PLEASE WELCOME THE AMAZINGLY TALENTED KIMI FLORES.
Tell us a little about yourself?
From my official bio – Kimi grew up in the San Gabriel Valley (mostly Alhambra) and still lives in Southern California. She's been married to her high-school sweetheart and prom date for over 20 years and they have two hilarious boys.
When she's not reading or writing, Kimi spends her time in the kitchen trying to come up with vegan meals that don't taste like cardboard. Her family might disagree with this however. Although she doesn't loyally follow nor have a favorite teams/athletes, Kimi loves a good hockey game or motorcross/x-treme sports event.
Volunteering is extremely important to her and her family work with several local non-profit organizations. A portion of her sales will always go to charity.
Books 1-3 in the Intertwined Hearts series are available now and book 4, Grafted Vines (Dani & Zachary's story) is anticipated to release in early 2015.
How would you describe your books?
My books are sweet romances with a bit of humor and snark. I strive to make my characters as real as possible and relatable. My first book is completely clean and the second, third and soon to be fourth all include fade to black non descriptive sex scenes with mature language.
What genre is your work mainly? Do you tend to stay in the same vein or are you hoping (if not already) to explore new ventures?
I currently write Contemporary Romance novels but I’m exploring a few new ideas that are more in the general fiction genre.
Share with us a quote from one of your favourite characters in your books?
Stefen Hunter (from It all Started with a Lima Bean) – “I’m every woman’s type. I’m flexible like that.”
Is it hard to come up with new ideas and / or plots?
That’s actually the easiest part for me. I have at least 20 books roaming around in my head and most of them have book titles and the characters are named.
What inspired you to write your book?
I’ve watched my 16-year old son (who has Asperger’s) push through his insecurities and struggles in order to get what he wants and realized that I had no excuse not to shoot for my dreams as well.
Who is the easiest character to write for and why? Hardest and why?
Stefen Hunter has been the easiest character for me to write so far because he was such an arrogant jerk but I saw his heart and knew he had redeemable qualities.
Dani Valdez (the character in my current WIP) is the hardest because she is filled with misguided loneliness and her self-esteem diminishes the more time passes and the more guys she encounters. She breaks my heart.
Without giving anything away, what is/are your favourite scenes in your book (s)?
This is hard. I love so many scenes. Especially the funny ones. But one of my favorites is from An Exceptional Twist when Stefen and Leah are driving away from their friend’s winery and Stefen’s admits (without naming anyone) that he is in love.
He needed her to really hear what he had to say. “I want someone who doesn’t want me, and I’m losing my fucking mind every damn day.”
“Leah, I dug my hole a long time ago. I’m not getting out anytime soon.” Looking deep into her waiting eyes, he felt his heart constrict. Again, his mouth moved quicker than his brain. “I’m not the guy for her. We could pretend for a while, but ultimately, I don't have what it takes to be her perfect guy.” He used the phrase she had when they’d first met, and he wondered if she’d notice.
She didn’t. “Who is she?” Leah asked the hurt clear on her face. “Anyone I know?”
He kicked a rock at his feet. “Doesn't matter. I won’t let it go anywhere. For now, I just need a diversion to get my mind off of her.” The pain in his chest was overwhelming. He pulled her into a hug and kissed the top of her head. If only this could work, but he wasn’t going to be that selfish jerk when it came to her.