This week we are happy to bring you a Q&A with young adult author Kimberly King.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a mom to six kids, ranging from ages 12 down to 2. Life with my clan can get a little hectic, especially since we also have two cats and a dog who are mortal enemies. To regain some sanity, I decided to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming an author. It took eight long years, but I finally wrote and published my first novel, “The Trouble with Fairy Godmothers.” I grew in confidence, and it only took one year to write its sequel, “The Trouble with Prince Charming.”
Can you give us a brief description of your most recent book ?
This book was so much fun for me to write! It was inspired by a guy I had a huge secret crush on in junior high, and I wondered how it would have been dating someone so out of my league. So, I gave my main character, Nikki Baker, the chance to find out. Ryker Stone, the most popular guy in Forest Hills High, invites Nikki on a date, and the two instantly hit it off. He’s playful, doesn’t take life too seriously, and is always up for an adventure. If only his group of friends approved of the match. Life suddenly becomes complicated with lies, betrayal, and a boyfriend who’s used to getting what he wants. Nikki must decide if her fairy godmother-inspired relationship is worth fighting for, or accept the fact that she’ll never be in the same league as him.
When writing do you write with music in the background or silence?
I don’t typically write with music because it tends to smother my creativity, but whenever I wrote Ryker’s character, I had to listen to either Taylor Swift or Carly Rae Jepsen’s, “Call Me Maybe.”
Do you have a favourite section of the book and why?
I have several favorite parts of the book. I loved writing Nikki’s first date because of the way she and Ryker’s friends interacted with each other. I absolutely loved Evan Rice, a horrible character I unintentionally created who is out to make everyone’s lives as miserable as possible. I loved him so much, I’m halfway done writing his very own book, haha! And lastly, I loved writing Shawn Adams, Nikki’s good friend. He’s sweet, kind, and brings quite a bit of surprises to this story which I’m really excited about.
What books or book have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
Several years ago, I read a book by Fiona Dunbar called, “The Truth Cookie.” I absolutely fell in love with it. I adored the characters she created, but more especially, I loved the little bit of magic sprinkled into her book. My own stories have reflected what I’ve fallen in love with in her work.
Do you like audiobooks, physical books, or e-books better?
My favorite types of books hands-down are physical books. It’s personal, and I feel more connected to them. I love the smell of the pages and the feel of glossy covers in my hands. My husband teases me because I’m a book snob: I prefer old, ratty, well-loved paperbacks over hardcovers any day.
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