Monday, July 26, 2010
Make-Believe Monday with Kimberly Troutte
Kimberly, first, tell us a little bit about the manuscript you’re working on now.
Kimberly: My newly released print book, Catch Me in Castile, is a paranormal romantic suspense set in Spain. It’s about a woman battling Anxiety Disorder who finds comfort in the healing arms of a Spanish doctor—until a fifteenth-century ghost warns her that being with the man is dangerous, possibly even lethal.
The manuscript I am working on right now is about a woman and her son who are hiding for their lives in a quiet offbeat town until the boy becomes famous from an ear surgery that allows him to hear God.
Debra: Fascinating. I have to wonder if the ear surgeon would then be swamped with requests for that same surgery.
Ray Bradbury said, “We are cups, constantly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” How do you keep your creative cup filled?
Kimberly: That’s beautiful, isn’t it? I’ve had the opportunity to hear Mr. Bradbury speak several times at the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference. He is such an inspirational man, so full of encouragement for writers.
I keep my cup filled by playing with my kids. I have two boys who challenge me, make me laugh, keep my feet grounded, and my heart soaring. We hike in the mountains together, swim, boogie-board, dance, go to the river and try to catch polly-wogs.
Life is always exciting with two boys.
Debra: How fortunate you are! I always wanted to hear him speak but never had the chance. So I look for his writings and as I collect quotes, well this is one of my favorites. It is very beautiful.
My two sons are grown now, but I remember those days. Polly-wogs make me smile. :-)
Is there a point when your characters begin to come alive and you can see and hear them?
Kimberly: Yes. It’s thrilling when this happens. And a little exhausting. I tend to be able to “hear” my characters best when I’m in bed, everyone else is asleep and I am starting to drop off. All of a sudden dialogue pops in to my head and I know if I don’t get up and write it down, I’ll lose it in the morning. When I am deep into writing, I will usually be up typing until 1:00 in the a.m. It is amazing when the characters take shape. And many times they will change the story once I know them a little better. This makes it fun for me and adds twists and surprises that I never anticipate.
Debra: The people in your stories must be night owls. :-) Mine are too. They refuse to speak before 10:00 am, ever. lol
As a child did any particular book or author pull you into their imaginary world?
Kimberly: As a kid, I read all of my dad’s hand-me-down books. I was enthralled by novels that where set in exotic locales, like those written by James Clavell, Leon Uris, and Pearl S. Buck. Anya Seton wrote a book called Green Darkness that took place in the past and present and made me want to write something similar when I grew up.
Debra: Now there's another book to add to the to be read list. Thank you.
Is there anything else you would like to add about the role of imagination, and dreams in creating fiction? Any other message for our readers?
Kimberly: Imagination is like magic. It creates new worlds, new lives, intricate stories. Imagination is what allows a writer to play the “what-if” game. For Catch Me in Castile I had a lot of what-if questions. What if a woman who thinks she is losing her mind is the only person who can see a 15th Century ghost? What if that ghost tells her she is in danger? Imagination is the key.
Debra: So very true, Kimberly. Excellent thoughts to leave us with. Imagination is the key.
Thank you for joining us here on this Make-believe Monday to talk about imagination and creation and to share a little bit of the magic of writing with our readers.
Kimberly: Thank you for having me!
Debra: It's been my pleasure.
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Until next time, stay cool and enjoy your summer. Each day is a gift.
Love and light,