Kimberly “Kimba” J. Dalferes is a native Floridian, but has spent the past sixteen years pretending to be a Virginian. “I Was In Love With a Short Man Once” is her first book. Her accomplishments have included successfully threading a sewing bobbin, landing a 35 pound Alaskan King salmon, and scoring a Chinese vase at an estate sale for $1. She recently discovered that she might be related to Princess Margaret Tudor, the sister of King Henry the VIII (on her mama’s side). A proud Florida State University graduate, she often sings the Seminole fight song out loud for no reason other than she still remembers all the words. She currently lives, works, and writes in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband Greg, dog Taz, and occasionally her son Jimmy, when he is home from college.
What inspires you to write?
I find inspiration at the craziest moments. Because I write narrative non-fiction, I am often inspired by daily events that occur right in front of me. For example, I’m working on a story now about being stuck on a city bus during a blizzard. My story notes consist of e-mails that I sent out via my Blackberry and posts to Facebook during the five-hour ordeal. It was funnier than you would think.
My initial inspiration to write “I Was In Love With a Short Man Once'” was my Nana’s apple pie recipe. My Nana was a great baker. Unfortunately, when she left this world she took her fabulous apple pie recipe with her. So, my writing in part focuses on capturing the stories of my family that I don’t want to go missing.
Tell us about your writing process.
Being that I’m a Virgo, I am a list maker and an outline girl. That being said, I like to get all my ideas about a story or a blog listed out and then I organize and re-organize until the story starts to take shape – then I start the creative of process of making the story entertaining.
What advice would you give other writers?
Invest in a good pair of quality fuzzy bunny slippers. You can’t be creative if your feet are cold. Mine are pink and fluffy and size 11. Oh, and start blogging and tweeting a year BEFORE you release your book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book was POD through Friesen Press because as a new author it was difficult to find an agent and a publisher who would take a chance – especially on non-fiction.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Hmmm…. I guess it depends on the genre. YA and Erotica/romance have HUGE markets in the self-publishing arena. Traditional publishing still has many benefits, but it’s a hard nut to crack.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Humorous Narrative Non-fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print