"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
Kimberly Adkins resides in Nashville, Tennessee, Music City USA. She is an avid artist who works with oils, acrylics and water colors. She also spends time song writing and sometimes singing when they make her. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, has a strong background in Science Fiction Fantasy and collects dragons as well as studies the superstring theory. For Kimberly, romance writing is a wonderful and appealing outlet of magic because passion is truly real; Fate lines up to reward the faithful who believe that love can hold a power beyond our understanding and give our dreams a chance to come true.
An Interview with Kimberly Adkins
PNR: Can you tell us a little about how you started writing; was it something you have always wanted to do?
Kimberly A.: I will tell you a little if you promise not to laugh! I started writing as early as I can remember, but I first began to formulate whole ideas and story lines in high school, when I wrote novellas about Duran Duran for my friends. I know some of those still exist and I shudder to think that one day other people might see them!
PNR: Are you able to write as much as you would like? Could you tell us about your writing schedule? What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
Kimberly A.: I have a really fun job here in Nashville, working for a company that leases entertainment coaches for music tours, so I do have to spend a lot of time working. Luckily, when the season is slow over the winter, the owner of the company lets me work part time so I can get some writing in. When I am not doing either of those things, you can find me playing World of Warcraft where I greatly enjoy slaying dragons and saving the world from evil in general.
PNR: Being a new author, who or what has been your biggest influence? Who has been your biggest support?
Kimberly A.: I am very, very influenced by my favorite authors, who are Terry Pratchett, Anne Rice and RA Salvatore. I hope someday to have as much talent in my whole body as one of them does in their little pinky J
My biggest support has been a very dear friend of mine, who actually started me writing romances. When someone points out the fact that you are a hopeless romantic and always penning Science Fiction stories that have an unusual propensity for underlying true love themes…You see what you can do, then.
PNR: What are the greatest challenges to you as an author?
Kimberly A.: I have come up against two really big challenges after my first book was published. The first was realizing that it is by far more work to promote a book than to actually write one! I am very, very lucky that I had such a wonderful publisher to help me with that. My other challenge was to write a second book. I spent a lot of time on that. I had learned so much after the editing process and I really wanted the next one to showcase all the things I had been taught by my editor, reviewers and friends.
PNR: What do you feel are the essential elements of a great story?
Kimberly A.: I really love to see an author write something that is full of original ideas and imagination. It fascinates me to see what one mind can come up with; what worlds they can create and the magic they can fill it with. It makes me sad sometimes when I read a review that says part of a story is bad because it could not happen in real life…Well, where would Stephen King be if he ever held back because it might not fit into the mundane reality of a typical day?
PNR: You made your publishing debut in September 2007 with THE MEDALLION OF SOLAUS from Black Lyon Publishing, have been nominated for PEARL Awards Best Paranormal Debut Author, and have received a great deal of reader admiration for your writing. How does it feel to have such positive recognition for your work?
Kimberly A.: Oh my goodness! I could not believe it when I heard that I received a nomination for a PEARL award. I thought I was dreaming. After they picked me up off the floor, I felt like the luckiest person in the world! To be able to share a story that I thought of with other people is the most amazing thing I could ever think of. I feel very honored by every single person that takes the time to read my writing.
PNR: Congratulations, readers are excited about the September 2007 release of THE MEDALLION OF SOLAUS from Black Lyon Publishing. Could you tell us what inspired this magical romance that transcends time? Is this the first in a new series?
Kimberly A.: I have always been a fan of Ancient Egyptian lore, and actually had done a bit of free lance study on the towns that ringed the Mediterranean. I watch a lot of History International and Discovery Channel, so I get to see a lot about the cities and architecture from the past to the present. I don’t have any plans at the moment to make this book a series, but I did leave it open for a possible sequel in the future, because I enjoyed the company of the characters so much.
PNR: Readers are captivated by the fantasy world you have created. Tell us about the challenges you face in world building and making it work with the ideas you have in mind for the progression of your characters and the series? How much research is involved?
Kimberly A.: I did a whole lot of research into Ancient Persian legends, and you can imagine how much fun that was! Djinn, magic carpets and lamps…I learned what I could about the myths and society from that time, and then I made an ancient world around it. I created the magical ceremonies and policies in my head and then used them.
PNR: Could you give us some insight into the mythology of the artifact that drives the story?
