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Chatting with Penny Kim, author of ‘Desert Wedding’





Penny Kim is a Washington, DC lurker and resident of Alexandria, Virginia. She is active in several area book groups that span several genres, from murder mysteries to chick lit and beyond. Currently working on her second book, her debut novel “Desert Wedding” is a compelling coming of age story for the Millennium generation.

To purchase Desert Wedding, click here.

Welcome to Beyond the Books Penny Kim! Can you start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I’m a first-time published author and Desert Wedding was the first book I’ve ever written.

When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published, or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I published with Story Girl Press, an independent company. They offered a more targeted approach to finding my audience.  For me, it was important to work with people who knew the type of stories I wrote and catered to that sensibility. I also wanted a company that would be active in social networking—I didn’t want my book lost in the shuffle and wanted to have some sort of social footprint.

How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

Honestly, the time frame from contract to publishing was not nearly as long as the editing process for the book. You always underestimate how long that takes and, unlike contracts, it’s not something you can rush.

How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I was excited to share the book with an undiscovered, untapped audience for the first time. In reality, this was the most exciting part of it, knowing a stranger might pick up my book and learn to know the characters I’ve become so well-acquainted with.

What was the first thing you did as far as promotion when you were published for the first time?

Bloggers have been really supportive, and I’ve also tried to engage with readers on Goodreads.  I’m not going to lie, after all the work of writing it’s hard to stay engaged after the book is published—you just want to relax. But I’m really grateful to anyone who picks up the book, and I’ve tried to reach out to as many readers as I can.

Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

The crucial part of being published is listening to what your readers are saying and applying those critiques back into your writing. I think it’s a successful component of every good writer. Yes, you have to write from the heart, but you also have to engage the reader in some manner.  I love the reader reviews, love them! I read them over and over and really think about the heart of their critique.  I’m so fortunate for the readers—they make me better at what I do.

What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

There are just so many good books out there. I think it’s amazing which books get attention, just the whole marketing aspect of it I guess.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

Seeing my book listed on Amazon! That was cool.

Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

In this day and age there is no reason to not be published if you really want to be. But before you do, think carefully about what it means. You have to be able to put yourself out there in a way that you never did before. You are sharing some of the most personal aspects of your life when you write, so be ready for that part of it. Finally, I would say to value and engage your readers, because they will make or break you.


There is nothing more exciting than when your best friend gets married. And for Elsie McKenna, it seems like she’s got the maid of honor thing figured out. But as the big day date gets closer and wedding planning takes over, Elsie’s friendship with the bride-to-be, Res, begins to go downhill. To make matters worse, Elsie’s boyfriend, the long-suffering Jonah, becomes increasingly distant. It’s not too soon before Elsie begins to wonder if there’s something in the air in Phoenix, or if it’s just a nasty case of wedding fever.


Desert Wedding Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, January 7

Interviewed at Beyond the Books

Wednesday, January 9

Interviewed at Review From Here

Thursday, January 10

Interviewed at As the Pages Turn

Friday, January 11

Guest blogging at Parenting from a Child’s Point of View

Monday, January 14

Interviewed at Broowaha

Tuesday, January 15

Book reviewed at Teena in Toronto

Wednesday, January 16

Guest blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Thursday, January 17

Interviewed at Literal Exposure

Friday, January 18

Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Monday, January 21

Book reviewed at Colletta’s Kitchen Sink

Tuesday, January 22

Interviewed at The Writer’s Life

Wednesday, January 23

Book reviewed at Books, Books, and More Books

Thursday, January 24

Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, January 25

Book reviewed at Review From Here

Penny Kim’s DESERT WEDDING VIRTUAL BOOK PUBLICITY TOUR will officially begin on January 7 and ends on February 28,2013. Please contact Tracee Gleichner at tgleichner(at) if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing his book. Thank you!


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