Dr. Kim Smith was born in London, England, but raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in a mixed-country family by an English mother and an American father. He earned an interdisciplinary doctorate in political science and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He retired in 2009 after a 30-year career teaching journalism at four universities. Since he retired, he has used his free time to train semi successfully for running and triathlon events and to write.
What inspires you to write?
I spent thirty years writing serious scholarly articles in the chase to be tenured and promoted. Since I retired, I have been enjoying the freedom to pull out my laptop and write about whatever pleases me. This freedom has brought back my love of writing. Fortunately, my book reviews have been good enough to be encouraging.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m not certain I have a writing process. The initial idea for my novels so far is usually taken from a news article, often on new technologies. Once I have the initial idea, I just start making it up. I usually have a general outline of the plot in mind before I start writing, which can change as I write. My characters also often change from how I imagined them. The final product often only vaguely resembles what I imagined the book to be.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do develop a relationship with my characters in my mind, often rehearsing the dialogue among them before I write. I’ve written two novels based on the same two characters. They are oddly part of my life now. I like both of them very much.
What advice would you give other writers?
Keep at it! The more you write, the better you get–at least I hope that’s true.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
On a whim one day, I decided to publish some essays I had written for my blog as a Kindle ebook. To my surprise, people told me they enjoyed reading it, so I have tried my hand at three novels.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
My expectation is that the ebook category of the publishing industry will continue to grow, as people become more accustomed to using tablets and ereaders.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Essays and Science Fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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