Who am I?

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The Girl in Question
There once was a girl who wanted to tell stories. She didn't know it at first because she spent too much time burying her face in the snow and playing with the neighborhood dogs. The girl fell asleep to fairy tales and pencil-drawn creations. Her dreams crawled with everything strange. 

She laid sketchbooks on her lap and drew worlds and characters in tiny boxes. She and her brother put on plays for her parents that involved wearing capes, marker-mustaches, and using dolls as props. 

One day, when she grew up, she realized she loved words the most. 

Deciding that she would one day become a writer who would inspire and bring happiness to her dear readers, the girl sectioned away a space in her head and began to fill it with important things: courage, pin cushions, rock candy, whimsy, humor, and thick skin. Oh, and a tap-dancing skeleton just for good measure.

Thank you for stopping by! My name is Kim, for short, and I'm that girl above.

Since starting this blog in November 2010, I've been writing about many things, including my journey to become an author. I'm proud to say that this dream has finally come true. Swoon Reads, an imprint of Macmillan, will be publishing my debut novel, LOVE FORTUNES AND OTHER DISASTERS (June 2015).

Things you need to know about me: 

I'm the proud owner of an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of South Florida. My undergraduate years were spent at Florida Southern College. My life in academia is finished for now; being in the "real world" has been as strange and exciting as Alice surely felt tumbling into Wonderland.

I'm most interested in the genre of magical realism, though often times I slip into other such coats and dresses as fantasy, urban fantasy, surrealism, and the ever-abundant paranormal. I can't read enough fairy tales and mythology. I can't watch enough cartoons or play enough RPGs. I might be the only person you know who can be completely engrossed in watching silent films and feels slightly envious of Hercule Poirot's mustache. I wish I could fall gracefully like Buster Keaton. I also go to Disney World. A lot. It's a perk of living in Florida.  
I miss snow and the changing of the seasons. Florida tends to keep the same, sticky hot weather year-round, with summers of endless rainstorms.  I have plenty of scarves, mittens, and knitted hats just in case this state ever changes its mind.