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Kimberly Richardson Interview : Page 2 of 3

Viridian Books Owner & Author Kimberly Richardson

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Q: Who do you spend time with when you're not on the clock?

A: I am currently involved with a wonderful man named James Clayton St. John. We've been together now for three and a half months and he is, literally, my other half. We share a love for all things sci-fi and a strange sense of humor, and we're both coming out of our emotional shells and finally being who we were meant to be.

Q: Can you tell our listeners about your experiences at Mid South Con, the sci-fi convention you attended in March 2008?

A: I love reading books of all subjects, even paranormal romances, which I just started reading! As much as I love reading books, I love selling them as well. When I was a guest author/bookseller for Mid South Con, it felt like home for me; talking to people about books, which ones they would love and which ones I loved myself, spending time with other authors and publishers, and just being in the moment.

It feels good to have people come up to you asking for your work. I now know what it truly means to be a writer. I made new friends, and met networking associates and possible new buyers of my poetry book. I also have a chance to get some of my stories published by a local company that had a booth next to mine. I came away from that weekend feeling like a new woman, ready to continue down my true path.

Q: Can you discuss some of the things that stand in the way of living your creative dream, and walking your true path? If you would, tell us how you move through those obstacle.

A: I love being creative, although for the longest time, I held back all of my creativity and originality. I held back because I was afraid of what people would think of me, placing their own opinions of me higher than my own. I have been steadily moving away from that train of thought because it is detrimental and destructive to a creative person; a creative person is creative because THEY ARE.

I used to get picked on because I was not a "typical" black girl/woman: I love all forms of music — even opera and country! My boyfriend is white, I refuse to speak improper English, and I own elf ears!!! I never wanted to be just like everyone else; how can one ever learn and grow? How can a person come into their own, if their voice is squashed by others?

Q: Since you are far from typical, I assume your friends are an interesting bunch! What traits do you see shared in the people you like to spend time with?

A: I find comfort with unique people, those who are not afraid to be themselves. My boyfriend is like that as well; that is one of the pros about him that I am forever grateful for.

Q: Can you discuss the importance of poetry in your life?

A: Poetry is a unique way of expressing one's innermost thoughts. When I cannot express myself through speaking, I write poetry instead and let the reader decide for themselves just what I am trying to convey. I do not like it, however, when people ask me "So, what does it mean?" That is not the point of poetry, I think.

Q: Congratulations are in order — you've just been named the new book reviewer for the Memphis newspaper, The Lamplighter. Can you tell our readers how you scored this fantastic job?

A: The Lamplighter is a newspaper from one of the neighborhoods in Memphis' arts district and is widely read. I was a regular reader, so I decided to ask the editors if they would ever consider adding a book review column to their paper, using myself as a possible choice. They asked for a review to sample my work, and I gave them a review of The Catcher in the Rye. They loved it, and the rest is history. She liked it, and said you write really well, this is what we've been looking for… go with it! I wasn't sure if I could write reviews — I can talk about a book with a friend but writing it down… I didn't know if I could do that, but I wanted to try.

Q: What does the future hold? Can you give our readers some idea of the different projects you're working on, and your goals and dreams for the future?

A: I'm taking pictures of all the different branches of the Memphis library in the city, and I'll post those on my blog and website. I also created a poem and personal essay for each one. It's my way of responding to recent library closures due to lack of funding. I'm doing this for me, and I'm doing this for the city.

I'm also entering a short story competition by a local publishing house; the subject matter is dragons. If chosen, it will be in an anthology — if not, I like the character so much I'll keep it for myself.

Q: You could always publish it elsewhere. Maybe an anthology of your own short stories?

A: Yes.

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