Paperback Writer would like to introduce author Kim Smith, author of the mystery novel, Avenging Angel, A Shannon Wallace Mystery (Red Rose Publishing, Dec. ’08). This is the final day for Kim’s tour and if you missed any part of it be sure to check out the authors website where you can read an excerpt of her book. http://www.mkimsmith.com
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Shannon Wallace is having a bad hair week.
She’s been ditched by her job, dumped by her boyfriend, and implicated in his murder.
When she finds out her very private video collection is missing from the crime scene, it is all out war to find the disks before the cops do. The problem is, the killer has them. And he’s watched them.
Now Shannon’s at the top of his most wanted list.
Welcome to Paperback Writer
Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
Avenging Angel was a sort of amalgamation of Charlie’s Angels and the desire to write chick-lit. I thought of a plot where a young woman would fall on hard times and be hired by her newly badged private detective friend. But once I began writing it, the book took on a life of its own.
Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
I am totally a pantser sort of writer. No outline, nothing but an idea and some characters. It’s a bit constraining to my Muse for me to work in the confines of an outline.
Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
No. Isn’t that odd? But honestly, I don’t. It comes to me through the crafting of the story and the character’s interaction. I usually have it by the last third.
Do you have a process for developing your characters?
I love writing characters, the more different and quirky the better. My process is sort of like throwing paint on a wall; whatever wears the longest and looks the best is what I go with.
It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
Oh definitely. I believe my naïveté about the world after college is who Shannon is, and my love of good things in life, such as good food, good friends, and good times is where Dwayne lives.
What is your most favorite part about this book? My favorite part about this book is the fact that I have had so many people to read it and comment on how much they love it. That makes a writer’s heart sing! I love to know that someone “got” the writing and loved it.
When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
After I had finished editing it myself, and hiring an editor for a professional polish, and making sure it was as good as I could make it, then I began the long trek to publishing. I do not recommend to anyone to write a first or second draft and send it off.
What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
I found that it is not as easy as everyone makes it out to be. Getting published is not for the easily discouraged. I had to endure a lot of patience-trying before landing the deal I have. It’s a very tough world.
What has been the best part about being published?
The promotions, believe it or not. I love when someone unfamiliar with my work comments positively about a blurb or excerpt. I wrote it for the readers, and I love to hear from them.
What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
I want them to close the book and go ahhhh and immediately go out and look for the next one – and yes, there will be one!
Do you have plans to write another book?
Actually I have several things coming out. Here is the list: In March, a short story about friends called Three Amigos in Long Story Short. In September, a short story in an anthology called Love Waltzes and it is a romance. And I also have had a romance novella accepted called A Will to Love, and the next book in the Shannon Wallace series, Buried Angel, will be out in December of this year.
Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you? Oh my. How can I say it? This has been the best thing I have ever done, hands down. Hey y’all, if you want to get the word out that you have a book—HIRE PUYBP!
Where can readers find a copy of your book?
My book at the time of this writing is available at http://www.redrosepublishing.com and is supposed to be going to Fictionwise just any day.
Do you have a website for readers to go to? I do! http://www.mkimsmith.com
Thank you, Kim for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.