My Wordy Valentine

Books are like a relationship. You put a lot of effort into it, flirt with it, flutter your eyelashes and maybe, just maybe, that story will like you back.

My debut novel, Phoenix, was my first love. We spent long weekends together. Some late nights, too. Fumbling through the fictive dream, sometimes getting it right, sometimes just getting our braces locked together.

We managed to make it through high school to publication without too much drama. But, alas, it was time to graduate and move on to college.

That’s where I met Pardon Falls. While there’s some commonalities between the two, where Phoenix was that easy affable book-next-door, Pardon Falls is that moody book that makes me feel like the wittiest girl in the world one minute, only to leave me binge watching My So Called Life while shoveling ice cream into my mouth the next.

If Pardon Falls were truly a boy, he’d be that long-haired dreamy guy in flannel and ripped Jordan Catalano is Dreamyjeans playing a heartfelt ballad on his guitar for me to make up for catching him flirting with my roommate. We all know how these relationships end, but we still jump in with both feet understanding that the broken heart comes with the territory.

But these second relationships are where we truly learn about ourselves. This is where we learn who we are. We learn our strengths, our weaknesses. We learn what makes us happy, and what drives us crazy. We learn to give, we learn to take.

And, most importantly, we learn to love.


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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