Tuesday, August 19, 2014
SHE'S GOT HER OWN
Book Title: She's Got Her Own
Genre: Urban Fiction
Paperback: 196 pages
Recommended Age Group For Book 18 +
Book Release Date May 2014
About The Author
Kem Smith is well known as the Owner of K.I.S.S. Fitness Studio. Equally at home in the health and physical fitness sector as she is in the world of words, Smith is the author of both non-fiction and fiction. In 2012, she released her debut title Sexy by the Weekend: A Practical Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life, which encouraged readers to get their sexy back using 7 practical keys for glamorous, alluring, and exciting living. She is also the author of two other titles, Swag on 10, a gripping tale about a young man who believes swag is everything until he experiences God swag and Why I Quit Teaching, a new teacher’s guide to surviving and thriving in the classroom.
Smith graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. A former teacher of English, Reading, Writing and Communication Arts, Smith has taught in elementary, middle and high school as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor for St. Louis Community College. She served as an active participant in Missouri Writers Workshop for over 7 years and has had her poetry published in Missouri Teachers Write magazine. Smith earned post-graduate course credit from University of Missouri in Teaching Writing Inquiry.
In addition to running her fitness business, writing books and nurturing her family, Smith is a writer for Education for All, Inc.'s Involved Parent Magazine and will be featured in the anthology "I Define Me" being published by the Nia Group Stl, Inc. Smith has written for the St. Louis American on education choices, been interviewed on several radio and television shows including Teacha Tigue's Let's Talk Shop on 1380AM The Woman, on Nichelle Womack's Small Business Hour on 690AM, along with segments on Great Day St. Louis and News Channel 9 special program focused on Teaching the Teachers.
The daughter of a military father, Kem Smith was born in Amberg, Germany. She has lived in North St. Louis County since her family returned to the United States. She resides in St. Louis with her husband and children.
About The Book
She’s Got Her Own by Kem M. Smith is a gripping tale of two people desperately wanting to make their marriage and family work, but wanting to find personal happiness themselves!
Sharay and Brian are a young couple trying to cope with a big lifestyle change. Sharay is a successful business woman who has quit her job to homeschool her kids. However, raising four children while keeping her faith and sanity has proved to be a bit more than she can handle. Things get even more complicated when an old boyfriend from her past shows up wanting to ignite a new romance he feels still has some spark left.
Sharay’s husband Brian is a hardworking man who just wants some recognition in church, to see his sons grow up to be strong, successful black men and to have a happy marriage. But he finds his world is slowly crumbling when Sharay doesn’t have the same future in mind.
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Do you have anything that you have to have while writing?
I can type and create in a noisy cafe, classroom, or even at a party. But I can't do anything while my five year old is around. She has to be totally gone from my presence or sleeping. She is a complete distraction.
What is your writing process?
I get a story idea, create an outline, and write a back story for the main characters and then start at chapter one. I don't allow myself to edit at the same time I write. When I am finished, I walk away for a couple of days in hopes of getting some fresh ideas which I add in when I come back to the story.
What motivates you to write?
The characters motivate me. Their stories beg to be told. I know when they speak they are going to help someone. My characters always want people to know they don't have to live in fear. God is a very present help in the time of storm.
When did you know that you wanted to be an Author?
I fell out of love with books some where around 10th grade. I hated the classics schools required us to read. My freshman year of college, my work-study job title was Library Locater. I had to run up and down 4 flights of stairs looking for books. When I finished locating lost books I had free time. I would get lost in the stacks. I read all of the books they wouldn't put in my hands in high school; Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Zora Neal Hurston. I was hooked on books. So, when I went to composition class, I started earning A's on my papers. The teacher told me I was a great writer. I believed him but I never knew I could make writing a career. I wanted to be an author but I wouldn't make the plunge because I didn't want to insult the 'greats' by not writing the next great American novel. I decided to write what was important to me. I decided to be an Author even if my books never sold.
What is a WIP (Work In Progress) you are working on or have always wanted to write about?
I am currently working on a new book where the main characters have to use the authority given to Christians by God to overcome the enemy and get out of a precarious situation. I am nervous about it. No one writes about spiritual warfare for a reason. I don't want to be perceived wrong so I am moving forward with caution.