What name do you write under?
I write under the name of Kim Fleet.
Is this your given name?
Yes. My parents had great difficulty coming up with baby names before I was born, and eventually settled on Kim, which can be a boy’s or a girl’s name. I quite like the ambiguity – I’ve turned up to interviews and the panel hasn’t been sure whether to expect a man or a woman.
Which country do you live in?
I currently live in the UK.
What made you want to write and were you inspired by anyone?
As a young child I loved reading Enid Blyton, Anthony Buckeridge, Alan Garner and Penelope Lively. One day it dawned on me that there was an actual person behind the books I loved to read, and that inspired me to have a go myself.
What encouragement did you have, and have you taken any courses in writing?
You never stop learning as a writer, and it’s important to keep going on courses and getting different opinions on the writing process, how successful writing works, and of course feedback on your own work. I’ve benefited hugely from the writing courses I’ve attended over the years, and from the writing groups I belong to.
What genre do you write?
As a novelist I write crime and murder mysteries. As a short story writer I cover a range of genres from young romance, women’s fiction, speculative fiction and literary short stories.
What was your first publication?
My first publication was a short story in Pony magazine, about the ghost horses who inhabit a field.
Did you self-publish or use a publishing house?
I have an agent and I publish through a publishing house. My first novel, Sacred Site, was published by Picnic Publishing. My crime novels featuring private investigator Eden Grey are published by The History Press.
How long does it take you to write a book?
A year. Sometimes I get cracking on a book and start to think I’ll get it finished quickly, but then as soon as I think that, something untoward happens, and I end up having to take a break from it, then it takes time to get back in to it, and so it ends up taking a year after all. It’s a year of writing, but probably several years of festering in the back of my mind before that, a process that I’m barely aware of at the time.
How many words does your book usually contain?
Approximately 90,000 words. That’s standard for a contemporary crime novel.
How do you get over writer’s block?
Mind games, basically! I put the telly on in the background and persuade myself I’m not really writing. Once I’ve got a few words on the page I tune out the telly and I’m immersed in the writing.
Did you give up the day job to be able to write?
Yes and no. I’d been writing and publishing for a number of years while also holding down a full time job. There came a time when I hated my job and wanted to do more writing-based things, such as teaching and coaching, and gave up work to pursue those interests.
Will you ever retire from writing?
I frequently announce I’m done with writing! Then an idea will worm into my mind and I think ‘I’ll just jot this down’, and before you know it, I’m sketching out characters and announcing ‘I love writing!’
How can we buy your books?
The first in the Eden Grey series, Paternoster, is available here:
The second in the series, Holy Blood, is available here:
How did you find out about The Writers Newsletter and has it been of interest to you?
The Writers Newsletter is a great source of inspiration, support and information. Writing can be a lonely business at times, and it’s wonderful to be able to tap into a network and make connections, see what’s new, challenge yourself, and offer and receive support.