In addition to being an excellent writer, Nicole has the gift of talking both knowledgably and accessibly about writing. She's witty, wise and can cook. Which is pretty much all one can ask for in both an editor and a friend.
So without further adieu, Nicole Kimberling.
JL - Tell us--at the risk of getting slammed with submissions--about Blind Eye Book's mysterious new imprint One Block Empire.
NK - So our original line, Blind Eye Books is all about science-fiction and fantasy.
One Block Empire is devoted to mystery and other kinds of contemporary stories. Basically, I decided it would be neat to expand our brand into stories set in the real world.
NK - Yeah, I did feel a little melancholy. Peter was such fun to write and the city of
still has so many quirky people and places… But I felt like I’d covered most of
the big areas of conflict between Peter and Nick and didn’t want to be that
writer who starts inserting the “crisis of the week” just to keep the series
JL - You're Blind Eye Books' Editor in Chef. (HA! Little cooking joke there -- bet you never heard that one before) How do you balance your own creative needs -- heck, how do you even find time to write? -- with the needs of your authors and your publishing house? Do you find it difficult to switch back and forth?
NK - Yes, the transition can be rocky. For me writing fiction requires entering a relaxed, associative, expansive state. And that’s exactly the opposite of the critical, winnowing attitude required of an editor. And both of those are different from the strategic “We’re gonna take that hill, then go to sleep get up and take the next one,” mind-frame necessary to performing the duties of a publisher.
JL - If you had to pick, perhaps for the purposes of a blog interview, what would you say was the one thing lacking in the majority of manuscripts you end up rejecting?
JL - What do you like best about writing?
JL - Name three favorite mystery tropes that may or may not be found in your stories past, present or future.
NK - The Intrepid Reporter
The Red Herring
The Evidence Dungeon
NK - Well, I am exceptionally nosy but I don’t exactly have the attention span for surveillance. I feel like I’d have all the good intentions of solving the murder but get distracted by some other, lesser curiosity (“What
ARE the neighbors remodeling anyway?”) and
miss some major clues allowing the murderer to slip past me. But I’d absolutely
know what color of bathroom tile just went into the house next door.
*Full disclosure: Charmed is my least-favorite TV show, by far.