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Author Interview with Kim Cormack

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?

http://www.kimcormack.com

 http://kimcormack.blogspot.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/authorkimcormack

https://www.facebook.com/TheChildrenOfAnkhSeries

https://www.facebook.com/kcormack4u

https://www.facebook.com/TheHotChickDiaries

 

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 

@brickshithousem

@bshmnetwork

 

 

 

 

A Happy Moment

One of the happiest days of my life was a chance meeting with the widow of the literary author, John Steinbeck. He wrote The Grapes of Wrath (which translated in Japan as The Angry Raisins) and all about the Monterey California Peninsula, including Cannery Row, Tortilla Flat and finally, Travels with Charley, his king sized poodle, that he took with him on his travels to Baja, CA. Every year, the city of Salinas, CA., where he was born and raised, holds a festival in honor of his life as a man and author, and in honor of his birthday.

I attended the festival in 2004 and was blessed to meet his widow, Elaine, who had published a book titled John Steinbeck – A Life in Letters. In the book, there was a letter Mr. Steinbeck wrote to Jackie Kennedy after her husband, John, was killed in November, 1963. It was one of the most kind, tender and sincere letters I had ever read; so much so that I made a copy and put it over my desk.

Elaine was very friendly and outgoing and gladly autographed her book for me.

     I recommend going to the Steinbeck Festival every February. Many famous author make the trek there to rub elbows with other literary figures. That day was one of my happiest chance meetings and who knows, you might have one, too.

Rob Feller

Robert Feller is an author of poetry, short stories and memoirs. To get a better glimpse of his work, go to Amazon and check him out. His most recent work, Sounds of Safety and Love – A River, are just a click away.

The Bricklayer – Noah Boyd

The Bricklayer

This was my first venture of a Noah Boyd novel. My inital opinion is that if the rest of his work even closely resembles this one…I’ll be a long time fan.

The Bricklayer is about a group of domestic terrorists who claim to be anti-Bureau and demand payment if they want to avoid more killings. The trap is set, a maze has been created with multiple hazards and it’s all about making the good guys look bad…and money.

The clock is ticking and the only hope is an ex-agent who has never been very good at playing by the rule. Enter, Steve Vail…The Bricklayer.

This is one you will keep reading. You can buy it by clicking on the above hyper-link.

Rated 4 1/2 out of 5.

Lannie

Alter of Eden – James Rollins

Altar of Eden

The last time I read a James Rollins novel, I promised myself that I would make sure to keep him on my reading list. Alter of Eden was the first that I’ve come across in a while and am truly glad I did.

Inside the Louisiana swamplands, an evil escapes and death is about to reign across the land. The question is, which is more evil, the beast that’s gotten free or its creators.

It took me a total of five minutes to get hooked on this book and set it down only when kicking and screaming didn’t work. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and willing to get scared by the possibilities of what science can do when it goes un-checked.

Click on the hyperlink above and order a copy today. You’ll be glad you did.

Rated: 41/2 out of 5

Lannie

Trail by Fire – J.A. Jance

This is an Ali Reynolds novel. I’ve read several Jance novels and particularly like the Reynolds works as they twist and turn you around before arriving at somewhat unpredictable endings.

Trial By Fire is one such book.

In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes tempuratures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left to burn. Pulled naked and barely breathing from the fire, the victim has no idea who she is or why anyone would want to kill her.

Ali Reynolds, the police department’s new media consultant, steps out of bounds (and out of the box) to get to the bottom of the attempted murder before the killer has a chance to finish the job.

You can get, Trial by Fire, or any other J.A. Jance novel from Amazon by clicking the link above. I think you’ll like it.

Lannie

The Wrecker – Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler looks to the past–1907–to bring you his action packed novel, The Wrecker.

In a year of financial panic and labor unrest, a series of train wrecks, fires and explosions sabotage the SouthernPacific Railroad’s Cascades express line. Desparate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency to get the results the railroad’s army of protection officers were unable to solve.

Enter–Agent Isaac Bell–the best that Van Dorn has to offer.

