Please help me welcome author Kimberly Richardson to Full Moon Bites as part of her book blog tour!
After found as an infant crawling among books in an abandoned library, Kimberly Richardson grew up to become an eccentric woman with a taste for jazz, drinking tea, reading books, speaking French and Japanese, playing her violin and writing stories that cause people to make the strangest faces. Her first book, Tales From a Goth Librarian, was published through Kerlak Publishing and named a Finalist in both the USA Book News Awards for Fiction: Short Story for 2009 and the International Book Awards for Fiction: Short Story in 2010. Ms. Richardson is also the Editor of the award winning Steampunk anthology Dreams of Steam, the award winning sequel, Dreams of Steam II: Of Brass and Bolts, and the upcoming Dreams of Steam III, all published through Kerlak Publishing. Other short stories and poetry by Ms. Richardson have been published through Sam’s Dot Publishing, Midnight Screaming and FootHills Publishing. Her first full-length novel, The Decembrists (Kerlak Publishing), will be out in 2012. Her other book, Mabon and Pomegranate (Kerlak Publishing), will be out in 2012 as well.
Holly: Hi Kimberly! :) Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Kimberly Richardson: Sure, I would be glad to. I am not like most people. I dance, drink tea, listen to French opera, watch moths flutter around my head, drink elderberry juice, read a lot of books and ask the question WHY a lot. I have many interests, many passions and I love my teddy bear, Aloysius.
Holly: Can you tell us a little bit about your book The Decembrists?
Kimberly Richardson: The Decembrists came from a combination of my love of Russian history, the Gothic novel and musician David Poe. While reading the novel Anna Karenina, a character mentioned the Decembrists and so I had to look them up. What I found was a piece of history that fascinated me so that I wanted to take it and mold it into my own version. So, from a revolution that was doomed from the start, I created a yearlongrelationship between a man and a woman that should have never occurred yet it did, giving both characters a chance to reflect, revise and evolve.
Holly: Where can we purchase The Decembrists?
Kimberly Richardson: You can purchase the novel at Dark Oak Press’ (formally known as Kerlak Publishing) website, or on Amazon’s and Barnes and Nobel’s website. Of course, if you happen to attend a convention of which I am one of the guests, you can purchase it directly from me and I’ll sign it for you!
Holly: Have you ever read a book that made you so mad, sad, happy, and excited and so many other emotions that even though you loved it your might not ever read it again? If so, what book?
Kimberly Richardson: Oh yes, I have had that experience before several times, yet one sticks out in my mind: The Magus by John Fowles. I flew through that book, hating and loving it while I read it. Once I finished it, I knew I could never read it again yet I still have my copy in my library. It made me question myself several times and how I perceive Reality. It also made me a bit fearful because I thought that what the main character went through could actually happen to just about anyone.
Holly: Are you working on anything at the moment?
Kimberly Richardson: Actually, I am in the process of writing stories for several anthologies plus another full length novel with tentative title – Open A. The full length is one of my darker stories, revolving around a violinist whose family is quite touched with the powers of Darkness. His violin, when played, creates such a pure sound that anyone who listens to it is enraptured, all the while not realizing that their souls are slowly being siphoned by the violin. The main character is not a nice man and will do whatever it takes to get his way in everything. So far, the manuscript is looking quite good.
Holly: Do you think you will have a follow up book to this novel or is it just a stand-alone novel?
Kimberly Richardson: I’m not quite sure; I guess it will all depend on if the main character wants it or not. I let my characters “drive” the keyboard; whatever they want, I let them have it unless if it is just too ridiculous, even by my standards.
Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Kimberly Richardson: Bonjour! Thank you for reading my works. Thank you for reading books.
Holly: Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?
Kimberly Richardson: Actually, I am reading two books at the same time: Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust and Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan. Proust has been haunting my thoughts for some time, so I decided to give him a shot. I love Ian McEwan’s work overall so I knew I had to read his newest once it came out. Sometimes, if I am interested in several books at once, I will read them simultaneously and not get confused.
Holly: When do you prefer to read?
Kimberly Richardson: When my eyes are open
Holly: Witches or Zombies?
Kimberly Richardson: Witches definitely!
Holly: Ebook or hardcover/paperback?
Kimberly Richardson: Hardback/paperback
Holly: Favorite color?
Kimberly Richardson: It is a toss up between indigo, viridian and purple. Can’t really choose!
Holly: Favorite movie?
Kimberly Richardson: The Last Emperor
Genre: Mythic Fiction
What would you do if you discovered that your dreams were real? Monica had no idea that moving to the small town of
would be the answer to her prayers, and yet so much more... Mabon
Alexandra has it all: a great job, a wonderful husband, and very few worries in the world. Yet, when a black clad stranger enters her life, she is suddenly thrust into a world of myths and legends all contained in the skin of an infamous fruit.
Genre: Modern Gothic
Sophie Joyce, a young writer, soon becomes a part of best selling author Hilliard Ravensdale's elitist world. Yet, what she desperately wants comes at a terrible price, revealing a secret from Hilliard's past that will threaten to destroy them both. Award-winning author Kimberly Richardson turns her literary eye to the world of sex, control, uprisings, secrets, and lies, all wrapped within a story worthy to be called modern Gothic.