Is this thing on?

Hi. My name is Kim. I make stuff up. (No really, I do, I have the T Shirt to prove it).

Why do I make stuff up? I can’t not, I guess.

A few years ago, at the urging of one of my closest friends, I started doing something that was always on the “someday” list. You know the one … someday I’ll jump out of an airplane, someday I’ll travel to New Zealand, someday I’ll get that drunken tattoo removed. Yeah, that list. So, I sat down and started writing a nugget of an idea that had been in my head, the “what if.” What if someone walked away from her life and started over?

In all honesty, I should have started this blog back then, to chronicle the real journey of a first novel, but I was just so focused on writing it and didn’t think it would see the light of day (except for said friend). Now, about seven years after, it’s complete and I’m on the search for The Other One – an agent.

The novel, Phoenix, is a very different story from those first words I tapped into the computer. Characters I didn’t even think about in the beginning now whisper to me at all hours of the night, our spiraling financial markets gave an (im)perfect backdrop, and, sadly, the untimely death of that dear friend who encouraged me to make someday now provided an even greater need to share the story.

So, why blog and why now? Well, it’s not because the world needs another blog. And, (hopefully) it’s not to serve as a distraction for what I should be doing … querying, editing and writing (I am, dear reader, prone to “ooh, ooh shiny” moments). This is to share the journey of submitting the novel, editing it, starting the next one and maybe even finding a community of others who live with voices in their heads. Or, at least find a doctor to cure it.

Until later … cheers,

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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