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Although Kimberly lives in sunny Florida, she prefers to stay indoors and sometimes buys a scarf in the hopes of snow. Her love for 90s cartoons (or any cartoons, really) knows no bounds. She might be the only person you know who can be completely engrossed in watching silent films. Being in Florida certainly has one big perk: going to Disney World. Which she does. Frequently.

Kimberly holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Luna Station Quarterly, The Medulla Review, and Hogglepot. Her chapbook, POCKET FOREST, was published by Deathless Press in August 2013.

LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS (Swoon Reads/Macmillan June 2015) is her debut novel.

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Pocket Forest
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My participation on the My Writing Process Blog Tour is due to John Henry Fleming's persuasive powers. I can't say no to my professor, not matter how long I've been out of school (and it hasn't been that long, come to think of it). I've written about John on my blog a few times now; his writing is delightfully bizarre, showcased through his newest book, Songs for the Deaf.

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“A trail made of pine needles and thistles leads you into the green darkness. The canopy casts shadows on old oaks and dogwoods, and you think you can smell the sour breath of a witch behind you. The wind sighs like a sleeping girl, carrying her bittersweet dreams along the paths to attract any man willing to look for thorn-covered castles. A wolf darts between fallen, rotted wood; maybe he’s the one who can tell you where your heart is, how you’re still breathing.”
Kimberly Karalius, Pocket Forest

“When her mother combed Harriet's hair, she said that the woods were disgustingly muddy and mosquito-ridden. During her history unit on pioneers, her father bashfully admitted that he couldn't pitch a tent, barbeque, or fight off bears in a forest. They both agreed that such a place was unsafe. Hotels were better.”
Kimberly Karalius, Pocket Forest

“She squinted at his nametag. Her eyes weren't quite working. "What's your name?"


"Stick?" she asked, half ready to believe it.

He shook his head and pointed his long index finger at the name stitched on his uniform. "S-T-I-G. Stig."

Harriet's breath caught. "I can't believe it. I've been looking for you.”
Kimberly Karalius, Pocket Forest

“I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another. ”
Brenda Ueland

“My reading and studying and retellings of old stories didn't do anything except help me think better. I was at least thoughtful. Too thoughtful, my friends said. And all I thought about was myths and old paintings that made me feel drunk on wine or struck my lightning but didn't matter to most people.”
Francesca Lia Block, Love in the Time of Global Warming

“She craved a presence beside her, solid. Fingertips light at the nape of her neck and a voice meeting hers in the dark. Someone who would wait with an umbrella to walk her home in the rain, and smile like sunshine when he saw her coming. Who would dance with her on her balcony, keep his promises and know her secrets, and make a tiny world wherever he was, with just her and his arms and his whisper and her trust.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone
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“You forgot my birthday, too."

"And mine."

The girls looked miserable. The King opened his mouth, then shut it.

"Sir!" whined Lord Teddie. "You forgot my birthday, too!"

Bramble gave a surprised laugh, then slapped her hand over her mouth, as though shocked at letting it out. The tension broke. The girls laughed sheepishly, and Lord Teddie beamed. He probably did not have many ladies think him funny. In fact, he probably got slapped by a lot of them.”
Heather Dixon, Entwined

“Fairy tales were not my escape from reality as a child; rather, they were my reality -- for mine was a world in which good and evil were not abstract concepts, and like fairy-tale heroines, no magic would save me unless I had the wit and heart and courage to use it widely.”
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Margaryta I will definitely take a look at some of her works, thank you for the recommendation!

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Melee Edward Carey's books do seem to be hard to come by brand-new! I think you're right that Alva & Irva hasn't had a US edition. Which is quite sad. But I hope your copy comes soon and you enjoy it! :D I keep meaning to re-read that one...

And I can totally sympathize about books on your wishlist not being readily available! That's like my life story right there. XD

message 4: by R.A.

R.A. Dyer Hey Kimberly!!! I was so glad to receive your friend invitation! :) Yes, I have self-published a book.... And I don't believe I shared it on Figgies Underground (I think I did it before I joined...)

Awwww, thank you so much! I really appreciate it :)

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Melee Hahaha, I'd say sorry except I'm not. ;) Especially since thanks to you I found out that Edward Carey's written another book! I think his stories are very much up your alley. I hope you enjoy them when you do get them! :D

Kimberly Karalius Melee wrote: "Hey Kim, a while ago you asked me to tell you what I thought of "Tinkers" should I read it first. Well, I though it was pretty great! I think, though, that it's one of those books one loves or is t..."
It's okay! Even reading the blurb on the back, I wasn't sure what to think about it. I will probably get to reading it this summer though - so I'll let you know if I like it too :D

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Melee Hey Kim, a while ago you asked me to tell you what I thought of "Tinkers" should I read it first. Well, I though it was pretty great! I think, though, that it's one of those books one loves or is totally bored by. I don't know if you like the kind of book it is but I personally think it's worth a read. :)
(Sorry if that last sentence was kind of vague, haha. I don't really have words to describe it.)

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