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  • The River Witch

    " Kimberly Brock has an amazing voice and a huge heart; The River Witch welcomes the reader to a haunted landscape, authentically Southern, where the tragedies of the past and the most fragile, gorgeous kind of love-soaked hope are equally alive. This is one debut that you absolutely should not
    miss."

    ~~ Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Backseat Saints

  • Georgia Author of the Year 2013
    The River Witch is available wherever books are sold

A New Home

Hello out there! I’ve been absent for some time and now I’m pulling a fast one and changing things up on you. Tickets please! It’s gonna be a wild ride!

Be patient and hold on tight. As the release date for THE RIVER WITCH inches closer every day, I’m juggling lots of stuff and learning new things and generally being yanked from my nest of writerly solitude in order to attend to the business end of things. It’s fun and it’s exhausting and it’s absolutely crazy-making, too! Really, everything is in transition and most of the links here are only for looks just now. So don’t expect this site to look anything like this five minutes from now. Or by tonight. Or tomorrow. By next week, you won’t even recognize it!

Or me, for that matter. I’ve got a snappy photographer working her magic. When she’s through, I’ll be a whole new woman…and this site will be ready for your stories and mine again!

So I hope you’ll stick around. I’ve got so much to tell you…

 

 

February 16, 2012 - 2:23 pm

Julia Munroe Martin - I love your new site! Beautiful! And I love your bio photo. Lovely! Can’t wait to read the book!

February 16, 2012 - 2:38 pm

admin - Thanks, Julia! It means so much to me that your following me. I can’t wait to SHARE the book with you! Check out the excerpt underneath BOOKS if you get a chance. XO

February 16, 2012 - 6:42 pm

Beth Hoffman - Wow … you’re new website is wonderful, and I love your photo too! I already have your book on my list!

February 16, 2012 - 7:41 pm

admin - You are too sweet to take the time, Beth. I can’t say how flattered I am and how much I appreciate your generosity. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to share the book with you! XOXO

February 16, 2012 - 11:26 pm

C. Hope Clark - Absolutely beautiful website, Kimberly. Snazzy and sweet all at the same time. Looking forward to your book!

February 17, 2012 - 2:33 pm

Jolina Petersheim - Absolutely lovely, Kim. I could look at this site all day–perfect blend of attractiveness and information!

February 17, 2012 - 6:38 pm

admin - Thanks, J! I did everything on this puppy except the logo and it makes me nervous!

February 17, 2012 - 6:39 pm

admin - Aw, Hope!! You GET me! Thank the Lord. I did everything on this puppy except the logo and it makes me nervous! XOXO
PS Did you see the Amazon Review for LBribe? ;)

February 18, 2012 - 1:01 am

C. Hope Clark - Kimberly

I just saw the review! So fast and oh so wonderful! Bless your heart for giving Lowcountry Bribe such a glowing review. I’m so honored. It still stuns me that people act like they like my “made-up stuff.” Thanks, girlfriend. Thanks so very much. One day we have to meet.

Hope

February 19, 2012 - 1:50 am

Caroline Ailanthus - Neat–it’ll be interesting to see what happens next, given the upheavals you refer to!
-C.

February 28, 2012 - 4:24 am

carole lawton - So excited about all this for you and for us…your fans and friends. Looking forward to everything. Carole

When the River Meets the Sea

I’ve just finished revisions on my novel and my thoughts are very focused on the magic that brings themes together, the essence of the human story, actually. We’re all in this together, connected, eternally changing and learning and growing, and still ever the same. There is wonder in being part of something larger than ourselves, and comfort in the cycle of all living things.

Christmas decorations are up and I’ve been baking up a storm. But today I put on my favorite Christmas album to find a little peace in the middle of all the activity. It’s nearly seventy degrees outside in north Georgia, and a murky morning, but I’m drinking my coffee and feeling tucked in a warm cocoon in the soft glow of my Christmas lights.

It’s corny, I know. But that’s why I love it. So I’m sharing a song with you today and I hope you’ll take a minute to listen and ponder the words and what they mean in your own lives. Because I find that after all my hard work and hours of searching, it turns out maybe the Muppets knew what the season — and the story — were about, all along.

