The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
My name is Kimberlee R. Mendoza. I'm a graphic designer by day and novelist by night. I've published six novels (two ebooks), one non-fiction book, five plays and have several YA books coming out this year for the Russell Family Series. I also make covers for The Wild Rose Press and teach beginning acting to teenagers. I'm the mother of two boys, three if you count my husband. I live in southern CA and am the 2006 recipient of the San Diego Christian Writer of the Year Award. I am also an Army veteran, but more Private Benjamin, than GI Jane.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
In "Reveille of the Heart" people swear that I'm the heroine, Cami. There is so much of me in her. But I could probably say that about most of my characters.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I LOVE suspense. Put suspense and romance together, and I'm there! I would love to write a book similar to the TV show Alias. I think that would be a lot of fun.
Who or what influences you when you write?
I'm a people watcher. That comes from years of directing and acting in theatre. It helps me develop characters when I write. My biggest influence is found at the mall. Just watching people. The most interesting characters are there.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I'm currently working on a sequel to "Reveille of the Heart" called "Taps to the Soul." My two critique groups have been reading it and seem to enjoy it. It starts right in the heat of battle. I'm having a good time writing it.
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Definitely hinder. Tell me a deadline, and my muse makes a run for the door. Though I did NaNo (November National Novel Month) this year and finished on time. So, I've proven to myself I CAN do it, if I have to. I think the harder thing for me is being given a subject. I get writer's block when I'm told WHAT to write.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
I've been submitting my work since I was 14.not to give away my age, but that is 22 years. I've always been more than a dreamer. I'm a big believer in making things happen for yourself. I think that the only difference between a successful person and a failure is the one who failed, gave up.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
The best advice I ever received came from a line in a movie. The movie "Finding Forrester," was about a recluse novelist (played by Sean Connery) who ends up helping a street kid learn to write. One of the things he said was, "Write the first draft with your heart and the second with your head." I have taken that to heart ever since. It really helps me write not worrying about the fine-tuning until the second round. Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I am a HUGE advocate for critique groups. I'm in an online group, but also lead one at my work. Before joining one several years ago, I'd never published more than a poem. They taught me about passive voice, point of view shifts, etc. Things I didn't know about. They find the things I can't see after reading it a million times.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
www.kmendoza.com will take you to all of those. :)
Thank you so much for interviewing me. Have a wonderful day! Kimberlee
Thank you for this opportunity!