Confessions of a Debut Author (Day 2 & 3)

Thank you for all your comments this week and for visiting my friends’ blogs. This is my first blog tour, and I’d have to say it’s been fun so far.

Here are the links to the blog posts for Day 2 & 3:

Ann Crabs

Beverly Stowe McClure’s Blog

Don’t forget to follow the tour all week; it ends on Saturday with a post about a book giveaway. The winner will be announced the following week on Saturday, March 20th.

Blog Tour: Confessions of a Debut Author (Day One)

Blog Tour: Confessions of a Debut Author (Day One)

-Getting Started-

“Being risk adverse is natural. But avoid all risks, and you avoid all rewards.” Those were the exact words my father said to me a week ago. Yes, I wrote them down, since I often take notes when I speak to him: he is quite quotable—something like a modern-day Benjamin Franklin.

Even though my father and I were having a risk-versus-gain financial discussion, it reminded me of a similar chat we had over a year ago—one that involved publishing my first novel. And in order to pursue my dream of becoming an author, I had to focus on the reward—not the risk.

We all know the risks of becoming an author; they are essentially the same in any business venture. Yet we have to overcome our fears and not decide it is better to dream than to try and not succeed. For many writers, keeping their manuscript hidden is safer. I have often wondered if, perhaps, some of the best books ever written will never be read. Those books are hidden inside computers or journals—much like buried treasure.  

In the last few months, many people, friends and strangers, have shared their dreams of becoming an author. Some have a completed manuscript; others just have an idea for a book. As a former teacher, I try to encourage them, since writing a book is a very attainable—and rewarding—experience.  

Yet for every published author, the reward is something different. As for me, I treasure the opportunity to return to the classroom as an author. And for you, it could be something else; of course, the only way to find out is to take that risk.  

Follow the link to the next blog post:

Blog Tour: “Confessions of a Debut Author”

BLOG TOUR: Confessions of a Debut Author

Post Date Blog Article
Monday,March 8, 2010 Kimberly Blackadar’s Blog

Getting Started
Tuesday,March 9, 2010 Ann Crabs

Finding a Publicist
Wednesday,March 10, 2010 Beverly Stowe McClure’s Blog

Reaching Your Target Audience
Thursday,March 11, 2010 Debut Author’s Blog

Creating an Internet Presence
Friday,March 12, 2010 In the Sparrow’s Nest

Giving Thanks
Saturday,March 13, 2010 Ann Crabs


*Follow the tour all week, and then enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of Nothing but Trouble after Midnight.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 20, 2010.*

Free Book Friday

Do you like to read about new books and the authors that wrote them? And would you like the chance to win free books in the process? Then I have two great sites for you: Free Book Friday and Free Book Friday for Teens.

The sites have featured names like Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Weiner, and Audrey Niffenegger and  this coming week, starting on Saturday, February 2oth, the teen site will be featuring Nothing but Trouble after Midnight.

Book Signing: Barnes & Noble (Florence, KY)

If you live in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area, please stop by the Barnes & Noble (Florence, KY) on Saturday, February 13th. Why, you ask? Well, I’ll be there from 2-4, and I would prefer not to be there by myself.

Here’s the link to the store calendar, and if you have younger children, they have story time at 3:30. You can make a day of it! 🙂

Author Q & A

Author Q & A

Did you always want to be a writer?

No, not exactly, but I remember when it first occurred to me, though. I was in eighth-grade English class, the first day of school, and the teacher called my name. “Kimberly Blackadar,” he said. “That is the name of an author!” I was only thirteen, and my best pieces of writing were often folded and passed across the room, but still, his prophetic words stayed with me, year after year, until I sat down at my computer and started my first novel.

It sounds like your teacher planted a seed. So do you believe in the power of suggestion?

Absolutely! I spent eight years in the classroom, and I never took that role lightly. I recall sitting in an interview with a colleague of mine, and when we were asked what we did best as teachers, we answered: “We find something special in every student and celebrate it.”

Now, after leaving the classroom, what is your typical day like?

Well, I’m a homeschooling mom with a pilot for a hubby, so it’s not overly conducive to a writing career. But then again, how many authors have the ideal situation? Most juggle careers, families, and other obligations─all while trying to complete their writing projects. Writers, however, must excel at time management and set firm deadlines─usually in terms of pages per day or week.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Yes, read, read, and then read some more! (Okay, now I sound like a teacher again.) But don’t just read books in your genre; expose yourself to all works of literature. I vacillate between contemporary fiction and the classics, finding the greatest inspiration from the written word.

Do you need to be inspired to write?

No, I am always eager to write, but I have to be in a place for writing─either in my office or out in nature. I wrote a good portion of my first novel while at the beach and when I was up in Alaska. I think location─and a little ambiance­─is important. Especially when writing romance novels.  Of course, I’m not suggesting typing by candlelight, but soft music, comfortable clothes, and chocolate do evoke the muse.

Speaking of romance novels, aren’t they all the same?

Well, there are two probable endings for a romance novel: it’s either happily ever after or a Kleenex moment. But what makes them unique is the obstacle course along the way, and for fictional romances, it is more like crossing a mine field─with one explosive moment after another.

Where do you come up with your “explosive” ideas?

When I’m out on my long runs, my imagination really goes places. So my husband bought me a digital recorder to capture those ideas; unfortunately, when I played it back, I couldn’t follow it. I sounded like a breathless 911 caller leaving the scene of the crime, and now I’m back to relying on my memory.

After coming up with the idea for your first novel, how long did it take you to complete it?

The published version of Nothing but Trouble after Midnight took around six months to write, but it was preceded by two abandoned manuscripts. Even though the characters remained constant throughout the writing process, the relationship between the main characters, Rob and Chloe, evolved with every draft. At first, I created Rob to fulfill the friend role, but over time, I grew quite fond of him, and consequently, so did Chloe.

Aw, Rob and Chloe… can we expect more from them in the future?

NBTAM is the first of seven young-adult novels in the 7C’s series, with each book focusing on a different girl, but Rob and Chloe will be ever-present throughout the series. Chloe is the prominent link in the friendship chain.

Besides your current series, are there any other books on the horizon?

Yes, I am timelining a standalone adult novel tentatively titled In the Rose Garden. Conceptually, it is very complicated and will demand more of me as a writer. But I am eager for the challenge.

Is there any form of writing you would rather avoid?

Yes, anything autobiographical─like answering interview questions.

But isn’t all writing autobiographical?

I certainly hope not! My characters will encounter many hardships over the years, and my life has been rather pleasant so far…


Young adult literature is the fastest growing sector of the publishing industry, and a 2008 Newsweek article reported that book sales for ages 12-18 climbed a staggering 25 percent.

*This post is from my author’s press kit. A full press kit is available upon request.