Merry Christmas.

When The River Meets the Sea

December 22, 2011 - 2:25 pm

kathryn magendie - what a beautiful and lovely post – *smiling warmly* now I’ll go listen to the music.

December 22, 2011 - 2:27 pm

Kimberly Brock - Thanks, Kat! Merry Christmas, sweet girl.

December 22, 2011 - 2:56 pm

Melissa Crytzer Fry - Oh, Kimberly … this is just what I needed to hear today. The song is magical (so, so long since I’ve heard ANY John Denver). Obviously the song speaks to my nature-loving sensibilities, but you also bring up such a good point about the confluence of ideas, the magic that IS writing. So happy your edits went well and cannot wait to see The River Witch in my own happy hands. Merry Christmas.

December 22, 2011 - 2:59 pm

Kimberly Brock - Don’t you find that song touching? Every year, I look forward to listening to the simple wisdom in those lyrics. It really goes a long way in centering my thoughts in the holiday rush. It’s a prayer, I think. And a promise. A good way to approach Christmas and the New Year. XOXO

December 22, 2011 - 4:43 pm

mugshotsphotography - Love it!

December 22, 2011 - 10:24 pm

Karen Babb - I think that John and the Muppets would feel very good that their message continues to be shared. Always brought peace to my heart!!!
Love you to the moon and back,
Mom

December 27, 2011 - 10:02 pm

erikamarks - I am FINALLY getting to savor this post and the song–how did you know? There aren’t words for how much I adore John Denver and this album with the Muppets always puts me right. There is so much to think on, so much to consider and be grateful for.

I know your heart is so heavy today, my dear. I send hugs and love your way.

January 16, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Jolina Petersheim - Congratulations on completing your revisions, Kim, and just in time for the holidays, too! I hope you had some time to rest and recuperate; can’t wait to read your novel!

February 17, 2012 - 9:33 pm

Jodi - Oooh! Dying to know the themes that came together for The River Witch. Share the secrets behind the craft, oh crafty witch!

February 17, 2012 - 10:35 pm

admin - Now there’s a loaded question! And a great blog post. But essentially the first inkling for this book came to me in the shapes of pumpkins and gourds in a magazine picture that caught my attention. They were full and supple and downright female in their beauty. My thoughts turned to those shapes and the ideas of harvest and fertility and bounty – how those ideas are powerful and sometimes threatening – and to the roles of those themes in the lives of women, from girlhood on. And then, of course, what happens when those things don’t turn out in life. Because that’s when it gets interesting — to see what we do with the seeds we’re given. What we can make of what we have. I think that’s the beauty at the heart of women.
What do you think?

The Needs of Other Souls — Sheila Deeth Interview

Sometimes a story comes along that immediately connects with us in a secret place. Some way or other, this author, a stranger, has found out your inner workings and put them on a printed page. Even better, when a story makes you aware that those experiences we work so hard to hide or deny, are universal. You’ll find yourself calling a friend or turning to a spouse or chatting online, because a door has been opened. It’s like we’ve been given permission to explore, to speculate, to share and to cherish that which, of course, turns out not to be so hidden or secret after all.

Author Sheila Deeth’s latest novel, FLOWER CHILD, is one of those stories; a brave exploration of the “curious relationship between a grieving mother and an unborn child who’s not quite ghost or angel.” The novel begs many questions. In the midst of such loss, do emotions distort reality? Could you let yourself believe the impossible if it could restore the one you loved? You’ll lie awake contemplating to what lengths you might go to preserve your own life, and whether you’ve known love great enough to lay down that life for someone else? Deceptively simple and poignantly effervescent, this gentle novel speculates over the limits of memory, the fine line between faith and fantasy, and that place where intellect fails us, revealed only in dreams.

Recently, Sheila said something to me in an email that I believe will represent the wisdom and unique perspectives found in this beautiful piece of fiction.

“Sometimes I think reading is a window into the needs of other souls.”

I couldn’t agree more, Sheila. I’m so glad you’re here today for this interview. Welcome!

