I was recently interviewed for Hollywood Monthly, and the experience was such a nice opportunity to reflect on some of the good things that have happened in 2020, and what brings me happiness. Read on to learn more about me, what I’ve been up to, and what makes me smile.
Q : You’ve now written two books, the bestseller THE PROPHECY and now NEVER SAY GOODBYE. How was your experience writing your second book versus your first?
Writing Never Say Goodbye was a completely different experience. I had a new business (being an author and cultivating my brand), a team I was working with, a deadline looming, and a slew of obstacles that were hard to navigate and ultimately overcome. Through the process however, I found myself again and realized where home and heart is.
Q: We hear you love linking music to what you are writing. What were the top three songs that formed the “soundtrack” to your novel NEVER SAY GOODBYE?
The books’ characters Amanda, Alexander, and Callie had been with me for years, which is why I have three soundtracks related to the book on my website (authorkimsakwa.com), not to mention the countless playlists I created while working through the final iteration. If pressed, however—like now—I’ll pick one for each of them. “Dream On” by Aerosmith (Alexander), “Secrets” by One Republic (Amanda), and “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus (Callie).
Q: Who are your go-to authors?
Julie Garwood, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Cherry Adair, Karen Marie Moning, Lori Foster, Lynn Kurland. Seriously, I could go on!
Q: When you need a break from writing, what do you do?
I’m smiling just thinking of it. I go for a walk and listen to music.
Q: You got to visit New York’s Hamptons for the first time this February. What’s your favorite memory of your visit?
Pinch me, I’m attending an author weekend in the Hamptons! I was instantly embraced within the folds of Bedside Reading founder Jane Ubell-Meyer, my fellow authors, and their families which was a life-changing experience of its own, so it’s hard to pinpoint a favorite. The entire weekend was incredible, from the kickoff at the The Topping Rose to our final event at The Maidstone hotel. But if pressed, I’d have to say sitting within the spectator 1650 Baker House—enveloped in warmth and exceptional hospitality (thank you, Antonella!)—while author Hank Phillippi Ryan mesmerized the crowd (me included). Our late night intimate dinners at local spots happened to be off the charts too. It was extraordinary and an experience I would repeat in a heartbeat.