Friday Fiction: Kimberly Afe

12:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 13 Comments

Welcome 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!  

Book Summary
Available Now!
Sixteen-year-old Avene was sentenced to prison at thirteen for a crime she didn't commit. Now she has a chance to win her freedom back – if she enters the Headhunters Race. Second prize isn't so bad either, an upgrade to the Leisure Prison if you make it to the finish line. To win either prize, Avene and the other prisoners must navigate one hundred and fifty miles of dense forest, desert, and worst of all, cannibal territory.
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.

Author Bio
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.

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  1. This book sounds intriguing, thanks for sharing x

  2. Congratulations, Kimberly! Cool you had so much family support.

  3. Thanks Heather and Alex! And thank you so much Elizabeth for hosting me!! I appreciate it a ton. :)

  4. Wow! What a process! Almost like child-birth:) congrats! I can't wait to read it

  5. kimberly has a sweet, perseverent spirit! i get to host her next friday =)

    congrats, girl!

    and happy friday, Liz!!

  6. I've been seeing Kimberly everywhere - so happy for her. How cool that this story was inspired by a commercial! I always love learning what inspired authors to come up with their stories.

  7. Congrats Kim, this is one exciting adventure.

  8. Thanks so much CIndi, Tara, Julie, and Sheena-kay!! :)

  9. Hi, Elizabeth. Hi, Kim.

    Sounds like quite the journey! ALL THE BEST!

  10. Yay---another Kimberly highlight! I've loved seeing her lovely face around blogosphere today. Really, really awesome for her! Thanks, Liz! <3

  11. Oh Zelda! I've heard of many people being inspired by that game!

  12. I enjoyed the interview! Amazing to know the exact date a book idea was born. Mine go through so many incarnations, I couldn't give even a month when it happened. Wishing you much success with your exciting book!

  13. I've seen the cover before and I truly love it! and the spicy spaghetti...yummmmmm


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