Interview: Kim Cox, Author of the Style & Profile Series

Besides author what other jobs have you had?

I am the meaning of the phrase jane of all trades. My first job was at a ice cream palor. I’ve worked as a traygirl in a hospital, cashier in a convenience store, emergency room clerk, insurance clerk, maid, customer service clerk, textiles – knitter and spinner, carpet industry (forgot the name of the position but roper or winder I think), quality control, lab technician (cloth dying), quality control office, accounts receivable clerk, production planner, and production scheduler. There’s probably more not coming to me right now.

Right now, I work as an MIS Specialist at a workforce agency (Super User, Accountability, and Perfromance), I design websites and book covers, and I format and publish my own books. I only have one book cover that I didn’t design myself and that’s BEFORE WE WED.

What’s something most readers would never guess about you?

Just about every author I’ve heard of, either from a bio or an author interview knew they wanted to write from the womb or shortly after. The shocker is, I didn’t always like to read much less think about writing myself. I’d say it was my late twenties by the time I loved to read and I was in my mid-thirties before I thought about writing.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

It energizes me. It takes me a while to get started sometimes but once I do and I really get into it, it’s hard for me to stop even for sleep.

Besides writing, what are your favorite things to do?

I love reading, almost every genre but mostly mystery and suspense. I’m a television addict. I love music and dancing. A good song comes on and I can’t stay still. I have to get up and move around.

Do you ever write under a pseudonym? If not have you considered it? Why or why not?

No, I write under my married name but I have considered writing under the pseudonym, Crystal Paige. I’m not sure why. It was just easier to use my real name than deal with a pseudonym. I may use one if I write in a different genre than the ones I write in now.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

It depends. If I use a real town or city where I’ve never been, of course I need to research. Most of the research that I do has to do with where my characters live and the type of dialect and fashion in that particular place and time. I research their professions. I normally stick to contemporary but there are a couple of historical books I’d like to write in the future. They will take more research.

I normally write the first draft and mark places where I need to research as I go. After the draft is done, I research. During editing, I may find I need to do more research. Then I’ll stop and research as I go, or I may mark it and research when I’m done editing. It all depends on what I need to research and my mood.

I use the Internet and books for research.

How do you select the names of your characters? Have you ever regretted choosing a particular name? Why?

Character names tend to pop into my head. Sometimes I’ll hear a name and say, I want to use that as a character name. I store it away for a later time.

Regret? I used an alias name my son uses sometimes which is just a different spelling of his last name. That didn’t work well with romantic scenes for me so I changed it.

What do you do for cover art? Do you do it yourself, hire an artist (you can name names if you liked them), or purchase pre-made?

I mostly create my own cover art. As I said above, I’ve created all but one of my covers. I have a degree in Web Technologies where I received some training in Photoshop. I love the creative process. Two years ago, I purchased book cover templates from Nathan Dasco at BookCoverMall (bookcovermall.com). These covers have helped me learn more about shading and fonts. He sales template bundles through his website.

I won a free cover design from book cover designer, Sean Lowery, at High Impact Covers (highimpactcovers.com). It is my newest release, BEFORE WE WED. This saved me the time of creating my own. It sometimes takes many hours or days to make the perfect cover. Find the right photograph or image takes hours or days.

What is the hardest type of scene to write? Why?

Sex scenes. I’ve even thought about writing mystery or suspense rather than romantic suspense to get away from writing them. I haven’t learned how to stop it or close the door on the sex, at least, how to do it and it seem natural.

I also struggle with writing description and emotion. If it doesn’t come out in a natural way, I have to really think about it and how to add it into a scene. I don’t always see that it’s needed. That’s where a good editor comes in. What is Sarah thinking/feeling during this conversation? What does she see when she walks into the room?

Plotter? Or Pantser? And prepare to defend your position!

More of a panster. I used to be all panster but I do some plotting now. I always have to start writing first. So, I’ll write the first three chapters and then I’ll plot but not with too much detail. I’ll do some character information due to my bad memory. and I’ll write a synopsis of the story. I don’t care to know too much ahead of time or I tend to lose interest. One time, I did a lot of plotting which included a chapter by chapter outline because I thought it would save me editing time at the end.

