Some Fast Facts About Kimberly Clark:
• Kimberley was born in Sydney, Australia, and currently resides in the Gold Coast hinterland
• Species Within (Battles in the Dark #1) is her first novel in an Explosive New Trilogy
• She believes that everyone should have a bucket list of things they want to accomplish in life, but not only to have a list, but attempt to mark off as many items as possible.
So Kimberly can I ask you some questions………
When and why did you begin writing?
My mid-twenties. It came about because I am a huge movie/tv series buff and everyone always said I should have gone into the movie industry, but I had no clue about writing scripts…so I decided instead to write a novel.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I became more inspired to finally write my first novel when not only did I watch the shows I loved and thought about how I would have the story go or if I was in the same world what would happen, but I was going through a major reading bout of the genre I probably enjoy the most, which is paranormal/urban fantasy. I think I was reading mainly Gena Showalter and a number of other similar authors at the time, and thought I need to create my own story.
How did you come up with the title?
The trilogy title ‘Battles in the Dark’, was create because of the amount of battle scenes that occur which also happen to occur at night as most of the creature in my book are nocturnal. The Species Within has to do with my main character, and the different DNA she had within her.
Did you learn anything from writing your first book and what was it?
So much. That there is so much more involved in publishing a book than just writing one. That it can be hard to find the right technique to get your book noticed and have people buy it and there is a lot involved in marketing and promotion that can take up a lot of your time. That you can’t always rely on an editor to do a good job on your work, you must be very careful in this instance. This is just to name a few things.
Who designs your covers?
Wayne Nichols – comic book artist – www.wnichols.com
Are there messages in your novels that you want your readers to grasp?
Not so much a message, but more so that there is a lot more going on than what you see in the first book. The first book is like a stepping stone to a bigger picture that I haven’t revealed just yet. It becomes more apparent in the second book which comes out later this year.
How much of your books are realistic?
It’s realistic in the sense of how people have relationships with one another, whether it be a sexual relationship, friendship, loyal soldier etc. Everything else is pure fiction as we would be living in one hell of a crazy world if any of my novel was true.
Are the experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would live a pretty interesting life if any of what happens to my characters happened to me.
What books have most influenced your life most?
Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’. Reading his book helped me when it came to writing my first novel, not only with the amount of tips he gives, but helped me write certain scenes that I saw could be potentially uncomfortable to write, i.e. graphic sex scenes.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Too many to choose…but I would probably have to go with someone that’s within my genre as every genre has a different style of writing. I would love maybe Gena Showalter.
Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have a lot of authors that I enjoy, and all in different genres. It comes down to the way they can tell a story and capture your attention. If I can see the scenes playing out in my mind, then it’s a good book.
What book are you reading now?
Insurgent by Veronica Roth.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Lauren Dawes. A fellow self-published author who also writes paranormal/urban fantasy.
What are your current projects?
Writing the sequel to The Species Within named The Ultimate Killer (Battles in the Dark #2).
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Make sure you try to write something every day. If you have writer’s block then write another scene or work on another book, there is always something that can be done. Find a good editor, there are many dodgy ones out there and this is your work that you will be showing the world, you don’t want them stuffing it up for you which I have personally had an issue with. And get as many people as you can to review it, make a list of blogs that read your genre and approach them all about reviewing your book, the more reviews the better.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
There are many more books to come 😉
Thank you Kimberly………..
Make Sure You Check Out Our Review On: The Species Within (Battles in the Dark #1)