Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Boardwalk Summer.
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In the town of Tranquility Bay, summer is the season of second chances...
Single mother Hope Thompson has built a happy life for herself and her twins in beautiful Tranquility Bay, Washington. She doesn’t dwell on her painful past—especially not on the man who broke her heart all those years ago. But when Hope’s beloved son needs help, she takes a desperate chance and reaches out to her children’s father.
There, on the quiet lakeshore, Nick and Hope must work together to save their son—even if it means facing their complicated past—for a second chance as a family.
PRAISE FOR BOARDWALK SUMMER
"It was late. I only meant to take a peek but ended up reading BOARDWALK SUMMER in one delicious gulp, and I'm still thinking about the characters. A terrific read. Page turning and deeply emotional. You'll fall in love with these characters who have so much at stake. Highly recommended."
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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Before you started writing your book, what kind of research did you do to prepare yourself?
Hello! Thank you for having me here today. I love connecting with other readers and writers so this is a treat!!
Research! Such a vital part of my writing process. I try to read anything and everything I can get my hands on that deals with subjects I am writing about. I especially love biographies. I’ve unearthed so many wonderful plot gems by reading about someone’s personal life experiences. I also love to garner firsthand accounts. Nothing thrills this writer’s heart more than being able to sit back and listen to someone share their stories with me. And to be able to ask any question that pops into my mind—pure joy!! 😊
Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?
I have such great respect for writers who self-pub. Their ability to not only carve out enough time to create captivating novels but then to also have not only the time but the knowhow to successfully market their works… Like I said, such respect for authors who choose that route. Early on I acknowledged my strengths and weaknesses as a writer and knew self-pubbing was not for me. Not only do I not have the time, I also don’t have the knowhow; that’s why publishing with Berkley has been a dream come true for me. I spend my time where I’m the happiest—tucked behind a computer screen—and my publisher handles all the ins and out/nuts and bolts of getting a book into a reader’s hands. And they do it so brilliantly (and with such great cover art!!). A perfect match if I do say so.
Did you purposefully choose a distinct month to release your book? Why?
When one of my books comes out—that is all up to my publisher.
How did you choose your cover?
With the publication of my first book, Lake Magic, I learned so much about the publishing process. One of those things I learned was that an author has little to no input on the cover design. At first I was stunned but then quickly realized that a job as vital and important as designing a cover that will appeal to the right readers is a job better suited to professionals. I feel been extremely lucky with the gorgeous covers Berkley has designed for my books.
Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?
A beginning of a book is slow writing for me. At this early stage, I’m discovering well…everything. And that discovery takes time and A LOT of revising. I do write an outline before I begin a new book but it’s just that—a wide-sweeping arc of the beginning, middle an end. I like to think of that outline as my book cotton candy: it’s pretty, looks really yummy but when you dig into it you quickly discovery there’s not a lot of substance. To unearth all those yummy, tantalizing bits that make a book special—my characters and all their wonderful flaws that make them so very real and make a reader fall in love with them and root for them to “win”; my setting and the unique aspects and quirks my fictional town has that hopefully makes it a place you want to live or at least visit; and my plot that keeps you turning the pages—all of those gems take time for me. And the only method I’ve discovered that helps me bring them out on the page is to write, revise, write, write, revise, revise revise. You get the idea.
Did you come up with special swag for your book and how are you using it to help get the word out about your book?
I am the worst on promotional items/swag. I want to try and create an item that not only a reader would find useful but also one that showcases my book. For Boardwalk Summer I had some really swanky bookmarks made and also a really nice pen. I know I spent too much on the pens but, I’m a writer and a bit of a pen connoisseur 😊 so if I was going to give away a pen, it had to be a really nice one. But I’d love to hear from readers: what promotional items have you received that you’ve really found useful? Fun?
Did you consider making or hiring someone to make a book trailer for your book? If so, what’s the link?
I love book trailers and think Boardwalk Summer would make a captivating one. If anyone has a designer they’d recommend—please drop me a line!
What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?
The great thing about my books is that they can be checked out (or downloaded) for free through the library! I love that my stories are available to anyone for only the price of a library card. And if I’ve done my job correctly, I’m hopeful a reader will search out a new book of mine.
What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?
I’m not sure if they are the most important things but I know I’ve found it valuable to:
1) Have a website
2) Create a presence on social media
3) Have that group of friends who will help you celebrate your new release!!
What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?
Again, I’m not sure if they are the three most important things and with Boardwalk Summer only my second release, I don’t feel as if I have a lot of experience but things I’ve found valuable to do after a book is released:
1) Keep working on that next release. After your readers gobble up your current offering (or at least we hope they gobble, right??) they are going to want to grab your next book!
2) Keep reading and attending workshops and conferences to improve and hone your writing skills. The more we know, the more we realize there is to know. 😊
3) Take the time to smell the roses. Work is wonderful and valuable but never forget that living your life to the fullest creates a richness that will invariably seep in to your books. And you never know where that next idea will come from!
What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out?
All of the questions posed here are so great and I wish I would have stumbled upon these back in my early writing days. I could have learned so much from your guest authors—would have saved me from taking so many wrong steps. 😊
I did everything you listed above and then some in preparation for the release of Boardwalk Summer. Website; FB; newsletter; etc. And to be honest I was overwhelmed. LOL Being an introvert makes all this internet presence hard but I know how vital it is. I really appreciate Dorothy and Pump Up Your Book for making the blog tour as easy and painless as possible.
Do you have a long term plan with your book?
The only goal I have for one of my stories is that it brings a few hours of relaxation and joy to the reader. I have read romances for almost as long as I can remember. They have been with me through the best times in my life and they have also carried me through some of the darker moments. For me, romances have been like a very close friend. If one of my books can do that for someone—nothing could make me happier!!
What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?
THANK YOU!! I am incredibly grateful to each one of you who has—or will—take a chance on one of my stories. And to show my deep appreciation, I’d love to send you some fun stuff. Just visit my website (www.KimberlyFisk.net) and drop me note.