Kim Law is in the Spotlight
Posted by Trish Milburn Nov 5 2012, 12:01 am
A few years back, I was at a local RWA chapter meeting when the subject of brainstorming came up. One thing led to another, and I became part of a brainstorming group with three other fabulous ladies. Since then, not only do we brainstorm on a regular basis, helping each other plot out our books and get past sticking points, but we’ve become great friends. We’ve gone on a writing retreat at a cabin in a state park, go to movies together, and three of us (Gretchen, Lara and me) are total sci-fi geeks who love and adore Dragon*Con. We’re pretty sure Kim thinks we’re a little weird. That’s okay, we love her anyway. And we were all so happy when Kim made her first sale and have been doing the happy dance the past several days as that book debuted. So I’m very happy to host a launch party for Kim Law today. And I’m depending on all you lovely ladies to help me keep the party going since I have to be at an all-day training session today. Pout! I’d much rather be here hanging with you all. Even better would be if I could check in from where Kim is — the beach! She’s at a writing retreat within sight of the ocean. Wah!!!
Good think I like her so much. So I give you Kim Law!
Your debut novel, Caught on Camera, just came out last week? Are you still floating on air?
Oh, was I supposed to stop at some point? I thought this was just how I got around now! I’ve gotten pretty good at floating
Tell us about Caught on Camera and what led you to write this book.
Scandal meets seduction when America’s golden guy falls for a woman with secrets. It’s sexy and hot and totally romantic. All the things that I love! But what led me to write it? Hmmm…I’d have to say that I wanted something you might find in the headlines. And I love a hot, sexy alpha man. So I created the Davenports, and used JFK Jr. as my basis. Who wouldn’t have wanted to be swept away by him?
When did you start writing romance? What drew you to the genre?
I joined RWA in 2005, but didn’t really start writing until 2006. Well, I tried writing after my first RWA meeting in January, but quickly discovered IT WAS HARD!!! So I took the next year to soak in as much as I could and then I started over. And it was still hard. But what drew me to the genre was those old purple and white Harlequin Romances. My mother used to get them when I was a teenager, and would hand then off to me. I fell in love instantly!
What has your journey been to getting published?
Oh geez…mostly hurry up and wait. And then there was slow and painful! But that’s all part of it. I wrote five books before getting an agent, and then sold my fifth and third books about nine months later.
We love call stories here in the Bandit Lair. Tell us about yours.
Oh, I love call stories, too!! Mine kind of happened over a few days time. My agent e-mailed to let me know an editor at Montlake was reading it and apparently loving it. Then there was another e-mail where the editor wanted to see my previous Golden Heart-winning book. Then I was told she was going to finish them over the weekend and get back to us. AND THEN I had to wait all the way until Wednesday to hear back!!! Needless to say, I’d been strictly sticking to my desk that week and watching the phone! When my agent finally called, I started smiling immediately. The editor loved them and wanted both! I was then useless at work the remainder of the day. Actually, probably the whole week.
What is your favorite part about writing?
OK, this might sound weird, but I love the physical act of typing out the story. You know, when I’m really in a groove and the story is flowing. It’s almost like I can feel the story leave my brain, ooze down my arms, and come out through my fingertips. I think it’s because I’m literally watching something come to life right before my eyes. Or maybe I’m just odd But as far as things such as rough draft, editing, research? I love editing. That’s when I can really polish and make that creation a beauty. Hopefully.
You are well known among your friends as being a meticulous plotter and lover of all things spreadsheet. Why do you think that is?
Ha! That’s such a polite way of putting it. It’s the left brain, baby! Mine works overtime. But why, I have no idea. I only wish spreadsheets made everyone as happy as they do me!
You have another book, the first in your Sugar Springs series, coming out late in the year. Tell us about that and how it differs from Caught on Camera.
Sugar Springs is my 2009 Golden Heart winner. It’s a small-town, secret baby story about a woman, Lee Ann, raising her sister’s twin girls (who are now pre-teens) and their father showing up after all this time to find he has kids. The kicker is that he was Lee Ann’s high school sweetheart, not her sister’s! It differs from Caught on Camera in that it’s not nearly as sexy and has the small-town thing going for it. Plus, it’s a bit more heartwarming.
You just recently left your day job to write full time. How are you liking your new “commute”?
See question one about floating in the clouds. I went out this week and purchased a new work wardrobe consisting of all yoga pants and cotton T-shirts. Of course, next you’ll be seeing me on What Not to Wear! But that’s okay because I really think I’m going to love this!
Okay, everyone. Kim mentioned that Caught in Camera was inspired by the type of story you might see in the headlines. Do you ever read or watch the news and think, “Oh, that would make a good book?” And do you prefer sexy, alpha male stories like Caught on Camera or more heartwarming, small town stories like Sugar Springs? Why?
To find out more about Kim and her books, visit her website. And remember, if you want to buy Kim’s books, all you have to do is click on the covers above. They’ll take you straight to the books’ pages on Amazon. Isn’t that handy?