Sunday, September 30, 2012

Who Would I Be Without Books? By Kimberly Kinrade

Books have changed my life. Or, maybe a better way of saying it is books have shaped my life. I wouldn't be who I am today without books. I can't even imagine who I would have become, to be honest.

I don’t remember the first book I ever read, or fell in love with, but I know that growing up I could always be found buried in a new book. At family events, I was the one in the corner reading while everyone else made small talk. At school, I was the one who never heard the teacher say it was time to put down our books and move on to math, so engrossed was I in the adventures within the pages of my story.

I scarified sleep and eyesight staying up until the wee hours of the morning reading by flashlight, and never once regretted it.

My official bio reads that I was born with ink in my veins and magic in my heart, and that's not too far off the mark. From my earliest memories, I loved and craved the written word. As soon as I could put my own words on paper, I penned stories to share with others. By the time I ran out of teeth to sell to the Tooth Fairy, I had stories and poems to sell to my first paying customers of family and neighbors.

In fact, one of my earliest tales, The Village of Antville, inspired the movie Ants, though I was obviously not credited for this! I learned early on that the Universe has a way of pooling all ideas, and if you don’t manifest them yourself, someone else will. I learned to act, and took risks to go pro in my writing at the earliest possible moment.

After High School, I landed a sweet gig as a journalist for a major daily newspaper in Los Angeles. I soon graduated from local news (and a stint as a correspondent in Washington, D.C.) to entertainment writer and theater critic.

My love or reading and writing, and my love of literature and theater, opened so many doors to me at a relatively young age. After a time in Los Angeles, I moved to New York, where Sarah Lawrence College awaited me, complete with Off-Broadway theatrical opportunities and lots of writing. But it took awhile for my true love of fiction to infiltrate my writing career.

I had to find that child within who still loved the magic of a new adventure, a new story. Just over a year ago, I started writing fiction full time.

And now? My life is books. I met my soul mate through our shared passion for reading and writing. He was my writing partner first, and is now my husband and a father to my children. I write novels fulltime—for kids, teens and adults. I pour into my daily work all of the ideas and emotion that made reading such an addictive pleasure for me as a child, and still has a hold on me to this day.

And I also help other authors market their books to the world.

Who would I be without books? Without the adventures and stories that showed me a world I could never have imagined otherwise?

Who would I be without the books that spoke to the storyteller in me and helped her find her way in this world?

That's impossible to know. If there is a reality in which books don't exists and stories are never told, I'd rather never meet that version of me. I'm quite happy with this bookworm version of myself, thank you very much.

About the Author

Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. She also stays busy as Marketing Director for Evolved Publishing and Senoir Campaign Manager for Novel Publicity.
Check out her YA paranormal novels Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire and her illustrated children's fantasy chapter books Lexie WorldBella World, Maddie World and The Three Lost Kids & The Death of the Sugar Fairy all on Amazon.
She lives with her three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they're humans, her two cats who think they're gods, and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner. Find her at and see all of her books on Amazon at:

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  1. I always loved to read ANNE OF GREEN GABLES as a child. It's wonderful.

    Mary P

    1. I too loved those books! :) Thanks for coming by and commenting!

  2. Great Post! I too would never want to meet the me who didn't read. I think I'd be rather boring!

    1. Thanks, Pav. Yeah, I'd be boring too! :) And seriously depressed!

  3. Yay! Thanks for the giveaway!! I liked reading the Goosebumps books as a kid...AND my mom let me read them! I'm surprised that she actually wonders why I'm the demented little reader that I am now LOL

    1. LOL That's awesome! Goosebumps are great. My kids love them, and the Poison Apple series. They like the dark stuff too!

  4. I'm glad we'll never learn what you'd be without books -- cause you're sure amazing as a writer, and an inspiration for other writers. Your bones-deep love for reading and writing carries over into everything you do -- "The Voodoo that you do so vell!" -- Madelaine Kahn in Blazing Saddles!

  5. Awww thanks Richard. That's the best set of compliments ever! It's really impossible to imagine life without books. I'm glad none of us have to!

  6. I love it that you were on the right path from the start. A gift. You have an amazing energy.

  7. Writing is a gift, but reading makes the person an even better writer. It is synergism of the effect of reading on writing, making the person well-rounded and interesting.

  8. I have way too many favourite scary books, and I've been reading so long I can't remember what actually inspired my love of reading. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    -Dawn aka dawnmomoffour