Getting to Know Kim Koby
Kim Koby is a Jersey girl with a sense of humor. Weaving together stories is a dream come true. Kim is always brimming with fresh, new ideas and spends her days playing with words. You can learn more about Kim and her books here.
Where did you grow up, and where do you live now? Tell us something a lot of people don’t know about your home town.
I grew up in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia, PA. I'm now about an hour away in the suburbs of NJ, between NY and Princeton. My home town is known for a steel mill that started operations in the 1700's and is one of the country's oldest companies. They made cannonballs for both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. (source: http://twcryo.com/our-history/)
What is your favorite part about writing Sweet Romance/ Cozy Mysteries?
I love writing stories that are character driven and tackle real issues with warmth and care.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I think my favorite writers when I was younger had something to do with it. I loved humor, and Judy Blume, Erma Bombeck, and Shel Silverstein had an impact on me.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be doing?
If I wasn't an author, I'd be doing something creative or with animals. I've always let life guide me to my next adventure.
Do you have any pets? Please tell us about them!
I have two dogs, Jack and Toby. They are both rescues. One is a Jack Russell, the other is a Bichon mix. They are my best-buddies and hang out with me all day.
Have you found your own real life happily ever after?
I'm happy to report, I've found my own happily ever after. I remarried quite a while back. I've been with my husband for 19 years, and am blessed to have a fun, supportive relationship. My husband is awesome. I'd be lost without him. I also have two grown boys in their twenties. I guess that's men, not boys! Time moves too quickly.
What is one book that impacted or changed your life that you think everybody should read? Tell us about it.
This is a tough question. I've read so many amazing books through the years as a voracious reader. I think the one that stuck with me most was quite difficult to read. “First They Killed My Father” is the story told of the Cambodian War, as told through the eyes of a five-year old child. It's based on a true story. Lonng Ung is the author. I first learned about it from Angelina Jolie's Notes From My Travels about her work with refugees. For a girl that adores romantic comedy, these were both out of my normal element, but touched me. I tend to lean toward Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Sophia Kinsella when I'm not buried in non-fiction.