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Kimberly Richardson Interview : Page 3 of 3

Viridian Books Owner & Author Kimberly Richardson

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Q: What are your goals for the future?

A: My ultimate goal is to be a full-time writer. When I tell people that's what I want to do, they say, "You're gonna make so much money, maybe get a movie deal!" Right — I'm in it for the big money. We both laugh. I try to write at least once a day. As soon as my fingers hit the keyboard, I just go… then I look up and realize I was supposed to be at work an hour ago. My overall goal is to make my life 100% about the written word. I'm not where I want to be, but I'm on the path, and that right there is enough. I keep going, and I won't let anything deter me.

Q: If you could travel backwards in time — without destroying the fabric of the universe — to give your thirteen-year-old-self some words of advice about the future, what would you say?

A: It's interesting you would ask that, because thirteen was the age I started writing poetry… I would say, "You have no idea… but you're there." I would be very cryptic. What's strange is… me, at thirteen, would get it.

Q: Kimberly, thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today. Is there anything you would like to add? Do you have a few "famous last words" for our readers to delight and inspire them as they move through the world today?

A: Graham Joyce, a British novelist, wrote a book I love called Indigo. One line a character says is translated from the Latin, "I hold the wolf by the ears." My interpretation of that is whatever fear you have, you stare that fear fright in the face, and let it know you are the stronger one, or you're the better person… fear is not a tangible thing. If you turn and face that fear and hold it by the ears, and say "I know what I'm doing, I was meant to be a writer," that fear diminishes. You realize you are strong, and that you can do anything. •

Kimberly Richardson is the Owner and Resident Muse of Viridian Books, Bookstore for the Strange and Unusual Reader.

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