Check out this author spotlight for Kimberly T. Hennessy!
You can find all her links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out her books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
Hi, my name is Kimberly T. Hennessy. I live in the suburbs of Montreal. I was born on a cold January 13th with snowbanks as far as the eye could see, in a small town called Île Bizard, which translates to weird island. I’ll admit the ominous allure is tempting, but there’s nothing grim about me.
After completing my Bachelor’s in Psychology, and then my MA in screenwriting, I embarked on this wild journey to create a world with characters that appealed to me, shall we say a mature woman with an odd sensibility for impending death and mayhem?
Don’t be fooled! Dubbed the Slow Writer, I’m wide-eyed and quirky with a side of kook, but I gravitate towards dystopian stories for their doom and gloom, and well, because they’re cool and human foibles intrigue me.
I write because otherwise the stories in my head would never let me get another moments sleep.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Winter, spring, summer or autumn?
I love all the seasons because they each offer something. Autumn because the leaves here in Québec are spectacular during the fall. It’s impossible to describe the smell of winter to someone who hasn’t lived it. Although I have tried in my book. When you first detect it, you know winter is here, and cosy fireplace tea is knocking at your door. Spring is always a thrill because it feels like out with the old and in with new. We feel like anything is possible, and lastly summer is the best because heat.
Cat or dog?
Big dogs. They have so much love and devotion in their fluffy goodness.
Morning or evening?
Mornings. Towards the end of the day my brain is mush.
Hunter or gatherer?
I’d like to say both, but my book and most of my writing features hunters.
Mountains or beaches?
Beaches are more exotic to where I live, since we have some mountain ranges nearby. So if I have to pick one, I would definitely sit by the sea.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
My tastes are wide-ranging. I like to switch it up. Some days romantic comedies, other days a coming of age, or a vampire might catch my attention, but I definitely gravitate towards world building stories that transport me to a different time and place. Certainly dystopian, but also historical, and political always get my attention.
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
I’m currently writing book 2 of The Pogrom War series as a follow up of my first book.
I’m also set to write three screenplays for three different producers in the next year. So I’ll be very busy, and I’m penning my first historical fiction based on a screenplay, I wrote several years ago set in Ireland and Canada. Although I wish I could give more details, I will be releasing it under a pen name. I also do freelance copywriting on the side, so I think 2021 will fly by.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
My first book is a dystopian sci-fi\fantasy, set in a post-apocalyptic world. The main character Eira flees her evil captor King Lorcan only to fall into the hands of this odd underground sect bent on reviving the old SIDHE religion. Eira is at the centre of their revival but must give up her humanity to save the sect and her unborn baby.
It’s a mash up of tribal history and artificial intelligence.
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
My environment is my main source of inspiration. When I write I can see, and feel where I am. I mostly draw from the area where I live and extrapolate from there. As for my characters I love to really dig deep into their psyche, which is my psychology background. I love to understand where their angst is coming from, and why, although I don’t go into depth explain it because I don’t want to force feed my reader. I want them to unravel the puzzle on their own, and come to their own conclusion.
7. What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
It’s simple. I get my kids ready for school, do my morning workout, and write for a couple of hours, then in the afternoon, I tackle any other work deadlines if I have some, otherwise I finish paperwork and any other household issue that requires my attention.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Your first draft isn’t your book. You will edit, edit, edit until your blue in the face and it will never be perfect, but you have to put it out there. The next one will be better, and better.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!