Kimberly A.: I decided early on that I wanted an actual object to carry the Djinn curse, and shortly after that the Medallion came into being. Then I had to figure out what would be on it, of course! I really got into the old Djinn legends and noticed that fire was a recurring theme for them. While researching symbols that could represent fire, I came across the Seal of Solomon, which I loved because it had the six pointed star on it. The upright triangle of the star represented the fiery male, so it was perfect. There is a hint as to the origin of the Medallion on a copy of an old scroll that was said to be housed in the old Library of Alexandria before it burned. But that is part of the legend I created J
PNR: Do you feel your writing is character driven or plot driven? How do you balance these two elements?
Kimberly A.: I don’t really concentrate on one or the other. I just try to tell the story as I see it unfold before my eyes and the characters act it out as I write along. Don’t ever let it be said that I’m balanced, lol.
PNR: Could you tell us a little about how you develop your characters? Who has been your favorite character to write? The most challenging?
Kimberly A.: I notice that they develop as I go along. Sometimes I’ll be writing and a new person will just walk right in and I’ll know everything about them and what they are doing there.
My favorite character, by and far, is the Heroine of the book I just finished. Her name is Jasmine and I love her because she is so strong and funny and has a real smart sense of humor that I find shocking and irreverent at times.
PNR: How would you describe the sensuality level of your books; do you find it challenging to write the hot love/sex scenes that readers demand?
Kimberly A.: I love writing hot, sexy scenes. I find that I have to pull it in a little, lol. So many people out there write erotica so much better than I could, I’m sure, so I try to shoot for the sensual side of the seduction. Lots of times I have to go stand outside in the snow with a cold glass of water when I am writing a sexy scene. Shew.
PNR: Tales of djinn, sorcerers and other wielders of magic have been with us since the oral tradition of storytelling. Why do you feel that magic is such a popular theme in storytelling? In the paranormal romance genre?
Kimberly A.: I think people want to believe in magic. Personally, I would be a very sad soul if I did not truly believe that there was some kind of magic in the world. When we dream, that is what we dream about; that’s where our hearts and our minds take us when we are completely free.
PNR: What is it about the paranormal romance genre that captures your imagination? Is there a genre you haven’t written but would like to try?
Kimberly A.: Without a doubt, I love paranormal romance because anything is possible! I can’t imagine a better combination for a set of genres than that. You can have true love and magic all in one fabulous jelly roll! (Not that I eat jelly rolls, mind you…)
PNR: Could you tell us about your current projects, what can readers expect to see in the coming months?
Kimberly A.: I just finished my new book, I am so excited! It’s called Darkenbane: The Fountain. I spent a lot of time with this one, and it is a Time Travel-Alternate Dimension tale that I am very passionate about. Here is the premise:
Holding the very key to the mysteries of her childhood, Jasmine faces the darkness of a Secret Order with only one goal in mind...
Control Time and Space to bring about a Judgment Day that would sweep through their world and all planes of existence associated with it.
With no knowledge of her past or who she is, Jasmine find herself helping a handsome stranger only to discover she crossed through a doorway into a world that seems hauntingly familiar; a new world filled with magic, prophecy and no small amount of danger.
She wouldn't have it any other way...
PNR: Thank you, Kimberly, for taking time out to talk to us. Where can readers find out what’s new and how can they contact you?
Kimberly A.: Thanks for having me, Dee. It is such a pleasure to get to talk with you folks at PNR. I would love for people to stop by my website at http://www.kimberlyadkins.com and drop me a line or vote on my poll…What is the airspeed velocity of a laden swallow, anyway? J
I always like having company and people to talk to, so visitors would be welcome!
Black Lyon Publishing
September 1, 2007
Solaus had but one wish of the medallion: to save his dying bride. But when he placed the pendant around his neck, his wish was changed by a malevolent twist of magic that made him Djinn, but also took away the knowledge of what he is and who he used to be. Flung from Ancient Persia into immortality, Solaus has only the memory that he did not save his true love and nothing more as time begins to pass.
Eager for a fresh start, New York City photographer, Kaitlin Sommers accepts a rare assignment on a deserted island fortress off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt. Surrounded by the shadowy underworld of illegal treasure smuggling, Kaitlin finds herself in the arms of man who seems to spring directly from dreams of her past - a man Fate threatens to tear her away from a second time.
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