MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR KIM PETERSEN
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Kim Petersen. I write beneath the wonderful umbrella of speculative fiction – paranormal romance, urban fantasy and currently dystopian thrillers.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My latest release is titled Wildflower, it’s a paranormal romance included in the Untamed Destinies anthology. The idea sprung from a keen interest in soul connections and a chance encounter with a woman I met briefly in Chicago. She was experiencing the Twin Flame journey and it intrigued me.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Oh, that’s easy – my insatiable interest in the mysterious. Besides, there is no better way than to quench your imagination through paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi. The realm of possibility is endless.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Ha. Lot’s. If I told you, you wouldn’t believe me! Seriously though, I spoke to some people experiencing the mysterious path reserved to the Twin Flame journey, and I got involved in an online community on Quora – some great advice and authentic information can be found on that site. Super interesting.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Which one? I have a couple of series published – Ascended Angels Chronicles is a paranormal romance thriller about a girl who has to learn to embrace her angelic ancestry, while coping with the discovery of her shocking family heritage and ultimately saving the world.
The Stone the Crows trilogy is a dystopian thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world about a young woman called Rayna and her journey in a world governed by oppressive leaders. It’s all about her quest to avenge and right the wrongs, personal growth and love. I worked on this series with other authors, and it’s a pretty amazing story.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Ascended Angels Chronicles – Millie’s Angel. It was my debut novel and it sits very close to my heart. My writing was so different back and then and I’ve come along way since, but I touched on some raw and dark subjects that needed to come out.
For the Stone the Crows series – Revolution. I loved first drafting this last book in particular, probably because there are less fighting/battle scenes and more scenes that felt real.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Fiction reflects life. Story is life cloaked with creativity and imagination, and one of the greatest gifts to bless our lives. So, there’s the answer; life.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I’m fortunate to live in a valley by the ocean. My home has some breathtaking views that help get the creative juices flowing. I have an office with an oversized desk and an awesome view, but mostly, I’ll take my laptop upstairs and write from my bedroom balcony that has a clear view of the ocean and the mountains across the valley – I’m spoiled, but I’ve earned it 😉
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I’m working on a dystopian thriller series with a working title, Blood Legends. Book one is completed, and book two is underway, despite a couple of delays. I’m really getting my head back into the world now and it’s pretty awesome to work on. I love vampires.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I try to choose names that fit within the genre I’m working in. For instance, dystopian fiction has selected names that fit into the genre. I quite love dystopian names because they’re unusual and imaginative. I adore choosing vampire names because they’re exotic and charismatic – much like my vamps. Sometimes, I’ll choose a name because it has a specific meaning, otherwise the choice is to blend with the story.
Where do your ideas come from?
Umm… the same place as the moon and the stars, and the trees and the birds.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
I’ve recently begun writing memoir style pieces for my blog, Undercurrent. That was a left-field kind of idea, and I suspect it may have come from the ocean whispering briny sea secrets – Lol! You can have a peek at Undercurrent here: https://kimpetersendotcomdotau.wordpress.com/
Other than that, I’m not sure what will come next when I’ve finished my WIP, but I’m excited to find out.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Honestly, it’s getting my head out of one project and into another – I find it challenging to switch, especially if I’m mid-story and pick up something else half-way the way I did when I began writing Wildflower. I was mid-flow in book two of my dystopian series when I wrote Wildflower, and now I’ve been struggling to get my groove on again. We call it resistance – it’s real people.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I don’t think too much about them. I had one created for Millie’s Angel not long after release – end of that story.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I wrote a book! You know, this might sound corny but at the end of the day, my best accomplishment is in how I choose to love. The world is full of so many people holding on to fear – choosing fear instead of love. The world is full people who really don’t understand the true concept of love. If I screw up in love, at least I know I had courage and belief – I know I have what it takes to follow my heart. There are no mistakes when it comes love, just lessons.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Getting to create stories, what else? Unleashing our imaginations and embracing that creative force is such an exhilarating feeling. Sometimes, I can hardly believe I get to write stories and send them out into the world. It’s pretty cool.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I don’t. Life has a funny way of working out in the least expected way. I don’t anchor myself to any one path. I just want to be happy.
Have you always liked to write?
I’ve always loved to write, but I never imagined I’d write books. The prospect seemed impossible once upon a time, but then I discovered something; nothing is impossible. Nothing.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Listen to your inner-voice, the one driving you to write in the first place. It first starts with belief – if you believe in yourself, others will too. This is something that you have to really want – so, write and write, and when the shit hits the fan and something doesn’t work out the way you wanted, take a breath, clear your mind and keep going.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, I read the reviews. No, I never respond. I think the review domain is solely for the readers and should remain that way. How do I deal with bad reviews? I don’t. Not everything I produce will be loved by everyone, and people are entitled to their opinions – just try not to be nasty if you can help it. Although, when I’m feeling a little deflated and low, sometimes, I’ll go read a few of the good reviews – it helps when I hit that self-doubting spin.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
People. Only some.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
From Blood Legends: book one.
“She raised her face toward me again, her eyes awash with fear and anguish, her bottom lip tremoring. My heart thundered as I moved forward and forced a smile. Then I froze as her chest rose and fell wildly beneath her grimy dress and she looked to her left, toward a large brownstone house drenched in lush green vines.
I followed her gaze just as the sun vanished beneath a cloak of grey clouds, my blood draining to my feet as I was greeted by a set of luminous black eyes staring at me from the shadows of the brownstone’s threshold. My breath completely seized as the figure belonging to the eyes stepped forth, doused by the shade and sheathed from head to toe in black.”
““Words are only sounds you want to hear, Eva. Words are spoken all the time – some meaningful, others not – but it’s our actions that convey our true intentions. Your actions today were far from fearless and compassionate. Your actions were reckless and indifferent to the safety of your team, and yourself.”
I slouched back against the chair and sighed. “That wasn’t my true intention at all. There was a little girl; I wanted to help her.”
“What girl? Nobody else saw a girl. What would a small child be doing out in the ruins alone?” His tone was short and abrasive, his lips taut. He shook his head. “Perhaps you imagined her – perhaps there was no girl.”
“What? Why would I make that up? That’s absurd!”
“Now that’s a fitting word. Absurd that you would break away from your team and wander into the ruins alone. Girl or no girl, Eva, you risked your life and that of your team.””
Where did your love of books come from?
My love of books began with my childhood affair with Golden Books. I loved fairytales, and spent many hours devouring the stories over and over.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Millie Anderson from Millie’s Angel, because she was the first character I created and she’s a little bit of me. I’m really loving my current character too, Eva – she’s narky and tough, yet she has heart. I think I love all my characters.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great people. Beth Prentice and Catherine Evans are the first to come to mind. They’re real – those women don’t pretend or play games. I’m not perfect and neither are you, so don’t delude yourself that you are. Life is about going with the flow. It’s the genuine people that make you want to be a better writer.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Ha! It would probably be titled: What the F**k? Because that’s just me in three words. Especially today.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️