Kim Louise Clarke, Welcome! Tell us when did you decide to become a writer?
About five years ago, after reading two mystery novels, and finding these well-known authors to be disappointing, I flippantly thought: “Even I could write better than that.” I began to write my own and realized how difficult it was. I never did finish it. But I realized that I liked to write. This began my journey into the writing world.
What is your favourite genre to write?
Eventually, I came to enjoy writing creative non-fiction short stories.
How do you connect with God best?
I like to connect with God in the morning, in a quiet place with a cup of coffee, reading my Bible and in prayer. Wherever I am in my Bible reading schedule, the chapters of Scripture I read that morning, I believe God can speak to me to my particular circumstances. Some days I’ll journal from that time with God, but not always.
How long have you known the Lord and what brought you to a relationship with Him?
I’ve known the Lord for almost thirty-seven years. My Mom wanted my sisters and me to attend a Christian seminar when I was in my early 20’s. After the seminar, I began to attend church and it was then I understood that I needed a relationship with Christ.
Are you a member of any writing groups?
I’m a member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and enjoy the spring and fall conferences. I’m also a member of Calgary Crime Writers and although not as involved as I used to be, I still attend a few events during the year. In both groups, I have met wonderful friends and have great resources to access.
What do you consider the best piece of advice you can give to novice authors?
Note the things that strike you as interesting throughout a day, even the smallest thing. They strike you for a reason and from those, ideas can emerge that may work well in your stories. Also to read Scriptures slowly so that you notice new things. Basically, take time in life to slow down, quiet yourself so that treasure isn’t bypassed.
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What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to travel and since my husband and I have recently retired, we are looking into doing more. I like to connect with my daughter, son and stepsons and grandchildren. Walking/hiking, reading, photography, and quilting are some other interests.
What does your office look like?
In one word my office can be described as ‘full’. An ‘organized full’ is made up of my desk, two full book cases, file cabinets and sewing machine. A ‘chaotic full’ is when my office also holds boxes to recycle, bags of clothes packed and ready for charity, or stuff tossed in to make the house tidier before company arrives.
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