We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Ann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have always had a love of reading, writing, and creating. But, who really pushed me to pursue my dream, was my son, Aidan. Aidan was a 25-week preemie that weighed one pound, eleven ounces at birth, and spent 143 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Miller’s Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. For weeks, we were unable to hold him, but I could read to him, and let him hear my voice. So that’s what I did. I spent every day sitting next to him, reading to him through the window in the Isolette. This instilled in him a love of books, that he still has today.
After years of reading books to my two children and seeing the types of books they liked and didn’t like, I started to get some fun ideas of my own. That’s when I decided to become a children’s book author. Now, I write the fun, imaginative, colorful books Aidan still loves today.
Having my own small business as an author and publisher, allows me to be actively involved in all areas. From writing rough drafts and manuscripts, to creating my website and marketing content, even advertising and sales. I am involved in all of it. This gives me countless ways to use my creativity.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have always loved writing and I actually spent several years as a freelance writer. I wrote many “feel-good” articles about families, including my own, and my work appeared in printed magazines, newsletters, and online publications.
About three years ago, I decided to follow my dream of writing a children’s book. I am proud to say that today, I am an award-winning and bestselling author of thirteen children’s books and three popular book series. Including the Ruby the Rainbow Witch series, the Goldy the Puppy series, and the Go on Vacation series.
I also founded my own publishing company, Lucky Four Press, LLC., which is an independent micro-publisher, with the goal of producing bright, colorful, imaginative books that children and families can read together and enjoy.
It hasn’t always been easy, but it has been fun! I have learned so much about writing and publishing, and I continue to learn every day. Going into this, I knew nothing more than I had read and researched. In comparison, writing the book was the easy part and I had so much more to learn. Like how to find an editor, an illustrator, and a book formatter. I had to learn how to market myself and my books, keep up with social media, advertise and grow my brand.
I definitely rely on my author coach, Quinn, my awesome virtual assistant, Brooke, an amazing network of author friends, and several Clubhouse and Facebook groups to keep me focused and moving forward.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am originally from Boston, so when a friend comes out to visit me in Los Angeles, there are so many cool places we need to go.
Let’s start with food! Local favorite Gladstones for the seafood, atmosphere, and view.
Flemings Steakhouse for the prime rib and one of their signature blueberry lemon drops or an old fashioned.
SideCar Donuts in Santa Monica, for one of their gluten-free masterpieces,
Schooner or Later, in Long Beach, for Sunday Brunch, They are known for their mimosas and they were also featured on the show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. There is a nice view of the marina from your table, and it’s always a fun time.
Everyone knows nothing beats our beautiful SoCal beaches, so a nice walk or bike ride on the strand, and staying to watch one of our breathtaking sunsets, is a must.
For local shopping, we would visit Main Street in Manhattan Beach, Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach, The Pike in Long Beach, and Pacific City in Huntington Beach.
If possible, an afternoon game at Dodger Stadium, complete with a Dodger Dog and popcorn.
And because no trip to LA would be complete without a trip to Disneyland, or at least Downtown Disney, we would definitely make a stop there too.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shout out a few of the many talented, caring, and supportive people I have met during my author journey. The amazing Eevi Jones, who taught me how to get my first book out into the world. My friend and author coach, Quinn Ward, who keeps me moving forward and holds me accountable when I need it. My talented illustrator Nejla Shojaie that knows exactly how to illustrate my books and brand.
My author friends: Yobe Qiu, Stacy Bauer, Misty Black, Brooke Young and so many more. I can’t mention you all here but thank you for always being there to help me, answer my questions, and to offer support when I need it. You all rock!
Last, but not least, my husband Abe, and my amazing children, Aidan and Kayla. Thank you for your love and support. I love you so much and I am so proud of all of you.
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Photo Credits: Kayla Yap