas when I travel.
My newest book What Are The Odds was born in Las Vegas. My husband was there for work, so I tagged along so I could lock myself in a quiet hotel room all day to write. Walking through a casino I kept seeing cocktail waitresses handing out drinks to gamblers and couldn’t help but invent their life’s stories in my head. What grew from there turned into the question, ‘what happens when one day the bright lights that drew you to Vegas start to hurt your eyes. You start to see the creepy dark side as opposed to the sparkling lights that brought you hope and opportunity. As with every book, that idea spiraled wildly out of control and somehow ended up with a miniature donkey somewhere in Nebraska.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I design all of my covers. When I’m writing, normally by the middle of the book I have an idea of how I want the cover to look. I mock up a rough design and send it to my husband with a bright smile and fluttering eyelashes to get my way. Next thing I know, I have a finished cover. I start with an idea and he comes in and makes it all work together.
I will say that I learn something new about book covers with each one and I’ve changed so much since releasing my first books that I’m itching to give them new covers… and maybe rewrite a word or two.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I spend such a long time working on each book and each one comes from a different time in my life that there’s always a different message in each book.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I don’t know about new authors, since I consider myself a new author, but remember I don’t consider myself a grown up either. Currently, I’m obsessed with B.B. Easton. Her writing can simultaneously make you pee with laughter, cry through a broken heart and then put you all back together again. I’m pretty sure she’s a wizard.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
You know in Meet the Parents where the dad refuses to let people into his ‘circle of trust’ my family is kind of like that. We’re a tight knit group and we don’t often let in outsiders, but once you’re in… you’re in. So the friends I have, I consider family.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do, not one that makes a living, but a career and something to work on for the long haul for sure.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I have to say I’m pretty happy with the writing in my newest book and the 2 before that. I have lived these stories over and over until I’m sick of them. So, to say I’m happy with them is pretty major. I cringe at the thought of opening my first three, because unlike a reader who is exploring that world for the first time, I’ve sent up camp there and know every detail. All I see are the mistakes in them, but it’s been a long time since I’ve revisited those first three books, so maybe I’ve created a mountain out of a mole hill in my head.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I think I officially learned that I’ll never know how to work a comma, and also that donkeys can climb stairs.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh this is an easy one, remember the pinterest boards? Now, I’m not sure if I should tell you who I’d cast, I wouldn’t want to ruin the reading experience for you. Like for me, Robert Pattinson was never Edward Cullen and now I can’t reread the books because he’s all I see. Okay, I’ll tell you. I see Willa Holland as Sutton Payne. (She plays Thea Queen on Arrow) Tyler Hoechlin is Austin Mercer. (Derek from Teen Wolf)
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write, write and write some more. You can make a story without words. There’s nothing to improve on if you don’t have words on the page. And also, try not to put much stock in reviews. Good, bad, any reviews at all.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just the fact that I have readers is mind blowing. When someone tells me they loved one of my books or that they can’t wait for the next book, I find it hard not to fan girl over them. I appreciate every single person that has read or will ever read anything I’ve written. I think it’s a beautiful thing that they’ve deemed my words worthy of their time.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
At this very moment, I have Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick in my purse. It’s light, funny and something I can read a page of here and there. What I’m dying to read once I have a minute to catch my breath is Speed by B. B. Easton, I haven’t read it yet and I know once I open it that I won’t be able to put it down.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember reading the BFG as a kid and the first real chapter book I read. What turned me into the reader I am today was A Message In A Bottle by Nicholas Sparks. My mom read it and left it on the table as a teenager and during summer break I picked it up and couldn’t stop until I’d read all of his books. They spoke to my emotional teenage soul.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Everything. All the time. I laugh when it’s highly inappropriate… like at the hospital or courtroom. I also cry when it’s completely inappropriate. I cry all the time at commercials and puppies I pet in public. It’s unreal the amount of crying I do. At one point my husband had to hide the tv remotes so that I’d stop watching Homeward Bound. My crying was starting to scare the dog.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
This is strange, but I find old people fascinating. They don’t have to have done anything incredible, but they’ll have a story. I love to listen to people and hear about their experiences, especially when living through so many different times.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I love to read and write are pretty standard answers. Here’s how I really spend my time.
I get on Pinterest, scroll for a good twenty minutes before I find something that I absolutely can’t live without having in my house for another day. I go to the Home Depot down the street, buy all the supplies and then spend the next two days creating what I’ve seen while neglecting the rest of the house. So far I have a pretty sweet collage wall in the living room. Distressed pallet wall in my bedroom (my navy blue bedroom). Painted gray tile floors (which was a massive job but worth every second). My kitchen cabinets have changed colors multiple times and I have a pretty awesome corrugated metal back splash that cost $11.
In between pinterest projects I find animal projects. Yeah, you read that right, animal projects. Stray animals have a way of finding me. I live in a corner house in my neighborhood and don’t go more than two weeks without finding an animal. My husband, daughter and dogs are so used to coming home to find stray animals in the house that they don’t even notice. I catch the animal, nurse it back to health, and either track down their owner or find them a new home. I’ve had everything in this house from a brand new-eyes still closed- kitten to a St. Bernard. Some animals have collars and have a happy reunion in no time. Others are sick, have to be separated from my pets and stay with us for weeks before they’re ready for a new home. I’m basically the crazy dog lady of my neighborhood.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
When I’m not reading or writing, I’m watching. I just finished binge watching Game of Thrones. So now every question in my house is answered with ‘you know nothin’’ I love loveLOVE Grey’s Anatomy-I enjoy torturing myself like that and am certain I could have removed my dad’s gallbladder, but he wouldn’t even let me try. Friday Night Lights is another must, it gets quoted around this house all the time and sometimes I can’t help but speak with a Texas accent, much to my daughter’s annoyance.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I am 31 and my parents still get on me about eating correctly. I’m terrible for snacking and I’d almost always rather just have a soda than something to eat. When I’m writing, it gets worse, the pile of caffeine, candy, gum and carbs can reach insane proportions. My husband stands firm that ice cream is not a real dinner, but I often win that battle.
Can I say that my favorite color was navy blue before it became popular? How about gray? Maybe I should just go with black, like my heart ;). Definitely some shade of blue.
I say I have epic taste in music. My husband would say otherwise. It depends on my mood, but Taylor Swift is always a good fall back.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I tried to pawn this question off on my husband, but he gave me some riddled answer and now I’m not sure if I’m supposed to look in the nearest pond to study my reflection orguess and what else I’d like to do with my life.
Is there a job where I can decorate people’s homes, but only with the stuff I like and tell them no if what they want is terrible? If so, I want to be that. Or a librarian, but I’d only recommend books I like, so maybe I wouldn’t be so good at that. Perhaps my best Plan B will be playing ‘car crash victim number 3’ on Grey’s Anatomy. I feel like that’s a solid fall back because I can fake cry really well and Grey’s will be on the air forever… right?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Here lies Kimberley Hatch. This could have been avoided if someone would have only given her a Snickers.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a website, but I’m not going to lie, the updates come in bursts. www.kimberleyhatch.com It’s probably best to follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. All three are @itskimhatch
Forever Changed: http://amzn.to/2jJ0sWA
A New Forever: http://amzn.to/2gRHQCO
Finding Forever: http://amzn.to/2xQ3lLB
Chasing Forever: http://amzn.to/2xvKDaO
What Are The Odds: http://amzn.to/2unnSBq