ABOUT KIM TOMSIC

  • Kim Tomsic is a word wrangler, gesticulator, and
    exclamation point abuser! She was born on an American military base in Italy
    and has lived in various parts of the United States thus forcing her find her
    way as the new-kid at many schools. Now, she is a declared extrovert and enjoys
    helping others connect. Although Kim admires nice shoes, she’s super-awkward in
    heels and can usually be found in flip-flops and on her way to a yoga class.
    Kim is the author of The 11:11 Wish (2018 Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins),
    Guitar Genius
    (April 2019, Chronicle Books), The 12th
    Candle
    (October 8, 2019 Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins),
    and The Elephants Come Home (2021 Chronicle Books).

    Fast facts: Kim is a reader, writer, dreamer, believer, lover of
    peanut M&Ms, devourer of ling-hi-muis, and a fan of all things art and children’s
    literature. She is active with the SCBWI and also serves on the Board of
    Directors for the Friends of Haiti, a 501 (c) 3 charity organized to provide
    Haitian students the opportunity to go to school. Kim claims two super-powers:
    parallel parking and fierce loyalty. She has one husband, two children, and one
    dogs—all keep her laughing.

    Books and upcoming books include:

    The Eleven Eleven Wish Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins Feb. 13, 2018

    Guitar Genius: The Legendary Les Paul and His Electrifying Inventions Chronicle Books, April 2019

    The 12th Candle  Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins October 8, 2019

    The Elephants Come Home Chronicle Books, 2021

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • I live by the motto “It takes a village to write a book.” My village is the SCBWI.

    People ask me how to succeed as a kid-lit writer. I say:  Join the SCBWI, participate in writerly Connect events, find a critiquing group, READ (read craft books, plus read kid-lit books every day), and approach your art with a mixture of whimsy, humor, honesty, compassion and flexibility.
    One of my favorite quotes: “And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin

    Take the risk of putting in the work. The blossom is worth it!

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore


  • Magazine Articles
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    Reading for a Rich Conference Experience

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    First Impressions

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    2014

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    Experts Weigh in at 140 or Less

    (Article)


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    2013

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    Writers Beware

    (Article)


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    2011

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    Making Verbs Your Work Horse

    (Article)


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