Weekly Author Spotlight
1) Who are you? What do you do? My name is Kimberly MacEachern. I am the oldest of three kids and I have a wonderful husband and two children of my own. Recently I gained guardianship of my younger brother. I am a caregiver, mother, wife, and a big sister. I am always wanting and willing to help anyone I see in need. Throughout my entire childhood I loved writing, it was my escape. In the past few years since my children began school, I returned to my passion, writing and I can’t be happier.
2) What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? My writing process seems to change with each story. Right now I am beginning to keep a note book and whenever I think of a new idea for a story I write it down, and expand as the ideas begin to flow. Then I take a day or two thinking about how to start the story, before I actually begin. My regular routine is right after my morning workout I get dressed and head to the basement, my office where I stay planted for a minimum of two hours.
3) What are the most important elements of good writing? According to you, what tools are must-haves for writers? I think the most important tool for a writer is time. At least that’s always been my biggest tool, I can virtually write anywhere as long as I have a notebook and a pen, and the problem is finding enough time.
4) What motivates you to write? I can’t say for sure what motivates me to write, but I do know that if I am not writing or busy working on a project I become extremely cranky. I guess you could say I don’t feel good about myself and don’t feel fulfilled without writing. Writing makes me complete, it’s more of a need then motivation.
5) Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I think every writer from time to time suffers from writer’s block. I don’t think there is a cure. When I come down with a case of writer’s block I usually switch up my routine and take a break, Spend extra time with my kids or begin a new sewing project. I am always looking to improve on something so when I get writer’s block I do what I can to improve something else around the house.
6) Do you have any advice for other writers? The best advice I can give an author is not to jump into the first deal they are offered. Always check with the better business Bauru, and ask your peers for their thoughts before signing on the dotted line. And if you love writing and enjoy it, whether your great at it or don’t have a clue on what you’re doing, as long as you enjoy it then stick with it. In the end all the really matter’s is what you think of yourself.
7) What is the message in your book? What are your readers’ reactions to it? Each story I write I always write it with the intention of somehow placing the same message in each one and that is, The world can be a better place all you need to do is act like it is and soon enough other people will catch on and hopefully the world will one day treat each other the way they themselves wish to be treated.
8) Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learn something new from each book I write. I can’t sit down and pin point exactly what I learn but it usually has something to do with improving myself as a mother or a wife. Most of the time each book manages to teach me just a little bit more patience.
9) What are your current/future projects?
Right now I am working on finishing the first draft on my newest manuscript “The house.” I already have plans for eight different short stories. Once this manuscript is done I plan on to returning to writing short stories, I believe I can right them better.
10) What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing? To be honest the book that has influenced me the most must be “Angela’s ashes” by Frank McCourt. My favorite author has to be Dean Kootntz. Right now I am currently reading his series “Odd Thomas.” I can’t let the list be complete without Stephen King, Anne Rule and Anne Frank.
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