Kimberly has just released her debut novel, THE RIVER WITCH. The novel has already received rave reviews and was recently featured on Huffington Post and added to Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading list!
Here’s more about it:
The River Witch is Georgia author Kimberly Brock’s acclaimed debut novel about a ballet star who suffers a career-ending injury that also makes her miscarry her baby. Devastated, Roslyn Byrne retreats to a cabin on a Georgia island, but there she is confronted by ten-year-old audacious, motherless Damascus Trezevant and an unforgettable summer that will work a gentle brand of magic on her grieving spirit.
Now since we’ve been talking this week at the Ball about Mothers, Kimberly offered to share her thoughts on the subject.
(And because she is such a sweetheart, Kimberly is giving away a signed copy of THE RIVER WITCH to one lucky visitor (and she will ship internationally!). Just leave a comment to be entered to win!)
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My mother didn’t make it for the launch party of my debut novel, The River Witch. There were nearly one hundred guests but when my dad came in and I saw that she was not with him, I knew something had gone very wrong. She’s not been well for a while now with one thing or another, and recently she’s been struggling. My heart sank, even surrounded by so many friends and family and eager readers. But here’s the thing: after that brief second when I realized she would miss the party, I wasn’t really upset that Mama couldn’t attend. I wasn’t anxious without her support or really even sad that she was missing such a significant moment in my life. Because even without her there, I understood that what was happening to me, was somehow happening between us.
Here’s what I think.
Mothers give us our first stories. They whisper them in our ears at bed time. They sing them to us as we suckle. Their voices pour into us dreams and sorrows and fears. Through their cures and comforts, discipline and pride, through every garden they grow and every pan of biscuits they butter and every tear they wipe away, our mothers are giving us their stories – our stories, because they are symbiotic. Mothers create some kind of magic within the core of us, their children; this stuff is a touchstone to come back to again and again to identify and anchor ourselves while we find the courage to speak our own truths. And that, of course, is a very strong theme in The River Witch – the idea that each of the women in this book carries the voice from the women that came before, and they will only transcend above their circumstances when they find the courage to embrace that wisdom.
And so, there I stood. I was expected to read from and talk about the journey of writing this novel. But between you and me, all I could think about were the million little pieces of my mother’s story that had formed this work. I swear a sweet and familiar song carried through the room to me in the hum of the crowd. And as I began to share the words I’d written, something happened that no one in that room could have seen or guessed. As I spoke, it was my mother’s voice I heard. As I moved, she moved within me. I did not miss her face in the crowd because I was that face. I knew as I’ve never known before that I carry her within me – my Mama, and generations of mamas before us.
All together we had arrived in that very moment to give voice to a greater story, one that might travel beyond us in ways only God would know.
And in the crowd, my daughter heard our voice.
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Thank you so much for visiting with us today, Kimberly! And remember to leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of THE RIVER WITCH!
Kimberly Brock is a former actor, special needs educator, and native to the north Georgia foothills. Her debut novel, The River Witch, is a southern mystical work set against the backdrop of Appalachia and the Sea Islands. Her work has appeared in the anthologies “Summer in Mossy Creek” and the forthcoming, “Sweeter Than Tea”. She spends her non-writing time enjoying her husband and three children, and encouraging storytelling in all its many forms. Kimberly lives north of Atlanta, where she’s made her home for the last eight years. To learn more, you can visit Kimberly at her website, on Facebook and Twitter, as well as check out her Pinterest and Goodreads pages.