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Kim, the only child of a golf course construction supervisor and a writer/photographer, had an unconventional upbringing. She lived in nine different places before age three, including Cancun when it was still just a jungle, and a remote resort in the Philippines. She spent most of her school years in Maine, galloping her horse along snowmobile trails at speeds she's grateful her parents didn’t know about. She worked as a junior ski instructor at Sugarloaf, skiing backwards down black diamond slopes while small children encountered “the Headwall” or Upper Spillway for the first time. Most didn’t hesitate at the top, though she had to carry the occasional one down. (Not backwards, of course.)
At age sixteen, her family moved to Senäjoki, Finland. After briefly attending the local school, she completed high school through the mail. Homeschooling then was nothing like it is now, nor did it look impressive on college applications, but her essay earned her a scholarship at Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri. After earning a B.A. in British Literature and composition, she went on to get her MA in English from Iowa State, where she also taught composition.
After moving to Texas with her husband in 1997, she worked in the insurance industry until having children, when she left corporate life to become a full time mother, writer, and occasional public speaker. Since then she has completed three novel-length manuscripts, published articles in historical society journals and an arts-and-crafts periodical, and written dozens of articles for a regional magazine. She has also contributed an essay to Author In Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What it Really Takes to Get Published, a craft guide written by the contributors of Writer Unboxed and published by Writer’s Digest.
She is currently putting the final polish on a historical novel inspired by the colorful lives of her great-grandfather, Canadian landscape painter Carl Ahrens, and his wife, Madonna, a gifted artist and singer. Her next book will take place in the Civil War era.
Kim is active on Facebook and Twitter and can always be found at Writer Unboxed, where she blogs and serves as an assistant editor.