Jen: Today we welcome Kim Carter to Romancing the Book. Kim, will you share a short bio with us?
Kim: Award-winning Author, Kim Carter is a prolific writer of contemporary mystery, suspense and thriller reads. Her new novel series “A Clara & Iris Mystery” has won a “2017 TCK Publishing Readers’ Choice Award,” and is a fan favorite among avid mystery readers has now released When Dawn Never Comes, No Second Chances, and Deadly Odds new editions Jan 2018.
Kim has released her Novel Series titled; “The Clara and Iris Mystery” which comes Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle as book one of the series June 2017, and book two is titled; Murder Among the Tombstones August 2017, now an award winner! Now she has released her new mystery titled; And The Forecast Calls For Rain Jan 2018. All her books are available on Amazon online, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and are published by Raven South Publishing of Atlanta, Georgia.
Kim has been writing exciting and captivating mysteries for some time and has a large reader fan base who enjoy all her books, as shown in the many Amazon 5-Star Book Reviews given by her reader’s and reviewers. Kim enjoys interacting and engaging with them all. One of her favorite things about writing is the traveling and research required to bring her novels to life. Her research has taken her to places such as morgues, death row, and midnight cemetery visits.
Kim and her husband have raised three successful grown children and have vested in and love retired greyhounds. They enjoy attending the many events held annually for them, as well as educating others about their need for great homes and what great pets greyhounds make after they retire from racing.
She is a college graduate of Saint Leo University, has a bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Sociology, and now has become a career writer and author. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Between reading and traveling with her beautiful family, she will continue to write mysteries for some time to come for her avid readers.
Jen: Please tell us about your new release and where the idea came from.
Kim: My latest release, And The Forecast Called For Rain, takes place in Sierra Hills, Washington, a fictitious town just outside of Seattle. Before I start to toy with the actual idea of a novel, I come up with the setting. As a mystery reader myself, I find that the location of a book is what first draws me in, frequently more so than the storyline itself. At times, it may be the beauty of a setting that captivates me, but more often than not, it is mysterious or unique location that helps to bring both the plot and characters to life. In the case of my latest novel, I was intrigued by the diversity and beauty of Washington. With a serial killer on the loose, detectives are struggling to not only find leads, but to catch the murderer before he strikes again. There are only two things investigators are certain of, the attacks are always the same, with large butcher knives piercing the abdomens of young, female victims, and the crimes always occur when it’s raining. Even the most diligent and safety conscious young women are opening their doors to a murderer. Who could it be and why would someone want to kill these beautiful girls that have nothing in common? It’s raining, it’s pouring, and a killer is on the loose in the rainy Sierra Hills. No one is who they seem and the plot thickens at every turn.
Jen: What did you do to celebrate your first book?
Kim: I’ll never forget receiving that first royalty check and being in awe that people would actually purchase one of my books. I wanted to buy something for myself with part of the money, granted it wasn’t enough to run out and purchase a new sportscar, but I felt I deserved to treat myself to something. My friends still laugh at me about this, but I bought, not one, but two, Ove Gloves, as seen on TV. LOL… sometimes it’s the little things that bring us the most joy! No more pot holders for me…I just slip on my nifty Ove Gloves and remove my casseroles from the oven with ease.
Jen: Do you do anything to celebrate a new sale or release?
Kim: Yes! After my first book signing for a new release, we host a party at our house with close friends and family. I acknowledge those who have helped with the book and present them with a signed copy. I have so many unselfish people who answer questions for my research, give me opinions on story lines, take road trips with me for research, or simply offer encouragement and love.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Kim: Although my books are fiction, I always try to make sure my facts are as accurate as possible. The research aspect is my favorite, I must admit. Not only do I get to meet some really cool people, but I visit some truly interesting places. I’ve visited the local medical examiner’s office, hospital morgues, death row, and made midnight cemetery visits, just to name a few.
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Kim: Oh, how I wish I could say that I do! I am so envious when I read that other author’s have set times to write and a quota to reach by the day’s end. I am so disorganized that it’s ridiculous! I also have to be in the right state of mind for my writing to flow. I may let an idea run through my mind for several days before sitting down and writing. I often paint myself in a corner with a plot and instead of backtracking, I swirl it around in my head until I find a way to work it out. I also work best when on time restraints…. I think they call us folks… procrastinators. My best writing always happens when it’s raining. I also have a sound machine with thunderstorms and foghorns. LOVE IT!
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Kim: I have so many, but to name a few… Sue Grafton, Iris Johansen, Karin Slaughter, Robin Cook, Catherine Coulter, Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, and John Grisham. I’m also a big Golden Book collector of those from my childhood.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Kim: As for now, I’m working on the third book in my Clara and Iris mystery series, Murder On The Bayou.