BookView Interview with Author Kimberly Adams

Welcome to BookView Interview, a conversation series where BookView talks to authors.

Recently, we interviewed Kimberly Adams, a practicing attorney in McAlester, Oklahoma, the Municipal Judge in her hometown of Kiowa, Oklahoma, and the author of Five Mile Charlie: A Special Pony for Carly, a children’s picture book about a little girl’s wish to get a pony. (Read the reveiw here).

Kimberly Adams is a practicing attorney in McAlester, Oklahoma, and the Municipal Judge in her hometown of Kiowa, Oklahoma.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 1997 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in December 2000.  Kimberly resides in rural southeast Oklahoma on her farm at Five Mile.  The loss of her pet llama, Charlie, inspired a children’s book series, starting with the first installment:  Five Mile Charlie:  A Special Pony for Carly.  Sequels not yet released include Five Mile Charlie:  Charlie Goes to the Library and Five Mile Charlie:  A Five Mile Christmas. Other publications include works printed at West Publishing Company, through her appellate practice as an attorney.

What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?

The children, including myself, had access to a book mobile that traveled to the rural communities in the 1970s.  The book mobile allowed the opportunity for children to read during the summer.  From this experience, I found that I could travel anywhere and experience many adventures through the pages in a book.

How often do you base your characters on real people?

All of the characters in the Five Mile Charlie series are based on real individuals and animals.

Do you find writing therapeutic?

Writing is absolutely therapeutic.

How do you select the names of your characters?

The names of the characters in Five Mile Charlie are actual names or nick names for individuals and animals.

What is your favorite childhood book?

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

What inspired the premise of your book?

During the pandemic and the loss of Charlie, a pet llama, who was 23 years of age and spent the majority of his life at Five Mile.

Which scene or chapter in the book is your favorite?  Why?

The scene where Carly finds Charlie in the meadow.  Carly had wished for a pony.  She greets Charlie in the meadow and learns that he is a llama.  Carly is very pleased and loves Charlie, even though he is not a pony.

What’s next for you?

Many new and exciting adventures for Five Mile Charlie!


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