Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’d like your readers to know:
When I’m not writing fiction and true crime, I love to curl up with a good book or watch a movie. I’m also a gamer chick—a gaming junkie! Have been since the ’80s, the decade of big hair, leg-warmers, snap-crotch bodysuits (remember those?), acid washed jeans and authors, Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins. I’m a die-hard PC gamer known to play first-person shooters (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3), adventure, fantasy and RPG’s (Role Playing Games).
What made you do decide to become an author?
I’ve been writing off and on all my life but took many detours along the way – marriage, kids, job. After developing Fibromyalgia in 2001, I decided it was time to take my writing seriously and I’m so glad I did. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Who are your favorite authors, and how have they influenced your writing?
Very tough question. There are so many! I’m going to have to say…Sidney Sheldon is my all-time favorite author. As long as I can remember I’ve been a huge fan of Mr. Sheldon’s cinematic writing style. Master of the Game is a classic, a great book for aspiring authors to study. He certainly has influenced my fiction writing over the years as well as helping me develop my own writing style. In my opinion, Mr. Sheldon was one of the best story-tellers ever.
Where can we find you online?
Readers can visit my web site and follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
Tell us about your book!
Serial Killer Quarterly by Grinning Man Press is a new and gripping true crime periodical available in stunning magazine-style PDF (www.serialkillerquarterly.com) and eBook format featuring real cases of serial murder from around the globe. I’m truly honored to be working with some of the top true crime authors in the genre, including; Harold Schechter, Dr. Katherine Ramsland, Cathy Scott, Carol Anne Davis, Burl Barer, and Michael Newton.
The debut issue of Serial Killer Quarterly, “21st Century Psychos”, explores seven of the new millennium’s most notorious multiple murder cases and examines how modern technological advancements and political developments are influencing the manner in which serial murder is being articulated.
Dr. Katherine Ramsland examines the life and crimes of Israel Keyes – arguably the most organized and mobile serial murderer in American history. In direct contrast to Keyes’s secretive slayings, the Beltway Snipers, John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, murdered random civilians in broad daylight and openly taunted the authorities.
Michael Newton – author of 265 books including the groundbreaking Encyclopedia of Serial Killers – details their three week reign of terror in his feature “Islam Will Explode”.
Lee Mellor’s “Web of Spiders” discusses the milestone case of “Slavemaster” John Edward Robinson: the Internet’s first serial killer.
“Love in the Ashes” – Arthur Ellis-award nominee Robert J. Hoshowsky takes on Sheila Labarre – an aging nymphomaniac who seduced, slaughtered, and incinerated three male victims on her New Hampshire farm, challenging our views on the nature of female serial killers forever.
“The Interview” – Curtis Yateman’s impressionistic look at the 2009-2010 murders committed by Canadian Airforce base commander Col. Russell Williams.
“Checkmate” – The story of post-Soviet Russia’s most prolific serial slaughterer, “Chessboard Killer” Alexander Pichushkin, as recounted by Grinning Man Press co-founder Aaron Elliott.
In my story, “Canada’s Killer Countryboy?”, I shed light on clean-cut “country boy” Cody Legebokoff, who at the age of 21 was charged with the murders of four women in western Canada. Is his guilt a certainty, or is there more to this story than meets the eye?
Issue #2 – “Partners in Pain” recounts the tales of 15 serial murderers operating in 7 different teams from 19th century Scotland to 21st century Santa Monica.
Bestselling author Cathy Scott guides the reader through the fog choked alleyways of Edinburgh where Irishmen William Burke and William Hare fatally suffocated up to 25 people in 1828.
Dr. Katherine Ramsland focuses on Houston’s wicked “Candy Man” Dean Corll – one of the most sadistic murderers in 20th century criminal history.
Carol Anne Davis explores whether both John Duffy and David Mulcahy were truly the “Railway Killers”.
In this issue, I relay the perverse folie a deux of Doug Clark and Carol Bundy whose rampage began in 1980 on LA’s sunset strip—the sexual underworld of swing clubs and street sex, and climaxes with Bundy regaling authorities with tales of Clark’s sexual attraction to corpses.
Robert Hoshowsky and Curtis Yateman write of confinement and torture in their pieces on Leonard Lake and Charles Ng and “Ken and Barbie Killers” Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka.
