My name is Kim and my last name, Deister, is pronounced “Die-ster.” I always tell my husband I should have kept my married name, Ingram. So much easier to to pronounce!
I am a writer thoroughly in love with words. Reading them, writing them… I love that words can take you outside of your world and let the unimaginable become imaginable. I love them so much that I decided I needed to create some worlds and stories of my own!
Besides being a writer, I am an Army veteran (and Army wife) and a mom to four sons. I grew up in northern New York in a tiny college town called Potsdam. Over the years, our Army life has taken us all over the place and I have been lucky enough to work and live in some pretty amazing places. Right now we live in Hawaii on the island of O’ahu, minutes from the North Shore.
Ten Things to Know About Me
1. I have been writing off and on for most of my life. I wrote my first story at age 6. It was about my neighbor’s fuzzy white dog, an undercover reindeer for Santa.
2. I have had three different jobs in my years of active duty Army. My favorite job was being a linguist and a Signals Intelligence Analyst in military intelligence… no jokes!
3. The Army taught me to speak Vietnamese and Polish, along with a smattering of German and French. Not really marketable skills in the outside world!
4. I am weirdly addicted to Old Navy flip-flops. My husband appreciates this shoe obsession because it is better for our bank account.
5. My creative space is an overly pink room I call the Lady Lair. It is my protest against living in a house with a husband and four sons!
6. I briefly worked as a technical writer for Corning Glass Works and I loved it. I have also done time in fast food and retail, pre-Army years.
7. I’m in my 40s and I have hot pink hair, tattoos, and piercings. I am rebelling late in life, having spent most of my formative years wearing camouflage and combat boots.
8. I am a crafty/DIY chick who is obsessed with watching those videos on YouTube.
9. There is no excuse for how much incense I own and burn, usually two or three sticks at a time. I LOVE Nag Champa!
10. I am obsessed with fractured fairy tales and retellings. I love how they can be turned on edge and still have threads of the originals running through them.