About Kimmie Easley:
Kimmie is an International bestselling romance author who grew up traveling the country, rarely settling in one place for much longer than a minute. Being no stranger to heartache and love, she allows her unconventional life to fuel her writing.
Kimmie is addicted to all things books, wine, cupcakes and flip-flops. She is a homeschool momma, southern wife, and pug wrangler.
Kimmie can be found somewhere in the south writing wine worthy stories.
What inspires you to write?
I wish I had some kind of eloquent, inspiring answer. However, truth be told, I write because it’s loud in my head. When there is too much downtime, characters take over. Let me tell you, they are loud and quite persistent. My muse and I spend 24 hours a day together. It’s pointless to run. 😉
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a proud seat of the pants writer. I’ve attempted to outline and plot, but it snuffs out any creative flow for me. I start with a title. The title speaks to me and I create around it. I’ve been told that’s odd. However, I can’t start without a solid title (and I’ve never changed one after the fact). I use a whiteboard, but strictly for pub deadlines.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Character voice is a driving force. I may think a conversation or internal dialogue might need to go one way when a character comes along and clotheslines me. They have complete control. I see it play out as I go. I love the surprise just as much as my readers!
What advice would you give other writers?
I know it sounds simple and redundant, but here goes. Write, write, and write some more. Don’t get caught up in the hype or the trends. No world is void of clicks or negativity. Focus on what you love to write and get it out into the world. Then… write some more.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m was actually a hybrid author for some time. I submitted my first book, Souls Set Free, to a few agents. I received positive feedback and three full requests. However, this particular book is a personal one for me and I just wanted to see it out in the world. That would be my decision to self publish. Since then, I’ve been picked up by a publisher. It’s been a great journey and we are now parting ways (on good terms). I’m proud to be Indie Strong! As far as advice for other authors to explore – ALWAYS follow your gut. It never steers me wrong.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the future is bright if you’re writing for the right reasons. If you’re looking to get rich quick, not impossible, but good luck with that one. If you feel the only way to ever publish your work is if you sign on with one of the Big 6, again, have at it. If you’re writing because you cannot NOT write, follow your gut, get your work out into the world, and grow your brand (yourself). Hone your craft. Attend conferences and workshops. Be bold (yes, even for introverts like us). If you’re steady in your perseverance, my crystal ball says great things ahead!
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary romance, erotic romance, MC romance, women’s fiction, chick lit
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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