My guest today is author Venessa Kimball.
Welcome Venessa, let’s start with you telling us a little about yourself including where you are from?
I am from San Antonio, Texas. I have three kids with my high school sweetheart. They keep me on my toes! I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for a few years. A Realtor for about six years. Then, I found my passion- writing. I started my journey in the world of writing novels in 2010. Currently, I’m writing in the New Adult, as well as the Young Adult, fiction genre. However, expect the unexpected from my writing since I tend to surprise my audiences with diversity and genre mashups. I’m publishing my tenth book at end of the 2016.
Can you tell us about your new series and how you got started?
ABOUT THE COPULA CHRONICLES SERIES:
Origin, is a roller coaster ride straight into an unreality intent on spinning you around in the alternate history of the origin the new world Jesca has been thrust into. Make no mistake, your reality will be turned upside down with the techno-thriller plausibilities of what our world and its inhabitants could possess within. When all is said and done, you will find yourself planted in a new reality of weighty urban fantasy with profound thought-provoking conspiracies of the spiritual and scientific link to our existence and what our world may become now that Jesca’s new reality has been set into motion.
Descend, pulls you deeper into the inherited reality Jesca and her new found clan of guardians are forced to surrender to in order to save the earth and humankind. The reality of genetic manipulation, ancient myths and theories, and the immediate threat of extra-terrestrial abduction and invasion are revealed in this second instalment. Edge of your seat techno-thrilling conspiracies paired with dramatic mystery, suspense, and sacrifices are fulfilled in this spiralling global cataclysm Jesca and the guardians are faced with at every turn.
Ascend, takes you beyond the veil of our world and into one beholding the supernatural, spiritual, psychological and techno-thrilling futurism in terrifyingly perfect harmony.
Legacy, is the final instalment in this edge-of-your-seat urban fantasy, science fiction fused series and Kimball holds nothing back in her arsenal of spine-tingling, mind-boggling, thought-provoking, mystery-seeking, and heart-pounding content to bring the Copula Chronicles to full circle.
What made you decide to write books?
A story itching to be told. It truly was that simple. The challenge was making it happen. Once I had one published, the ability to do so was much easier and less intimidating.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
Brainstorming the what ifs. It has always worked for me. And, it doesn’t show any sign of slowing.
If you have a publisher, what has it been like working with them?
I am both published through a publisher and self-published. Crushing Hearts Black Butterfly Publishing is my publisher and I absolutely adore our house! Each of the authors, the cover artists, the editors, the marketing team, everyone is fully supportive of each other. I’m blessed to be a part of this house.
Do you have an agent?
What is your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
I strive for 2000 to 3000 a day. I don’t work weekends and I only work while the kids are at school. I also don’t work in the summer, due to the heavy traffic of kiddos in the house. I know that will change as they get older and I will welcome getting my word count up. But, for now, it’s 2000-3000 a day.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks)?
I can write just about anywhere as long as I have my headphones and the current work in progress’ playlist. I have to have music as I build the worlds 🙂
You have told us what you like to write, but when relaxing what do you like to read?
Romance, Sci-Fi, Psychological Thrillers, Fantasy. There isn’t much I don’t read.
What plans have you got for future books?
A ton of plans. This summer I’m planning out projects/ series/ that are brewing in my head. I have three series I’m going to plan out over the next two to three years.
What is the hardest part of being an author?
Juggling the marketing/ publicity and the amount completed and published books it takes to build a fan base. Both are necessary and need attention. And while I would just write, write, write all day long, the marketing and publicity side does take time. And it takes it away from producing my books quicker. I think that’s my biggest challenge right now.
Lastly, can you describe the feeling when you saw your published book for the first time?
Thank you for being my guest today and good luck with your series and future books.