Name: Kimberly Hockaday
Book Title: A Mourner's Diary: Poems of Grief and Healing
Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must read?
My book "A Mourner's Diary: Poems of Grief and Healing" is very personal. In February 2016, I lost an aunt to cancer and then four months later my uncle passed away from his battle with cancer. It was a very painful and confusing time. I had so many thoughts and questions that flowed from my heart in the form of poetry. So this book is almost like my diary. It is a must read because many people can relate to the poetry. This book is not only my way of honoring my loved ones but also to reach those who are grieving and feeling lost and confused. Grieving is a different journey for everyone but we all grieve and eventually healing will come.
What is your favorite part of the book?
My favorite part of the book is my final poem ," A Note To God." This is my favorite poem because honestly, healing came with writing this poem. With this poem came the release of everything I was feeling and I came to the acceptance of the death of my loved ones.
What genre do you consider your books? Have you considered writing in another genre?
Currently the books I am publishing are poetry. I also write fiction but I am following the advice I was given from a publisher. She stated I should stick to one genre, gain a fan base of readers before switching to other genres. So right now it's poetry, but I promise you one day you will read works of other genres by me.
What is something memorable you have heard from your readers or fans?
A few years ago my photo was in the newspaper. One day an old man approached me and asked if I was the woman in the photo? When I told him I was, he told me that I should be very proud of myself. He said that I was now an author and everyone in my town will now know that I was an author. He told me regardless of what happens, if I should write more books are decide to not write anymore books, that I will forever have the title as an author and will be forever known as an author. That meant so much to me and I have never forgotten that man or what he told me.
What has been the best compliment?
The best compliment is when a person tells me that my book moved them, brought them to tears, or made them feel better.
Tell us a little bit about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself in five years?
At the moment I have a part-time job that has nothing to do with writing but I hope to one day work for a magazine and start my own performance arts organization. In five years I see myself still writing and publishing books.
Do you do book tours?
I have never done a book tour but would love to. It sounds like it would be fun.
Do you consider yourself to be a successful writer? If so why?
I do consider myself to be a successful writer. I am not a famous writer like Stephen King but I am a writer. I am successful because all I have ever wanted to be since I was four years old was to grow up and become a writer. It has been a long and hard journey with mistakes and rejections, but I never gave up. Money doesn't define success. It is the hard work and determination that makes you a success. I said I wanted to be a writer and I did the work to become a writer. That is what makes me a success.
Million dollar question, are you working on another book?
Absolutely. I do not want to give anything away yet, but hopefully you can expect my next book the beginning of 2018.
Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I want to say thank you to every single person who has purchased a copy of my book. It truly means a lot to me. Thank you. I hope you continue to buy and enjoy my work.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Kimberly-Hockaday/e/B06WLP6TY9
Twitter Handler: @thankfulpoet
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