Author Name: Kimberly Wenzler
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/kimberlywenzler
Twitter Handle: @kimberlywenzler
Title of Novel: Letting Go
Q1. How long have you been writing? And what was the first thing you can remember writing?
Someone gave me a Hello Kitty diary when I was five or six. I’ll never forget it. I started to write and the simple daily tropes of a child evolved into my thoughts and reactions to life experiences. I was hooked. When I went to college, I was still writing in journals. I never stopped. The pages were cathartic for me: a place to vent my anger and fears, express hopes and desires I couldn’t verbalize. It was my release. If I was upset, I wrote it down. Exhalted, I recorded it.
So, I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. But I’d only been writing for myself.
Q2. Did you always want to be a writer?
No. I didn’t think it was an option for me. I read constantly but never considered writing as a profession. I wish I did. I wouldn’t have wasted so much time. I studied Business Economics in college and worked as a Sales Manager until we had children. At home, I dabbled in some poetry and had a couple of articles published on an online women’s magazine but that was the extent of my experience. I was thirty-six when I succumbed to the urge to try my hand at writing a novel. I told my husband what I wanted to do and he fully supported me. It was all I needed.
Q3. How did you feel when you were writing this book?
Letting Go is the first book I wrote. I wrote every single day for a year. I loved the process, having unknowingly trained myself over the years, though it was difficult at times. I made it to page 100 before I decided to put it down and take a writing course. After the course, and plenty of hours of research online and reading books on the craft, I returned to the story and finished it. It was terrible. I knew it was, but I was thrilled to have a finished manuscript. And proud.
Q4. How long did it take to write?
I wrote my first draft in one year, in 2005. Then I put it away. wrote three more manuscripts and published one (Both Sides of Love) before I felt ready to return to Letting Go. I felt so strongly about the story, about a mother who refuses to leave her child, I couldn’t give up on it. This story was the reason I started writing, so I dusted it off, revamped it completely and sent it to my editors.
In all, it took ten years from start to finish.
Q5. Do you have a special place where you go to write?
No. I carry my laptop through the house and plant myself wherever I want to be at the moment. I’ll sit with my boys while they’re watching television and type, or I’ll sit at the kitchen table near the window, or the backyard on a warm day. Just give me headphones and a chair and I’m good.
Q6. When you begin writing, did you ever think you’d get to where you are now?
I had no idea what to expect and I am still not sure where I’m headed. All I know is I love the road I’m on and look forward to where it leads.