We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberly Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kimberly, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I am of the mindset that, sometimes, we do not purse artistic careers. Instead, they pursue us. I know. It sounds cheesy. But how else do you explain it when nothing in your environment sets the tone for creativity? There’s no one around you molding pottery or reading books. There’s not even anyone writing—not letters nor in a journal. Yet, there you are, scribbling across pages. It’s inexplicable.

Even if your environment tries to suppress it and even if you try to suppress it, artistic leanings do not exist quietly. Somehow, someway, and someday, they make themselves known.

Long story short, that’s what happened to me: writing kept showing up. It started with a blue memo notebook that I filled with my exciting, six-year-old life. Then it progressed to spending extra time and care on my writing assignments throughout grade school. Even if doubt crept in to push my love away, writing always, always resurfaced. The story plays out that way even to this day.

My creativity brings me joy. It helps me understand myself and others. It helps me think, feel and breathe. I would not be who nor where I am today without writing. When your creativity fills you in such a way, it’s undeniable. It’s insatiable. You want to give all of your time to it. You want to share it. So, it inevitably becomes your career.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m most excited about where my mind is going. I’m starting to feel myself unfold into a version that just wants to share what I’m creating. Even if it’s not good. As a creative and perfectionist, I think it can be hard to get to that place. I’m not quite there yet, but it’s coming. I believe this means new experiences and opportunities are on the horizon, and what’s more exciting than that?

I’m currently working a 9-5 to make sure the bills are paid, but that’s part of my journey. This allows me time and space to develop my craft. I’m not a hard-and-fast genre writer. Instead, my stories are tied together by themes. I’m drawn toward outcasts and exploring characters that are out of place in their own homes. I’m looking forward to refining my stories and leaning into that theme a bit more.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I’m not at home binging a new tv show, I’m out hiking or exploring somewhere outside of LA. I’m a terrible tour guide.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Naturally, there’s a lot of people that have encouraged and inspired me along the way. However, the people that deserve so much credit are those who believed in me when I did not believe in myself: Diana and Lilly Baca. Two of my dearest friends who always speak encouraging words over me. I met Lilly in undergrad. We were awkward freshmen together. As our friendship developed, I also got to know her mom, Diana. Their friendship and kindness has altered me. They probably don’t know this, but they’ve helped inspire me to keep writing, keep chasing my dreams, and keep embracing my uniqueness.

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