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A City Mom

I'm A City Mom and the author of two novels, Down at the Golden Coin and Wish Club, both Spiritual/New Age Adventures. I live in Chicago with my husband, three kids, two cats and one dog.

Kim is a winner of Top 25 Book Author Moms - 2012

What tips would you give a mom who wants to write a book?

Just write. Sit in the chair as often as you can and tell your story. You will hear and read rules about how to write everywhere, and while you need to know the rules, the conflicting advice can be confusing. Treat all the writing rules (Write what you know! Write every day! etc.) more like guidelines in the heat of the creative process. For every writing “rule” that’s out there, you can point to examples of how it was successfully broken.

All the successful published writers I know are the ones who never gave up. It is the universal, common denominator. Be the writer who never gives up, and you will find success. And also, just write.

How do you balance writing and motherhood?

I don't. I find I'm much more successful as a writer if I completely ignore my children.

Where do you find writing inspiration?

I take it we’re working under the assumption my writing is inspired <g>? My kids, I think, inspire me the most. Maybe it’s nothing more than looking at them and seeing my own mortality, but they make me want to set an example, to show them dreams can be made real.

Also, I get some pretty good ideas in the shower.