Kim Lindquist has always been intrigued and entertained by people and the ways they communicate in various forms. She has been writing since her early days in junior high school, when she worked on the not-so-famous Buzzette school newspaper. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, she worked as a technical editor for NASA subcontractors for 10 years. Raising her son who is on the autism spectrum, caring for her two ridiculously needy dogs, married to a somewhat needy husband, and volunteering in the autism community since 2003, Kim enjoys writing about the roller coaster of life and the joy that comes in the midst of the twists and turns.
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Kim In Depth
Kim Lindquist was born with a silver ball-point pen in her hand. Thankfully, it was removed in the late 1970s when she learned to type her stories. After living through countless twisting plots, she is launching her writing career for readers other than her mother. After earning her B.A. in Journalism, Ms. Lindquist worked as a technical editor for 10 years, but her dream of winning a Pulitzer lived on. She was a contributing author of At the Foot of the Cross, a Christian devotional collection, copyright © 2011 by Sagemont Church, and also penned several articles for Sagemont Life Magazine. She wrote for and edited The Beacon, a formerly published newsletter of a local autism support group. Living in the Houston area, she loves the scorching heat of both the summers and winters. She is still waiting for that Pulitzer.
My earliest readings consisted of everything from Mother Goose to Golden Books to Dr. Suess; they are part of my brain chemistry. A love affair bloomed between me and all types of writing. The best days in elementary school were when each student selected a story from the Weekly Reader box, and libraries have always been a place of comfort and new possibilities. Books have provided healing, hope, laughter, therapy, suspense, direction, and education. Some have changed my life. One More Time, by Carol Burnett, had a tremendous influence on me as a writer and as a child of an alcoholic parent. Her ability to write honestly with compassion inspired me to start writing my own memories. I’m grateful to all authors – people who had the courage to tell their stories and affected my own story.
The Writing Life
I'd like to say I eat a bowl of alphabet soup daily, let it digest, then regurgitate those letters into the perfect prose, forming the Great American Novel or, more likely, the Great American Quirky Memoir, in 20 minutes or so. But, that would be messy, now wouldn't it?
Instead, my brain is a Crock-Pot. Something or someone presents itself, and a story starts forming. I think about it, often for days, as it stews in my cranial juices. Finally, when the timer goes off and I know it is done, I am compelled to run to my laptop and share the recipe of my latest revelation.
Fueling most of my creations is my family, including my son, a true hero in a world that is often afraid of those who are different; my husband, who gives me comedic material on a daily basis; my two dogs who have their own issues; and the human race in general. Everywhere I look, there is a story to be told. Maybe a little embellishment here and there, but who will know the difference?
My indebtedness goes out to the many sources and people who constantly teach me new things about being an author and starting a writing career, most especially to hollowdeckpress.com and wingmanwebworks.com.