I’m Kim Troike and use the pen name Caroline Clemens. I haven’t decided which one I prefer. My mother was going to name me Caroline and Clemens is my maiden name. Above photo from the 2014 Atlanta Writer’s Awards Dinner with my husband and son.
I’ve lived in the South for thirty years and when I first moved to Atlanta, I found the people gracious and the city fun. The people were soft-spoken, kind, and willing to greet you with an openness. Not that the North where I’m from didn’t have many wonderful attributes, greetings were just different. My career in Nursing was spent in the Cardiac and Post Anesthesia Care Units at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. When I finally became a mother I opted to stay home with three kids sixteen months apart. I always knew I wanted to be a mom, that I was born to be one as I was: the babysitter, the seamstress, the cook, the gardener, the worker and most responsible (insert brag-gag, lol). Before children my husband and I traveled extensively and led a full life. When kids came we were elated and thought parenting the supreme job over anything in all the world.
My foray into writing began five years ago, right before I sought re-employment in Nursing. I dabbled online and began reading poetry, listening to music, and discovering movies all over again. I had really become so absorbed in family, I gave no time for me. I suddenly became intent on writing a novel, that novel I always wanted to write. I’d bought a paperback ‘How To’ when I was thirty and never did it. I started with poetry, having written two poems in my twenties, one about Thanksgiving for my grandmother, and the other a tribute for my sister. I found places online through Twitter where I joined a poets pub, d-Verse, and signed on to be a writer for the River Journal now called The Rivermuse, an artsy magazine. I started a blog and quickly found my voice with creative freedom.
Into the Vines, is my 1st story of contemporary fiction with a focus on family including adventure, mystery, and touches of romance. I’m happy with my words, my creation, and have already written another. An American story of invention in the early 1900′s or so, it is ready for me to pitch to agents and the like. I’ve continued to write poetry, learning form and types and am attempting verse or song writing. My 2nd collection is in the beginning stages. Putting together these lyrics excites me, and I hope to improve. Somehow, this person, this desire has just been waiting to escape. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, I learned that valuable lesson with three kids in diapers and bottles, but I’d like to write a comedy when I am ready. Recently a title came to me while on vacation, we’ll see. I have a very serious side countered with spontaneously spilled fun.
I continue to learn. My areas of concern are sentence structure and commas. I tend to talk formally at times and am sure I’ve been reincarnated from the Victorian Era, when women began to rebel certain societal restrictions. I want to keep my fast moving pace in the story, add more character depth, try different genres like mystery or horror-thriller like, and speed up my own writing process. I have proceeded from writing by hand, from an outline onto a notebook, then typing, correcting, and publishing. Now I type directly from an outline, correct, and publish. I have eliminated the handwritten portion. This was a huge step!
My hopes and dreams were realized upon finishing my 1st novel. I could not have been more proud. Who says pride isn’t a good thing? My publisher, XLibris, offers this book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. They do a terrific job at helping authors self-publish keeping a professional look. In the end I hope to find readers and engage them in compelling stories.
*Kim Troike has written three novels and a poetry collection using the pen name Caroline Clemens. All are available on Amazon as ereads. Into the Vines by Kim Troike can be purchased as a paperback through Amazon (XLibris) and Barnes & Noble. She finished writing a historical fiction set in America on the eastern seaboard occurring in the 1920’s. She plans on pitching this story to publishers in November 2016.