Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Guest Kim Watters: Taking the Plunge

I have an aversion to water slides. Crazy I know, but the steeper and longer the more the fear. Probably stems from the time I went down the slide that seemed so innocently easy. By the time I discovered just how steep the last drop was, it was too late. Let’s just say there was a yard sale for sunglasses, a hat and my pride at the bottom pool. The poor lifeguard wasn’t sure what to do. Help someone old enough to be her mother collect her stuff after she helped me find the surface or watch the next victim, I mean swimmer, come down the slide. Somehow, she managed to do both.

So fast forward a year to our long weekend in Tucson this past summer. The resort pool had a water slide. So if you saw the woman in the black and white bathing suit hyperventilating near next to the entrance of the waterslide, that would have been me. Didn’t help that both my kids ran past me fast enough to cause a dust devil to appear.

“Come on, Mom. Let’s go.” My son grabs at my hand.

“Not today, dear.” I manage to squeak as I hear a scream before a teenager torpedoes into the pool.

“Aw come, on Mom.” Now my six-year-old gets into the action. “It’s fun”

So why did I hear you scream all the way down the first time?

“Chicken.” They both clamor together as they make another mad dash to the stairs. “You don’t now what you’re missing.”

“Maybe on the last day.” I mumble and head back to my nice, safe lounge chair.

Of course, that’s the moment my kids decide to have radar hearing. In their minds, I’ve made the commitment to go. In my mind, maybe is a definite no.

My kids remind me of my critique group.

“When are you going to send in your proposal?”


“Chicken.” They all give me the ‘that’s no excuse’ look.

“Maybe when it’s ready.” I mumble and reach for my nice, safe wine glass.

“It is ready. What are you afraid of?”

What am I afraid of? Another rejection? Another yard sale? Or a moment to let go, savor the moment and have some fun?

So, on the last day of our vacation, with no choice, really, because I couldn’t disappoint my kids, I escaped from my comfort zone and crept up those stairs. And yes, I hyperventilated a bit as I stood at the top waiting for my turn. At last, the dreaded moment had arrived. I sat down and pushed myself off. I twisted, I turned, I laughed once I let go of my fears. And at the bottom, I hit the water with a splash that would make Orca proud. But I did it. And I did it again. And again until it was time to leave.

Just as I send out the proposal time and time again. With each time it got easier. The same with the water slide. By the end, I was looking forward to the climb, or the trip to the post office. Because each time, it meant another step closer to victory.

I made it to the bottom of the slide and the top of the editor’s pile. This last time, instead of a big splash into the pool, I learned how to position myself so that my head stayed above water. This last book I sent in finally made it to contract. On Wings of Love is available February 2010.

So what’s keeping you from taking the plunge?

Let go of the fear and live life to the fullest. There’s nothing better than to see the adulation in your kids faces at the bottom of the pool, or finally getting that phone call from the editor after years of hard work .


Leave a comment today with your email address (remember use “at” and “dot”), and be eligible to be included in a giveaway drawing for a copy of Kim’s new book! The winner will be announced in the Seekerville weekend edition.

After borrowing a romance from her older sister’s bookshelf, Kim Watters ( fell in love with happily ever afters at age twelve--and dreamed of writing her own romance novel. But she had to grow up first, go off to college, and then move to Chicago to pursue another dream. After six years of working as a model and actress, she relocated to Arizona and finally settled down to write. Eight years and three manuscripts later, she sold her first novel to Avalon. Now next month is the release of her first Steeple Hill Love Inspired, “On Wings of Love.”


Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

What a lovely story, Kim and wonderful illustration of the writing/submitting life!

Good luck and God's blessings with your new release!

Please enter me in your drawing - (that's zero 7)


Ruth Logan Herne said...

Kim, what a lovely cover! So sweet and inviting. I'd buy that in a heartbeat, sweet-cheeks.

Actress and model, huh?

Geez, Louise, I made myself feel better by painting a black handlebar mustache on your picture. I actually think it enhances your inner beauty.

Tee hee hee...

Kim, I love your analogy of the water slide and submitting. So true.

And I don't like water slides at all, they're too hard and I'm too cottage-cheese squishy to make that comfortable. Or fun.

Now one of those current pools, where you just lounge and let the water take you around and around???

That's my daring trip of the day, LOL!

Hey, I made coffee and breakfast is from Mickey D's today. We've got McMuffins, McGriddles, Hash browns (don't you just love those deep fried hash browns??? A heart attack waiting to happen, and I DON'T CARE!!!)

And Danish from our local bakery.

Oh, and I brought Vanilla Caramel Brownie creamers alongside French Vanilla and Italian Sweet Cream.

