Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Honestly, there’s not a whole lot to tell. I’m a single mom with a nineteen year old daughter, and a ten year old son. I have M.S. I had to retire from my day job and now I spend my days writing. I’m a little weird. My sense of humor is especially off. I live on beautiful Vancouver Island. Life is pretty good, all things considered.
What genre do you write?
Dystopian Paranormal Romance. Fantasy … Horror. It’s difficult to fit this series into a box
What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Fans of the sometimes dark and twisted road we travel towards redemption. People that are deeper than a kiddie pool. This series is about the journey of a life. The evolution of a soul… With a crazy amount of violence. Ha, Ha!
What do you do when you are not writing?
I drive my kids around and go to soccer practices and games. I spend time with family and friends. Hang out with my kids. See, my life is not all that exciting. I’m just a mom.
Do you have a day job as well?
I was an early childhood educator for almost 20 years. Now I just write, take care of the kids, and my health.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
My first book was a children’s book and that was back at the beginning of 2009.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
The genre chose me. Sweet Sleep: The first book in the series came from a nightmare. I woke up in the middle of the night and wrote the scene from the slightly open front door to the creepy song. My readers will know what I’m talking about. I went from children’s books to scary ones, after that nightmare. It was a huge genre change.
Where do you get your ideas?
It starts with a dream and then I keep it going listening to music. I often write scenes in my head, while I’m on the treadmill in the morning. I usually have a pretty good idea about where I’m going with the storyline. Then I sit down and just write. Sometimes during the day I end up with the characters in a completely different place. I just go with it. I always figure there’s a reason for everything that happens.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
I haven’t yet. I don’t usually even make an attempt to write if I’m having an off M.S Day. On most days I sit down at the computer stoked to disappear into my imagination.
Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said, screw it?
Not yet but give me a year or two of writing this series and I’m sure it will happen.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I have a vague idea of where the series is going. That usually changes though as I’m writing.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
The lion the witch and the wardrobe. The whole series by C.S Lewis. As a child sometimes it takes a series such as that to draw you in and show you how beautiful an imagination can be. I remember pretending we were characters in that series at Recess and lunchtime while in elementary school.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
It wasn’t much of a challenge. I ended up falling prey to one of those Author scams that prey on the new ones that don’t have any idea what they’re doing. After that I became a huge fan of the predators and editors website. I checked everyone I spoke to out after that first publishing experience gone wrong.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
I wouldn’t change a thing about that first children’s book. You learn from you’re mistakes. This is how we become more on the inside. I’m way deeper than a kiddie pool now. I’m an ocean.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
I’m a twitter fan. The series has a ton of accounts. It’s exciting when I see related account from readers popping up. I know the series is gradually getting through to people.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Oh, I have four of them. I haven’t tried to publish them. I’m concentrating on getting this series off of the ground. I have Repopulation Earth, Bring out Your Dead, Owen Steinberg Rules the World, and The Hot Chick Diaries. The last few aren’t finished yet. I know they would all have a place at Corvallis Press.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I have a side series beginning with Lexy of Ankh as the main character. I’m tossing around a few different titles for it. Book of Dragons. I Am Ankh…not sold on one yet. I may even be called the book of Lexy. Everyone reading the series knows she’s a Dragon. In an emotional sense, not a green scaly one. Now they get to find out why. Book three in the main series will is called, “Let There Be Dragons.” You can expect that one Fall / Winter 2015. You never know, maybe I’ll put out a few on my list independently before the end of this year. I’m aiming high.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
More than I’m willing to admit is based on real life experiences in a figurative way. I was diagnose with M.S while I was writing the first book. There’s a reoccurring theme of being lost in the darkness and finding the way out. That’s what I was really doing. How I was really feeling. There’s a lot about facing fears and at that time I was trying to face them myself. The fear of not being around for the people I loved. The fear of not being able to live my life with physical freedom. It does something to someone that loves to run daily when you no longer can. I began to run inside my mind. My main character runs and I do it through her. Plus one of my best friends runs. She posts pictures e.t.c of her trail running and I live it through her. If I went trail running now my left leg would probably randomly shut off, I’d trip, break a leg and be eaten by a cougar. My trail running days have passed. I do still walk on the treadmill though and sometimes I even walk around the track. I’m doing well leg wise right now.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Book one, Sweet Sleep: It will always be that first death scene. The scene that came from a dream.
Book two, Enlightenment: This book was released less than a week ago. I’d say the Testing at the end. I have many favorite funny scenes. The Testing was an emotionally grueling place to be. My mind felt like I’d been long distance running with a backpack full of rocks. (Lannie Wright would say, I was pretty far down that rabbit hole) The Testing is a dark place. The purpose of a dark place is to find the light.
How did you come up with the title?
Sweet Sleep: The creepy song during the first death scene.
Enlightenment: This is what she was on a journey towards.
What project are you working on now?
I’m still editing The Lexy Book. I also hop around to the others from time to time.
Will you have a new book coming out soon?
The Book about Lexy.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
I’m planning to write little side stories about the characters.
Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing, keep trying.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I hope you love this series and I hope I can keep writing this series for many years to come.
Do you prefer fuzzy or tub socks?
Actually ankle socks LOL. I anal retentively wear ankle socks.
Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
Honestly, I chuck the covers back on it and carry on with my morning. Usually my bed is covered with folded laundry for most of the day.
Be honest, how often do you wash your hair?
Every second day.
Do you get road rage? What pisses you off the most about other drivers?
I’m a silent curser, under my breath and no turn signal.
Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Are there any that make you screech and hide?
I’m honest terrified of spiders. I’ve gone to the bug zoo and held a tarantula twice, trying to get over that fear but no dice. They freak me right out. I’m also not a fan of leather jackets and earwigs either.
7. What household items do you kill spiders with?
I’ve been known to empty a whole damn bottle of Windex on one.
If The Doctor showed up in the Tardis and asked you to come with him, what would you say?
I’ll bring the fish sticks and custard.
What is your favorite fruit and why?
My favorite fruit…raspberries, blueberries….all berries.
11. Earliest childhood memory?
I remember walking home with this teacher that lived close by, probably against his will every day.
I remember smuggling a box of snake’s home in my Nana and Papas back seat. Then when we got there I had to confess because the snakes escaped in the car.
I remember a fire in my room but logically I know that was a planted memory. There’s no way I remember being two. My dad made me this incredible doll house and I shoved all the clothes in the heat register while my parents were out at a party. I think it might have been New Years. My mom had a feeling she should come home and the curtains had caught on fire. The babysitter didn’t know yet. The fire alarm hadn’t even gone off. Come to think of it…I was a bit of a stinker.
Do you have a website or blog where we can keep up with your work?
If you follow all of the series accounts on Twitter. I will follow you back as I sign on to them.
@kimcormack @childrenofankh @kimcormackweb @sweetsleep @hotchickdiaries @hotchickblog
@frostofankh @greyofankh @kaynofankh @lexyofankh @AnkhJenna @TriadTiberius
I also co-run a few Author media accounts