Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the one hundred and eighty-first is of non-fiction author Kim Dalferes.
Kimberly “Kimba” J. Dalferes is a native Floridian, but has spent the past eighteen years pretending to be a Virginian. I Was In Love With a Short Man Once, an Amazon Best Seller, is her first book. She is a bit worried that much of her current writing seems to center on public transportation and she has no rational explanation as to why this is true. Her accomplishments have included successfully threading a sewing bobbin, landing a 35-pound Alaskan King salmon, and scoring a blue and white Chinese vase at an estate sale for $1.
She recently discovered that there is a very real possibility that she might be related to Princess Margaret Tudor, the sister of King Henry the VIII (on her mama’s side). A proud Florida State University graduate, she often sings the Seminole fight song out loud for no reason other than she still knows all the words. She currently lives, works, and writes in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband Greg, dog Taz, and occasionally her son Jimmy, when he is home from college.
And now from the author herself:
I’ve been “collecting stories” my whole life; mentally noting and documenting everyday occurrences over these past five decades. It’s just the way that we story collectors are wired: we always have our brains set on “record.” However, as a former Justice Department official, my publications, until recently, focused on criminal and juvenile justice issues. I’ve written on diverse topics including girls in the juvenile justice system, disproportionate minority confinement, community safety and mobilization, and high visibility traffic enforcement. While at the National Crime Prevention Council (where I worked after leaving the Justice Department in 2001), my responsibilities included the publication of the annual report Mobilizing the Nation to Prevent Crime, Violence and Substance Abuse. I recently served as the Editor of the Rural Meth Debrief, the monthly publication of the Rural Law Enforcement Methamphetamine Initiative.
In 2010 I began to pursue a lifelong dream of writing and publishing essays that centered upon my personal experiences (my “collected stories”), including growing up as a child of limited means in South Florida; managing a self-financed college education; balancing work as a federal official with the joys of single motherhood; and navigating the amusing challenges of being a second-time-around wife.
My first personal essay Rubberbands was published by Marco Polo Quarterly (recently renamed Marco Polo Arts Magazine). This was followed by the publication of Trivial Pursuits by Hippocampus Magazine. Both Rubberbands and Trivial Pursuits are included in my book I Was In Love With a Short Man Once.
I Was In Love With a Short Man Once is a story collection written from the perspective of this crazy, southern, Irish gal:
- Coming Up Stories reflect the distinctive surroundings of South Florida through stories such as “Flagpole.”
- Jimmy Stories illustrate the bond between mother and son. Stories here include “Kool-aid Mom” and “Zamboni” and reveal the life lessons that our children teach us.
- The Rest of the Stories round out the author’s quirky observations, including “Naked in a Hot Tub in Vegas” and “Crazy Virgo Tendencies.”
In 2012 I also started a blog which has evolved into The Middle Aged Cheap Seat. This blog offers insights and often humorous descriptions of life in the middle. Blog subjects are diverse: recent topics have included missing Florida; second marriages; women and football; and Irish superstitions. Just a warning that this blog may not be for everyone: I don’t profess to be an expert in anything other than being middle-aged and female (but I am pretty good at being both of these!). If you’re looking for the answers to the meaning of life, I’m not sure I can help you. However, if you want to laugh along as I describe, for example, getting busted for wearing my husband’s undershirt, then I think you might enjoy my descriptions of the view from the cheap seats.
You can find more about Kim and her writing via…
- Author Website: www.kimdalferes.com
- Author Blog: http://kimdalferes.com/category/kim-dalferes-blog/
- Author Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/KimDalferes
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/KimDalferes
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5762309.Kimberly_J_Dalferes
To view her books (she hopes to be adding another book in 2013)…
- Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-With-Short-Once-ebook/dp/B006E937AG
- Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-was-in-love-with-a-short-man-once-kimberly-j-dalferes/1107761814?ean=9781770678873&itm=1&usri=kimberly+dalferes
- Publisher (Friesen Press): http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000002496572/Kimberly-J.-Dalferes-I-Was-in-Love-With-a-Short-Man-Once/HUM000000
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