Kim is the only child of a golf course construction supervisor and a writer / photographer, so to say she had an unconventional upbringing is an understatement. She lived in nine different places before the age of three, including Cancun back when it was still just a jungle, and a remote little resort in the Philippines. She spent most of her school years in Maine, galloping her horse along snowmobile trails at speeds it’s better her parents didn’t know about. She worked as a junior ski instructor one winter at Sugarloaf, skiing backwards down black diamond slopes while small children encountered “the Headwall” for the first time. Most didn’t hesitate at the top, though she had to carry the occasional one down. (Not backwards, of course.)
When Kim was sixteen, her family moved to Senajoki, Finland. After briefly attending the local school, she completed high school through correspondence. Homeschooling then was nothing like it is now, nor did it look particularly good on college applications, but her essay got her into Truman State University in Missouri. After earning a B.A. in British Literature and composition there, she went on to get her MA in English from Iowa State, where she also taught composition.
After graduation Kim worked in the insurance industry until she had children, at which point she left the corporate world and became a full time mother and writer. Since then she’s completed three novel-length manuscripts, published articles in historical society journals and an arts-and-crafts periodical, and written several dozen articles for a regional magazine. She’s recently finished a historical novel inspired by the colorful lives of her great-grandfather, landscape painter Carl Ahrens, and his wife, a gifted artist and singer. Her next book is a contemporary story set in the backwoods of Maine.
Photo: Deborah Downes of Take to Heart Images