What does the K stand for?
K is short for Kimberly. I tried going by Kimberly for a while, but everyone insisted on shortening it to “Kim.” These days, everyone I know pretty much calls me K or Kaye. You can call me either of those, or Kimberly, but not Kim*. And definitely not Kimmy. Seriously. Don’t call me Kimmy.
*Special dispensation allowed to people who’ve known me more than 15 years.
How do you pronounce your last name?
Can I order one of your cakes?
Since I don’t have access to a commercial kitchen, I’m afraid I only bake for friends and family (health regulations, what can I say?) So if you want one of my cakes, you’ll either have to get on my good side, or check out my book Fun with Frosting (Skyhorse Publishing, April 2016) for recipes and instructions to make them yourself.
I thought you wrote fiction, what’s with the cake book?
I love writing fiction, and still really hope to publish some one day. But I also love baking and cake decorating, so when an opportunity came to combine all my passions into one project, I couldn’t say no. For the whole story of how the cake book came to be, check out this post.
You have three young kids and are known for baking fun cakes, where do you find the time to write?
I’m a master of multi-tasking (in fact, I’m cooking dinner and eating lunch while I write this). Seriously, though, now that my kids are all in school, I get a whopping five-and-a-half hours a day to write and bake. On sick days and holidays I just have to squeeze it in when I can. For more on how I do that, check out this post, written when I still had two kids at home.
(Pandemic update: Now that my kids are home 24/7, I get up extra early and write before anyone else is awake. Now that my kids are old enough to entertain themselves, I’ll also try to squeeze in writing while they’re playing video games or reading.)
Where do you get your ideas?
My recipe for ideas: Take 1-100 snippets of things you’ve seen or heard, sprinkle liberally with what ifs, simmer until new ideas begin to form, transfer to computer or notepad and continue to bake until critique partners pronounce them done (do not remove too early or ideas will come out half-baked).