From a personal perspective, I like how Cussler gets into the past and brings his novels to life from both a relevant as well as historical perspective. He gets the details right. And after reading his books, you question whether they are novels or historical depictions of fact.

As an author, I have learned a lot about writing as a result of reading his work.

Get The Wrecker or any of Cussler’s novels from Amazon by clicking the link above. You’ll be glad you did.

Lannie

Breathless – Dean Koontz

In the stillness of a golden September afternoon, deep in the wilderness of the Rockies, a solitary craftsman, Grady Adams, and his magnificent Irishhound, Merlin, step from shadow into light…and into an encounter with mystery. That night, a pair of singular animals will watch Grady’s isolated home, waiting to make their approach.

Dean Koontz takes readers into the moment between one turn of the world and the next. It is a journey that will leave all who take it…Breathless.

More in the likeness of Odd Thomas than a Hitchcock thriller, I recommend Breathless as a ride you don’t want to miss. Click on the name and see for yourself.

Lannie

Samash Cut – Sandra Brown

Smash Cut: A Novel

Sandra Brown is not an author I read regularly. However, every once in a while I find something she writes that grabs me and hold my attention all the way through. Smash Cut is one of those books.

Paul Wheeler is wealthy, smart and , some would say, too old for the savvy, sophisticated and young art dealer, Julie Rutledge. When Wheeler is murdered, the DA looks closest at Julie as the person who did the deed.

Derek Mitchell is the hated attorney she hires and he sets out to protect his beautiful new client from the zelots at the DA’s office who seem so focused on the easy conviction that they overlook other possibilities.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate Smash Cut a 4. It’s a good read and I don’t think anyone needs to be concerned about getting bored.

 

-Lannie

One For The Money – Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is where I like to go if I want to read just for the sake of relaxing and smiling (outright belly laughs sometimes).

This book is the first in a series about Stephanie Plum, a woman down on her luck who’s willing to try anything she can to get her life back in order.

The humor regarding her efforts will show that even when life is full of lemons, you better be careful about what you drink.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading this wonderful series, I highly recomend you do so now. You’ll thank me later.

-Lannie

  Summary

Stephanie Plum is so smart, so honest, and so funny that her narrative charm could drive a documentary on termites. But this tough gal from New Jersey, an unemployed discount lingerie buyer, has a much more interesting story to tell: She has to say that her Miata has been repossessed and that she’s so poor at the moment that she just drank her last bottle of beer for breakfast. She has to say that her only chance out of her present rut is her repugnant cousin Vinnie and his bail-bond business. She has to say that she blackmailed Vinnie into giving her a bail-bond recovery job worth $10,000 (for a murder suspect), even though she doesn’t own a gun and has never apprehended a person in her life. And she has to say that the guy she has to get, Joe Morelli, is the same creep who charmed away her teenage virginity behind the pastry case in the Trenton bakery where she worked after school.

If that hard-luck story doesn’t sound compelling enough, Stephanie’s several unsuccessful attempts at pulling in Joe make a downright hilarious and suspenseful tale of murder and deceit. Along the way, several more outlandish (but unrelentingly real) characters join the story, including Benito Ramirez, a champion boxer who seems to be following Stephanie Plum wherever she goes.

Janet Evanovich shares an authentic feel for the streets of Trenton in her debut mystery (she developed her talents in a string of romance novels before creating Ms. Plum), and her tough, frank, and funny first-person narrator offers a winning mix of vulgarity and sensitivity. Evanovich is certainly among the best of the new voices to emerge in the mystery field of the 1990s. –Patrick O’Kelley –This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

I, Alex Cross – James Patterson

 

The Alex Cross series is another favorite of mine. James Patterson has a way of using family values as a tool against those who have no values at all.

When a beloved family member is found murdered, Cross (along with his girlfriend) discover that her murder is complicated by a social scene only available by the rich and powerful.

If he digs too deep, His life may not be the only one he puts at risk.

Conflicted with how to maintain a professional life and personal life is always at the core of the Cross series and one with which  I can personally relate.

On a scale of 1 – 5, I give I, Alex Cross a solid 4.25.  Get it and enjoy, I, Alex Cross.

Lannie

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