Once upon a time

By Miguelina Perez

Washington Romance Writers member Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance novels with a foodie twist. She believes in fiery yet flawed characters destined for a crash-course in falling in love–usually the hard way–and injects her trademark humor as well as poignant touches into her writing to create her stories. When Kincaid is not writing she is practicing yoga, whipping up something delicious in her kitchen, or reading a book. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

Miguelina: Can you tell us a little about the foodie genre? What attracts you to it?

Kimberly KincaidKimberly: I’ve always been surrounded by the idea that food is love. So it seemed natural to write it that way. And as much as I love paranormal romance, my fantasy world-building is kind of laughable, and I’m too antsy to research a historical properly. But food? Now that, I can do!

Miguelina: Name an author who has been influential in your writing? What is it about them that you hold in high esteem?

Kimberly: So many! Wendy Corsi Staub wrote that first novel that put me in the chair. She wrote it under the name Wendy Markham, and it’s called Hello, It’s Me. I will always have that copy of the book. If I hadn’t read it (and then Wendy hadn’t responded so graciously to my fan e-mail and said, “Go join the RWA!”), I never would’ve become a writer.

Miguelina: I noticed that while writing The Vicar’s Deadly Sin, there were instances when I felt taken over by some unseen force and ended up with a fantastic scene or dialogue that I initially had not thought of. At what point during the writing process for Love On The Line did this happen to you?

Kimberly: Oh, it happens all the time. I joke that I’m not really in charge of my writing, and it’s so true! I don’t always know what’s going to pop out. Like in Love On The Line, my hero has three brothers. I meant for them to be a bigger part of the story, but it was Violet (the heroine) whose brother stole the show.

Miguelina: If you can go back in your writing career what would you do differently or wouldn’t?

Kimberly: Not a thing! Otherwise it wouldn’t have turned out this way. I wouldn’t even change the rejections―and there were lots.

Miguelina: Any advice for new authors?

Kimberly: Persevere. It is okay to give up every single day as long as you start again the next morning better, stronger, and smarter than the day before. Persevere.