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I’m Published! or A Still and Hushed Moment…

I can’t even wrap my brain around the beauty of this quiet moment. For years I have worked to tell the story of The River Witch, to discover it bit by bit, finding pieces of myself along the way and losing them, too. The day I finished work on the manuscript, I wondered what it would be like to share it with others. It was a very private work that I’d only revealed in pieces to very few people.

Now it seems appropriate that tonight, as I’ve learned the novel is available for sale online, the news comes in the still and hushed hours. My children are sleeping and my husband is traveling. I am alone in my wonder.

I thought I would be celebrating when this moment came — and I am. But I’m also reminded that there is something sacred in story, in the art of being a vessel, that there is a reawakening of the soul in the creating. And I’m thankful for all the writer’s journey is teaching me…

I hope you’ll find a still and hushed moment to curl up with this book and see what it might whisper to you…

April 11, 2012 - 10:32 am

Laura Kay - Soso excited for you congratulations!!!!

April 11, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Erika Robuck - What a beautiful moment. I can’t wait to share my mental space with you. :)

April 11, 2012 - 1:20 pm

Melissa Crytzer Fry - Oh DEAR… Such a moment for you – so BIG is its stillness and meaning. So beautifully written, my dear. Can’t wait till the copy print is available!

April 11, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Kathy Roberts - Kim, I am so happy for you! I can’t wait! I love you and your family and I am so glad you can share such a great talent! May God bless you with mighty favor in your career!

April 11, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Anne Riley - YAAAAAY! I can’t wait to read it!

April 11, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Natalia Sylvester - Congratulations, Kimberly! What a beautiful post and moment. It’s like was holding its breath for you in this one moment, anticipating great things ahead. Enjoy it :)

April 11, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Jodi - It’s okay…I’LL SCREAM FOR YOU!!! WOO HOOOOOO!!! :)

April 11, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Jessica McCann (@JMcCannWriter) - Well, this post just gave me goosebumps. What a beautiful moment and sentiment, Kim. In all the excitement of being published, how wonderful that you took a quiet moment to be thankful for what writing teaches you. That kind of spirit will carry you far. So happy for you.

April 11, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Audra - Congrats, congrats!

April 11, 2012 - 6:23 pm

LGC Smith - Congratulations, Kim. Lovely post. Your quiet moment reminds me of pumpkins growing beside a river, started soft and silent in the dirt, now breaking toward the sun–wait, where have I read a story like that?! Best of luck with “The River Witch.” I love it, and I can’t wait to see it on the bestseller lists.

April 11, 2012 - 7:52 pm

Darcy Crowder - What an amazing post…it’s this kind of thinking and writing that will send you to the top! Isn’t it profound that so often, it’s those still, quiet moments in our life that hold the most power…and the most change?

April 12, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Jolina Petersheim - Published: such a wonderful word and moment. Perhaps it is right that you celebrated alone as this piece of art was created alone. Hope you enjoyed your day! Much love.

April 12, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Girl Parker - Perfectly expressed. I’m so happy for you, Kimberly. It’s the hugest of milestones and you worked hard for it.

April 13, 2012 - 11:45 am

admin - Thanks!

April 13, 2012 - 11:46 am

admin - It was strangely perfect to have that solitary time, Jolina. I always need a little time to let things soak in. I cried and giggled all the way to town the next morning, confirming to all the neighbors at the bus stop that I’m a nut. :)

April 13, 2012 - 11:47 am

admin - Ah, you’ve been there with me a long time, Darcy. Thanks for being such a support! Can’t wait to see your work in the upcoming anthology SWEETER THAN TEA!!

April 13, 2012 - 11:49 am

admin - It would be a shadow of the book that it is without you, Lynn! I can’t say enough about your insight and steady hand when it came to pushing me the extra few steps to give my characters depth and truth. You’re made of awesome.

April 13, 2012 - 11:49 am

admin - Thanks!! Hope you’ll enjoy the book as much as I’m enjoying sharing it!

April 13, 2012 - 11:50 am

admin - Jessica, you’re always such a mentor and friend. I really appreciate the sweetness of knowing you.

April 13, 2012 - 11:51 am

admin - I knew I could count on you, Jodi! I laughed when I read this and wished you were here to help me jump up and down!!

April 13, 2012 - 11:52 am

admin - LOVE that description of holding it’s breath. That’s EXACTLY how it felt. :)

April 13, 2012 - 11:52 am

admin - Anne, I’m sooooo happy to share it!! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts…

April 13, 2012 - 11:53 am

admin - Kathy, we all know where this talent came from. Mama had to listen to a lot of stories… :) Thanks for your sweet words. Love you, too.

