Does the pain of your childhood abuse define who you are? Does your outward life look completely different than what is going on inside? Are you determined to break the cycle of depression, addiction and abuse with your own children? This is the life of Emma Carter, the main character in Souls Set Free by Kimmie Easley. Join me as I sit down and talk to Kimmie about her story and her book.
When I come across a compelling story or a woman with exceptional strength and determination. such as Kimmie Easley, I must share her story. We are going to hear in her own words about her newly released book, Souls Set Free, so without further ado, I present Author Kimmie Easley.
Souls Set Free is a contemporary novel following the life of Emma Carter who is unable to move on from a tormented childhood of abuse. Allowing the depression and self loathing to take root, she goes to bed every night secretly hoping to not wake up the next morning. That all changes the day tragedy strikes and Emma is forced to face all of the pain she has spent years trying to numb with pills and alcohol. Through a turn of events, Emma eventually learns that she was not the only one with an abusive past. The revelation helps Emma open her heart, and once again be able to love her abuser, her two young daughters, the husband who sacrificed his own happiness to hold their family together, and finally herself.
Kimmie is a southern wife, homeschool momma, and pug wrangler. She spends her time writing, reading, reviewing, and supporting fellow authors. Kimmie currently serves as secretary to the East Texas Writers Association and is a 2012 NaNoWriMo winner.
Who did you write this book for?
I initially wrote this book for my daughters, to show them they can achieve their dreams. Along the way, I found out I was writing the book for myself. It proved to be quite the healing journey.
What is the central message in the book?
Pain doesn’t have to define who you are. When faced head on, it can even help heal the brokenness. <Tweet Me!>
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m a complete ‘pantser’. I’ve tried to outline and plot in advance. It just doesn’t work for me. I have my idea and story arc, other than that, anything goes.
Who influenced your writing the most?
I write from the same painful place I used to keep buried under lock and key. Now I can say my family has influenced my writing. God’s given me a lot of writing fuel. My husband and children haven given me the courage to utilize that fuel in a constructive way, rather than letting it utilize me.
Are you more of a character artist, or a plot-driven writer?
I’m sure like most writers, I’m a little of both. If I had to choose just one, I’d say I’m a character artist. There’s something painful, tormented, or dark waiting to come out; no matter how fluffy life looks. I like to dig deep and bring that to light. The world’s not always a nice place.
Other than selling your book, what do you hope to accomplish with it?
I hope that people see it’s ok to feel the way they feel. Their feelings are valid. Depression is a real issue that most people shrink away from. People need to know the healing process is a journey available to everyone.
Who should buy this book?
I believe (and have been told) Souls Set Free is a good read for any woman who feels they’re not perfect. They can’t always be ‘on’. They have regrets from taking anger out on their children. They struggle with showing love and affection to their spouse. They have pain taking root in their heart, suffer from depression or addiction.
Where can people buy your book?
My book is available in print and kindle editions on Amazon and is enrolled in the Amazon Select program so it can be borrowed by Prime members.
Do you have any other works in progress?
I am currently working on a New Adult book called Sugar Shack and a Contemporary called Gutter Princess.