Today, on my blog please help me welcome Author Kim Robinson. Thanks for stopping by.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am an author, publisher, seamstress, sewing instructor, and a contractor for resort reservations.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Cooking for my family, watching television, either reading a physical book or on my Kindle or listening to audio books, writing, or sewing.
Do you have a day job as well?
I am a contractor with a company and work from home virtually.
When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
When I was a child, I wrote a lot but got serious when my grandmother expressed a desire to have her life story written in 1993. My first book, The Roux in the Gumbo, came out in 2005.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
Writing about my family, life, and researching the 1800’s gave me a love for historical. Writing my life story was street lit. I am currently working on a sci fi and a human trafficking series.
Where do you get your ideas?
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
No, because I work on more than one book at a time.
Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I just write and then move it around in chronological order.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
The publishing game is as crooked as the letter S. Allot of people want to take advantage of aspiring writers, but I had a lot of people on Black Expressions and Readers and Writers RAW who shared their literary knowledge with me. I had an agent who published my book changed the title and was selling it in Japanese. One of the publishers I went with was cheating me on royalties. I publish myself now, but I am considering trying traditional publishing again.
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
No, it has all been a learning experience for me.
How do you market your work?
Everywhere, social media, I keep a book in my hand when I am out and about, and think outside the box, my most lucrative forum is sitting in a liquor store on Friday or Saturday nights selling my books.
What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Black History Month is my best sales time. Book clubs love me because I prepare my delicious gumbo for them.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
It is an alien/government conspiracy. It is like Independence Day meets “The Hood”.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
All 3 of my first books is real life history story.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
In the Roux, there is a chapter, Toodaloo. It is funny. It is about when children who were having trouble going to school because of the KKK. I loved the revenge.
How did you come up with the title?
My grandmother’s gumbo is my favorite dish. One day I was making it, stirring the roux, and the title just came to me.
What project are you working on now?
I am working on a book called God Ain’t Spelled Government and Thieves in The Night. I have the two audio books, which are scripted audio dramas coming out hopefully by February 2019.