Kim Smith is the hostess for the popular radio show, Introducing WRITERS! Radio show on Blog Talk Radio. She is also the author of the zany, Shannon Wallace mystery series available now from Red Rose Publishing and also the new romance novel, A Will to Love. You can visit Kim’s website at www.mkimsmith.com.

We interviewed Kim to find out more about her new book and her life as a published author.

Thank you for this interview, Kim.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

Kim: I have been writing since the early nineties, but not seriously until the last five or so years. I love to craft stories of all kinds, and I am a photographer/videographer as well. I think creative people find a lot of ways of expressing themselves.

Do you write full-time?

Kim: I don’t write full-time, and really wish that I could. I hope maybe when my children are all out of college, then my writing full-time desire will be fulfilled.

You’ve met an old friend from high school and you want to pitch your book to him/her in five minutes or less.  What would you say?

Kim: It’s about a man who lost his wife to cancer and now has to run their bed and breakfast all alone. He thinks he will never love again until a fiery Irish woman who is a famous writer comes to stay at The Inn.

Who is your intended audience?  Have you been able to crossover into other audiences as well?

Kim: My intended audience would be mostly women although men have read it and loved it as well.

Why did you choose your particular genre?

Kim: I have loved reading romances since I was a young teenager reading Harlequins and I guess I have never stopped thinking that I could write one as well.

Do you ever experience self-doubts with your work?

Kim: Oh yes. I have self-doubt about every four pages. It’s irritating, too! But when the doubt monster comes out, I beat him into shape by writing free-style for a few minutes. Sometimes self-doubt is nothing more than lack of a handle on the story and where it is going.

Where do you write?  Do you have a favorite place?

Kim: I usually am sitting in my living room with the television on, and with all the lights on.

What kind of research did you have to do during the writing process?

Kim: It’s funny but this time around I did very little research. I knew of the bed and breakfast I wanted to pattern the story after, and I knew its history. I love it when I have all the tools with which to write a story!

Who is your publisher and how did you get accepted by them?  Did you pitch your book yourself or go through an agent?

Kim: I am published by Red Rose Publishing and I actually knew the EIC from another publishing company from a while before. She asked for the book, I sent it to her, and the rest is history.

How are you promoting your book thus far?

Kim: I post everywhere all manner of things about the book, but the biggest bit of promotion I am doing is a blog tour through Pump Up Your Book Promotions with Dorothy Thompson. DT is the nicest lady and the best promoter in the industry.

If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?

Kim: Don’t be afraid to open your mouth and tell people about your work!

What’s next for you?

Kim: I will soon have another contemporary romance out called Love Waltzes In and in December, the next book in the mystery series.

Thank you for this interview, Kim.  Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?

Kim: Yes, my website is: http://www.mkimsmith.com and my blog is http://writingspace.blogspot.com and I hang out on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mkimsmith and Twitter

http://twitter.com/mkimsmith

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