Kim Smith is the author of, The Dread Room and the series, Case of the Missing Body; here is a link to her website:
Q: What inspired you to start writing?
A: I began my first novel with the intention of writing the REST of the story for the hobbits in The Lord of the Rings. I hated that they just loaded up in a sail ship and fled the country. I wanted to know what happened next. And what about those cool creatures, the elves? I had to write what I wanted to see happen. Of course, it remains buried in my desk drawer…
Q: What is the overall theme of The Dread Room?
A: I reckon there is not a true theme. It is a collective of my strange and bizarre story creations. It was a way to get them OFF of my computer and do something with them. It was also a good way to offer readers something different as I am not known for writing weird, experimental fiction. It’s really a look into my darker side.
Q: What is the series Case of the Missing Body about?
A: Folly Jenkins plays with tarot cards and one day when she has a strange dream, strange things start to happen. The first story is about the skeleton much like the death card that shows up in a neighbor’s yard. Story two is about how Folly has to get out of the police station and how another tarot character shows up there. And story three is about the solving of the skeleton mystery. I have a story four planned because Folly STILL has to babysit the cop’s kids.
Q: What makes Folly Jenkins an interesting character?
A: I think it’s because of her curiosity. Characters in stories need to move around and do stuff, and she is never still.
Q: What life experiences do you draw from when you write?
A: Well, since I am older than dirt (no really!) I feel like I always have something in my experiences to draw from. My latest book, Disk of Death is set in a small Mississippi town very much like my own. It’s easy to write from things that are familiar to the author.
Q: Who are some of your literary influences and how can we see that in your work?
A: I adore the classic books. Eudora Welty’s collection is one of my favs. She gets the essence of rural writing. I also love great settings and fun characters like those in books by Karen White and Wendy Wax. I am influenced by Southern writers.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your writing?
A: Ha! The evil day job. Well, it doesn’t influence my writing other than make me want to write more so I can quit. I have worked all of my life and I am ready to retire. I am a 9-5’er who works in a huge corporation setting. It’s nothing like what I write.
Q: What have you done to promote your book?
A: This is a very difficult part of the writing life. I use my blog at kimsmithauthor.com and my podcast at writergroupie.net to help get the word out that I am a writer, and of course, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other social media sites as well. I think to promote a book best, you have to be a member of the reading world. That’s why I appreciate this opportunity so much!
Q: What is the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome with your writing?
A: My biggest challenge is finding time. I work a full-time job, help my hubby with a part-time business, write, edit, publish, promote my work, and have a house to maintain. It’s tough.
Q: If you could live a day in the life of any one of the characters you have written about, who would it be and why?
A: Ben Jessup from Love Inn. He has a small business doing what he loves, and he gets to meet people from everywhere at The Inn. I think I would love to have a bed and breakfast and be able to entertain.
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