Featured Interview With Kimberly Moore
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m originally from a small town north of Mobile, Alabama, where everyone knows one another. I lived in Pensacola, Florida, for a few years during and after college, and then my husband and I moved to his hometown of Auburn, Alabama. (War Eagle!) We now live in neighboring Opelika, Alabama, in a beautiful, historic neighborhood. We have three fur-children: Emma, a 14-year-old lab mix; Grayson, a 7-year-old pit mix; and Vax, a 5-month-old lab/pit mix.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started reading and writing at a very young age. I was fascinated with books as a toddler and started writing stories when I was six. (They were all quite terrible.) I started writing seriously and pursuing publication two years ago at age twenty-eight and recently began writing full-time.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I mostly read historical mysteries/thrillers and YA fantasy. I’m a huge Agatha Christie fan and am constantly looking for more Christie-style works. For historical mysteries, I’m particularly fond of Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd, Frank Tallis, Victoria Thompson, Rys Bowen, and Carola Dunn. My favorite YA fantasy authors are currently Marie Rutkoski and Holly Black. The authors who have inspired my children’s/YA works (what I’m currently focusing on) are C.S. Lewis, Madeline L’Engle, Brian Jacques, and Lloyd Alexander.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I just published my first book. A Girl with a Bow is the first in a YA fantasy series. The main character, Petunia, is an awkward seventeen-year-old who lives with a caravan and becomes a folk hero when she accidentally kills a baby dragon. She ends up tangled up in a nefarious plot related to the dragon. The book and series is very much about Petunia’s personal growth as an individual and leader. I wrote the first draft in about a month, but it took me fifteen more months to re-draft it seven times, edit it, and publish it.
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