Featured Interview With Karen Dimmick
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’ve moved around a lot – I was born in England (UK) and moved to Hong Kong when I was little, so I did all my schooling over there, which was an amazing experience. I went back to the UK for university and then I met my husband in London in 1999. He’s a duel national, so we decided to move to the US to Colorado in 2006. We’re now in Florida, where it’s nice and hot and near the beach!
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. I’ve forever got my nose buried in a book! I only started writing in 2013 though because it didn’t occur to me that I could write since I struggled with English at school. Since I started though, I’ve discovered how much I love it and I’m sure I’ll be writing for the rest of my life.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Genres – Nonfiction and Fantasy. I’m a complete sucker for anything with magic in it, especially if it also has dragons! For nonfiction – I look for books every time I have a question I need an answer to. I go through an average of 1-2 books a week and I always make sure I’m reading a fiction and a nonfiction book at the same time.
I don’t really have any nonfiction inspiration, I go with topic and what people seem to be struggling with, where I could help them. I haven’t started writing fiction yet (soon), and for that my inspiration is Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, JK Rowling and Ednah Walters to name a few, who are also my favorite fiction authors.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
It’s called 47 Mind Hacks for Writers. It took roughly 30 days to write, but it’s based off of over 10 years of study, so it was a topic I knew really well, which made the first draft easy to write.
It’s a collection of mindset shifts around the writing process to help writers get over any blocks they’re facing. Things like writer’s block, procrastination, feeling like they’re not good enough and that everything they write is terrible.
I asked over 100 authors what their obstacles were, grouped up the similar ones and came out with 47 different problems people were facing. Then I used all the techniques I’d learned over the years to create short mind hacks to help them get over each one. I even ended up uncovering one I didn’t realize I had and solving that on route too, which was a bonus!
It’s like life hacking, but for your mindset.
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