- A good movie. I watch something and it will trigger something in me.
- Conversations. I was a playwright first, which means I love dialogue. Listening to the way people talk can really inspire me to write a certain kind of character.
- God. I know that sounds trite, but it's true. I have a regular prayer life and things just come to me in those times.
- Classes and Conferences. I am always motivated after learning. Maybe that's why I went to school for 33 years :)
- The Matrix is my all time favorite movie. It has everything. Just love it.
- A Walk to Remember. I know critics hated it, but the love that man has for her is just so pure.
- Pretty in Pink. I'm an 80's girl and it reminds me of all things I loved about high school :)
- The Majestic with Jim Carrey. It is just such a feel good movie. I laugh, cry, just love how I feel in the end.
- This a question I'm never good at answering...so most likely my answers will probably be odd. :) My mother. My father left her when I was 3. She raised me and was always a good role model.
- Mel Gibson. I know, weird, right? But he put up with so much negative press, but stayed true to his art and message. I have to admire him for that.
- The disciples in the Bible. Yeah, I'm strange. But they died for what they believed in. If only we all could be so strong in our convictions.
- This blind guy who was on American Idol the other night. He proved that having a handicap is no excuse to quit on your dream. I love that kind of stuff.
- Dark chocolate!!! In almost every drawer. It's a must have!
- Kettle corn. Salty and sweet...love it.
- Low calorie snacks. I like to pretend to be doing the right thing.
- Asian food. It's my fave!
- I don't do that often, because I have soooo many on my shelf I haven't read yet. Let's see...Island of the Blue Dolphins.
- Three by Ted Dekker
- Echoes by Robin Jones Gunn
- The Bible--I went to Christian school...so I've read it probably a 100 times :) Oh, and anything written by me...cuz I have to edit it a trillion times. LOL :)
- Using some of my book reviews, this is what they've said...Romantic
- Fast-Paced (whoops that's two words)
In each of my books, I deal with tough issues teens face. Book one (Love Thy Sister, Guard Thy Man)was about sibling rivalry and first love; the second (Oh Brother, You're Not My Keeper), loss and rejection; Book three (Seek Ye First My Heart)was about insecurity and self-esteem; the fourth (Fried, Scrambled and Unequally Yoked) was peer pressure.
I like when reviewers say my characters are "real," because I want the reader to walk away feeling like they've met someone who is just like them. Who has dealt with the same things. The hardest journey I think is Fried, Scrambled and Unequally Yoked, because the character actually deals with life and death decisions. I just got a letter from a reader the other day who has been dealing with the angst of divorce. My books are helping her. That is the most precious gift I can ask for. It's why I write.
Kim, thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to visit Kim at her website http://www.kmendoza.com/ and download a copy of Fried, Scrambled and Unequally Yoked from the Climbing Rose store or a grab a print copy from Amazon.