Working on a Series Notebook

July 25th. 2017

I’ve spent the better part of the last few days organizing old notes, photos, interviews, articles, maps, trinkets, and character sketches into a 4″ binder to become the brain of the series, Misfits and Millionaires–the first book was released in winter 2017, The Big Inch. This notebook became necessary because as I’m currently at work on the sequel, Harmon General, I realized my memory was a tad unreliable for coming up with critical details and all those folders and loose pages on my shelves were no help when I was tracking down what kind of car someone droves in the original novel. And if readers of books are like me, they notice those mis-steps in a series. It might turn off a reader who thinks if the author doesn’t do a better job at research, why stick with the series?  I don’t want that to happen, so a concise notebook seemed critical. To make matters even better, I contacted my number one assistant, my mother, and asked her to re-read The Big Inch and make notes any time I referenced a detail–like what color someone’s eyes were, or if there was tattered carpeting in a room. Betty Lou will come through for me.

I was talking about this idea with another writer, Jill Haymaker, and she turned me towards a YouTube video about creating “series bible.” I took my inspiration from there and began with a binder, multiple divider pages, and a box of clear sleeves. I’ll be going back to the store for more supplies next week. Details are what give the story and characters texture, something I never appreciated as I was writing my first draft. But now that I realize this is going to become a series, I want to be authentic to the world I created the first go around and not disappoint myself, or readers, by being slap-dashy with room details or locations. If you’d like to know more about this notebook process, let me know and I’ll film a little tour through the book to post later. Until then, know I’m wearing a few hats while I write–the creative beret and the book administrative hardhat. Ridiculous, but sadly accurate.

Packing my bags for a blog tour!

July 21st. 2017

Hello, friends. Hope you’re in an armchair traveling mood. One of the reasons I write is to take mental vacations to places I want to explore and experience. (And buying a book is a lot cheaper than an airline ticket!) I hope that’s one of the reasons you read too.

Bloggers with Lone Star Literary are ready to take my latest book, Comfort Plans, on a tour and share their thoughts, insights, and reviews of the plot with their readers across Texas and assorted state lines. I’ve never met these bloggers in person, but I read their reviews of other books and hope they enjoy spending time between the pages of this Hill Country contemporary novel, uncovering the backstory of house that was ready to spill it’s beans about the past. I’ll be watching from afar, because I discover their reviews the same time you do.

I’ll be in Jackson Hole, Wyoming when the blogs debut on social media those first few weeks of August, so my bags are going to high country and I’ll end days of hiking and exploring with time around the computer, touching base with readers and friends who are starting or ending their days with Comfort Plans. I’m thinking of these blogs like a “trip advisor” for mental vacation spots! If you enjoyed your time in Comfort, please leave a review on the Amazon page or at GoodReads so others can know what other vacationers have experienced.

Expanding my presence on Face Book

July 6th. 2017

I created an author page for folks who are “hooked on Kimberly Fish books” and it’s where I’ll post videos, author events, bookish news, scoop in my works-in-progress and any other tidbits that will interest readers of book with a dash of Texas history and flair for all things good. Facebook friends can find me a Kimberly Fish, Author to “like” the page and drop me a line.