Let the internet world know what your debut novel is all about:
Ready to Give An Answer is a book I started out writing for myself and my family, but ended up wanting to share more widely once it was complete. It’s really the story of how I came to faith and how that impacted my life in high school, college, marriage, moving across the country, and handling an early miscarriage.
What do you want people to know about you and why you write?
As a little girl, I loved to write short stories and poems, and in school, I was one of the weird people who actually enjoyed writing book reports and essays, so much so that I ended up being a writing major! I write because it’s the best way I can express myself. I’d like to consider myself an articulate conversationalist, but writing has always been the way I feel I can best organize my thoughts and communicate clearly.
Why do you write the genre you do?
I hadn’t even heard of memoir until I took a class in college, and it was the perfect fit for me! I felt a bit out of place in poetry and fiction classes, but memoir was a place where I could bring my own stories to life.
What is the first book that made you cry?
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. It was one of my favorites as a child. How can you not cry when Wilbur has to say goodbye to Charlotte? *I think everyone can feel the same about this one - inserts interviewer*
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Not being in a critique group. I was so much more productive as an aspiring writing when I regularly attended one. Critique groups keep you bringing new material, enliven your old material, and you get to meet a bunch of great writers — it’s what Michael Scott would call a win-win-win! *Oh yes, who gets this awesome reference?!?!*
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Publishing my first book hasn’t really changed my writing process. It’s made me want to do it again! Self-publishing and marketing is a lot less fun than actually writing, but it is very rewarding to get to hear readers’ feedback. *Agreed
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Probably on books. I don’t think you can be a good writer if you’re not a reader!
How do you select the names of your characters?
Although I write about real people, I do have to change names from time to time. Sometimes I’ll just go with the first name that pops into my head. Other times there has been someone else that the person has reminded me of, and I’ve used that name.
Do you Google yourself?
Not until you just asked that question… I’m pleased to see that my author picture came up!
*It is surprising how many people DON'T google themselves!!!*
How can people get in touch with you?
People can get in touch with me via Facebook:
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a new book called No One Ever Told Me and am soliciting feedback for readers to be featured in it! This book will be a collection of quotes and short stories from my own life and readers’ lives detailing things we had to learn on our own. Please consider sharing: What is it no one ever told you that you wish they had?
*Internetland, the link to answer this question, and maybe be a part of Mrs. Darnell's next book is below. Please feel free, if you have time to help Kim out!
Kim's book can be found on Amazon, or you can click on the link below, and it is available as an eBook and a paperback: