How long have you been writing and when did you start?
I’ve been writing since I was about nine and penned my first novel when I was twelve. I spent my days with a strict grandmother who barely let me go outside, so I started writing books about what I wanted my life to look like.
What comes first for you, the plot or the characters? Why?
The characters. Always the characters. My characters are very real people who drop from the sky and tell me their names, zodiac signs, family history, and everything else that makes humans what we are. Then, they tell me a wild story about something that happened to them. I write down that story and spend time asking them questions about the part they played in the story and why things happened the way they did. The story is built from there.
How do you use social media as an author?
I use it as a learning tool primarily. My books fall into this pocket where Eric Jerome Dickey and Karen E. Quinones Miller collide with Tiffany D. Jackson and Desiree M. Granger, so I use social media to learn how to get in front of readers who are interested in reading a catalog like that. Secondarily, I use it to promote awareness that a catalog like this exists.
How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I’ve written close to thirty but am in the process of publishing my tenth book. My favorite is Consider Your Ways because it was the one that made my career as an author real.
Where can readers find out more about you and your work?
Readers can find me anywhere on the internet or social media by going to kimanilaurenbooks.com/linkinbio