“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
— John Lewis
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Creative Spotlight on Author Kim Lengling
In this post, Kim Lengling shares more of her authenticity with extra questions that may or may not have been covered in her live chat. This Creative Spotlight on Author Kim Lengling shares a bit of the person behind the story. Do you have a story to share? Like and share this post, and leave me a comment below.
Tell our readers briefly about yourself.
I am author and podcast host of Let Fear Bounce and the host of a radio show by the same name on the About Face Radio Network. I enjoy having the opportunity to meet people from around the world and talk about what makes them tick. Authors, Publishers, Coaches, Singers, and more. Providing a platform for others to share their passions, what they feel strongly about, and how they are changing the world through their work.
Can you tell us about your most recent release? Album? Song? Art piece? Etc.?
I've got two new books in the final stages and am looking forward to getting them out into the world! My most recent release was in November 2022. An anthology called When Hope Found Me.
What inspires you?
Nature, animals and music. With plenty of coffee on hand and a walk with my dog, I am inspired daily by what nature provides; whether it is a sunrise or sunset, dew drops sparkling, or raindrops splashing in puddles, there is inspiration in it all.
What is your creative work routine like? Do you balance it with another job?
Each day I start off with a cup of coffee and walk with my dog. That quiet time at the break of day is the perfect way to start my day. Afterward, I will get myself set up at my computer and either work on a book in progress or work on client items that I may have.
Do you plan out your creations? What is your creative process like?
I don't typically plan. Ideas come to me, and I get them down on paper or on my computer as quickly as I can. I'll let them simmer for a while, a day or two, then come back to them and get busy! If they're any good, that is!
Do you have a self-care routine, or do you want to have one? What do you do or wish that you did to take care of your mental health?
For the past 3 years, I have put into place a self-care routine. I've reached a certain stage in my life and now know how important it is to have a self-care routine. When to be around people or not be around people, when to have quiet days, when to step away from all electronics and just enjoy a good book.
What is your favorite creation thus far?
My most recent book, Paw Prints on the Couch, which will be released end of June of this year.
Are there any recurring themes in your work?
Inspiration, Hope, Overcoming the tough stuff
Non-Fic: How much research was required on your topic of choice?
It depends upon the topic and whether or not it is an anthology or not. I've spent 8-10 hours researching a topic.
Non-Fic: How did you organize and keep track of all your information, face-to-face interviews, etc.?
I am a bit old school. I keep track with Excel spreadsheets and notebooks.
What does success look like to you, considering your creative passion?
Everyone should go at their own pace and not compare yourself to others. Each person's success is different. Success to me is when I receive an email or a comment from someone saying that something I wrote touched them in some way. To me, that is high praise when something I wrote makes someone FEEL.
What has been one of the biggest lessons you've learned since starting this journey? I'm a veteran living with PTSD.
What advice would you share with new or aspiring authors/singers/artists/etc?
Just start. From wherever you are on your journey, just start. Don't let naysayers or your own negative voice you may carry with you stop you from doing what you know you are meant to do, whether it is full-time or part-time; just start. We all have a gift and are meant to share it with the world.
What genre do you prefer to read?
What hobbies do you have?
Reading, writing, crocheting, walking my dog, anything outdoors, listening to music, taking day trips and history.
Do you have any outside experiences that influenced your work?
Many authors that I have loved to read over the years. Not one specific.
Where can our viewers/readers/listeners find you and your work?