Author Kimberly Kinrade describes herself as having been born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. As a child, where others saw shapes in clouds, she saw words. Jump forward several years, she obtained a few college degrees and served a long career as a journalist. Jump forward several more years, she is now a published author. Though like many authors she has written in many genres and fields, she is most passionate about fantasy and specifically the paranormal. Her first venture into that arena is Forbidden Mind, which I’ll review this weekend.
When not writing and revising, Kinrade enjoys spending time with her three little girls who think they are princess ninjas with hidden supernatural powers, her two dogs who think they are human, and her husband who is her soul mate and writing partner. Each day this week, I’ll share little gems about Kinrade which I gleaned from her blog.
For now though, I’ll summarize the contents of her first blog post. It appeared in January of 2009 and was called Shit Happens. The post tells about her upheaval of that past year: divorce, broken down car, back taxes, and a non-show by a babysitter. Despite all those bad breaks, Kinrade manages to conclude her post with this positive perspective: “…. I’m letting this shit settle a bit, because I know new growth and new tools are sure to follow.” Perhaps a reason I enjoyed Forbidden Minds is that this upbeat attitude flows through it too, but that’s another post.
Later in the week, I’ll give you a sneak peek at Forbidden Minds. Then on the weekend, I’ll post a review and an interview with Kinrade. Save the dates: March 3 and 4!
Image Credit Flickr User Thirteen of Clubs
Under attack! One day while Kimberly Kinrade talked on the telephone, her three daughters came screaming to the front porch: ““Mommy! Mommy! Something is wrong with the house. We have to move NOW!” What Kinrade saw next started her screaming too. Her beautiful African plants were covered in a black swarm of ants and her girls were scratching their arms from bites.
Based on the photo alone, I knew I had to share the post. What posts have sent your fingers scurrying to Share?
The Disease of Fear
What is the biggest disease? On her blog, Kinrade suggests it is fear and then goes onto offer plenty of examples from her own life.
- She won’t be able to pay rent.
- She will lose her health.
- She didn’t meet the needs of her husband.
- She failed as a wife.
The list goes on. What are your fears?
My list of fears is a little different.
- What if my husband or I lose our job?
- What if we have health issues that drain our finances?
- What if we always rent a house?
- What if adoption doesn’t work out?
- What if our pets get incurably sick?
When the fears threaten to overwhelm me, I turn first to God. It also helps to surround myself with family and friends for support. What are your solutions?
On the other side of fear is hope. Kinrade discovered it in a tire angel. One day she took her car in for regular maintenance. At the end of her one-hour visit, she received this bad surprise: “Engine’s great. All looks good. But the back tires are shot. You need new ones immediately.” She had only eleven dollars in her account. She asked for the cheapest tires possible and explained that she had three little girls and no money. What tire angels have come your way?
At the start of the week, I shared Kinrade’s first post. In it, she wrote “…. I’m letting this shit settle a bit, because I know new growth and new tools are sure to follow.” Only one year later in 2010, her life had completely changed for the better through a little social tool called Twitter.
A Year Later
When she first started tweeting, she had no idea what to do. Then she met two key people: Marian Schembari who took her to a whole new level with social media guru magic, and Dmytry Karpov who became her writing partner.
Since that time, she has also made other life changes. For example, she signed on with Evolved Publishing. Oh, she also had a few books published such as Forbidden Mind. Below is the trailer.