What is your favorite quality in a person?   Trust probably. I admire people who are trustworthy, and admire them more if they’re also willing to trust.

What is your least?  Always expecting the worst is probably my least favorite quality–in others and in me.

As a child, did you dream of becoming a writer?
Once I got over dreaming of being a trapeze artist (it was never going to happen) I decided to be a writer. Somehow I became a mathematician instead, but I still had dreams, and stories.

Who/what influenced you to pursue your dreams? My Mum influenced me a lot–she’s always been my greatest fan. My oldest son insisted that if I was going to tell bedtime stories they had to be in a book, so I guess he influenced me to believe it was worth writing something–not that he’d dream of reading my writing now. And the author Jane Kirkpatrick influenced me–oddly enough, I “won” an hour of her time a few years ago and she told me I was a writer. Her encouragement helped me keep going when the rejection slips stacked up.

What is your greatest love?  My faith I think. With a Catholic Dad and Methodist Mum it was something I always had to think about, and it always seemed to reward the time I spent thinking. I love reading the Bible. I love science and math and history. I love words. I love telling stories. Oh, and I love dogs!

What is your greatest fear?  Rejection–that’s a crazy fear to have as a writer–those rejection slips do pile up. But rejection’s always been my greatest fear. Of course, I’m also scared of spiders, moths, wasps and other such things.

What is your favorite place? Anywhere I can curl up with a book? My Mum’s favorite place is that path in Yellowstone where you stand right on top of the waterfall–not a good location for reading, but it’s probably one of my favorite spots too. And the glaciers in Alaska–I saw them for the first time last month. And the Grand Canyon… How many answers do you want? The advantage of curling up with a book is it can take me anywhere.

If you could give a bit of sage advice to novice writers, what would it be? Keep writing. Keep reading. And never be afraid to delete something.

Where to find Flower Child:
Her website
Amazon
Smashwords


About the author:Sheila Deeth grew up in the UK and has a Bachelors and Masters in mathematics from Cambridge University, England. Now living in the States with her husband and son, she enjoys reading, writing, drawing, telling stories, running a local writers’ group, and meeting her neighbors’ dogs on the green.
Sheila describes herself as a Mongrel Christian Mathematician. Her short stories, book reviews and articles can be found in

VoiceCatcher 4, Murder on the Wind, Poetic Monthly, Nights and Weekends, the Shine Journal and Joyful Online. Besides her Gypsy Shadow ebooks, Sheila has several self-published works available from Amazon and Lulu, and a full-length novel under contract to come out next year.

Find her on her website: http://www.sheiladeeth.com

or find her books at: http://sheiladeeth.weebly.com

October 28, 2011 - 2:53 pm

C. Hope Clark - Thanks for this nice interview. I admire someone with a strong faith, and the fact you mentioned it as your greatest love, Sheila, tells me you probably practice it, too. And I love “never be afraid to delete anything.” Amen to that!

Hope Clark
FundsforWriters.com

October 28, 2011 - 3:36 pm

Sheila Deeth - Thank you Kimberly! Your review brings tears to my eyes! And thank you for the interview too. I’ve really enjoyed “chatting” with you over emails.

October 28, 2011 - 3:37 pm

Sheila Deeth - Thank you Hope!

October 28, 2011 - 3:59 pm

Melissa Crytzer Fry - Lovely interview, Kimberly (and another dazzling intro). Wow – Sheila – you are a woman after my own heart. Your favorite reading places are some of MY favorite places (Yellowstone, Grand Canyon). Would love to read among Alaska’s glaciers (visited Sitka, Alaska while doing client work and fell in love!)

Your novel sounds hauntingly beautiful.

October 29, 2011 - 12:36 am

Mary Russel - Wonderful job, Kimberly and Sheila.

October 29, 2011 - 1:33 pm

Kimberly Brock - Sheila, after reading FLOWER CHILD, I wondered how many people could say they’d felt the comforting presence of a loved one they’d lost, or been visited in dreams, or maybe had more visceral experiences. I know my family tells stories of their own encounters — usually tongue in cheek, but they are obviously cherished and mysterious memories because they come up again and again.