That was the first time in my life that I got stuck and couldn’t decide how to proceed. The book was getting long and I knew how I wanted it to end but I wasn’t sure how to get from where I was to where I wanted to go to end it. The manuscript sat on the back burner for years three-quarters completed before I was able to get back to it.

Where do you get inspiration?

From everything and everyone around me. I’ll see something, read something, or hear something and think what if. Sometimes I dream scenes that eventually become books or part of a book.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Just as Sarah Martin and Jon Clayton say their vows, the police crash the wedding to arrest the groom. Jon is terrified and Sarah is heartbroken. Thankfully, their friends support them emotionally and help find Jon an excellent attorney.

When evidence of John’s guilt is found, he swears he’s innocent. But how can he prove it? As if an arrest and pending trial aren’t bad enough, his ex-wife refuses to let him near their seven-year-old son, and has their shared custody agreement rescinded as part of his bail agreement. But when Jon Jon is injured, Jon breaks the agreement and his bail is revoked.

Sarah sees strange men in Jon’s business one night. One follows her home and attacks her. When Jon finds out, he pushes her way to protect her, but it doesn’t deter her loyalty to him or the attacker’s determination to killer her. Will the enemy get to her?

Is Jon truly innocent, and does he have no idea how the damaging evidence found its way into his business? Are there more sinister people involved? Will Sarah find the evidence she needs to clear him, or will she find out he’s fooled them all? If someone else is framing Jon, who is it and what are their motives?

Book Trailer:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

An author of Mystery, Suspense, Paranormal, and Romance, Kim Cox lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her chainsaw artist husband, their West Highland White Terriers, (Scooter and Harley) and an adopted Yorkie/Maltese mix (Candi). She’s also a mother and grandmother.

Kim is published in novels, short stories and articles. Her published works consist of Romantic Suspense Novels, a Paranormal Mystery series, and short stories.

Besides writing, cover design, and publishing, Kim presently works a full-time position outside the home as MIS Specialist for a Workforce Development company.

She is a graduate of Writer’s Digest’s Writing to Sell Fiction and NRI’s Fiction Writing, and has associate degrees in the fields of Office Systems Technology and Web Technologies.

On the web:

Go to Kim’s Readers List and visit her at the following sites:
Website: http://www.kimcoxauthor.com
Blogs: Kim’s Musings, and Kim’s Author Support Page

Social Media locations:

Kim is hosting a giveaway, where FIVE lucky winners will receive one of the following prizes:  (1) ebook copy of “ALL THIS TIME” and a $10 Amazon Gift Card or (4) ebook copy of ALL THIS TIME.

To enter Kim’s giveaway, simply leave a comment anywhere along the tour!

“The tour is sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.”

35 Comments

on Interview: Kim Cox, Author of the Style & Profile Series.
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    Really enjoyed this interview, Kim and Charles! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
    Kim, it looks like you had a wonderful blog tour!
    Thanks for hosting, Charles, and for the warm welcome.

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    Again, thank you for hosting me this week, Charles! It has been fun.

    • Charles W. Jones
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      My pleasure Kim, it’s been great having you and learning about you and your books. I hope Before We Wed is a big hit!

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    Kim you are a jack of all trades. You are doing many things at once and it comes out in all the writing you do. You go girl!

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      Thank you, Shirley..

  4. D.L. Finn
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    Loved learning more about you, Kim! I’m not a fan of writing sex scenes either–I found a way out of it, my first time out….lol. Thanks for hosting Charles!

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    It’s great to learn more about you, Kim! Charles, it’s always a pleasure visiting your site. Appreciate your support of fellow authors!!

    • Kim Cox
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      Thanks, Marlena!

    • Charles W. Jones
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      Thanks Gracie. I love hosting blog tours because I get to meet great people and their works.

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    It’s good to know more about you, Kim. Congr ats as you continue your tour. Thank you, Charles, for hosting her.

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    A great post, Kim! I enjoyed learning more about you, and the ways you create and weave your books. Like many of the others, I find your book cover really draw my eye. Best wishes with the new release! Thanks for hosting today, Charles.

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      Thank you, Suzanne! I enjoy creating covers.

