Writings By Kimmery Martin

June 5, 2019

Note: I read plenty of books I don't wind up reviewing, and sometimes I even remember to keep track of them. If I loved a book so much I can't stand it, I'll mark it with asterisks. Please feel free to make suggestions!

July 2019:

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (contemporary fiction); Bunny by Mona Awad (literary fiction); How Could She? by Lauren Mechling (women's fiction); The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (literary fiction); Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World's Riskiest Business by Matt Lee & Ted Lee (nonfiction); The Age of Living...

June 5, 2019

Please welcome Ella Biber, my returning junior partner! Ella is a fifth grader and an avid reader. When she’s not swimming or playing with her friends and family, she’s curled up devouring the latest book series. I am thrilled to have her book recommendations!

Have you ever had a teacher who has impacted your life? If readers are looking for a charming book series this summer, I suggest The Mr. Terupt series, which includes three books: Because of Mr. Terupt, Mr. Terupt Falls Again, and Saving Mr. Terupt.

I love these books because the aut...

May 30, 2019

One week until article about deadlines is due. No problem; is loads of time. Would start immediately, except, much like childbirth, you cannot force creativity. It happens when it’s ready to happen. Well, technically you can force childbirth, but you know what I mean: forcing creativity would result in boring article. Which is not to say, of course, that forcing childbirth results in boring child. Omigod, Kimmery, please focus. Maybe will have snack now.

Six days. Not yet time to actually write but is fine to brainstorm about topic a bit....

January 27, 2019

Please welcome Ella Biber, my returning junior partner! Ella is a fourth grader and an avid reader. When she’s not swimming or playing with her friends and family, she’s curled up devouring the latest book series. I am thrilled to have her book recommendations!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

It was my cousin who first suggested I read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and I’m glad she did!  I went to my favorite bookshop during my family beach vacation to buy the first of five books in the series.  During early m...

November 29, 2018

I know I knew I went I came

I turned the corner and called your name

I searched for fire, for love, for life

I heard your voice through blackest ice

I looked for you in grime and grit

through heaping hills of counterfeit

I hunted hope on VR screens

in fairytales and in dreams

through desert sand and arctic floes

on eyelashes of embryos

in dying stars and Georgian clay

atomic dust and cabernet

I thrust my heart toward sweet vibration

not you, they said: Abomination

and still I bowed before the noble

ever wandering ever hopeful

through circuit boards and...

November 28, 2018

Our topic this week is first drafts, and let’s be honest: I am not a trained writer. I don’t have an MFA or a background in journalism or even an English major. So it might amaze you that my novel (now titled The Queen of Hearts) was in near-flawless form when I finished its first draft.

Revision? Ha! I had to look up the meaning of the word. I’m not saying I managed to hit every one of the guidelines listed below, y’all, but I came darn close. It takes a special kind of literary genius to accomplish so much right out of the gate, but I’m...

October 3, 2018

Emily Giffin is the gold standard when it comes to women’s fiction. Her success surges past a writer’s wildest dreams into the realm of the fantastical, encompassing everything from multiple New York Times bestsellers to movie deals to dozens of translations around the world. I think it’s fair to say she’s struck a chord with her readers; in fact, during a recent event in my city, the woman sitting next to me—a banking executive—confided with tears in her eyes that Giffin’s books had changed her life.

In person, Giffin is warm and wi...

August 9, 2018

Remember that summer when everyone was surreptitiously reading Fifty Shades of Grey on their Kindles, eyes darting shiftily as they tried to project the air...

July 26, 2018

I met Meg Wolitzer in Iceland. (How great is an opener is that sentence? I could hardly have invented better words to pass myself off as some sort of globetrotting, namedropping force.) I am going to have to tarnish the portrayal of my image a bit by fessing up that I didn’t just serendipitously encounter her traipsing up an Icelandic glacier or pounding bourbon in a Reykjavík bar; Meg was mentoring a group of aspiring writers at a conference, one of whom was me. But still. We have stayed in touch through the publication of my own n...

July 26, 2018

I am having all kinds of success with my author interviews lately. This week is another biggie: Catherine McKenzie, who I met at the Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC a few years ago when she was a presenter. Catherine’s previous books have been highly acclaimed bestsellers, and her latest, The Good Liar, is no exception: named by Goodreads as one of the hottest thrillers of 2018, it’s been busy racking up starred reviews and killer sales since its release in April. I asked McKenzie to describe the book and, even though she’s a lawyer by...

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