Birth of a Phoenix

I had a realization earlier this week. One that made me stop to reflect on where I was, where I am today and the people who helped along the way. Roughly 10 years ago, Phoenix was born.Kimberly Packard Phoenix Cover web large

The idea came from when I worked corporate communications for a former Fortune 500 company. I was in charge of contract announcements, and was getting antsy waiting on the legal department to approve a press release. The corporate attorney quipped, “Be patient, I’m trying to keep you out of jail for confusing a million dollar deal for a billion dollar deal.”

That off-hand comment took my breath away. I mean, I look fairly good in orange and I’m good at making friends … so it’s not that. What happened was, a seed of an idea began to germinate in my head.

For weeks after, I found myself always going back to that comment and the what-if that followed. What if someone in my position was manipulated into committing securities fraud? What if she believed someone she trusted, but he ended up using her?

During my daily commutes, I’d find myself imagining the story and before long, Phoenix took shape in my head. From there, it took many drafts, many edits, lots of tears, some wine and the confidence of my friends, family and amazing publisher.

Kids, that is the birth story of Phoenix. Pardon Falls came to my during a long drive to far southwest Texas. A few others that are waiting in the wing came from watching the news, hearing an interview with a vocalist and, my favorite and a story I can’t wait to write, the main character sharing his motto – “Just because everyone dies, doesn’t mean it has to be boring.”

Story genesis is fascinating. To me, it’s like unwrapping a present from the universe. Most of the stories come to me fully formed in a giant whoosh. Those that don’t are a little harder to write, but I think what that means is the “whoosh” stories are like falling stars. They are hanging out in orbit, waiting for an author ready to write and and then they streak across the sky to us.

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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3 Responses to Birth of a Phoenix

  1. Claire says:

    It just occurred to me that like the Phoenix that rose from the ashes, so does Amanda. If that was supposed to be obvious, my apologies. lol it’s a wonderful read and I can’t wait to read Pardon Falls.

    Incidentally, my son is in marching band and this year’s show is called “Heart of the Phoenix.” You’re welcome to come see it if you like.

    Claire 🙂

    • Kimberly Packard says:

      Hi Claire! You know, I think that was my subconscious working there. It occurred to me later but I didn’t intentionally set out to make all the mythical references. It’s amazing what happens when the author gets out of the story’s way. Very cool about your son’s band performance! I should come check it out! 🙂

      • Claire says:

        We’d love to have you! Let me know when you are available and I’ll let you know when they’re playing at home. The band faces the home side of the field for the away games.

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