Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Wednesday Promo- Kim Alan
Kimberly Alan, also known as Kimberly Peterson, grew up in Bordentown and then Lambertville, New Jersey. Like many avid readers and writers, she discovered their joys early on. After high school, she moved to Massachusetts to attend college. To her surprise, law school followed. She and her family now live in Connecticut where she has been a divorce lawyer for several years. In addition to writing romance, she has published two legal textbooks published for paralegals and new lawyers. Currently, she is developing a blog entitled Love on the Rocks, about the ups, downs, ins and outs of relationships, gleaned from all her years as a divorce attorney, romance writer and from performing weddings as a Justice of the Peace. Readers can reach her at Kimberlyalan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Like many writers, I knew I "had" to write as early as fifth grade. I guess you could say I was a "closet" writer. When ever I had free time I would write a story. Nothing else I ever did (or have ever done) gave me that indescribable feeling. But I never showed them to anyone, nor did I edit them. Once they were written, I'd hide them away some place. In high school I wrote my first book. It was a young adult story. I even bound it myself, but again, I put it away. It never occurred to me to write as a career. In college, I dragged out that book and revised it for a course assignment. It was the first time anyone had seen my work. Though it was well received, it took another ten years before I seriously considered writing professionally.
Do you read the genres you write in?
I read and write romances. Most of them have some sort of mystery/suspense to them, but not always. I also enjoy reading commercial fiction. Usually, I'll pick up something that introduces me to a topic in a fictional setting, such as a historical time period, or a sport, profession, the law, medicine, etc.
Who or what was the biggest influence in you becoming a writer?
Zita Christian, who was president of the Connecticut chapter of RWA at the time, was the first person to introduce me to writing as a profession. That was in 1990. Probably without realizing it she validated my desire to write and actually introduced me to the profession. We spent at least two hours in a bookstore where she explained all about the various publishing houses, the different genres, how to write and submit a submission, pick an agent, etc. It made an amazing impact on me.
Truths Unveiled is published by White Rose Publishing and is available through its website as well as at Amazon, etc.
How do you deal with someone you can't avoid and who makes it their business to constantly irk you? And how do you forgive yourself for getting involved with them in the first place? How do you forgive yourself for surviving a fatal accident when deep inside, you believe you were the cause, and then someone unknown to you exploits that belief in order to keep you from discovering the truth? Pam Harrington and Tom Jarrod shared a past that tore them apart fourteen years ago. Since then, they have separately struggled to right the individual wrongs they’d committed. Then an opportunity presents itself which could give them a second chance at love and a life together. But only if they can finally resolve the issues from their pasts. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6