I don’t ever remember not feeling an affinity to language and stories. I vividly remember being in second grade and staying up late into the night to read The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White. Around the same time, I had a brief but prolific stint as a poet, yielding a collection of poems that my dad compiled in a three-ring binder, complete with my school picture on the cover. My paternal grandparents had that binder on their piano for years, an act of kindness which initially thrilled me and, as I aged, became increasingly embarrassing.
I graduated from the University of Utah with an English degree in 2002, but didn't take my first stab at writing a novel until after I had my first child. I was twenty-seven and living in Indiana. I started a blog to keep in touch with my family in Utah and rediscovered how much I enjoyed writing and being creative.
I am in awe of John Steinbeck, George Elliot, Joan Didion, and J.D. Salinger. One of my favorite parts of motherhood is revisiting the classic writers that enchanted me as a child: Laura Ingalls Wilder and Roald Dahl and L.M. Montgomery.
I enjoy connecting with other writers and bibliophiles. Please feel free to contact me at kimkarras(at)hotmail(dot)com.