An author of Romance, Mystery, Suspense and Paranormal, Kim Cox lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her chainsaw artist husband, their West Highland White Terriers, Scooter and Harley, and an adopted Yorkie/Maltese mix, Candi. She’s also a mother and grandmother.
Kim is published in novels, short stories and articles. Besides writing, cover design and publishing, Kim also works a full time job outside the home. She is a graduate of Writer’s Digest’s Writing to Sell Fiction and NRI’s Fiction Writing, and has associate degrees in the fields of Office Systems Technology and Web Technologies.
What inspires you to write?
Life and a great imagination. I’ll watch, read, or experience something and think those magic words “what if.” My imagination grabs hold of that something and goes wild.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m actually both an outliner and a seat-of-the-pants writer, but more of the latter. I normally begin with the idea or a situation, I write a short synopsis and if I’m writing another story at the time, I keep it for later and if not, I start writing the story. I go back and research and flesh things out during the first rewrite. I believe this type of writing can add to more rewrites later on, but it’s easier for getting the first draft written. This type of writing is also more inspiring for me in that it’s very satisfying to write the end to a book or story. This was the way I wrote my first book.
With the second full-length book, I started with the synopsis as normal, then I did a characterization chart and an outline, but when it was about three-fourths completed, I was stuck, had writer’s block or whatever you want to call it. I knew where I wanted to go, but the book was getting long and I wasn’t sure how I wanted to get from where I was to the end. Finally, after writing other short books, I figured it out and finished it.
With the next books, I plan to go back to writing by the seat-of-my-pants. If I know too much about what’s going to happen, I seem to lose interest like when you’re reading a book and someone who has read it spoils the end for you.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters. I love writing when the characters themselves take over and the words just seem to flow from your fingertips.
Who are your favorite authors?
“Where are the Children” by Marry Higgins Clark and “The Doomsday Conspiracy” by Sidney Sheldon have been my all time favorites. I have also found authors not as well known that I have loved: Elizabeth Delisi’s mystery, “Since All Is Passing,” her historical romance – “Lady of the Two Lands,” and her Paranormal Mystery series – Lottie Baldwin Mysteries. Maureen McMahon’s Paranormal Mysteries: Return of the Gulls and Shadows in the Mist, and also Indie Authors Gordon Bickerstaff, Jason Zandri, Traci Sanders, Katy Huth Jones, Terri Reed, Cassidy Salem, Harmony Kent, etc.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
With the first book, I sent query letters, the next three chapters, and then the full-length multiple times to one publisher at a time. The last time, it took 18 months and from what I hear was in the last step before being accepted and then I received the rejection letter. I decided to go the small publisher eBook route after that because life is too short to sit around and wait a year or more for acceptance or rejection. In 2014 while writing ALL THIS TIME AND after much research, I decided to self-publish my books from now on to see if that works for me. While I’m still making a lot of money, I am making more than with a publisher.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe there are more and more authors moving toward self-publishing. I believe there will always be the big publishers, although, fewer of them, and there will always be the small online publishers but again, fewer.
What genres do you write?
Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Mystery, Women’s Fiction
What formats are your books in?