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    Hi Kim. I can’t see the text against the background, sp please eexcuse mistakes. 😀

    I lpved the interview, especially the parts about character names & plotter vrs pantster. I enjoyed getting to know morr abput you as a writer. Great tour so far!

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      Thank you, Rhani. Glad you could make it. I thought plotting would save me time on editing but it didn’t help me there.

  9. DE Howard
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    Fab interview – I am so jealous of anyone who can design their own covers – I wouldn’t have a clue where to begin 🙂

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      Thanks, Dawn! Well, you definitely need to know Photoshop or something similar.

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    Hello Charles & Kim! Great interview! I enjoyed the questions and honest answers. Wow, you’ve worn so many different hats, Kim! That makes for a great writer. Best wishes on the tour for your new release! Thank you!

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      Thanks, Vashti! I left out fast-food and waitress which were also earlier jobs. I could’ve been a professional student too. Loved learning new things. I’ve taken some accounting, cosmetology, and nursing. I wasn’t cut out for nursing. Don’t know what I was thinking as I really don’t like hospitals were the patients are. It takes special people to do those professions. It was more of my mom’s idea and I liked the money they earn but that’s about it. I liked cosmetology but I had to quit and go back to work full time. But thinking back, standing on your feet that long has to be a back ache. I prefer to sit and stand periodically.

      I used to get bored after about 3 months of doing the same job. One place, the plant administrator loved me because he could place me anywhere and I learn quickly. I think I worked 4 positions at that location in 3 years. One was temporary while someone was on medical leave. The job I have now changes so frequently that I never get bored.

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    I loved this interview with Kim (aka Jane of All Trades)! I am currently reading Haunted Hearts and enjoying it. Thanks to Charles for hosting today. Best of luck on the rest of the tour, Kim.

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      Thanks, Jan! I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying Haunted Hearts.

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    Thank you, Charles for having me on your blog today. I signed on to some pretty good news. My long time friend, critique partner and now editor forwarded me an email that she received from Amazon and they were promoting my new release. I wish I knew if I’d done something to make that happen so I could do it again. 😀

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    Kim, I think it’s interesting that you did’t discover a love for reading, and writing until you were in your 20s and 30s, yet you are so passionate about it. It’s refreshing to hear that someone can fall in love with a craft at any point in their lives.

    Your book covers are amazing. You are one talented lady! 🙂

    Charles, thanks for hosting Kim today!

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      Thank you for stopping by, Mae.

      I know. When I was in 10th grade English, we had reading assignments and a quiz on it the next morning. I didn’t read the material, but I would go into the class and ask my classmates what it was about. I could still pass the test. Thinking back on that, it was terrible of me. But I own it. I think it had a lot to do with the reading material assigned.

      I did find one book in the library I loved in elementary school, but normally, I didn’t see anything that interested me. Where was J. K. Rowling when I was growing up? LOL Probably not born yet. There was one thing I used to sneak and read as a teenager and that was my mom’s True Story magazines. I bet it was because I wasn’t supposed to read them

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    Great interview, Kim! I can relate to your struggle with writing sex scenes, I also find them the most difficult. Like yourself, I once plotted a book chapter by chapter and it didn’t work for me either.

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      Love seeing your here, Michelle.. Yes, I struggle with sex scenes but I hear Before We Wed is pretty hot, according to my editor. Very much out of my comfort zone. Knowing too much detail about what’s going to happen causes me to lose interest for some reason.

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    Hi Kim, had to chuckle at your list of jobs, isn’t it amazing what we end up doing sometimes? So glad you discovered writing.

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      Thank you, Wendy! Me too on finding writing. I just wish I could have done it full time. Maybe next year. I hope to retire from the day job next summer.

  16. Gordon Bickerstaff
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    Great to find out more about your writing process., Amazing to find out you do your own covers because they are very well done. Best wishes for this tour.

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      Thank you, Gordon. I do enjoy the creation process too. Now, I wish I’d taken Graphic Design instead of Web Technologies. The templates I purchased were well worth the price as they keep on giving. I completely change them but leave he shading and fonts if needed. Sometimes I have to change the font but I can use a font from a different template.

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