Treating Book Parasites

Books are parasites. They live inside us. Growing. Feeding off us. And, sometimes, they can make their authors crippled with fear.

istock_books.jpgI know that sounds harsh, but I mean it in the nicest way possible.

The only cure for these parasites is to write them. We have to get them out of our system. And, if we’re lucky enough to be able to publish them, we share our cooties with readers. While this form of the parasite tends to be a lesser version, some books do stay with the readers for a while. Don’t worry, that’s a good parasite.

Once we are able to cure a parasite, a new one usually pops into place. But that’s Ok. That’s healthy. A new story enters our mind, we write it, get it into the world and then rinse and repeat.

I’ve had a parasite stuck with me for a while. Those aren’t exactly healthy. They cause frustration, hair pulling, outbursts, teeth gnashing, involuntary housecleaning and cold sores.

So, I went to see the doctor. A whole team of specialists to be exact in the form of West Texas Writers’ Academy. There I spent a week with the brilliant Alexandra Sokoloff learning how to plot and many afternoons and evenings with a wonderful tribe of fellow patients. It was tough, tears shed (both from laughing and really truly crying), and only a little bit of hair was pulled, but at the end of it all I plotted my way to a new parasite. One that I am already head over heels in love with.

And, the best part, I think I found a cure for that parasite that’s been living inside me. With the gentle nudging of the new one eager to take up residency in my body, I think it’s time to extract this sucker, let it infiltrate some readers and get the world ready for the newest affliction.

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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