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
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 Connect/Mingle 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 NinTake the risk of putting in the work. The blossom is worth it!
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