Kimberley Koz began her career as a storyteller in third grade when she told classmates her father was Bozo the Clown. “They were impressed. Dad, a Detroit-area principal, was horrified. Mom hurt herself laughing.”
Kim says the life of a child storyteller required taking creative license. “I didn’t have ‘Fun’ With Dick and Jane. I thought them boring; one dimensional. So I rewrote their stories and had them steal penny candy and spy on neighbors.”
In 8th grade, Kim’s mom told her she could lie with a straight face. Kim took that as a compliment and joined Drama to perfect her facial expressions. “In 9th grade I told my school counselor my job babysitting for Aretha Franklin didn’t allow time for studying. She said I would make a career out of telling stories if I wasn’t careful. I liked that and started charging classmates to write book reports. But the real money was in fake notes from parents excusing Jack or Jill from class due to a contagious disease, or grief from sudden loss of grandparents. I made enough money to quit babysitting for Aretha and bought a typewriter.”
During Kim’s working years her Grandma died many times, enabling her to take days off to write without eating into vacation time. “At one job I suffered such horrific loss, my boss changed my schedule to a four-day work week to cope. I used my free Fridays to write a pirate romance, a sexy detective mystery, and a ghost story.”
Eventually it occurred to Kim to not only write stories, but mail them to publishers. Rejection letters flooded in. So she got married and moved to Florida to open three restaurants. “There was nothing that stirred my creative juices more than baking chickens, quiche and casseroles six days a week for years on end. I imagined emotional love scenes while caressing tender Bibb lettuce. I plotted murder mysteries while hacking chicken torsos to bits. Scraping thick frost build-up from casket-like ice cream freezers gave power to my vampire romance.”
Then Kim joined RWA where she learned ignored the rules of storytelling while making lifelong friends and networking at writer’s conferences. “Life was wonderful. Too wonderful! So I moved to rural Kentucky where I bought The Money Pit, and became a professional cat magnet.”
After winning first place in countless three writing contests, Kim received a publishing contract, was nominated for an EPIC e-Book Award, and is currently enjoying success as a 5 Star author.
When Kim isn’t lying for a living, she is happily married to a man who has no filter between what goes through his head and comes out his mouth, and shares her life with enough cats that CBS wants to borrow her home for a feline spin-off of Big Brother, called Big BroFur.
You can email Kim at wonderpurr (dot) life (at) gmail (dot) com.