Interview With Author Kim Wilch
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m an award-winning author who is published in two anthologies and recently released my first children’s book, Peter the Turtle Can’t Poop. My second book, an adult picture book, WTF Duck?! (Why The Frown) is in the hands of the illustrator.
I live in Nebraska with my husband of thirty-five years, two precious pooches, a litter box trained bunny, and a duck that quacks me up. I’m the mom of two and grandma to three amazing grandchildren I adore. Besides writing, I love to camp, travel, and get creative with art, crafts, and photography.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Peter the Turtle Can’t Poop is a children’s picture book inspired by my grandson. Totally in love with turtles, he came up with the problem of the turtle not being able to poop. Swear, his idea, not mine. We brainstormed ideas why a turtle couldn’t poop – and the theme became ocean and beach litter – a serious problem worldwide. This humorous book helps children understand why litter belongs in a bin.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have no writing habits, I just write when inspired. Quiet is a must, and that is the challenge.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The Outsiders by SE Hinton is my favorite book (and movie) of all time. I’ve become very fond of children’s books – the lessons they teach, at a young age, can truly change the world.
What are you working on now?
Picture books aren’t just for children. WTF Duck?! (Why The Frown) is an adult picture book showcasing common events with a dash of sarcasm. From waking up with an obnoxious alarm to rude people, WTF Duck?! (Why The Frown), puts a hilarious spin on everyday events we face. The book is child friendly, free from curse words, but geared towards adults.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m in love with Instagram. (OneMoreExclamation) I’ve met some wonderful people who are willing to offer advice, make suggestions, help promote, and are there for the victories and melt-downs. We’re bonded by our joy of writing. I enjoy sharing books and inspiration to a wide audience.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Gather every ounce of information you find, and with an open mind, try it. The information can become overwhelming so pare it down to what works for you.
Most of all, find a supportive group of authors. Don’t forget to help them with your own set of strengths. I truly believe that what you give will come back to you ten-fold.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Do what you love and love what you do.
What are you reading now?
Children’s books are amazingly wonderful. There are so many lessons we can learn in simple, straightforward language. The cherry on top, are beautiful illustrations that make page-turning exciting.
What’s next for you as a writer?
One of these days, I need to finish my novel, Rock Bottom Has a Basement. It’s taxing to write, but the story needs to be told.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Outsiders, Titanic, The Velveteen Rabbit, and of course, Peter the Turtle Can’t Poop.
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