Interview With Author Kimberly Mitchell
1. What inspired you to write your latest book? I was at a crossroads in my life and decided to write again. I actually wrote most of my life, but never a book. Once I made the decision to write, I had to figure out what subject matter I wanted to take on. Then one night, when I went out to dinner, I saw an older gentleman escort his wife to the table by putting his hand on the small of her back. That's when it hit me; I would write about chivalry! Once I started writing, I couldn't stop. The book took on a life of its own; covering topics from dating to blending, and more. I'm actually working on my second book now, along with blogging for others, offering presentations and speaking engagements.
2. What have been the rewards and challenges of writing it? Learning each and every task necessary to publish my own book. The second challenge was telling my story, while protecting anyone in my life by hurting them. I wanted to make sure I was genuine, honest, and responsible.
3. What is the book's core message? The book is about a lot of things, but mainly it's about a woman's choices; her choices in dating or marriage, with her children, friends...even her finances! I talk about abuse, blending, discrimination, and religion, too. If there's a choice for women to make, most likely she can find a section in the book covering that topic.
4. What do readers need to know about you? I am a woman with a purpose; to help women make better choices, while helping them realize their own self-worth.
5. Any advice to a struggling writer? Make a table of contents BEFORE writing so you follow the flow as thoughts come to mind. Research, learn, and then write.
6. Where do you see book publishing is heading? Self-publishing and audio books. When you go with traditional, you still have to do most of the marketing, which is the hardest part of the work. I tried to go traditional, but after almost ninety proposal packages I gave up. Now, after doing all the work, I'm grateful for what I've accomplished. My only regret is that I can't share my work with many of the bookstores because of nontraditional.
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