Lastly, Aaron Elliott takes a look at a rare female-female serial killer duo, LA’s Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, who drugged and ran over two men with their car in order to collect on their life insurance policies.
Everyone has their idiosyncrasies, what’s yours?
When I’m out, I avoid washrooms where the toilet tissue pulls from the bottom instead of the top. On a more personal level, I seem to need the answer to everything no matter what it is…even though there may not be one.
What’s your favorite book turned movie and why?
I think that would have to be Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Color Purple. The movie captured the novel’s loyalty to the story and Whoopi Goldberg’s Celie’s performance carried the film. I think it’s one of the few books-to- movie which stayed true to the author’s writing.
What’s your favorite genre to read?
I mainly read romantic suspense, crime fiction, paranormal, thrillers. Some of my favorite fiction authors are James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Iris Johansen and Kelly Armstrong. I also enjoy reading true crime books by Anne Rule, M. William Phelps and Gary C. King.
Which do you do more, read or write, and why?
I used to read as much as I wrote. I do miss that balance. These days, I have been writing more than I read due to various writing deadlines. I hope to find my balance again in the new year.
What is your writing process like, and what’s your favorite part of it?
Since my fiction novels are plot-driven, I outline using Scrivener (fantastic writing software). I use the Hero’s Journey based on The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler to flesh out the main plot. As far as characters, I start with nothing more than a name and then allow the plot to dictate character development.
As far as writing true crime, I also start by researching the topic, write the bare-bones draft and then add the major details.
My favorite part of writing fiction and true crime…is doing research. I’m a research junkie!
Has your work been featured anywhere?
REFLECTION is my debut romantic suspense and was under contract by two agents. The book was originally published in January 2013. The second edition was published in May 2014. The book trailer was featured on Robin Covington’s, Happy Ever After, Special for USA Today.
Lethal Journey, my short novel thriller (novella) was published in December 2013.
Real Life Evil – A True Crime Quickie features two of my short stories. The Killing Truth is a new eBook bundle which includes Real Life Evil, and two novellas by true crime authors, Les MacDonald and British author, Sylvia Perrini.
What are you working on now?
I’m writing my next article for the fall issue of Serial Killer Quarterly, “Cruel Britannia”. The issue will include “feature” stories by Burl Barer, Dr. Katherine Ramsland, Lee Mellor and Carol Anne Davis. The upcoming issue, “Unsolved in North America”, will include my story about the Long Island Serial Killer who killed 10 women—almost all sex workers—their remains were discovered along New York’s Ocean Parkway from 2010-2011 in the most notorious unsolved case of the 21st century.
On the fictional writing front, I’m working on Retribution, the much-anticipated sequel to my award-winning romantic suspense, Reflection (A Whitney Steel Novel).
What’s next for you?
I plan on writing one full-length true crime book in 2015/2016. I will also be working on Deadly Shadow, book one of an exciting new four-book paranormal suspense series.
Where do you see yourself in five years–in a literary sense?
My goal has always been to hit the New York Times bestselling list. I’m not sure if that will be for my fiction, or for my true crime writing. A girl can dream! I guess I’m just going to have to wait and see.
What’s the best advice you have for an aspiring author?
Follow your heart and more importantly follow your dreams. If you enjoy writing a variety of genres…just do it. You never know where it may take you!
Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada. Trained as a legal assistant, Kim has been a story-teller all her life but took many detours including; working in legal and adult education before returning to her first love, writing.
Her debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION, has won numerous awards:
*RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense)
*InD’tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller)
*UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013)
*Silicon Valley’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) “Gotcha!” Romantic Suspense Winner (2004)
*Honourable Mention in Calgary’s (RWA) The Writer’s Voice Contest (2006).
LETHAL JOURNEY won RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown (Thriller) and was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest (2003).
Her action-packed thrillers have been highly praised by reviewers and readers. As one reviewer said, “Buckle up, Hang on tight!”
Kim recently entered the true crime writing arena. Real Life Evil – A True Crime Quickie (two short stories) was published in January 2014. You can read her latest true crime stories in Serial Killer Quarterly, a new quarterly e-magazine published by Grinning Man Press.
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