We're good to go in Seekerville!!!!


mariska said...

i love it ...
Kim that's a wonderful. Let go of the fear and live life to the fullest, i'm agree with you.

Wish you The very Best of Luck : )

I'd really like to have the chance to read your book !

uniquas at ymail dot com

Tina Russo Radcliffe said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Kim. And congratulations on your first Steeple Hill release.

I look forward to reading it.

Ruth, pass the jet fuel please.

Anonymous said...

congratulations Kim...would LOVE to read your fabulous book.


Kim Watters said...

Good morning everyone. So glad to be here. And the coffee sure is nice. Thanks everyone from Seekerville and Glynna and. Hope your computer problems are solved.

Just wanted to let you know I have a day job so I'll be checking in periodically from work.

Thanks for stopping by Pamela. Good to see you again.

Hi Ruth. Thanks for your kind words. I'd prefer a current pool, too, but can't get away with it until the kids get older. Sigh.

Thanks for stopping by Mariska.

Thanks Tina. When you've had your fill of jet fuel, pass it my way.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Morning Kim, Great seeing you last evening at the Desert Rose RWA meeting.

Great post too.

Kim is a wonderful inspiration to me. Not only does she take the plunge, but she works hard to encourage the rest of us. I've had the privilege of seeing all the hard work she does and she inspires me to keep diving in.
Thanks Kim

And congrats with the debut Love Inspired. I'm going to wait and get an autographed copy at the next meeting.

And Ruthy, delicious spread. As usual. All the heart attack foods. Yum. Much better to eat cyber food.

Rose said...

Hi Kim,

Not sure if you remember me for TWRP but I was very excited to see you had a release from Steeple Hill.

Wishing you much success,

RRossZediker at yahoo dot com

Kim Watters said...

Thanks for stopping by Karen.

Good morning Sandra. Sleep in today;) It was great seeing you last night, too. Awe shucks. Do I really inspire you? Blushing here. See you next month.

Okay, gotta run and get ready for work. I'll be back in a bit.

Glynna Kaye said...

Hi, Kim! So glad you're already being welcomed to our little home away from home! Nope my computer isn't back from the emergency ward yet. :( Borrowed one for a few minutes so I could pop in to Seekerville this morning. Wish I could stick around for an all-day chat about "taking the plunge," but off I go! Have fun!

P.S. I hope you can get that mustache washed off that Ruthy drew on your pretty photo. Gotta keep a close eye on that girl. :)

Shelley Mosley said...

Congratulations, Kim!

You've worked so hard for this day, and I'm very, very proud of you!


Laurie Schnebly Campbell said...

Kim, you're the last person I would've expected to be afraid of water slides. But no more, right? You're gonna hit the pool every summer from now on? :)

Wonderful analogy...I hope you'll share that at the Chocolate Affaire!

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Hi Kim,
Congrats on your book!
I really love the title and look forward to reading it!

Carolyn Matkowsky said...


What an inspirational story. Like you and so many other writers, it's hard sometimes to take that plunge and send our manuscripts, our babies, out into the cruel world.

You've worked really hard for your success and no one deserves it more. Despite your setbacks, you kept your faith in yourself as a writer and never gave up. I've read your books and your short stories. You're a wonderful writer. I can't wait to read you newest book, and to see it on the bookshelves at B&N.

BTW-one question-you have wine at your critique meetings? I'm in the wrong critique group. All I have is tea.

Carolyn Matkowsky/Cara Marsi

Julie Lessman said...

Oh, Kim, honey -- I hear ya!! I'm afraid of water slides, too ... uh, maybe we just better make that heights in general! Either way, welcome to Seekerville!! Loved the slide analogy and love that you dove (or slid) into the pool of publication instead of lazing alongside with a good book, which, incidentally, can now be yours!!

Have you noticed a trend with authors starting to write at the age of 12??? I have, and maybe it's because that's when I started my first book, A Passion Most Pure, after reading Gone With the Wind. Must be something about that tender, pre-teen age that gears those girl hormones up for romance! Anyway, my thinking is that anybody who dives in as early as 12, spends all those years perfecting her backstroke, and then comes up with a contract in her wet, little hand, HAS to be like Esther Williams -- swimmingly good, right? Either way, On the Wings of Love sounds like a book I need to read. Congrats on the sale, and may you make a big "splash" in the pool of publication.


Melanie Dickerson said...

Hi, Kim! Thanks for opening up and sharing your fear of water slides. Very cute analogy. It is kind of fun to submit stuff, once you get over the fear. It's kind of like opening presents at Christmas--you never know if you're going to get a call saying, Your book is the best thing I've read all year! Or, socks and underwear from Grandma.