Did such an experience inspire FLOWER CHILD?

Anybody else want to share their experiences?

The 7 Links Challenge — A Second Look at the Best (and Worst) of Tales of a Storyteller

Last week I was surprised to be challenged by fellow bloggers extraordinaire, Jolina Petersheim and Julia Monroe Martin, to the 7 Links Challenge. Well, folks, the first challenge was to figure out how to link something to my blog. Yes, it’s true. I am lost most of the time when it comes to point and click. So, see those little highlighted names back there? I’m proud of that. Hope it does the trick.

Now that I’ve already broken a sweat this morning, here are my seven links — a true feat, considering my blog is fairly new and I’m just happy to be here, telling my stories!

Thanks, Jolina for such a sweet encouragement!

Most Beautiful Post: The Wonder That’s Keeping The Stars Apart

I was pleased with this post and found so much beauty in the legacy of this woman. The image of her, looking beyond herself and her world in search of something greater, moved me.

Most Popular Post: What She Would Have Said

I’d like to think it was because of my wit and deft command of language, but really this post was most popular because it was my first and many friends and family came out to support the new blog. Either that, or people liked the picture of this tough little woman.

Most Controversial Post: A Story That Seeps To The Bone — Alma Katsu Interview

Now, the interview itself may not be controversial. But Alma is one of a kind and that tends to turn hairs. Her novel may not be for everyone, it may be a tough read, tackling the darker natures of mankind, but that’s why I chose to celebrate her. She is a strong-minded woman who is a gifted writer and her work may make you cringe or turn away, but I guarantee it will also make you think.

Most Helpful Post: Endurance And Authenticity — Jessica McCann Interview

While all of my interviews are helpful, this post exemplifies what I’ve found most authors have in common — not only the kind of characteristics that I believe can make you a successful writer, but also a successful person. People like Jessica, improve the world.

Most Surprisingly Successful Post: Hemingway Would Have Bought Her A Drink

Apparently, ghosts and Hemingway and drinking will get you some attention. I had a good time sharing the account of watching this woman at the Hemingway Bar in Paris. Here is the seed of a story. She still enchants me.

Post That Didn’t Get Attention: The Band Played On

All right. I know. It was a sappy memory. But it was one of those posts that sneaks up on you, unplanned. And it made me cry, listening to that old recording.

Post I Am Most Proud Of: She Began To Sing To Me

I probably should have been most proud of the post where I mentioned my wedding anniversary, but that would have been a post about my greatest blessings, not a matter of pride. So, I chose this post, which includes the first excerpt from I’ve shared from my upcoming novel. If you know me, this is a big deal. I’m just learning to talk about my writing with others.

And now here are five other bloggers (boy, this was hard!) who I enjoy reading and who I now nominate for the continuation of the 7 Links Challenge:

Amy Sue Nathan: Women’s Fiction Writer’s

Erika Robuck: Muse

Robin O’Bryant: Robin’s Chicks

Misty Barrere: Writing And Research: What Have We Gotten Ourselves Into

Susanna Kearsley: Not-A-Blog

October 24, 2011 - 3:05 pm

MVFreeman - I like this. It made me wonder which posts and links I liked.
Thank you for this! ;)

October 24, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Jolina Petersheim - I am so glad you did this, girl! I love so many of the posts you wrote about (especially The Band Played On; it made me feel extremely sentimental about my family). Now, I’m off to read the one about the excerpt from your book!

By the way, I’m awful at technology, too. I blame it on my Mennonite roots. ;)

October 24, 2011 - 5:10 pm

Kimberly Brock - Thanks for inviting me! And I have no excuse for being inept with technology, except my wiring. :)

October 24, 2011 - 5:13 pm

Kimberly Brock - So nice to see you here, sweetie! Thanks for taking a peek. Hope you enjoy!

October 24, 2011 - 5:55 pm

Jessica McCann (@JMcCannWriter) - This is awesome, Kim. I remember reading (and loving!) every one of these posts. And thank you so much for believing your interview post with me was the most helpful. I’m touched and humbled by your kind words. Looking forward to reading many more posts from you for years to come!

