About Kimberly Scott:
Kimberly Michelle Scott is from Montgomery, AL. She is a graduate of Liberty University. From Now until Infinity: A Reflection into Womanhood is her first poetry collection released in 2006. Since then her follow-up book, From Infinity until Beyond: A Journey into Life, was published in 2010. NAKED: Monologues for African American Women debuted in 2013. Her 2014 project, “I Am HerStory,” is a memoir anthology in which her work appears. The Collection: A Book of Short Stories was newly released as a Nook Book and is also available on Amazon Kindle. It launched December 2015.
What inspires you to write?
Next to my faith and my mom, with whom I want both to be well-pleased, my readers and fan-base are my inspiration. I write for the entertainment of others. When I think how I want my readers to enjoy what I write, I am able to pour my heart and soul into what I write. I have been writing since I was about four years old. In Kindergarten, when all the other kids were drawing pictures, I was creating books with words and pictures on my construction paper! I have always loved writing!
Tell us about your writing process.
There are lots of ways to write, but I only outline for nonfiction. I mainly just pour my heart into my writing and then read over it after a break from it, so I can see it with fresh eyes. I love books on writing for suggestions on how to better what I have already written.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am multi-genre, so when I set off to write, the characters have come to me. It is like they want their stories told, and they nag until fingers are to keys sharing their stories to the world.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would tell other writers to be persistent, follow your heart, and do your research.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
To be honest, traditional publishing is hard to break into. After three tries with vanity presses (my first three books), I said why wait around stifling my readers. I have something to say that I think they will love, so I told myself to have at it. I have more control this way. While there are other projects that I am working on that I will send out to agents and publishers, I saw The Collection as a book for which I did not want my readers to wait any longer. The Collection is a diverse literary collection in style and content, making it the perfect read for everyone. It has short stories and flash fiction. It has historical fiction, contemporary fiction, horror, and science fiction. However, many of the themes are the same.The Collection is my first work of short stories. My first two books are poetry collections, and the third is a collection of monologues. Also, this is my first work fully self-published by me—not represented by a publishing company. However, I put in the same amount of time and dedication as I did with the others.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is in for a dramatic change. I feel that the same way print ventured into e-books, e-books will eventually be apps. Has that happened yet? It’s hard for me to keep up.
What genres do you write?: nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, young adult, children’s
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Both eBook and Print
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