I had the pleasure of sitting down (er…emailing) with the ever lovely Kim Bowman for an interview. Kim’s first book Wayward Soul has just released with Astraea Press and promises to be an excellent read!
And to celebrate the release of Kim’s book, I’ll give away a copy of my own book My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters to one lucky commenter! Make sure to leave your email address in the post. Now, without further adieu, here’s Kim…
1.How does it feel to be a first time author?
I keep pinching my husband to see if I’m dreaming…He assures me I’m NOT dreaming (though I think he just wants me to stop pinching him!)
2.Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I live in Indiana with my husband and 2 of our 4 kids (2 are at college). My kids are 23, 21, 19, and 2! Needless to say, the 2 year old was a BIG surprise. I work at home part time as a customer service representative, book editor, and writer (thanks to my wonderful husband who works too much so I can stay home)
Did you always want to be an author?
In a word – YES! I have books of poems, songs, stories, etc. that I have written since I was in grade school, but I never pursued it until I had my son in 2008.
3.How did you find Astraea Press? I’m in a writing critique group with one of the co-owners, Stephanie Taylor (who is awesome by the way). She posted on our group that she was starting Astraea Press and I submitted my book.
4.What can the readers expect from your work?
Oh boy! Fun and sarcasm (my hero is VERY sarcastic). Aside from that, my story is original and unique. Yes, I have one of the usual paranormal characters—a werewolf, but I added a totally different paranormal element by having my heroine be a spirit guide. I don’t think that’s been done before. It’s a twist that I think will intrigue and interest readers and, hopefully, make them want more.
5.Tell us a little bit about your book.
My heroine, Zanna Seoul, is a spirit guide. A spirit guide is an invisible force who watches over a human, called a charge, while the person lives on Earth. Zanna accidentally causes the death of a fellow spirit guide’s charge while trying to save the life of the man she loves. Because of her actions, she is stripped of her position and banished to Earth to die. With Zanna no longer guiding him and his memory of her erased, Owen Nash is left wide open as the target of the vengeful spirit guide who feels he’s been wronged. A guide who also happens to be a werewolf. Once on Earth, Zanna refuses to stand by and watch Owen die, so she intervenes again, setting off a chain of events that could mean death for all of them if she doesn’t go back and undo the mess she’s made.
6.Would you give us your links so we can find you on the web?
Sure! They can visit me at
7.We’d love to read an excerpt.
He looked at her like she was crazy, mouth agape.
She waved her hand in front of his face. “Owen, the road.”
He jerked his eyes back to the road and began to chuckle. This woman had just told him he should be dead; it was either laugh or cry. Next he started to laugh. A few hours ago, he thought his biggest problem was that he had picked up a crazy at the bar and now she knew where he lived. And yet somehow, he was willingly driving her around town, either chasing after or being chased by a werewolf.
A werewolf. He broke into loud guffaws. If what she said was true, she had been watching over him his whole life, seen everything he had ever done, and she still chose to get romantically involved with him—she was crazy.
“What’s so funny?”
He wiped the tears from his eyes. “Spirit guide. That’s a good one. Are we going to chant and cast spells? Maybe dance naked in the moonlight? No wonder it cost so much to call the psychic hotline. You people really are in a different area code. The spirit side.”
Tell us how your book came into existence:
: I knew I wanted to write a paranormal romance, but I wanted it to be original and unique to me. I believe we have unseen forces that guide and protect us. Call them guardian angels, spirit guides, luck, fate…it all amounts to the same thing. I’m a huge Sylvia Browne fan and she has a very special relationship with her spirit guide, so I thought why not use a spirit guide as the basis for my story. I added my own twist and Zanna was born.
Tell us about your writing routine:
HAHA! That’s a good one. My routine revolves around my two-year-old, Cage, who has radar when it comes to mommy’s evil computer. Even if he’s in bed, he knows when I set down to write. I generally can get about an hour’s worth of writing done first thing in the morning while he’s getting his Mickey Mouse fix. After that, it’s 5 minutes here, ten minutes there.
What inspires you? Not really inspires, but I have to give my husband, Tony, and sister, Michele, their due here – they support me so much! Now, as far as inspires – my crit group inspires me to challenge myself and make my story better. I HAVE to give a big shout-out to The Sunset Pixies: Stephanie Taylor, Bridget Lashbrook, Morgana Katz, Tedi-Lea DeBruler, Ludvica Boota, Sandra Gonzalez, Renee Silvana, Ashley Christman, Chelle Sandell, Courtney Hilton. It is so awesome to have people who understand this crazy writing world!!
How do you get through writer’s block? My imagination runs to wild I never suffer from writer’s block. My biggest issue is description and detail. I could write a whole story in a week, but then adding the detail is the killer.
Do you have any themes you write around? What if? That’s my theme. What if this happened, what if that happened…oh the possibilities.
What are you working on next? I am working on the sequel to Wayward Soul. I’m really excited about this story. It has a twist you won’t believe!! (LOL – a little quirk of mine – I know how the book is going to end before I write it) I’m also working on a story that is about ½ written which is tentatively titled Phantom Heart. It is about a heart transplant patient who…well, you’ll have to wait and see!
What character(s) do you like the most and why?
I love Owen. Initially, Owen wasn’t supposed to be my hero. He was just going to be a way to create a believable conflict between my heroine (Zanna) and my intended hero-turned villain (Jakub). But sarcastic Owen had other ideas. He’s the whole reason I decided to write a sequel.
What are your favorite books? Anything by Judith McNaught. I love them all and have read them all so much I know them by heart. Also, anything by Johanna Lindsey, David Baldacci, Dean Koonz, Jude Devareaux, Brenda Joyce, Stephanie Taylor (yes, that StephanieJ), and last but not least Stephen King.
And is there any book in particular that made you want to become a writer?
I always wanted to write, but when I read Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game I made it my mission to write that kind of suspense and emotion. It’s a book that needs to be required in every creative writing class. He basically takes one character and builds this heartfelt story that chills you to the bone. I would LOVE to see a movie made, but I think it would be impossible for any actress to capture Jessie’s emotion on screen.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without while writing? COKE!!!
Reality or Fantasy?
Not to be cheesy, but I’m trying to be honest here. My reality is a fantasy. Perfect – no. Fantasy – yes. I’m married to my best friend, I get to stay home with my son, and I get to write!! Who could ask for more (HUGE GRIN).
Your favorite snack? Reece’s white chocolate peanut butter cups.
Lastly, what’s your favorite season?
“Owen!” She kicked out at Jakub and tried to pull free, to go back out the driver’s door.
“Let go of her.” Owen grabbed her with one arm, trying to pull her away from the vicious beast, while he rammed his fist repeatedly into the nose and jaw of the lycan.
It was no use. The werewolf sunk its razor sharp teeth in to the bone, pinching a nerve, causing her whole body to convulse and spasm. Her arm felt like someone took a knife and cut it open from her shoulder to her wrist then poured rubbing alcohol in the wound. Stars exploded in front of her eyes. She knew she was screaming, but she could only feel uncomfortable tingling in her ears.
Someone behind her tried to jerk her free of the lycan’s hold. Owen? There was a popping noise and then the smell of burning sulfur. The werewolf yelped, but continued to shake and tug on her arm, pulling it away from her body, nearly jerking it out of the socket.
If the lycan hadn’t dragged her knife out the window she would have used it to cut off her arm to stop the torturous pain. She no longer had control over her convulsing body and just as her mind went blank, she had the fleeting thought; this must be what death feels like.