October 25, 2011 - 3:56 am

Sheila Deeth - That’s an intriguing challenge!

October 25, 2011 - 2:24 pm

mistybbarrere1015 - See one, do one, teach one…Thanks so much for mentioning my newborn Blog, Kim. I’m glad you are enjoying it. Now, off to figure out the techno behind the 7 links. Free for a tutorial? You know I’m a kinesthetic nightmare.

October 25, 2011 - 9:16 pm

Maggie Hames - This is a great piece! As a blogger myself, you really got me thinking. And I love the design of your blog. Simple and elegant. Congrats!

October 25, 2011 - 9:35 pm

Kimberly Brock - Wow. I’m flattered, Maggie! Thanks so much. I’m really so pleased you enjoyed it! I’ll have to visit your blog now. XO

October 25, 2011 - 11:44 pm

Julia Munroe Martin - I loved reading all these posts and catching up on the ones I didn’t see first time around! (and thanks for the mention, you’re very kind!)

A Story That Seeps To The Bone — Alma Katsu Interview

Careful what you wish for. That’s what Alma Katsu’s book THE TAKER whispers long after the cover has been closed. You’ll hear it, a small voice on a breeze. A cool warning to check your motives and expect them to find you out. Think twice about obsessions that lead you down winding paths. Inspect the lessons in your life and see if they hold true. And most of all, take courage. True love can overcome our greatest fears. Perhaps even conquer death. If you’re willing to pay the price…

Alma’s dark and lascivious story may not be for everyone — and folks, it will turn some hairs white and make some skin crawl, and probably offend the gentler souls among us. But the writing will transport you. It will make you look over your shoulder. And like all genius storytellers, Alma’s gift to the reader is a story that seeps into the bone and becomes your own. Like it or not.

I’m honored to have you here today, Alma. Welcome!

“Alma Katsu takes the reader by surprise in the first chapter of her mesmerizing debut and never stops delivering. What a wonderful book! A dark, gothic, epic worth savoring. A sweeping story that transcends time as it moves effortless from the tempestuous past to the frightening present. Enchanting and enthralling! No question—I was taken!”
—M.J. Rose, international bestselling author

“Alchemy and love prove a volatile mix in Katsu’s vividly imagined first novel, which toggles between the present and the past… Katsu shows considerable skill in rendering a world where Adair’s unspeakable evilness and Lanny’s wild passion make the supernatural seem possible. The result is a novel full of surprises and a powerful evocation of the dark side of romantic love.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Alma Katsu’s THE TAKER is a frighteningly compelling story about those most human monsters—desire and obsession. It will curl your hair and keep you up late at night.”
—Keith Donohue, NYT bestselling author of The Stolen Child

What is your favorite quality in a person?

I don’t think I have a favorite quality. I don’t mean for this to sound flip, but I try now to appreciate people for who they are. I’ve had to work at this. For many years, I was shaped by my career, where I had to manage teams working under very high pressure, and tended to view the people in terms of what I needed from them (which was the ability to work under high pressure!) Now I realize that just about everyone has something interesting and unique to share with the world if we slow down & pay attention. I don’t mean to sounds Pollyannish. I realize there are some people who don’t deserve your attention, but you have to at least give them a chance. I also try to learn something from everyone I meet.

What is your least?

Close-mindedness. The world is a big place, full of things you haven’t even begun to imagine. I don’t understand people who think they have the answer to everything.

As a child, did you dream of becoming a writer?

Oh yes, from elementary school. I had no idea how to do this, though, no role model. The only job I saw (at the time) that paid you to write was as a newspaper reporter, so that was how I started. It was helpful in that I got to be around writers. But making the jump to fiction seemed like an impossibility.

Who/what influenced you to pursue your dreams?

I grew up in a very practical family, so I wasn’t encouraged to be a writer. I’m from the generation that was told not to take risks and to get a safe job. I’m not saying I got me bad advice: my father lived through the Depression, my mother was a child in Japan during WWII. They knew firsthand that life could be tough and uncertain. I ended up following their advice and as a result, had a long government career. Luckily, it turned out well.

