Kim Taylor Blakemore writes women’s historical fiction that explores women’s lives and brings their struggles and triumphs out of the shadows of history and onto the canvas of our American past.
She is a recipient of a 2018 Regional Arts and Culture Council grant to continue her research of 1850’s New Hampshire, and a finalist for the 2018 Tucson Festival of the Books Literary Award. Both honors are for her novel in progress, The Companion.
Right now? She’s immersed in the world of antebellum New Hampshire: the mill towns, the tension between “upstairs and downstairs”, the telling of a crime by a woman convicted to hang for murder. Sex, lies, betrayal. Grand passions and winters that drive people mad. You know, just a little Gothic tale…
She is the author of the novels Bowery Girl, a NYPL Best Reads for Teens; and Cissy Funk, a WILLA award-winner for Best YA Novel. She is also the author of two interactive historical romances, The Very Thought of You and It Don’t Mean a Thing. This year will also bring two historical short stories: Ain’t She Sweet and These Foolish Things.
She is a member of Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Golden Crown Literary Society, and teaches Craft of Fiction and Historical Fiction workshops with PDXWriters in Portland, OR.
Kim’s world building is exquisite, and her voice is lovely and effortless. I’d read anything she wrote – Sharon Lynn Fisher, RITA Award finalist and Silkwords senior editor