Okay, it's nothing like opening presents at Christmas, but it's really great to get "The Call."

Walt M said...

I remember traveling to Florida with the band when I was in high school. We went to a water park that had a slide called the kamikaze. There were no curves in it. The structure was a right angle triangle and you were sliding down the hypotenuse. It was intimidating, but I had the desire to beat my best friend in a race to the bottom (which of course contained a pool with bikini-clad college girls waiting to assist you).

So, whatever inspiration you use as a writer, it's always good to take the plunge.


Walt M said...

Also, if you become a fan of Einstein's Bagels on FB, you can get a coupon good for a free bagel and a schmear. The coupon is reusuable and it lasts a week. (I thought this crowd might want to know.)

Mary Connealy said...

On Wings of that's flying that's Water
Story about water that's flying and water combined.
My gosh, Kim, this is
Maybe you could get FIRED out of the water slide. Fire, water, flight (air)? Then come to earth.
Earth Wind and wait, that's a seventies rock group.

I've had the flu, you can't tell, right?

Casey said...

This was a great articale, and one that encouraged me greatly! Congrats on the book and I would love to win it. :)


Vince said...

Hi Kim:

I can usually tell when a romance writer has had stage acting experience. When I read her words, I just know that she has had experience in front of a live audience watching how her words affect those in the seats. The actress is part of the creative experience in a way that a writer never is. Every movement an actress makes is important. Simple things like how an actress moves from point A to point B on stage has meaning to the audience.

Did you act in front of a live audience and if so, do you feel your acting experience has influenced the way you write?


Anonymous said...

I'm new to Seekerville and loving It!
I love to wake up in the morning to look at the blogs and see whats new for the day!
And I always get encouragement from what everyone has said.
Its Great to hear that her book was published I can't wait to read it! Congratulations!


Erica Vetsch said...

Congratulations on your sale! What a wonderful analogy.

Kim Watters said...

Wow. I leave to get ready for work and look what happens. Thanks everyone. I'm going to have to do this ina few posts to catch up.

Hi Rose. Of course I remember;) Good to see you again. Thanks for stopping by.

Bummer Glynna. Hope your computer comes back on-line soon. Thanks for checking in.

Hi Shelley. Thanks for stopping by. Big hugs to you. How are you?

Hi Laurie. Yeah right. That slide is just waiting for me:) Maybe I'll share.

Thanks Kerri C. You'll have to tell me what you think. Thanks for stopping by.

Carolyn. M. Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it has been a struggle. One you're well aware of. Keep plunging in, you're more than halfway fown the slide. And yes, wine is a necessary. The more the better. :)

Gotta go do 1099's back in a bit.

Debby Giusti said...

Wow! Kim, what a life you've had -- model, actress, author. Wouldn't it be fun to be in a movie set on one of your books? Or is that like the water slide? Too scary a thought. We have to dream big, don't we?

Thanks for a lovely post with lots of good food for thought.

Jackie Smith said...

New author for me, and I would love to read this!! Please enter me. Thanks!!!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Jet fuel has been renewed especially for us East Coasters who tromp the trail way early.


Kim, Glynna tried to scrub the mustache off, but I used a sharpie so what WAS a fairly decent mustache is now a full beard.

Blame Glynna.

It's easy since she's got computer problems and can't see this, LOL!

Hey, I brought lunch.

I cooked.

Kind of.

Tacos. Burritos. Salad. Stuffed muffins.

If you've never had a stuffed muffin, then you haven't lived. Soooo good.

These are chocolate muffins stuffed with vanilla/caramel cream and drizzled with hard white icing.

Think total decadence. You'd be right.

Gotta get back to babyland. Pretend I'm earning my money.



Kim Watters said...

Thanks Julie. I'm so glad to be here. Everyone has been so warm and gracious. For me it's not so much a fear of heights, it's a fear of falling. Bit I'm glad I dove in with both feet!

Hi Melanie-we must have had the same grandma, I got Totes every year:) Love 'em. Personally, I'd say getting "The Call" was wy better than Christmas!

Walt. There is no way I'd get on someting called the Kamikazi. No way, not happening! Thanks for the tip on the bagels.

Cute Mary. Hope you're feeling better. Bummer to hear about the flu.

Thanks Casey. Glad you got something out of my life;)

Hey Vince. Didn't know you could tell. I guess I've always been kind of a ham so that would make sense. My acting background was commercial and film, not the stage.

Thanks Lindsey. Glad you found the blog. It's a great one.

Thaks Erica. I love using rea life situations and relating them to writing somehow. If you want to read more just visit my website:)

Phew. Okay, I'm caught up for now;) This is so awesome. Thanks ladies!

