Author Interview with KIMBERLY KINCAID!

Wow!   I’ve been offered a chance to interview the fabulous Kimberly Kincaid, and she promised to tell me all her secrets – she was able in just a few short years to go from unpublished to agented, indie-pubbed and is expecting her first SERIES to debut this fall!  And while you’re waiting, her current title, Drawing the Line is available NOW.  Portrait of young attractive happy amorous couple in bedroom

So, let’s welcome our Mermaid guest for today with a cool, tall frothy drink.  We’ll even toss some petals into the lagoon for some aromatherapy.  Ready, Kimberly?

1. Please share you life story and how/when you decided to be a writer. Coming right out of the gate with the hard questions! (takes long sip of frothy drink) I’m a wife and mom of three girls, and some of my former jobs include yoga instructor, English teacher, and working in a bagel bakery. I write full-time now and it’s my dream job. I love every second– even the ones where I’m thunking my head on my desk!

2. These are Indie titles, right? What prompted you to choose the Indie route? Pros and cons? I’m a bit of an anomaly in that I do both. The “line” novellas are published through Curtis Brown Digital, which is my agency’s digital imprint. We use Amazon’s self-pubbing format. The short answer is that I wrote the stories because I could– I had time in my schedule in between print projects for Kensington and my agent and editor thought it would be a great way to launch my career. I love learning the ins and outs of the industry from this side, but it’s a lot of time-consuming work. You get a very quick education the first time around! But it’s been successful for me, and of course I’m thrilled to get my work into the hands of readers. 

3. Police procedure and cooking. It’s fascinating. It’s sexy. It’s When Worlds Collide.  Discuss. Ahhh, police procedure! I was lucky to have a contact for the technical stuff, and he was very patient in answering my questions. The cooking part was a lot easier for me, since all my books incorporate food. But cops and chefs are both very intense, very “Alpha” type people most of the time. Putting those strong personalities together just made sense in my head. Plus, when the sparks fly…they *really* fly!

  4.  For our TBP (to-be-published) authors, please share your path to publication.  How long were you writing?  Any particular moments of doom or glory? I wrote for about a year before I was agented, and about two and a half before I sold. From the beginning, I took it very seriously. I did online courses on query-writing and honing my craft. I attended RWA events. I did a lot of reading. I finaled in the Golden Heart in 2011 (moment of glory!) but not in 2012 (moment of doom). And then 12 hours before I got on a plane to go to Nationals last summer, I got The Call.
 5.  Any particular class or friendship that has helped you along the way? I would absolutely shrivel up without my five critique partners. I met the first two at Nationals in 2010 when I happened to sit with them by sheer happenstance at a lunch. Then the third came into the fold as a fellow GH finalist in 2011, and then fellow Mermaids Avery and Robin followed not long after. They are everything from a sounding board to a cheerleading crew to drinking buddies. 
6.  Do you have any special or “odd” thing on your desk that gives you focus? I am cut from early-80’s Tiger Beat material, and I have pictures of whoever my dreamcast hero is on a bulletin board next to my desk. It changes from book to book, but I always have an idea board. Last month, it was slathered in Chris Pine. I am a firm believer in really. good. inspiration.
7.  I’m particularly interested in the Pine Mountain series!  Can you tell us something about this set of particularly delicious titles?
I’m thrilled to be kicking that Kensington series off in September with a collaborative effort. Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell and I put our heads together on The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap. The entire anthology is set in my town of Pine Mountain, and all three heroines are best friends. There’s a prologue, where they’re all together, and then each woman finds her happily-ever-after at Christmastime. My characters, Pete and Lily, re-appear throughout the series (to be released in March, June and October of 2014). Suffice it to say, there are a lot of hot chefs in that resort town. And they don’t just keep that heat in the kitchen!

KimKincaidKimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She is thrilled to have collaborated on a Christmas anthology with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell, titled The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, to kick off her Pine Mountain foodie series with Kensington this October. Her first full-length novel, Turn Up the Heat, will follow in February 2014. Kimberly resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters. Visit her any time at www.kimberlykincaid.com or come check her out on Facebook and Twitter.