But at a certain point in my life, I wanted to try again to write fiction. I didn’t think I’d get published; I just wanted to see if I could master a craft that was so complex and unquantifiable.

What is your greatest love?

Wow, that’s a tough one. I’d have to say my husband. We’ve been together over twenty years and I’ve learned a lot about life from this relationship. But if you asked what my purest love was, I’d say my dogs. Especially the one I raised from a pup. That’s probably the closest thing I’ve felt to unconditional love, because it’s impossible for them to hurt me.

What is your greatest fear?

I try really hard not to be afraid of things. What’s the worst that could happen? You experience pain, maybe you die. You’re going to die anyway. I’ve had to face some terrible fears in my life and luckily, I was young & strong enough to deal with them. I know I probably won’t be so lucky when I’m older.

What is your favorite place?

Lying on the couch in my office where I write, preferably with my dogs. It’s so comfortable.

If you could give a bit of sage advice to novice writers, what would it be?

It’s about the journey, not the destination. Trite but true. You’ll have the most fun figuring out how to write your story, so try to concentrate on that and not let yourself get anxious over finding an agent and selling your book.

October 21, 2011 - 2:25 pm

Julia Munroe Martin - Thank you for such a great interview, Kimberly! What a great post…. fascinating to read about Alma’s writing dream. And I love her advice that it’s about the journey not the destination (I’ve been working to embrace this philosophy so it’s nice to get encouragement in this direction). And I agree about closed-mindedness, very frustrating!

October 21, 2011 - 2:45 pm

Melissa Crytzer Fry - I love everything about this post … First, Kimberly, your intro is so rich with description, I KNOW I have to go out and buy this book (though I’m not sure I can afford much more white hair)!

And, Alma, I love so much of what you have to say. I agree that everyone has something interesting and unique to share with the world; I think I learned that, also, as a result of my newspaper and magazine reporting. I, also, am not fond of people who have the answer to everything; there are some things that just aren’t so black and white.

October 21, 2011 - 4:52 pm

C. Hope Clark - Kimberly

Your introduction along makes me want to read this book. Girl, I adore your writing. But the author sounds so genuine and grounded that I expect to find a smart story. This sounds like a must-have. Thanks for the great post.

Hope Clark
FundsforWriters.com

October 23, 2011 - 4:59 pm

Jessica McCann (@JMcCannWriter) - Wow, Kim, your description of The Taker has me quite intrigued (and a little scared, but mostly intrigued). I may have to work up my courage a bit, but this sounds like something I will definitely read. Alma, thanks for sharing such personal insights. I was especially affected by your observation that “just about everyone has something interesting and unique to share with the world if we slow down & pay attention.” It’s a wonderful outlook to have in life.

October 25, 2011 - 4:00 am

Sheila Deeth - What a great interview–good questions and good answers. I’m intriged by the book now.

P r a i s e
  • " The River Witch welcomes the reader to a haunted landscape, authentically Southern, where the tragedies of the past and the most fragile, gorgeous kind of love-soaked hope are equally alive. This is one debut that you absolutely should not
    miss."

    ~~ Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Backseat Saints

    "Kimberly Brock’s The River Witch achieves what splendid writing ought to achieve – story and character that linger in the reader’s consciousness. Tender and intriguing, often dazzling in its prose, this is a mature work of fiction worthy of the celebration of praise."

    ~~ Terry Kay, Honored Georgia author of To Dance With the White Dog

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  • "There is magic and wonder in The River Witch, but the real enchantment here is the strength of the characters Roslyn and Damascus. Their voices are the current that carries the reader along in this compelling tale of healing and discovery."

    ~~ Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times bestselling author of The Ballad of Tom Dooley.

    "With lyrical prose, Kimberly Brock explores the hidden places of the heart. The River Witch is a magical and bewitching story that, like a river, winds its way through the soul. In the voices of her wounded characters, Brock takes us through both the breaking and the healing of a life."

    ~~ Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Driftwood Summer