~ Official Bio ~
Kimberly Hayle was born in Austin, Texas where she currently resides with her husband and two children. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Writing & Rhetoric from St. Edward’s University. Her experience with newspaper and magazine publications only fueled her love of fiction writing. She published one poem before realizing, poetry was not her medium. She’s been published in newspapers and magazines (all during college – still counts) but prefers the creativity of fiction writing. Her third child, her current work-in-progress The Silver Gate (or whatever the publisher tells me to call it), will hopefully become her debut novel.
~ Unofficial Bio ~
I discovered at a young age that I loved creating stories in my head. Late at night, before I fell asleep, I would imagine the world I would love to live in – be it that of a movie star, singer, daughter of someone famous, humanitarian, or simply the object of affection to someone. Isn’t that what we all wanted as a tween-ager?
When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I honestly did not know. I might give an answer but was never locked in. Those kids still amaze me – especially when they follow through and become successful AND happy! If only we were all so fortunate.
Veterinarian, psychologist, business management – many different professions crossed my mind, but for one reason or another, nothing ever stuck. I have no clue why I EVER considered management – it must have been the idea of wearing pretty suits and sharp clothing.
It wasn’t till I dropped out of a large state school, transferred to a community college, then into a private college that I decided to take the leap and declare Writing & Rhetoric as my major. I was fortunate enough to stumble onto St. Edward’s here in Austin, not knowing they were one of the few colleges in the nation to offer a Writing program (not Literature, which is the norm).
I knew my degree was risky, but it was what I loved, what interested me and what I always excelled at. My remaining years I studied journalism, PR, technical and business writing, including working for several newspapers, magazines, and a literary publicist. In general, I tried to experience every genre and industry of writing that was out there, and as I predicted from the beginning, I was never meant to be a deadline agenda-driven journalist. Fiction had my heart.
Flash forward to graduation, I was basically screwed. I knew I would ‘one day’ start writing, but in the meantime, I had to pay the bills, so I returned to the corporate world where I had spent my college years, working full time and supporting myself. At least I didn’t have to ask, “Would you like fries with that?” I had already served my time in the restaurant and retail world.
In the end, I know I have walked the path that I was supposed to. My twenties were filled with friends, good times, first loves and creating the memories you are supposed to have from your twenties. In my thirties, I got married and eventually started writing. It was wonderful and was moving along till we added one, then two little ones to the house. Writing came to a halt and before I knew it, quite a few years had past and my draft was still sitting as a draft. Thankfully I was still in love with my WIP and I attacked it with new vigor. My beta readers are giving me positive feedback and I intend to submit to agents as soon as my day job allows (hopefully later this year).
I am still pursuing the dream I started working on long ago and I hope you stick around and pursue it with me.