Friday Fiction: Kimberly Afe
She's sharing! She's got news about her new book...the journey to publication...and a great give away!
Journey to Publication
The Headhunters Race has a bit of a long journey. The idea was born
on June 26, 2011 after a Zelda game commercial inspired me. The
commercial was brilliant and I thought why can't they make a movie that cool? And then I
thought, why don't I write a cool adventure myself!
So I brainstormed this story with my son over a dinner of spicy spaghetti a couple of nights
after the idea came to me. We worked out the entire novel: the characters and their
motivations, the world, and the details of the race as I frantically wrote it all down. My
husband and daughter also helped me brainstorm items that I needed worked out. I then spent
a little while playing around with Avene's voice and then wrote like crazy. I finished in
December of 2011. I actually started having critique partners read it in November of 2011
and began querying agents in January of 2012 after more revising. I also entered it into a few
popular contests around the blogosphere in early 2012. Then I took a very long break due to
life circumstances with hubby’s heart and moving. Early this year I got back into writing. I’d
been thinking about self publishing for quite awhile so when querying a few more agents and a
handful of publishers didn’t work out, I decided to go for it, and now, 2 1/2 years later, the
book is out there! Wahoo!
With a mechanical collar timed to strangle the prisoners if they're not back in nine days, Avene allies herself with seventeen-year-old McCoy, another prisoner that insists on helping her at every turn and a boy she's trying hard not to fall for. Together they battle nature, other prisoners, and the timed death collars to win the coveted prize. But when Avene is tested with one deadly conflict after another, she realizes there is more at stake than winning her freedom – first she has to survive.
Kimberly is the mother of two awesome kids, wife of the nicest man in the world, and her dog's best friend. She works by day and writes middle grade and young adult science fiction and fantasy novels in her spare time. She lives with her family in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.