Welcome Kim, please make yourself at home as we share some knowledge with the outside world on what it is you actually do. Refreshments will be served in due course, so please state your poison now or forever hold your peace.
So without further adue, let the games begin!... Erm, I mean interview, let the interview begin!
Can you remember the moment when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
Kim: I remember it was after I could talk… that’s about as close as I can come. It has always been with me.
You’re not just a writer though, and what you do helps others find their footing. So for those that don’t know, can you tell us more about MasterKoda.com and how it came to be?
Kim: Masterkoda.com is a book marketing and publishing company. It came to be out of my two great passions: writing and assisting others in realizing their dreams.
While we’re on the topic of MasterKoda.com, an amazing place may I add – can you perhaps explain to those that don’t know, where the title came from and what Koda means?
Kim: I got the name for my business from some clients that started calling me Master Koda. They said it was a combination of Kim and Yoda because I have always had the ability to powerfully manifest things into my life. I liked the name, it seemed to resonate with me, so I searched the meaning of the name Koda and found that in the Lakota language it means “friend of the people”. I strive I live up to it while being realistic and know that I will always disappoint some because I am human.
MasterKoda by the way, is not only a well-built website offering fantastic services to all authors, it is also a fast growing community on Facebook. Has the growth of MasterKoda helped you to define your own goals and destination points, whilst at the same time, keeping that level head for those who need help?
Kim: No, the FB group hasn’t defined my goals. My goals and the FB group are really two different things. I created the group for authors and others in the industry to have a safe haven and support group and it is just exactly what I hoped it would be.
Okay, let’s now go back to the writing that you so obviously love. Can you tell us why you have chosen to write in the genre that you do?
Kim: Our world is filled with many trials and challenges. If the human race is to survive and thrive we must take responsibility for our communities and the earth itself. I have a heart for the future of the world and the future is in the hands of young adults. I write stories that cause the intelligent mind to stop and ponder.
Have any of your characters been inspired by people you know in real life?
Kim: Of course, my characters all have traits from real people.
How much of your own lively, yet compassionate personality do you inject into that of your characters?
Kim: Bits and pieces show through in each character I suppose. .
Have you ever unwittingly written yourself into one of your own books only for someone to make that connection?
Kim: There are times I will throw a personal experience in, but the characters themselves are not based on me.
When writing, do you have any rituals or routines that you go through in order to aid the creative flow? Please don’t say you run around with pants on your head like my muse claims I do… which by the way is entirely falsified in order of his amusement.
Kim: I wear a bowler hat when I write. It’s a long story…
Are there any Authors who have positively influenced your own goals, and those that you admire?
Kim: Many authors have influenced me, far too many to mention.
Where do you see yourself being in 10 years’ time?
Kim: In a space ship with Yoda.
What advice do you have for your fellow writers out there; those who wish to write, but don’t know where to begin?
Kim: Pick up a pen and write the first thing that pops into your mind. Don’t worry about editing it; don’t worry about “what if it’s not good enough”. Set a timer and put the pen on the paper and write without stopping even if you repeat the same word over and over. Just move your pen and it will start to come to you.
Have you ever suffered from Writers block? If so, how did you break the barrier in order to continue?
Kim: I have gone periods in my life when I didn’t write, but it wasn’t because of writers block. Those were times I chose not to write because of events that were happening in my life.
"Working Cover for Kim's upcoming novel, Digitus 233; a novel of on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrills and intrigue.
You see folks, writers don't write all the time as stereotypes would have us think. They need some down time too or they would burn out, or explode from exhaustion.
Unfortunately, we have run out of time on today's interview but we may see you back here in the near future. To you my readers, the tide has turned. I now give you the floor and ask, If any of you have burning questions for Kim, what would they be? Can you open further the growing can of worms that Kim maintains to keep hidden?
Until next time, here is Kim's Bio.
Author, KD Emerson was born (or is that hatched) several years ago. We won’t go into how long it has been because she has this fantasy that she is still a teenager off to conquer the world. She has a passion for the written word and assisting other writers in becoming the best they can be. She also loves to promote others and cheer them on to victory. Follow her on twitter @MstrKoda or you can find her at www.masterkoda.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kimmutch.emerson