I’m thrilled to welcome author Kimberly Tanith Marie, a gifted storyteller I met in a writing community a few years ago. Not only is her writing one of the best I’ve read in today’s fiction, but she is a friend whose kindness I admire.

About Kimberly

Kimberly Tanith Marie, hailing originally from the vibrant Caribbean and now calling Europe home, weaves enchanting tales of romance and fantasy. Her unique narrative style seamlessly blends the magic of both genres, creating worlds that resonate with readers’ hearts.

Known for her commitment to diverse representation, Kimberly crafts characters that reflect the rich tapestry of human experiences, with a penchant for strong female leads who chart their own destinies. When she’s not penning her next captivating story, you can find Kimberly wandering through the halls of a museum, drawing inspiration from the art and history that surround her.

Fated to the Orc King

In a twist of fate, Izara discovers she is to be offered as tribute to the formidable Orc King, an apology for her brother’s transgressions. Refusing to let destiny dictate her path, she embraces the opportunity to delve into the enigmatic world of the Orcs.

Yet, King Baldur is far from welcoming. He views humans with suspicion, convinced of their selfish and treacherous nature. With each encounter, he makes his disdain abundantly clear.

Undeterred, Izara takes it as a challenge. She resolves to demonstrate her true value. When a forest incident leaves King Baldur gravely wounded, the tables turn. He realizes that he misjudged Izara, finding himself drawn to her in ways he never imagined.

“Fated to the Orc King” is a spellbinding fantasy romance that explores the boundaries of trust, love, and destiny, set against the backdrop of a world where alliances are forged in the unlikeliest of places.

Read the story: https://www.inkitt.com/stories/romance/939900

Fated to the Orc King by Kimberly Tanith Marie.

Q&A with Kimberly

1. When did you start writing and what motivated you to write?

I’ve been captivated by storytelling since my earliest memories, but it wasn’t until April 2019 that I truly mustered the courage and motivation to embark on my journey to become an author. The prospect of bringing worlds and characters to life became an irresistible call that I just couldn’t ignore anymore. Not to mention after migrating to Europe, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands so I thought, why not. It was time to stop letting the fear of failing hold me back and I decided to take the plunge and post some of my work online.

2. Have you ever received criticism from readers, editors, or reviewers? If so, how did you handle it?

Oh yes, I’ve received various types of criticism from a diverse range of readers and reviewers. But once it’s not anything rude, I actually welcome it, as getting feedback, whether positive or negative, helps me to become a better writer. 

3. What is the nicest thing anyone has said about your work?

That my writing kept them going while they were undergoing chemotherapy. I was so humbled, knowing that I was able to keep them company with my books through such a challenging time in their life.

4. What is the one key advice you would give to anyone who wants to become an author?

Undoubtedly, one timeless piece of advice I would offer to aspiring authors is to write for yourself. While it’s a sentiment that’s been repeated countless times, its significance cannot be overstated. There will be days when things will feel overwhelming, when self-doubt creeps in, and the idea of quitting seems inviting. In those moments, the intrinsic joy you find in your creations will becomes your anchor. It will help fuel your determination to press forward, trust me on this.

5. What are some achievements you’re proud of as an author?

It may not be much when compared to others, but within three years, I was able to attain over 5 million reads between Wattpad and Inkitt. When I first started posting my books online, I didn’t think that anyone would be interested in my work, so it’s nice to know that there’s a space for my creations.

6. What is your biggest goal as an author?

Beyond the ambition of selling lots of books (which is always a delightful bonus haha), my biggest goal as an author is to bring genuine joy to my readers. I envision my works as more than just stories; but an opportunity to offer solace and respite from the rigors of daily life. I really want to create a haven within the pages of my books, where readers can find solace, inspiration, and a welcome escape. It’s in these moments of immersion that I hope to forge a connection, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who delve into my creations.

7. What do you do when you’re not writing? (hobbies, etc)

Reading, creating new dishes and taking walks around the city.

Thank you so much, Kimberly!

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