Debut Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Trafficked by Kim Purcell

Welcome to YA Debut Author Kim Purcell

I grew up in a small town. It wasn’t right for me, so I got out. I went to university, got married and moved to LA. I wrote two novels before TRAFFICKED. I had two kids. We all moved to New York, which I love. In my spare time, I’m a swimmer and a runner and a yogi. I dance in elevators and change rooms. I laugh a lot and sometimes I yell.


What is one book everyone should read?
I think everyone should read Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Never before and never since have I been so overcome with the need to read someone’s work aloud. I remember reading it for the first time as I walked up Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles – I often read as I’m walking. So, I’m walking and reading and trying not to trip over tree roots, when I just feel this buzz inside me like a song that must be sung, and I start saying the words out loud because they are so beautiful and strong and real. If you want to learn about writing your truth, this is the book to read.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I still do.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I wanted to be a dancer, but I was so clumsy, I banged into everything. My family called me “Bumps and Bruises,” that’s how bad it was. In my first tap dance performance at five, I fell off the stage. I was the comedy relief dancer. But I imagined I was graceful and danced everywhere I went. I still do. If you drive by me with the right song blasting, I’ll probably break it out right there on the sidewalk.

What is your favorite Quote?
My Dutch grandparents had a quote on the wall which was the family motto. In English, it is, “Hard work brings success.” I really believe this is true.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
I think if you keep writing every day and you work hard at your craft, you’ll make it. Some writers say you need connections or you need luck or you need an MFA, but I don’t think any of these things are true. You need to work very hard. For some writers, they’ll get a break early, but if you keep writing, take classes or get some kind of feedback, and you send your work out, you’ll succeed. The difference between a published writer and an unpublished writer is that the published writer went one step further, did one more draft or sent out one more query letter. They pushed on at that moment the other person gave up.

How did you know you should become an author?
I have to write. If I don’t, I’m just a miserable grouch. You really wouldn’t want to be around me. So, it wasn’t a choice whether I was going to write or not. I have to do it, no matter what, so I figured I’d better make money doing it too.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
The nicest part is quite simple. Before, my family and friends would ask if I was still working a book. I’d say I was and I’d see the pity in their eyes and I knew they didn’t think I’d ever do it. Because they loved me, I think they wanted me to shift my dreams to something “more realistic.” But the good thing is that I’m a bit of a fighter. Every time I saw that look, I thought, well, I’ll show you. And now that my debut novel, TRAFFICKED, is out, it just feels peaceful. I’m doing what I was meant to do.

What is your writing routine?
After I get our girls off to school, I take the dog for a run or a walk. I need that time to shift from mommy mode into writer mode. When I get home, even though I’m all sweaty, I don’t shower. I try to minimize the amount of things I do before sitting down. Usually my mind is filled with ideas that need to quickly get onto the computer before they run away. I make some tea, grab a snack, sit down at the computer, and let it fly for two to four hours, depending on when I have to pick up my youngest daughter.

What is your favorite writing food?
I love to have a good hot tea with soy milk and honey and a chocolate chip and raisin oatmeal cookie. Mmm. Now that I’ve said it, I must have it right now.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read TRAFFICKED.
While you’re reading it, you won’t be able to put it down, and afterwards, you’ll hold your family and friends close and feel grateful for all the wonderful things you have in your life.

Trafficked by Kim Purcell

A gripping thriller, ripped from the headlines!
Hannah believes she’s being brought from Moldova to Los Angeles to become a nanny for a Russian family. But her American dream quickly spirals into a nightmare. The Platonovs force Hannah to work sixteen-hour days, won’t let her leave the house, and seem to have a lot of secrets – from Hannah and from each other. Stranded in a foreign land with false documents, no money, and nobody who can help her, Hannah must find a way to save herself from her new status as a modern-day slave or risk losing the one thing she has left: her life.

Giveaway Details
1 copy of Trafficked
Open to US & Canada
Ends 3/16/12

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