We had this pleasure to interview Kim Cormack author of The Children of Ankh series. When we first read her book we immediately fell in love with the characters and the story. Below are few things that you may want to know about Kim Cormack to know her better.
What inspired you to write Children of Ankh series?
I was writing children’s books when I was diagnosed with M.S. While dealing with the emotions of it all, I had a nightmare that started at Kevin’s dad driving away the night of Kayn’s Correction and ended at that creepy lullaby. I wrote it down and just like that, I had switched genres to Dark Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance. I haven’t turned back 🙂
How do you select the names of your characters?
Most of the time, I have no idea why or how I chose the name. Sometimes, I write a friend or fan in if they ask to be klled in the series. This sounds super creepy but it’s become a bit of a thing.
What was your hardest scene to write?
This is a difficult question to answer… Kayn’s death had me absolutely wrecked. I was confused as to how I was even writing this series at the time. I still cry every time I read it. The scene felt like I was revealing a darkness within myself. Both Matt’s reaction and Kevin’s made me go through boxes of Kleenex. Melody’s death with her siblings was also brutal, but the beginning of Lexy’s book and Charlotte’s death… Had me bawling my head off. It was a difficult choice to leave her age as originally written. I was afraid I’d have some backlash, but instead, I received kudos for being brave with the storyline.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have a crazy amount of Author friend’s from social media. I’m afraid I’ll leave someone out and they’ll be choked.
What is your favourite childhood book?
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe… Hands down 🙂
Tell us about your upcoming works.
I’m halfway through the third book in Lexy’s series, Deplorable Me. Lexy’s character is gloriously unhinged. It’s so freeing to write about her. I have, Beautiful Disaster partially written. ( The Children of Ankh Backstory. It takes place a thousand years ago in Rome. I may slip it into the main series in the future.) I have, The Repopulation Project, it’s old school apocalyptic Sci-fi. Someday, I may have the time to release it but the two series I already have running parallel, keep me pretty busy.
Which book in your opinion has been underappreciated but is excellently written?
This book was underappreciated for a long time and it gives me the knowledge that it can happen… People can magically fall in love with a beautiful imagination. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I’m sooo on a serial killer watch list. I’ve googled some crazy stuff like, how long it would take someone to die from being disembowelled? First-hand accounts of people being eaten by wild animals. How long would it take a person to die from various parts of the body being chopped off? The approximate time it would take to successfully drown someone. Does people meat taste enough like any other meat to slip it into a breakfast menu at a diner? Killing someone with lava. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. I look up almost everything while fact-checking during the editing process.
How long on an average does it take you to write a book?
It takes me around three or four months but I rarely write after two-thirty in the afternoon.
Last but not least, do you Google yourself?
My shenanigans in my younger years were rather epic so I check to make sure I’m all good. I do plan to own it all though. 😉 I usually get an email whenever the series is mentioned. I feel so humbled and blessed by the way people have fallen in love with the characters.
Born: Port Alberni, Canada
Influences: Robert N. Munsch Stephen King
Quotes from The Children of Ankh series ❤
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