Countdown to Muse 2015: Micro-Interview 11 (Kim Savage)
The Muse and the Marketplace kicks off on May 1st at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston. In anticipation of the conference, we collected micro-interviews written by authors, agents and editors who will be attending the event. This is the eleventh in the series.
Micro-Interview with Kim Savage, Author of After the Woods
1. When do you most feel like a writer?
It sounds strange, but I feel most like a writer when I’m reading. I read with a pen in my hand, highlighting a unique turn of phrase or a graceful transition; even clunky stuff. I scribble a star in the margin, or circle a sentence and dog-ear the page. That intimacy with reading reminds me that I’m a writer forever working on her craft.
2. What is the strangest interaction you’ve ever had with a reader?
I have an acquaintance who often refers to that “spooky stuff that you write,” with the implication that I must occupy some scary headspace. Sure, I love black humor, noir, and mind-&%* thrillers, but don’t extrapolate, please. Do we assume the actor has a multiple personality disorder? That the gynecologist is a pervert? It’s a weird leap.
3. Is writer’s block real?
The term writer’s block sounds like a malady, which feels like an excuse. That doesn't mean my every day is marked by flowing prose. I buy into Steven Pressfield’s (The War of Art) concept of Resistance, an invisible force that repels us from our work. Writing is always a battle. Answering these interview questions instead of working on Book Three means I lost today's battle.
4. What is the strangest place you’ve ever been?
The strangest place I’ve ever been is an all-white (as in décor) nightclub in Amsterdam. Think lucite chairs, feathers, and flamenco dancing with Burt Reynolds, circa 2001. It's sort of fuzzy.
Kim is offering two fantastic sessions at #Muse15: Hey Kid, Can I Borrow That When You're Done? What Blurred Lines Between YA and Adult Readership Mean For the Writer on Friday, May 1 at 11:45 AM, and Beyond the Query: New Ways to Snag an Agent and Land a Book Deal Saturday, May 2 at 2:15 PM. Registration for the conference is now closed but upto twenty five walk ins are available this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Head down the the Boston Park Plaza Hotel to hear essentail craft and publishing advice from Kim and hundreds of other presenters.
Kim Savage is the author of After the Woods, a debut psychological thriller for young adults coming in Winter 2016 with Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan. These are the Notes You Didn’t Get, also with FSG/Macmillan, comes out in 2017. She is working on her third novel. Her short stories, audio stories, and flash fiction have been published in The Drum Literary Magazine, Six Minute Magazine, Trapeze Magazine, and Red Fez, among others. She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger Inc. She is a member of the Freshman Fifteen, the Fearless Fifteeners, the Sweet Sixteens, and NESCBWI. Kim received her degrees in English and Business from Stonehill College, and a Master’s degree in Journalism with Highest Honors from Northeastern University. She worked as a business journalist, pitching story ideas along the lines of “Stigmatized Properties: When Murder Kills Property Values.” She also worked as a development consultant for Boston University alongside faculty members in wildly diverse disciplines. Like George Plimpton in pumps, she got to be a temporary expert, bouncing from biomedical engineering to socioeconomics to religious pluralism in the same week. Today, Kim resides in a town west of Boston a lot like Shiverton, near the real Fells of After the Woods. Born directionally challenged, the fear of getting lost in those lovely woods lives close to her skin. She and her wickedly funny husband have three children, each of whom beg to appear in her books. They shouldn’t.
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