Kim Watters said...

Ha Ruth, now that I'm wake I get it. No worries, I'll just have my photographer air bursh it off like he did the extra wrinkles LOL. And thanks fo rlunch. Came just in time. Can I put the muffins inside the tacos? Yum. Sweet and salty.

Hi Debbie. Thanks. I'd love to have a movie made. Of course that would be a really big waterslide-and a whole nother blog! Let's keep dreaming big.

Jackie. Thanks for stopping by and posting.

Missy Tippens said...

Congrats, Kim, on your first LI! I can't wait to read it! And thanks for being here today. I got such a kick out of your post. I LOVE water parks. I'll ride everything--except that one slide that goes straight down like Walt mentioned. That one terrifies me. Of course, no matter how small the slide, I scream all the way down. My kids like to make fun of that. :)

Great post on how sending out our stories is like swooshing down a slide. And I tell you what, it doesn't get any easier! Sending proposals to my editor now is just as scary. :)

Mia said...

Loved reading today's post! I enjoyed reading your story, Kim, and of course the analogy between scary water slides and submitting was amazing :)

I'm not afraid of water slides, but as a kid, my parent's took me to a fair, which included a ride on the roller coaster. I screamed and sobbed and kicked until it was over, and then promptly ran into my mom's arms. Ah, but sometimes you've just gotta face those fears, so now I can buckle myself into a roller coaster, toss up my hands, and enjoy the ride ;)

Congratulations on your book release! :)

Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Hello, Kim. This was a great interview. I appreciate getting to know about your writing journey. It's so encouraging to read. Would love to win a copy of On Wings of Love. Congrats on its release next month.

Kim Watters said...

Hi Missy. It's great to be here and a part of the Steeple Hill family. And i have to agree with sending out the proposal thing. I'v egot another one almost ready to go, yet it still feels so new. :)

Hi Mia. Thanks for stopping by. Um you mean I'm not supposed to scream and cry and kick as an adult? No wonder people were staring LOL.

Thanks for checking in Pat. Isn't it amazing how much of life can relate to writing projects?

Myra Johnson said...

Kim, it's a pleasure having you in Seekerville today. Sending off a manuscript really does feel like jumping off the high dive sometimes.

And hey, Julie, I wrote my first story when I was 7 or so--"The Enchanted Prince." I don't think it had anything to do with hormones. ;>D

Dianna Shuford said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Kim. That was something I really needed to hear today as I struggle through my revisions.

Kim Watters said...

Thanks Myra. I loved being here. The high dive? Now that is one place you will never see me in line for. You'd have to pay me some pretty big bucks. I'd be screaming, fighting, kicking, hyperventilating, crying all the way. It'd have to be alot of money:) And even then......

You're welcome Dianna. I dread revisions, too, but they are a necessary evil in this world. Chapter three is still staring me in the face. You can do it though. One page at a time.

Thanks for inviting me Glynna and all. I had a blast. I'm going to grab the last muffin before I head out for the gym! :) Have a nice night.

Linda Andrews said...

Loved the story, Kim. Isn't is amazing how brave we are for our children.

Now about that next proposal....

robynl said...

what a neat comparison; really enjoyed it.

congrats on your new book and I'd love to win it.


Cindy W. said...

I'm afraid to take the plunge in many areas because I have been told (years ago) that I wasn't good enough. But I know that with God all things are possible so I do need to take the plunge...thank you.

I would love to be entered into the drawing.

countrybear52 at yahoo dot com

PatriciaW said...

Wow, has Kim been watching me near water slides and my critique group?

Time to take the plunge!

KC Frantzen said...

Hey Seekers!

Been fighting a cold still so day late, dollar short.

Congratulations Kim!!! Way to GO!!!

You've offered encouragement for those still on the island. I recently rafted on over. Wonder when it will drift the other direction?!

If we work together, it'll be big enough for several at one time. and we'll need sustenance (unless we can paddle fast enough to be in time for that Chocolate Affaire event - just need to know when and where. Nothing like a deadline! ha!)

Congrats again! ksf895 at citlink dot net

(and you look mahvelous, in spite of Ruthy's beard!)

Kim Watters said...

Don't remind me Linda. ;)

Thanks for stopping by Robyn.

Cindy, shame on thos people. Don't let anything stop you from fulfilling your dream. Take the plunge and get wet. The ride may be scary, but what you get at the bottom is well worth it. And yes, with God anything is possible.

Patricia. LOL.

Kim Watters said...

Thaks KC. Glad you could join us. Hope you're feeling better. The Chocolate Affair is in Glendale Arizona Feb 5-7. Hope you can paddle on over. Best of luck to you and have a great day.