Hi, folks! Today, we’re continuing our Quick Q&A series by talking to Kimberly Dalferes, the author of I Was In Love With a Short Man Once. Read on to find out what we talked about…
Hi, Kimberly! Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your work.
Hi Dane. Thanks so much for taking the time to gab with me. Please call me Kimba – all my friends do. I’m a humorous non-fiction writer. I’m also an accomplished king salmon slayer and estate sale junkie, but you asked about the writing. My first book, I Was In Love With a Short Man Once, was published in 2011. Magic Fishing Panties was released in 2015. We’ll be releasing Crazy Southern Irish Gal Two-Book Bundle in June 2016 – stay tuned for a great way to get two fun titles for one low price!
My stories have also been featured in diverse publications, including several anthologies: Feisty After 45 (published in 2016 by Mill Park Publishing); Reflections On Smith Mountain Lake (published in 2016 by the Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) in celebration of SML’s 50th anniversary); and Voices from Smith Mountain Lake (published in 2013 by SMAC).
Additionally, you can find my non-fiction essays and human interest stories in publications such as The Roanoke Times, Hippocampus Magazine, Better After 50, BonBon Break, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, and Midlife Boulevard. Oh, and I contributed to Nekkid Came the Swimmer (published in 2015 to support SMAC), a tome created for the sole purpose of being the worst book ever written.
My humour column, Dock Tale Hour, appears in each issue of Smith Mountain Laker Magazine (since 2014). I’ve also had a limerick published in The Washington Post, which I emphatically claim as a legitimate publication cred. You can also often find me hanging out on my blog – The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats.
Which gives you more satisfaction – to write a first draft, or to finish the last round of editing?
Oh, the sh***y first draft for sure! If I’ve managed to craft a cohesive beginning, middle, and end, with a timely punchline, life lesson, or funny insight, it’s Miller time. It’s a lot like childbirth: get the story/baby out, and then let others help deal with the clean-up.
What inspires you? Where do you get your ideas from?
As I’m a non-fiction writer, I pull inspiration right out of real life. Mark Twain is credited with quipping “Truth is stranger than fiction.” – genius, and so spot-on. I once wrote an entire essay based on my Facebook status posts while I was trapped on a city bus during a blizzard.
Do you have a writing routine? If so, can you tell us about it?
I have a day job (shhh, don’t tell anyone). So I try to focus on writing early in the morning, nights and weekends. However, ideas come to me all the time, and as a writer you know that when the universe provides inspiration, you act on that sh**! Therefore, I often work from outlines or idea pages that I’ve created during the week. For example, last week I was driving on a four hour trip. My mind wandered and a magazine assignment that I’ve been having trouble with – I couldn’t quite get “the hook” right – suddenly came into focus. Thank goodness for the audio feature on my iPhone! I rambled on into my iPhone for several minutes as I continued tooling down the road. Now, if I could just figure out the meaning of: “Oscar primroses make wonderful waffles.” Did I mention that the mic on my iPhone isn’t always the best at discerning what I’m saying?
What was the last book that you read and what did you think of it?
I’m currently reading/finishing If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down My Blouse? by Gina Barreca. Gina’s sub-title for this book truly speaks to me: Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times.
Who are some of your favourite unsigned and indie authors?
I love Vikki Claflin, whose new book is Who Left the Cork Out of My Lunch? Vikki is a WONDERFUL humour writer. She also has a blog – LaughLines – which always lights up my day. Marcia Kester Doyle is another fave, and I highly recommend her book, Who Stole My Spandex?
What’s the best bit of writing advice that you’ve ever received?
I recently attended the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and was fortunate to attend a session that included Alan Zweibel. This insight really hit home because many times, especially with humorous creative nonfiction, my writing doesn’t fit into a convenient little descriptive box:
If you could go out for dinner with any three authors, living or dead, who would you pick?
Gertrude Stein, Margaret Atwood, and Neil Gaiman. Can you even imagine what that dinner conversation would be like? Gertrude would be trying to give Neil writing advice and Margaret would be creating wicked characters for her next book based on the conversation. I would be the girl at the end of the table shooting tequila and trying to keep up.
How do you get the word out about your work?
Why thank you for asking! Here are the places you can find me on social media:
- Website – http://kimdalferes.com/
- Blog – “The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats” – http://kimdalferes.com/blog
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KimDalferes
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/KimDalferes
- Google+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KimDalferes/posts
- Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/kimdalferes/
- Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5762309.Kimberly_J_Dalferes
- Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006F988SQ
I’m also available for book signings and readings, country fairs, weddings, bar mitzvahs, and the occasional bris.