"I write fiction and
nonfiction for children, but there is one recurring theme: I send the characters in my stories on
perilous journeys where they achieve the impossible, or learn something new
about themselves and their environment.
I am the eternal fan of the underdog—real or imaginary."
Kimberly Lynn is an active member of SCBWI
Florida (Décor Diva), the Florida Writers Association, and Sunshine State Critiques. She also collects picture books and literary
Here are a few FAQ’s about Kimberly:
Where were you born?
I was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1963. My father was
a decoder for the Navy and a cartoon illustrator. While dad was busy
cracking codes and sketching, my mother did television commercials and modeled
for one of the largest department stores in the world.
What was it like growing up?
I was an only child with a wild imagination. My favorite
memory was boarding a ferry on the coast of Yalova, Turkey and cruising across the Sea of Marmara to
My parents took me shopping at the Grand Bazaar, where I watched
a craftsman make me a pair of red leather shoes. I twirled down the
dusty streets staring at my feet like I was wearing Cinderella’s glass
slippers. It was a fun time, and I'm writing a picture book about this
What types of activities did you enjoy as a child?
I spent most of my time playing with dolls. I had a huge
Barbie collection, and my father bought me a Mary Poppins doll on a trip
I remember being fascinated by her clothes, and the tapestry tote she
carried. I also loved reading mysteries, gymnastics, and
hanging out with the neighborhood kids. In the evenings, my parents and I watched old movies
together. I own the entire collection of Alfred Hitchcock movies and
watch at least one of them every single week.
Are you married? Do you have children?
Yes. I am married and have five children, two boys and three girls.
Their ages range from eighteen to thirty-one years old. There was a
period of time when I actually had one child in elementary school, two in
middle, one in high school, and one in college. Try juggling those
schedules without going crazy! I also
have my first grandchild, and he’s a little over three now.
What types of jobs have you had in the past?
I have been a leasing agent, records clerk, hospital operator, school bus
driver, paraeducator for handicapped students, and a preschool teacher. I
also had a mail-order doll and craft business for many of those years.
Currently, I write and illustrate full-time.
Q. How long have you been writing, illustrating,
My first attempt at design was in the second grade. I snuck a pair of
scissors and altered a brand new pajama set to fit my Baby Tender Love
doll. Instead of getting rave reviews from my parents, I got a
spanking. Ouch! I didn’t pick up the designing bug again until my
late twenties, when I noticed how much money people were spending on Christmas
decorations. I put together a bunch of ornaments and entered my first
craft show. I was so thrilled with the prospect of earning extra cash
that I kept coming up with bigger and better merchandise every year, which is
what eventually led to doll-making. I also have a penchant for designing
costumes. The writing was inspired after many trips to the backwoods of
Georgia. My mother and I would visit relatives
and listen to old stories dating back to the Civil War.
I was completely captivated by our
family's colorful history, and this
fascination became a launch pad for storytelling.
When did the illustrating enter the picture?
I discovered that I had a talent for illustrating by complete accident. I
was working at an elementary school when a calendar checklist got passed around
to the staff. Our principal needed volunteers to decorate a large
bulletin board in the lunchroom. I signed up for the month of February on
a whim. The budget at our school that year was tight for supplies, so I
had to be creative. I made a life-size Minnie and Mickey Mouse out of construction
paper, Wite-Out, cosmetics, and Q-tips.
I used wrapping paper for part of the background, and made lots of little
hearts with red felt fabric. It looked like a giant greeting card.
The faculty and staff thought it was a poster at first, and the kids went crazy
over it. I was put in charge of that bulletin board for the next seven
years. It was during this time that my husband suggested I downsize the
scale of my artwork and start illustrating. I think this is a great example
of how everyone should always be willing to try
something new. You just never know what you might discover about
What is your favorite book?
Goodnight Aunt Lilly by Margaret Madigan. It was illustrated by
Diane Dawson Hearn. My children insisted that I read it to them every
night when I tucked them into bed. It was a family tradition.
What types of manuscripts do you write?
I write picture books and middle grade fantasy.
What famous quote best describes you, and why?
"Half my life is an act of
revision." ~ John Irving
Revision is about making changes for the
better, and I think that's a positive thing.
Q. Anything else you’d like to share?
A. Here’s a snapshot of my
library. It's the most popular place in our house:
this is just one corner of the room!