Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Author Interview with Kimberly Castillo

Today I'm thrilled to share with you an interview with a very talented author Kimberly Castillo the author of her debut novel The Convenience of Lies. She was very kind to answer all my crazy questions. I hope you enjoy reading her answers as much as I have and be sure to check out my review of her book (here)

Mandy ~ Where did you get the inspiration for “The Convenience of lies”? 
Kimberly ~ The first novel I ever read was Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and it inspired me to someday write a book based on my own life. And so, I started keeping a diary with the hopes that someday I would stumble upon a story worth telling. Then, one summer while I was in high school I experienced a lot of drama which I thought could make a good story.

Mandy ~ Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
Kimberly ~ No comment…. 

Mandy ~ Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
Kimberly ~ I’ve always liked to write and I’ve always eentertained the idea of writing my own book. However, I never considered pursuing writing as a career. 

Mandy ~ What does your writing area look like? (Pictures work for this one too)
Kimberly ~ I have a desk in my living room where I do most of my writing on my laptop. My husband and I keep our desks in the living room so that I can work late while he’s sleeping and not bother him, and so that he can wake up early while I’m sleeping to work at his desk without bothering me. 

Mandy ~ What are five items you never leave home without?
Kimberly ~ Besides my cell phone, wallet, and keys, I never leave my house without nail clippers, chap-stick, sunglasses, and usually a sweater.

Mandy ~ Do you prefer ebooks or print?
Kimberly ~ Print. I like reading in the bathtub, and I’m terrified of the idea of dropping a Kindle/Nook into the water and destroying it.

Mandy ~ What are you reading right now?
Kimberly ~ I just finished reading Angels and Demons, and I’m planning on reading Mary Poppins next. 

Mandy ~ Do you have a favorite TV show?
Kimberly ~ It’s a close tie between Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother.

Mandy ~ What’s one thing that scares you?
Kimberly ~ I am terrified of the dark. I hate being home alone at night and if the power goes out, I am not a happy camper. 

Mandy ~ Who’s your favorite muppet?
Kimberly ~ Grover. I still have my stuffed Grover that I had and loved as a little kid.

Mandy ~ Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published?
Kimberly ~ I had a book signing at the Simi Valley Public Library. Over 100 people showed up and so I had a night where I felt like a minor celebrity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpGiHqkRFc0

About the author 
Kimberly Castillo wrote the first version of The Convenience of Lies when she was a teenager. After studying the process of storytelling at California State University Northridge, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in film production, she revisited this project to complete the story. The Convenience of Lies is her debut novel.

Kimberly is currently studying to be a doctor of optometry at Western University of Health Sciences and lives in Southern California with her husband and three cats.

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