Write 2 Be Magazine

For the Artists Who Like to Remain Strictly Out of the Box

Author Interview with Kelly Manfredini

K.M. Hodge grew up in Detroit, where she spent most of her free time weaving wild tales to spook her friends and family. These days, she lives in Texas with her husband and two energetic boys, and once again enjoys writing tales of suspense and intrigue that keep her readers up all night. Her stories, which focus on women’s issues, friendship, addiction, regrets and second chances, will stay with you long after you finish them.

When she isn’t writing or being an agent of social change, she reads Independent graphic novels, watches old X-files episodes, streams Detroit Tigers games and binges on Netflix with her husband.

She co-writes her Book Cellar Mystery Series with author and good friend Melissa Storm. Check out her home over at the Author Storm.

K.M. Hodge truly enjoys hearing from her readers, so don’t be shy about dropping her a line.

1.) When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most?

For as long as I can remember people have been telling me to pursue writing. It wasn’t until I thought I’d lost my first novel’s work in progress that I became motivated to really give it a try. What I love most about writing is the first meeting of characters. They are very real to me and I enjoy peeling away the layers of their personality and getting to know them better.

2.) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you? What projects are you currently working on?

I write sweet mystery, suspense and romantic suspense. All of my books are on Amazon and I have a website where readers can get more information on the novels. I am currently working on several projects. I am addressing edits from my editor for the third book in my Syndicate-Born Trilogy, sending my first romantic suspense novella to my proofer, and writing a 9/11 wedding romance novella.

3.) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career?

My greatest achievement to date is that I have written and published several books, which a lot of people seem to really like. It’s hard to find the time and energy to write and run a business while being a stay-at-home mom, but so far I’ve prevailed.

 

4) Do you have a schedule for when you write? Do you outline your novels? How long does it generally take you to finish a novel?

I write while my children are in school or mothers-day-out and when they are in bed. I am very regimented in this and have to be in order to get everything done. I heavily outline my co-authored projects and lightly outline my own person projects. It takes me between 60 days and 6 months to finish a novel depending on where I am with other projects and the timing of everything. The third book in my Syndicate Trilogy took a year to write, because I had to keep setting it aside to finish other projects. Actual writing time was only two months.

 

5) Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?

In the next five years I hope to publish twenty novels/novellas, be a USA Today bestselling author, and be able to make enough money so that I can stay home for my kids.

6) Do you believe that there is ever a point in life where it’s too late for an aspiring writer to become successful in this industry? Do you feel a late start would hinder their chances?

NO! Never! You are never to old to start anything. Life experience lends seasoning to everything you do. It helps writers to write richer stories. If you want to make it work, you can.

 

7) What’s the first book you ever read that really touched you emotionally and moved you? What’s the first book you read that made you know that you could do this for a career? What book are you currently reading?

The first book that moved me emotionally was Lois Lowry’s “Number the Stars.” I am hyper critical of myself and my writing so every book I read generally discouraged me. I found motivation to write through talking to other writers. I am currently reading, the Vegan Vampire series by Cate Lawley. It’s a fabulous series.

8) So many writers say that they hate reading their own work? Do you ever just sit down and curl up with your own book?

It is painful to read some of my earlier stuff, because I always find parts that I would change, but for the most part I am proud of my work. I do not sit around reading it though since I am too busy writing new stuff.

9) What are your thoughts about how the publishing industry is drastically changing? Are you more of an e-book person or a traditional book person?

I don’t have any thoughts on the industry. Like everything else in life it is ever changing and evolving. It can be challenging to keep up with everything, but it’s also fun. I enjoy reading both ebooks and paperbacks.

10) I feel like so many of us writers, us artists in general, are made to conform to other people’s idea of what we should be. I think we creative types should be unafraid to be whoever it is that we feel we have the right to be. So what is your write 2 be? What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity?

I write about social issues that no one ever wants to talk about and try to give voice to the voiceless. I have a background in social work and always feel that change happens when people start talking. So I like to think that my work gets the conversation started.

 

 

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About jcladyluv

Jimmetta Carpenter is the Editor and Creator of the Free Fall Literary E-Zine and the Spoken Like A Queen E-Zine. She has dedicated herself to the power of the words and given into her passion for writing and has been writing poetry officially since the age of ten. She has a book of poetry titled “The Art of Love” published through lulu.com under the pen name Gemini. She is currently finishing up with her first novel and already working on her second. In 1998 she had her poem “Rest In Peace” published in an anthology put out by the International Library of Poetry and in the Spring of 2007 will have another poem titled “Through The Eyes of an Angel” published in another anthology also put out by the International Library of Poetry. She was also awarded the Editor’s Choice Award for that poem as well. She is looking forward to having a very long and rewarding career in writing and hopes that through living out her dreams she can inspire someone else out there to realize theirs. Her advice to other up and coming authors is to NEVER stop believing N your dreams and don’t ever be afraid to dream big. Jimmetta can be contacted by sending her an e-mail at freefall_lbp@yahoo.com or jcladyluv@yahoo.com.

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