About Kimberly Readnour:
I have always enjoyed reading books, but within the last five years discovered my passion for writing. Ever since childhood, I dreamt of writing a novel, but never took the time to pick up a pen. When my daughter reached her teenage years, I found my reason to start composing those stories.
I worked for fifteen years as a Registered Nurse before hanging-up my stethoscope. Now, I run my own business while continuing to write during any downtime.
I live in the Midwest with my wonderful husband and two children. The dynamics in our household changed when the oldest left for college. When she returns home, we enjoy hiking, camping, and simply hanging out as a family.
What inspires you to write?
In the beginning, I was influenced by my daughter. Now, the stories flow from me. If I get stuck on a particular scene, I drive to a scenic area and absorb my surrounding. Nature has always had a calming effect on me, so I use that to my advantage.
Tell us about your writing process.
I recently have changed my writing style to more of an outline. I like to make a character arc and goal worksheet. I study each individual’s personality and learn everything I can about that particular trait.
Then I move on to their goals. Included are their back story, internal/external goals, character flaw, motivation, and conflict. Once I have concluded this, I figure out how they overcome the obstacles, and overcome their flaw.
From this information, I begin outlining the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are very real to me. I get to know their personalities and experience what they are feeling during each scene. I listen to their needs and gear the scene to what they would choose.
When I ended my trilogy, I was sad to let the characters go.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you plan on self-publishing one day, read everything you can on the subject. A great source of information can be obtained from the authors forum on Kindle Boards. That is where I learned a great deal of information.
There are many informational books available as well.
You need a great cover, blurb, and a well formatted book. I wish anyone who decides to follow their dream success. It is rather rewarding to see your words printed!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My plan was not to publish. I just wanted to write stories for my daughter. After writing Visions, my daughter suggested that I publish it. I did not listen to her, and the story actually sat inside my computer for four years. During that entire time, she kept telling me I need to publish the book.
The last time my daughter suggested it, she said, “Mom, other people will enjoy this story.”
I then studied the self-publishing culture and learned what I needed to do.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe this is still an exciting time to be an author. There are so many potential readers from all over the world, and by the power of the internet, everyone has access to download an eBook or purchase the paperback.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Young Adult, Mystery & Thriller, Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Kimberly Readnour Home Page Link
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