Behind the scenes with…. Kim Loraine
Hi Kim, Thanks for coming on my blog. My focus is for readers to get to know you-the person who is the writer. So I have a few questions designed just for that purpose. Let's get to it shall we.
Do you write every day? Or M-F 9 to 5? How do you approach the schedule of writing.
I try to write a little every day, even if it is just some ideas scribbled in the notebook I carry around all the time. When my kids are in school I usually start my day with a walk or jog, then after a shower, I settle in and write for a few hours.
So that being said: When it's time to not write, what do you do? Not just hobbies. Are the head chef in your house? Chauffeur?
I love to read, so I am always listening to an audiobook while cleaning up the constant mess of my house. I am the chauffeur, chef, housekeeper, and nose wiper at my house.
After my first book was published it dawned on me that my dad would be reading sex scenes I wrote. I was mortified. Tell us about something to do with your writing that embarrassed you or caught you off guard.
I am in the middle of having the audiobook for Restoration recorded. One of the scenes I used for auditions was a sex scene. When I had my best friend listen to it I got so embarrassed that I had to leave the room, then eventually I had to just turn it off. All my main character had done was put her hand in her boyfriend’s pocket to get his keys! I don’t know what I would have done when clothes started coming off.
Do you still love the first book or would you change it?
I think I will always love the first one. It might have its rough edges, but it was an important story for me to tell.
What are your top 5 favorite books of all time?
The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
What writer/book do you recommend to friends every time?
I always recommend Nora Roberts, specifically her magical trilogies. They’re all similar, they follow a formula, but darn it if that formula doesn’t work every time.
Favorite all time characters that you wrote?
Donovan Miller, the main character in Renovation. He’s cocky and rough on the outside, but inside he’s got a heart of gold. David Tensley, Drew’s dad in Restoration is my other favorite. He’s so straight-forward – wise, but flawed. He loves his son but isn’t afraid to slap him upside the head and tell him when he’s being an idiot.
And for the writers that read the blog…anything you know now that you didn't know then that you wished someone would have shared.
“Her heart SANK,” not sunk. Ha-ha, sorry. That got me every time in edits for Restoration. None of my critique partners mentioned it.
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Kim Loraine is the author of the “Golden Beach” series, including “Restoration” (2015) and “Renovation” (2015). She started writing at a young age, scribbling down song lyrics, short stories, and poems she was too afraid to share with anyone. Busy working as a music teacher in her Pacific Northwest hometown, it wasn’t until her family of four picked up everything and moved to beautiful Japan that she decided to finally take the plunge and send her characters out into the world.
The central theme in Kim’s books is self-discovery, whether that is found through taking risks, breaking down walls, or admitting mistakes. Kim likes to write characters that seem like someone you actually know, who find that life is a journey not without its challenges.
When not writing Kim spends her time with her husband, chasing around their crazy kids, exploring Japan, and binge-watching Doctor Who on Netflix.
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