Author Interview & Book Giveaway: A Black Girl’s Poetry by Kimberly LaRocca

Welcome to Poet Kimberly LaRocca


Kimberly LaRocca is an avid reader and writer and has written numerous short stories, poems, and songs. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management degree from St. Petersburg College. Kimberly lives in Florida with her husband and four sons.!/kimlarocca


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? 
No, I wouldn’t change anything in my past. It has shaped me into who I am today. I would like for my future to be a surprise.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? 

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
Oatmeal like my grandma made with sugar, butter and milk.

Night owl, or early bird? 
Night Owl

One food you would never eat? 

Skittles or M&Ms? 
M&Ms, nothing beats chocolate.

Any other books in the works? 
Yes, I am working on a second book of poetry, a book of short horror stories and a book on lessons that I’ve learned from my grandmother.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
The Sweet Valley High series. I remember reading a book a day in middle school.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Read what you write.

What is your favorite Quote?
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
— Maya Angelou

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
A pharmacist.

What was your favorite children’s book? 
A Light in the Attic and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

A Black Girl’s Poetry for the WorldBy Kimberly LaRoccaBELIEVE IN YOURSELF, KNOW YOUR WORTH,BE WHO YOU KNOW YOU WERE MEANT TO BE–New Collection of Poetry Celebrates Personal Pride and Life Challenges
Don’t be scared to let go.make your move.You’re right where you need to be.Don’t be afraid.Do what you say.That moment is meant just for youTo make your move.From “Making Moves
            Kimberly LaRocca knows all about challenges, the ones we can’t control, and those we create. She also knows about standing tall and staying proud, no matter what.
            A teenage mother who had her first child at age 17, LaRocca didn’t allow her situation to define her, or let her to fall into societal stereotypes. She graduated with her high school class and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree. Author of the new book of poems, A Black Girl’s Poetry for the World, LaRocca boasts an unshakeable belief in the power of pride, self-determination, and fulfilling personal potential.
            “I believe in karma, and my approach to life is straightforward yet powerful: I treat others the way I want to be treated,” says LaRocca.  “I could have let myself be defined by what others think, but I simply refused to let that happen. I surely created my own challenges in my life, but I refused to stop believing in myself.”
            While celebrating self-determination and human pride, A Black Girl’s Poetry for the World also presents insightful poems exploring all aspects of the human experience. From lost loves, strained relationships and the difficulty of forgiveness to raw anger and intense sexual desire, LaRocca ‘tells it like it is’ and literally bares her soul in her poetry.
            “I find writing and poetry cathartic and empowering,” adds LaRocca. “I understand my style may be subject to literary criticism, but I also believe others will find valuable meaning to which they can relate. Poetry is beautiful because no one can deny your words, thoughts, dreams, and fears.”

Giveaway Details:
2 winners will each receive a copy of Kim’s poetry book
Open Internationally
Ends 10/18/11

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