Presskit: Kim Beall - Author of Contemporary Southern Gothic Fantasy
Kim Beall writes for adults who refuse to stop believing it's possible to find magic and mystery right here, right now, around any corner of their everyday world, even though they have a job to go to and bills to pay.
She has never yet met a real ghost or fairy, herself, but she does have cats who frequently walk through closed doors. When not writing she gardens, raises chickens, and hunts mushrooms in the woods around her rural home.
When Kim Beall was nine years old she started sneaking into her parents' basement to read their massive collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Gothic Romance. As a result, she spent her teenage years writing dozens of novels. This might have worked out better for her if she had not written them during math class.
She never outgrew her need to write fiction, throughout her career as a website editor and technical writer. Now she lives and writes in a small town in Franklin County, North Carolina. The locales in her fictional world are based loosely on everything she loves about small-town life.
Her debut novel, Seven Turns, was released in 2018 and began the saga of a washed-up author seeking inspiration for her next novel by checking into a bed-and-breakfast she's been told is haunted. As of December 2020, the series totals four books, including a Christmas Episode. Though the series is episodic, each volume can be enjoyed on its own.
A new series, another Southern Gothic Fantasy, featuring a new cast of characters in a new location in the modern South, is currently being queried for agent representation.
Though Kim Beall has never yet met a ghost in person, she admits her cats do frequently manage to walk through closed doors. When not writing she gardens, raises chickens, and hunts mushrooms in the woods around her rural home
She sincerely believes every adult still yearns, not so deep inside, to find real magic in everyday life.
Seven Turns - May 2018 - Solstice Publishing
Book 1 in the Woodley, USA Series
Seven Turns: A Ghost Story introduces us to Woodley, USA through the eyes of author Callaghan McCarthy. She arrives there in the middle of the night, in her search for inspiration for a sequel to her once-popular ghost story. She doesn't really believe in ghosts, of course. The ghosts in Woodley find this kind of funny - and they need her help with a problem of their own.
Moonlight and Moss - May 2019 - KrystalRose Press
Book 2 in the Woodley, USA Series
Moonlight and Moss follows Cally as she struggles to navigate a new relationship with a man who isn't, technically, quite 100% human, while solving a murder in order to keep an innocent friend from being jailed for the crime. Her efforts are complicated by the fact that she suspects the real murderer was, also, not human.
Ghost of a Chance - May 2020 - KrystalRose Press
Book 3 in the Woodley, USA Series
In this final volume of Callaghan McCarthy's story, she must find her way to a very dark place to save someone she loves. In order to succeed, she will have to do something that frightens her even more: she must learn to trust the people who claim to love her.
A Midnight Clear - November 2020 - KrystalRose Press
The Woodley, USA Christmas Episode!
This tale of Christmastime at Vale house falls chronologically between books 2 and 3, but if you haven't read the other books yet you will find it stands perfectly well on its own.
Everyone keeps telling Callaghan McCarthy she needs to have a wish prepared when Santa visits Vale House on Christmas Eve. She doesn't believe in Santa or in wishes anymore, but she is beginning to suspect she knows the identity of the body that was found under the ice in the pond two days ago.
A new series, another Gothic Fantasy with new characters in a different fictional (or is it) Southern town is currently being queried for agent representation. Stay tuned!