I originally wrote, Love thy Sister, Guard thy Man--the first book in the series--in high school. It was the first novel I ever wrote. It's about a young girl who falls in love, only to have her sister rip him away from her. When I turned it in to The Wild Rose Press, the editor loved it, but at the time, they didn't have a young adult line, so she rejected it. A few months later, she contacted me and said they wanted to launch a YA line with "Sister." After that, my editor asked me if I would consider writing a sequel. The idea came to me to write each story from the point-of-view of each sibling. So, each book focuses on one of the Russell family siblings.Is there a real-life Russell family?
No, though a lot of me is in these books. I am a child of divorce and could identify with their pain and struggles. I would say I'm most like Melena. Thank goodness, I'm NOT Cassi :) (For those who haven't read the books, Cassi is the evil sister in book one. Her story is in book three, Seek Ye First My Heart. And I promise, you'll like her by the end.)What was your road to publishing?
I started writing when I was 12 years old. Finished my first novel by 16. Tried to get published for 15 years. Published a few poems here and there, and then a play in 2000. But it wasn't until I joined a critique group that the winds changed. My first novel was published by Booklocker within months of joining, and then The Wild Rose Press picked up my book, Reveille of the Heart, a few months later. Since then I've published 10 novels, 4 e-books, 1 non-fiction book, and 6 plays. I also have several in the works. I highly recommend critique groups to anyone interested in publishing. My own 12 year old son has just joined mine. So, maybe he won't have to wait 15 years to get published.Why do you write YA?
No matter how hard I try, I write young. I direct a youth drama team and a lot of my good friends are under the age of 20. (Or maybe I'm must immature.) I adore teens and the way they view the world. I like to help them any way I can. Each of my Russell Family books deals with issues that teens deal with.What's going on around you when you write?
Peace. No distractions. Boys are asleep or I'm at work in a closed office.Do you like to read YA? Any YA books that you love?
Yes! Janette Rallison is my favorite YA author. Love her book, Fame,What books do you have coming out in the future?
Glory, and Other Things on My To-Do List.
Fried, Scrambled & Unequally Yoked (the fourth in the Russell Series) comes out in print this January. I just turned in a short story called, Wish Upon A Rock Star that is being considered for an anthology called, Summer Lovin'. And I have a book coming out called, Taps to the Soul. (A sequel to Reveille of the Heart.)
Thanks for letting me babble on about myself. It's been fun. Have a wonderful day :)
Thanks, Kimberlee! And, hey, if you want to check out Kimberlee's stuff, look for her free download, The After School Question, available from The Wild Rose Press or check out Kimberlee's website!