April 13, 2012 - 11:54 am

admin - Maybe it’s cheesy, but that is how it felt. Glad to have you along for the ride, Melissa! XO

April 13, 2012 - 11:54 am

admin - It could get crowded in here, Erika! My mental space is kinda cluttered. lol

April 13, 2012 - 11:55 am

admin - I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the book, Laura!!

April 19, 2012 - 4:07 am

Jeanine - You are an inspiration! Best of luck to you!

April 24, 2012 - 7:34 pm

admin - What an amazing thing to say! Thank you, Jeanine. I hope you really enjoy the book. xo

Lucky Seven

I love the idea of sneak preview or an excerpt or anything that gives me a first glance at something…I love a mystery, a moment, just a blink, that makes me ponder and question and imagine…

So of course, I loved this opportunity to give you just that!

I’ve been tagged by Jessica Khoury for this seven thing. Goes like this:

1. Go to the seventh of 77th page of the WIP or latest book
2. Count down seven lines.
3. Copy the 7 sentences that follow and post them.
4. Tag 7 other authors.

So here are my 7 lines from page 77 of The River Witch:


“I’m just making the rest up as I go and that’s all it is at Sunrise Hills. Probably I’ll give them all strokes. People will think I’m a washed up lunatic selling snake oil miracles.”

I saw his teeth flash white in the gloomy evening light. He swatted at a mosquito. “Then you ain’t got nothing to lose with that plan. Best I can tell, people already think that.”


And here are my 7 lucky authors:

1. Melissa Crytzer Fry

2. Erika Marks

3. Eleanor Brown

4. Erika Robuck

5. Hallie Sawyer

6. Robin O’Bryant

7. Sarah McCoy


Ready, set, go! And let me know when your lines are up because I WANT TO READ YOUR POSTS!

April 10, 2012 - 12:41 am

Melissa Crytzer Fry - Humbled and honored, my dear!

April 10, 2012 - 1:02 am

Erika Marks - How excited–and honored!–am I?! Answer: Very! Thanks for thinking of me, doll!

April 12, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Girl Parker - “Best I can tell…” Man, with that one line, I could totally hear his voice. That’s fabulous. I did this challenge last week, but I skipped the tagging others. Hope you like it.

April 13, 2012 - 11:45 am

admin - LOVED your seven lines!! And thanks for the kind words about mine. Hope you’ll enjoy the book!

April 29, 2012 - 9:03 pm

Christine.m.Grote - I love this idea. I’m following as many of these 7 posts as I can. I saw that Julia Munroe Martin gave your book high marks on Goodreads, so I was happy to run across your link at Melissa Crytzer Frys.

I put your book on my to-read list.

April 30, 2012 - 2:08 pm

admin - I’m so glad you like the post! Lots of writers are previewing some of their works this way and I love getting a peek, just like you. Julia and Melissa have come alongside me and this debut novel like angels and their support and enthusiasm has really been a lifesaver for my spirit and my confidence. I can’t say enough good things about them! Or the other wonderful online friendships with writers (and birders), like you! Thank you so much and I hope you’ll love the book! (There’s an owl in it, of course!) xoxo

Cover Art Reveal for THE RIVER WITCH

At long last, I wanted to share the official cover art for my novel, THE RIVER WITCH. Can’t wait to hear what you think!!

April 2, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Amy Sue Nathan - Well – that was worth the wait, wasn’t it? It’s beautiful! xo

April 2, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Melissa Crytzer Fry - I LOVE it. So intriguing and haunting.

April 2, 2012 - 5:47 pm

admin - I’m soooo nervous to hear how people respond to it! Crazy-making, these reveals!! But I think it’s beautiful, too. 😉 Thanks, Amy.

April 2, 2012 - 5:47 pm

admin - Yay! I love the green. :)

April 2, 2012 - 5:53 pm

Anne Riley - SO BEAUTIFUL! *throws confetti*

April 2, 2012 - 5:57 pm

Emily Gatlin - LOVE IT! Congratulations!!!!!

April 2, 2012 - 6:02 pm

admin - Thanks, Anne! I’m all over your manuscript. :)

April 2, 2012 - 6:03 pm

admin - WHEW! Thanks, Emily. Don’t you love the water??

April 2, 2012 - 6:05 pm

Hallie Sawyer - Ooooh, provocative, soothing, beautiful, and intriguing all came to mind when I opened this.

