Kimmery’s Cure For Brain Freeze

Kimmery Martin
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Today we are talking about creativity and how to get some. Here’s a fun factoid: one of the most interesting things regarding the question of where creativity comes from is where it doesn’t come from. Research indicates that when people are allowed to improvise, the region of the brain associated with planning, inhibition, and self-censorship deactivates itself. That’s correct, writers! In order to do your job well, you must allow…

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Why I Used To Hide My Books

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My mother, in the fashion of all mothers, likes to tell embarrassing stories from my youth. One of her favorites involves me as a tot waddling as fast as possible to my bedroom whenever I heard the sound of a car making its way up our long, windy driveway, whereupon I’d frantically shove all my books under my crib in an attempt to hide them. Clearly anybody who made the…

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Dear Agent: XOXO from Kimmery

Jane Dystel, Mariam Goderich, Kimmery Martin
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Note: this week, we are discussing the process of landing a literary agent. For anyone unfamiliar with this torturous process, it involves writing a one-page letter, describing your book and yourself, in which you are supposed to entice, or at least not frighten, the agent. You wanna talk about the sting of rejection? Settle in, child. I am the patron saint of awful query letters. In the beginning, I tried…

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Kimmery Investigates Slow Time

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an article in National Geographic about the longest train ride through India.  You know how every now and then you read something that triggers some awakening in your mind, as if the author had composed his language solely for you?  To me this article was so arrestingly beautiful, so beautifully phrased, and so poignant that it seemed personal. Bear with me here through…

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In Which Kimmery Thanks Five People* You Wouldn’t Expect

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

For this post about people without whom The Queen of Hearts would not exist, I decided to go rogue in order to list a few unexpected influencers: a cranky genius, a maligned but immensely successful author of erotica, a fictional six-year-old, a group of 70,000 over-sharers, and, uh, me. To the usual suspects in a thank-you list (my agent, my editor, my beta readers, my writing groups, and my long-suffering…

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Interview with Holly Goddard Jones + #DebBallGiveaway of THE SALT LINE

Saturday, September 9, 2017

I am so excited about this book, especially after meeting Holly at BEA this year. It has already vaulted up to become one of my favorite thrillers ever and I think it is going to be HUGE. But you have to be careful how you describe The Salt Line: if you mention it is set in a dystopian future crawling with killer ticks, some people are undoubtedly going to recoil as they picture…

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Book Nerd Extraordinaire: Meet Kimmery

Kimmery Martin
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

  Kimmery here. I am so excited to be a member of the Debs! However, I must confess that the challenge of writing a post introducing myself caused me to spin off into a brief but dramatic existential crisis where I stared at my blank computer screen for a few hours wondering who I was. Eventually my writer’s group poured some ice water over my head and I snapped out…

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