Today we have the pleasure of welcome a new author, Kimberly Lewis as we visit about her first book, When the Heart Falls and chat a little about the world of writing.
MK: Welcome Kimberly! Please tell us, when did you first consider yourself a writer?
KL: I had never really put a label to what I was doing because it was just for fun, and honestly I never expected anything to come of it. So I guess the first time I ever considered myself an actual writer was when other people started calling me that.
MK: From where did the idea for your first book, When the Heart Falls, come?
KL: I know people probably say this all the time, but the idea literally just popped in my head. I was sitting at work one day and the first few lines of the book just came to me. When I got home that night, I typed them into a word document and didn’t stop writing until I had the first chapter done. It probably sounds silly saying this, but the rest of the story seemed to flow from my fingertips.
MK: In just a few sentences, please tell us a little bit about your book?
KL: The story is about a woman named Misty who leaves her cheating husband and moves back to her parent’s ranch to rebuild her life. During her stay there, she meets hired hand Vance Kinney and begins a relationship with him. But just as she and Vance start seeing each other, her best friend’s older brother Dylan McCoy walks back into her life and Misty finds herself struggling with her feelings for both men. Strange occurrences begin to happen around the ranching community and when Misty chooses the man she loves, she finds herself involved in one horrific event after another. Now the two of them must fight the obstacles that threaten to tear them apart, and the danger that threatens their lives.
MK: What was your favorite chapter (or scene) to write and why?
KL: Oh my. You would think this would be an easy question to answer but it’s not. There are so many parts of the novel that I enjoyed writing, but if I had to pick just one I’d have to say the part where Dylan and Misty kiss for the first time. There’s just so much going on in that scene with the raging thunderstorm outside and the two of them arguing in the rain. But then there is this moment where Misty says something to Dylan, and everything seems to stop. The anger between them is gone and Dylan softens towards her, revealing something to her as well and then pulls her in for a sweet, lingering kiss.
MK: As an Indie author, what is your writing process? Editing process?
KL: I only write when I’m feeling creative or inspired and that’s what I love most about being an indie author. The only deadlines I have are the ones I set for myself. I try to do some editing myself as I go along, but I try not to focus too much on that as I’m developing the story because I can get sidetracked. Normally when I finish a chapter, I will re-read it and fix any errors I find as well as make any necessary changes to the story. When I have completed the whole story I go back through it multiple times to make sure I am satisfied with it and then I send it to my editor.
MK: Is there anything you’ve learned from this first book, that you would do differently on your next?
KL: Well, for this book I didn’t have it professionally edited. I did my own proof reading and had friends and family members go through it as well. Unfortunately mistakes still got through and I didn’t realize it until I saw a few of the reviews. I have since had it revised by the individual who is now my editor and uploaded the new version for download.
MK: As authors, we all face the good and the bad. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
KL: I think the toughest thing to deal with is when you get that first really negative review. It’s kind of inevitable that it will happen because you can’t please everyone, but it’s still hard to take it in. But I do appreciate honesty, and I believe those negative comments have helped me grow as an author. I am still very new to this, and those comments help show me where I need to strengthen in my writing. Best compliment? Any positive comment is the best as far as I’m concerned. I love it when readers e-mail me and tell me how much they loved it and how they can’t wait for my next book to come out. To know that I reached out to someone and made their day by sharing a love story that I made up in my head is pretty amazing.
MK: You're absolutely correct - we can't please everyone but knowing you've touched some - that's wonderful. So tell us, what do you have in store next for your readers?
KL: I am currently working on another contemporary western romance that is the first book in a trilogy. I am diligently working on finishing up my own editing and I am hoping to have it to my editor within the next few weeks. If all goes as planned, it should be available for download later this year.
Readers: When the Heart Falls will be available for free download on Amazon April 13th and 14th!
When Misty Prescott moved back home to her parent’s ranch after catching her husband cheating on her, she couldn’t have possibly known that she’d fall for not one, but two cowboys at the same time. Nor could she have known that getting involved with both men would bring unwelcome excitement, turning her already messed up world completely upside down. As Misty’s relationship with Vance Kinney begins, she can’t help but develop an intense attraction to her best friend’s older brother, Dylan McCoy. But just as Misty makes her choice, she indirectly becomes the target of one horrific event after another. Now, Misty must fight the very obstacles that threaten to tear her apart from the man she loves, and survive the danger lurking around every corner that threatens their very lives.
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