Interviewing Author Kimberly Biddle
Q1. Tell me about your self?
A. I am married to a wonderful husband named Chris and we have a wonderful 13-year-old son. I was born in a small village town in Illinois, but now I live in the Capitol of California. I have a Double BA in Psychology and Music from the University of Redlands. I also have a Ph.D. in Child and Adolescent Development from Stanford University GSE. I love music and singing. I am the co-author of two textbooks and the sole author of two picture books. I have an edited textbook and another picture book that will be released in 2021. I have a cat named Pumpkin. I am currently working on another (my fourth) picture book and a middle-grade novel. Both of my alma maters have given me awards for my career and achievements. My first picture book was a finalist in the 2019 American Fiction Awards.
Q2.What are your favorite books to read?
A. I love reading children' s books. I do that for pleasure and for honing my craft. I also like reading books for adults about leadership, self-help, travel, and some fiction.
Q3. When did you decide you were going to write a book?
A. When I was in graduate school at Stanford University, I realized how important diversity and representation were. I decided then that more books should be published about Main Characters who are African American girls that are relatable for all.
Q4. How did you come up with the name of your book?
A. Most book names reflect a theme or storyline in the book.
Q5. What are you working on for 2021
A. For my academic writing, I am working on the 2nd edition of one of my textbooks. I am also working on writing another picture book that is in the early stages. As I mentioned previously, I have two books that will be published next year, a picture book and an edited textbook.
Q6. How long have you been writing?
A. I used to write poetry starting in Junior High or (Middle School). I have never published any of it yet, but I guess that was the beginning of my writing career.
Q7.What advice would you give other authors?
A. I think all authors should keep learning their craft and improving their work. Traditional publishing takes time and perseverance. There may be some luck involved as well. Self-publishing is an option, but that is quite expensive and takes much marketing know-how. Whatever manner of publishing, keep improving your craft.
Q8. Where can people find you online?
A. My website is the best place to find me, www.pinkpearlwriting.com . There you can find more information and educational materials for teachers and my blog and contact page. I have a Facebook author page under facebook/pinkpearlwriting . I have a twitter account that I started this month, September. It is @KimberlyBiddle4 . If you really want to know more, I have a pinterest and a instagram page.
Q9. What is your favorite coffee drink?
A. I don't drink coffee. I drink tea, mostly herbal and green tea.
Q10. What is your favorite coffee shop?
A. I don't really have one.
Q11. Do you plan on making a new book in the future?
A. Yes. I mentioned above that I have two new books that will be published in 2021. I am also writing some more books right now.
Q12. How many books have you written?
A. I have co-authored two textbooks - Early Childhood Education: Becoming a Professional and Careers in Child and Adolescent Development. I have an edited textbook that will publish next year (2021) - Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum.
I have two picture books published -LaDonna Plays Hoops and LaDonna's Easter in Paris. I have another picture book that will release in 2021 (next year) -Darlene's Double Dutch Dreams.
Q13. Did you go to college to be a writer? I mentioned my degrees previously. I also
A. mentioned that it was in graduate school that I wanted to write fiction. I guess my academic writing started then, too. However, my degree is not in English or Creative Writing. One good thing about my BA in music is that I write songs to accompany my picture books. You can hear the songs on my website.
Thank you so much for this interview and a chance to communicate with people who love books!!!!