August 6 – Kimberli A. Bindschatel

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Kimberli A. Bindschatel is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

Coming Fall 2018

Because I believe in the power of story to make a difference, because reading fiction increases empathy.

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

In 2008, I closed my business, a nature magazine I’d put my heart and soul into for six years. I could have held on, dumped more money into it. But the economy was already sagging. It took every bit of courage I had to admit it had failed and make the best business decision, which was to close it. Broke my heart.

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

There’s nothing more magical than that spark between two people, that first ignition of love.

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.

I just celebrated 25 years of marriage with my best friend. Over that time, my definition of romance has changed dramatically. For me, now, it’s about truly appreciating each other. Yeah, I love him. But what matters is that I just like him so much.

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Be true to yourself, first and foremost. And love with abandon. There’s no better way to do it. Sure, you might get hurt, but it’s worth it.

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

Dolphins sleep by shutting down one hemisphere of the brain at a time, so they are fully alert at all times. Just one of the many amazing things about other creatures on this planet.

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)  

There is only one story: mine. Though it is multifaceted.

 

If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I’ve always dreamed of living in the bush in Alaska for a summer and fall season. I love the wilderness and I’ve yearned for that solitude and complete reliance on myself to survive.

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

When I get an email from a reader who tells me they learned something about what’s happening to animals in this world (from my books) and they ask me how they can help make a difference, I get the warm fuzzies.

 

Kimberli recommends:

 

Brené Brown      –       brenebrown.com       –     @Amazon

If everyone read all of her books, the world would be a better place.

 

Barbara Kingsolver      –       www.kingsolver.com       –     @Amazon

A master.

 

Mary Doria Russell      –        marydoriarussell.net       –     @Amazon

The Sparrow is brilliant

 


Kimberli A. Bindschatel

Born and raised in Michigan, I spent summers at the lake, swimming, catching frogs, and chasing fireflies, winters building things out of cardboard and construction paper, writing stories, and dreaming of faraway places. Since I didn’t make honors English in High School, I thought I couldn’t write. So I started hanging out in the art room. The day I borrowed a camera, my love affair with photography began. Long before the birth of the pixel, I was exposing real silver halides to light and marveling at the magic of an image appearing on paper under a red light.

After college, I freelanced in commercial photography studios. During the long days of rigging strobes, one story haunted me. As happens in life though, before I could put it to words, I was possessed by another dream—to be a wildlife photographer. I trekked through the woods to find loons, grizzly bears, whales, and moose.

Then, for six years, I put my heart and soul into publishing a nature magazine, Whisper in the Woods. But it was not meant to be my magnum opus. This time, my attention was drawn skyward. I’d always been fascinated by the aurora borealis, shimmering in the night sky, but now my focus went beyond, to the cosmos, to wonder about our place in the universe. In the spring of 2010, I sat down at the computer, started typing words, and breathed life into a curious boy named Kiran in my first novel, The Path to the Sun. Together, in our quest for truth, Kiran and I have explored the mind and spirit. Our journey has taken us to places of new perspective. Alas, the answers always seem just beyond our grasp, as elusive as a firefly on a warm autumn night.

Most recently, my focus has shifted to more pressing issues—imperiled wildlife. With the Poppy McVie series, I hope to bring some light into the shadowy underworld of black market wildlife trade, where millions of wild animals are captured or slaughtered annually to fund organized crime. IT. MUST. STOP.

 

Buy Kimberli’s books:

 

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

 

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  TBA

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

(more to come…)