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Interview with Kim Richardson

I am very happy to be conducting an interview with Kim Richardson, the author of “Marked (Soul Guardians Book 1)”, an Urban fantasy written for young adults. Since childhood, Kim developed a wild imagination and surrounded herself with fantasy novels and movies like The Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. She later studied in the field of 3D Animation, and became an Animation Supervisor for a VFX company. For many years she worked on big Hollywood films and stayed in the field of animation for 14 years. Since then, she has retired from the VFX world and settled in the country where she writes fulltime.

Now for a few words from Kim:

Where do you generally prefer to go when you write?
In my office, where I can shut the door, open my imagination, and not be disturbed.

What is the last book you read?
“Abhorsen”, by Garth Nix. Loved it.

How many books, and in which genre, have you written?
I write in the Urban Fantasy genre. “Marked” is my first book. I’m actually working on book two from the Soul Guardians Trilogy.

Who is your favorite author?
Philip Pullman (J.K Rowling)

What steps do you take in starting a new book?
I have to play it in my head first before I put it on paper. When that’s done, then I create an outline of the entire book. I flesh out the chapters and main plot points. Once it makes sense, I start writing up the first draft.

When it comes time for formatting, do you do it yourself or hire it out?
Once I’m happy with the second draft, I send it to my editor. Then he usually makes comments and suggests changes – before going through a copy edit. Which is what I did for my book Marked.

What are you currently working on writing?
I’m working on the second book to the Soul Guardians trilogy. So far I’ve called it “Tricked” – but as we all know the title will probably change.

How many drafts do you usually have before deciding it’s done?
It’s usually three drafts. But I’m sure it could become more with another novel.

What would you do differently if you we just starting out today to become a writer?
I wouldn’t have wasted so much money and effort on trying to find a publisher or agent. The publishing industry is changing, and it’s nearly impossible to get a foot in the door. I could have published my own book six months ago!

What issues or challenges do you struggle with the most?
Adding romance in my novels, and not making it corny!

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One Response to "Interview with Kim Richardson"

  1. Thanks for the post, Steven!

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