Featured Friday! Pearl Kirkby
“Butcher, baker, candlestick maker”, and everything in between. Including writing.
Contributing writer to assorted business blogs and sites, administrator of six public websites/blogs.
Writer, mixed media artist, lover of all of things Nature! It is impossible to separate all that she loves and has passion for, from anything she writes…so to read her work is to know her.
She shares her life with her husband, Guy, her 13 year old cat, Rain, 12 kids and all her grands and great-grands, and an assortment of squirrels, hawks, owls, snakes and spiders and palmetto bugs, opossums and ‘coons and the occasional armadillo who all live above, around and under their house!
What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?
The older I get, the more I appreciate peace and quiet, and most especially when I’m writing. Although I’m normally fairly sociable (going out for coffee/breakfast and love when my children and grands come to visit), I like that at any time of day or night I can claim that my muse has struck and make my escape into the calm of my office. I have to admit, somewhat guiltily, that sometimes my muse is nowhere to be found when I do so!
What made you start writing?
Well, maybe she didn’t make me start writing stories, but she certainly taught me how to write before I was even old enough for kindergarten. I think I “published” my first book when I was about 4 ½ or 5 years old – a piece of paper that was cut in half and folded to make four pages…illustrations and all! The more she smiled at my efforts, the more I wanted to write.
Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
Oh, goodness…I’ve been around so long and read so many books that I don’t think I could choose just one!
Even as a wee one, I admired Shakespeare simply for his verbosity, odd child that I was. I also liked to read Jules Verne for his wonderful imagination. These were my first two literary heroes. For getting my feet wet the first time though, I have to give credit to J.K. Rowling, who fought so many personal battles but never gave up writing…she’s my forever inspiration!
What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
I think most writers are in agreement on this question: Write, and keep writing – and while you do, develop a thick enough skin to accept criticism (as in critiqué) and advice…in fact, look for someone who cares enough to give you a little tough love over your faux pas. Your readers will thank you.
Can I quote a big “LOL!” here‽ I read everything, and it doesn’t even need to be a book! My husband has a hard time prying the applesauce jar out of my hands because I’m reading the label!
All jokes aside, even my librarian looks at me funny when she notes the books I check out. Physics (for dummies), theology, fantasy, visionary fiction – even the classics until I got the Kindle app – but if you read Folded Dreams – the Beginning or the follow-up novel, you’ll find a little bit of all of those in there, with a fair bit of poetic license taken. So, does it differ? Yes…and no.
Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
That’s not at all difficult; it would have to be Moira, as she is based somewhat loosely on my mother whom I lost fifteen years ago, although Mama was a veritable rock as compared to Moira’s relative instability.
As I’m a dyed-in-the-wool non-conformist, in the most modern sense, I would say Walden by Thoreau and The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. They both make you think deeply about what is and is not important in life.
What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
Folded Dreams started out as a type-written, two page college assignment. It wasn’t a matter of editing out, but rather editing in material! It was hard!
If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
(another ‘LOL!’) The Lord of the Rings, but only if I didn’t have to leave my nest in the Shire! I can’t help it. I want to be a Hobbit!!
If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
Wow – that’s a hard one. Probably Agatha Christie. Even though it’s far from a murder mystery, my life has been so full of misadventure and mishap that I think she could really do it justice!
I didn’t read, The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper until long after I saw the movie (The Seeker), and I’m glad I waited, for that old saying just doesn’t ring true in this case. Although I loved the story line, I just didn’t care for the book. I don’t recall ever seeing a movie that wasn’t adapted from a book!
Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
‘Been there, done that, got the t-shirt!’
What’s exciting you about your next project?
My next project after the follow-up to Folded Dreams is another novel, Waking Up Dead! which, contrary to its title, is a rather humourous look at how badly people can screw up their lives, even when given second and third chances to turn their lives around before ‘meeting their Maker’.
Although I tend to joke a lot in my ‘real’ life, I find actually writing with humour is quite the challenge. It’s exciting to read chapters to my husband and hear him laugh heartily as he remembers going through the same stupid situations my young protagonists keep bringing on themselves!
And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
“I am Third.”
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