I’m pleased to welcome, poet and author Kimberly Hockaday to my blog couch today!
Thanks for joining me. Tell us about yourself, Kimberly. What do you like to do when you’re not a writer? My name is Kimberly Hockaday. and I am from North Carolina.I am the author of 2 books, "A Mourner's Diary:Poems of Grief and Healing" and "Soul Mates:Poems of Eternal Love." Both published in 2017. When I am not writing I enjoy watching my favorite television shows, listening to music, and spending time with family.
What inspires you to write? I can not really state exactly what inspires me to write. Everything about life inspires me to write. The good, the beautiful, and not so beautiful things. I find inspiration everywhere.
Tell me about your journey as a writer. When did you start and how do you keep the creative juices flowing? I have always wanted to be a writer. I have always believed that I was born to write. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a writer. Even at the age of 3 or 4, I always had pen and paper in my hand. I actually taught myself how to write my alphabets. I was just scribbling on paper (not even school aged yet) and my mom came into the room to check on me and was stunned to see that I had written the entire alphabet. As a young child I was always writing. I remember I would write down stories I just watched on Television then run around the house trying to get someone to read my "story."
I have no secrets in keeping my creative juices flowing. I write when I feel like writing or if something pops into my head. I also never force words to come. Sometimes I will listen to music but usually the words just come naturally to me.
How would you describe your book in a nutshell. If you have lost someone to cancer or know someone dying of cancer then you will be able to relate to my book, "A Mourner's Diary:Poems of Grief and Healing." It is a personal collection of poetry dealing with the loss and acceptance of loved ones.
Do you have a favourite character in your book? "A Mourner's Diary" is a poetry book and there are no characters. The poems deal with real people; my aunt and uncle who passed away in 2016.
Who would you like to see play your characters in a movie? My book is a poetry book and so I would love to have an actress with a strong beautiful voice recite my poems. Actresses like Cicely Tyson come to my mind. I think she would do an amazing job.
Ms Tyson is a great choice! Do you have a favourite time of day and place to write? Do you have a routine? I do not have a favorite time or place to write. I can write any time and anywhere as long as I am not constantly interrupted. My routine is pretty simple. I have journals but I like to first write my thoughts out on scratch paper and write the poem down in my journals. I feel like it's less mistakes and less marking I have to do in my journals.
What do you do to market your book? To market my book, I have mentioned it constantly on social media sites, made fliers, and mostly word of mouth.
Who are your three top author crushes? Who would you most like to meet? I honestly do not have any author crushes. My all time favorite author and the one person I always wanted to meet since I was a little girl is now someone I will never have the opportunity to meet or thank for being an inspiration. That amazing, brilliant woman was Maya Angelou.
I agree with you, Kim, Ms Angelou was an inspiring woman. What are your future plans for writing? At the moment I am not a well known writer. I currently work a part-time job. I hope to one day accomplish my life long dream in establishing a career as a writer. I want to continue writing books and be able to say my job is being an author. There are other projects in the Arts I would like to create but most importantly is making writing my career. I hope to not only write books but also work with a magazine. I love writing.
What words of wisdom would you share with aspiring authors? My words of wisdom to other aspiring authors is three things. (1) Never give up on their dream (2) Be passionate about what you do (3) Always remain humble.
Great words to remember, Kim. Thanks for being with me today!
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