Almost a month away!! xo

April 2, 2012 - 6:09 pm

admin - Oh, your words are wonderful, Hallie! I’ve been so blessed to have wonderful authors blurb this novel — Terry Kay, Sharyn McCrumb, Patti Callahan Henry, and Joshilyn Jackson! The cover art is just beautiful, sweet icing!!

April 2, 2012 - 6:21 pm

Erika Marks - At last! So excited for you, my friend–I love the lettering, and the movement of the image and the water…

April 2, 2012 - 6:23 pm

admin - Thanks, E!! I like the image of surrender and the peace that comes with that. :) I’m taking a lesson. lol

April 2, 2012 - 6:35 pm

Julia Munroe Martin - Beautiful and I agree with Melissa — intriguing!

April 2, 2012 - 6:36 pm

Darcy Crowder - Provocative! Just what I was thinking….and so peaceful. I’m jumping up and down for you. This cover will sell!!

April 2, 2012 - 6:52 pm

Julie Kibler - Love it, Kimberly! Congratulations!

April 2, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Jessica McCann (@JMcCannWriter) - Wow, Kim, it’s gorgeous. I love the colors and the contrast and the fonts… I love it all. Congrats!

April 2, 2012 - 7:45 pm

admin - Really??? I wondered what you would think, Jessica. It makes me want to go lie down and float on cool water. Wait…I always want to do that. lol

April 2, 2012 - 7:45 pm

admin - Thanks, Julie!! So sweet of you. I’m so nervous and excited. :)

April 2, 2012 - 7:47 pm

admin - Did I mention there are blurbs from Terry Kay, Sharyn McCrumb, Patti Callahan Henry AND Joshilyn Jackson??!! I hope you love the story, Darcy!

April 2, 2012 - 7:48 pm

admin - Let’s hope it intrigues its way into all sorts of hearts!! XO

April 2, 2012 - 9:27 pm

carole lawton - The cover is perfect! Those cheekbones look like yours…are you floating in that water or just on air!!!

April 2, 2012 - 9:45 pm

admin - We’ll leave that up to your imagination, Carole! lol I need to email you about making a trip your way and visiting those Roman ladies!

April 4, 2012 - 12:07 am

jolinapetersheim - I love everything about it, Kim–down to the white dress and her touch of sunburn. Very alluring!

April 4, 2012 - 3:14 am

admin - Jolina, I can’t wait to share this story with you!! I hope you’ll love it. XOXO

Winner of The Taker Fan Pack Giveaway!!

Drum roll, please!!

Dawn Hagan, you’re the winner of The Taker Fan Pack. Expect your goodies in the mail and CONGRATS!!

And if you love the novel and want to support Alma Katsu, The Taker is available in paperback now so go grab a copy — or grab several!



March 28, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Alma Katsu - Woo! Dawn, your stuff will be in the mail shortly! I’m waiting on my next boxload of bright, shiny new paperbacks and it should be here any day…

Kimberly, thank you so much for helping to get the word out.


The Breadth and Width of Our Stories

A few months ago, I was included in something called The Seven Links Challenge. (You can read those blog posts here.) I loved how it allowed me to share my favorite blog posts and also to introduce others to some of the blogs that I’m following. It seemed to suddenly connect me to others, to some giant root system that I’d not been aware of before.

This weekend I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude and humility. I’ve been making lists of the many people who have come alongside to support me since I began this blog and have cheered me on during my road to publication. So many of those people are friends I’ve made online through this blog or other social media and I’m really surprised by the very personal connections being made every day in such unexpected ways. Except, I think the connections we make through telling our stories are always personal because they’re from the heart. They’re connections made between souls. They remind us we are not alone, that our stories come from a human source that binds us together.

And that made me start to think…

In that spirit, I challenge you to share your seven favorite links! To discover new voices we might never have stumbled upon without one another.

So, I hope this week you’ll share your favorite links in a comment – from your blog or a blog you admire – and I’ll share them here over the next few weeks. I’m prepared to be amazed…


March 22, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Jessica McCann (@JMcCannWriter) - Hey Kim! I don’t blog, per se, but I’m kind of excited about a recent guest post about sharing books at the ReadLearnWrite blog.

Coincidentally, I came across this post that also addresses the idea of giving one’s books away. I thought they tied together rather nicely. :)

March 27, 2012 - 8:20 pm

Jolina Petersheim - It was since the Seven Links Challenge that I got to know you, and I am so grateful I did! Kim, you are a blessing to the writing world!

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