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AND THEN HE, my New Adult Dark Thriller, combines sex and evil in all the right ways. A night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger turns into a nightmare Tiffani can't escape. To purchase AND THEN HE press me

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Thursday, November 12, 2015


A Super Helpful Blog Post from Author Ryan Dalton about Building Sci-Fi and Fantasy Worlds that Captivate Readers AND a shout out for MY GUEST BLOG POST on NOV 23

Literary Rambles: RYAN DALTON GUEST POST AND THE YEAR OF LIGHTENING ...: Happy Monday Everyone! Today I'm excited to have debut author Ryan Dalton here to share about his YA fantasy THE YEAR OF LIGHTENING that...

Friday, November 6, 2015


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The Merciless author, Danielle Vega looks innocent enough. Don't be deceived. This Young Adult Author knows how to scare with a capital S! Don't let the pretty in pink book cover fool you either.

GENRE: Young Adult horror

When there’s a warning on the first page of a book for Mature Audiences only—you know, NO, you expect to be scared out of your mind. The Merciless does not disappoint.

The pitch: Mean Girls meets Carrie... I know, right?!?! Why even bother with back copy, just tear the book open.

Danielle Vega brings the horrifying aspects of human nature to The Merciless

The Merciless begins like many young adults novels. New student in new town hoping to fit it. New student meets new group of Barbie/Martha girls who decide the social ranking of every student in the school, and new student becomes the 'it' accessory of the month, and of course, there's a cute boy who has potential.

Within the first couple pages new student, Sofia meets Brooklyn, a bad girl who seems a bit satanic but maybe she’s just misunderstood. We, as readers, really don’t know what to make of Brooklyn, but we develop strong expectations about the Barbie/Martha girls, led by sweet as molasses, Riley.

Early on, Sofia stumbles upon a skinned cat set up in a pentagram with candles lit. Riley accuses Brooklyn of the sacrifice, but we’re kinda wondering if Riley and her friends did it--you know, as an experiment or something.

Questionable event after questionable event leads up to the night of the Exorcism. Yes, Exorcism. I refuse to discuss anything that happens during the Exorcism, and whatever you think is going to happen is WRONG, so, so WRONG.

Danielle uses an easy story-telling style that sucks you in slowly and orbits you in a vortex of terror until she’s ready to spit you out. Enjoy the ride.

Write on,


Monday, November 2, 2015

The Storyteller's Scroll: Interview with NA author Kim Briggs

I got interviewed by Gayle Krause over at her blog:

The Storyteller's Scroll: Interview with NA author Kim Briggs: Go over and visit! Thanks!

1.      When and where do you write? That ’ s the trick of it, isn ’ t it? I steal time throughout the day — first thing in the morning...

Friday, October 23, 2015



GENRE: Young Adult Contemporary Science Fiction Thriller (I think I just made that up but it works.)

N.K. Traver is awesome. First, she took her knowledge as a computer programmer and combined it with her talent as a writer and voila’ Duplicity was born. Second, because she mentee’d Alison Green Myers, my kick ass Ink Sister in #PitchWars. Alison sings her praises and I do pretty much whatever Alison tells me to do;)

Traver nails the Male Protagonist Point of View (POV) in Duplicity—and I don’t admit that often. I scrutinize dialogue, body language, and inner monologue when a female/male writes the opposite genders POV. Most times when an author tries a different gender he or she uses stereotypical characterizations that make me cringe, but when the author gets it right? Well, that’s time for a Happy Dance.  

 I heard murmurings of a hacker/cyber purgatory prior to Duplicity. I was intrigued by this mythical place—was it a black hole that sucked you in and never spit you out, was it an alter dimension where hackers walked among us yet could no longer interact with the real world? 

When I read Duplicity I thought, yep, that’s what it is. That's exactly what it is.

Natalie slowly changes the main character Brandon. Actually she strips away layers of his appearance then his persona one by one. Brandon doesn’t know what’s happening or why, and he can’t control any of the changes. When he starts to physically fit the mold of a grounded, well-respecting teenager, she rips him out of his hacker/kind of jerk life and throws him into Cyber purgatory. Brandon must hack his way out of this cyber purgatory or the Good Brandon will take over Brandon’s life banishing Brandon to this in-between cyber dimension forever. 

Often we don't recognize a good thing until it smacks us in the face. In this case, its our reflection in the mirror.

Great read—I highly recommend it!

Write on,

Thursday, October 22, 2015



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**For the sake of brevity, I’m not going to give a Grammar lesson on all the sub-categories of tenses, but I will discuss each tense and provide a few examples of when it’s used well, as well as, useful tips to take your writing to the next level.

Most books, both fiction and nonfiction, tend to be written in the PAST TENSE. It began thousands of year ago with when hunters returned home with their kill slung over their shoulders. Following the feast, villagers sat around the bonfire and listened to stories about the hunt, and so began our oral tradition of retelling a past event.

Eventually, inspiration struck, and someone decided to record these stories. First through pictures, then through words.

If you pick up a book, whether it’s from the bookshelf at home, at the library, at the story, from your neighbor’s coffee table, it’s probably written in the PAST TENSE. It’s a writer’s GO TO POV.

Rainbow Rowell weaves past tense verbs into a believable and top favorite young adult novel.
“Do you have more stuff downstairs?” he asked. “We just finished. I think we’re going to get a burger now; do you want to get a burger? Have you been to Pear’s yet? Burgers the size of your fist.” He picked up her arm. She swallowed. “Make a fist,” he said. 
—excerpt from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I too spun words into a story in my first version of Starr Fall, my Young Adult Thriller, but when I finished, I knew it was lacking something. It didn’t have the gusto and immediacy it needed, so I wrote one chapter in present tense, then another, then another, and decided to change the entire novel. Starr Fall was meant for PRESENT TENSE just as Fangirl was meant for PAST TENSE.

WRITER TIP: Experiment with different points of view with your story and see what works. What you find might surprise you. 

I love PRESENT TENSE. I love the urgency. I love how I jump into the story and become the character. I love that my heart pumps and I don’t know what’s going to happen when I open that locked door. 

Laura Halse Anderson in Speak, Veronica Roth in Divergent, Suzanne Collins in Hunger Games, all use PRESENT TENSE. It’s no coincidence that they are three of my favorite authors or that their books have been made into movies.

Laura Halse Anderson handles PRESENT TENSE with such skill that few can rival her. She uses 1st person PRESENT TENSE in Speak, but she often shifts the attention away from the main character and onto and/or into her surroundings.

The cheerleaders cartwheel into the gym and bellow. The crowd stomps the bleachers and roars back. I put my head in my hands and scream to let out the animal noise and some of that night. No one hears. They are all quite spirited.
excerpt from Speak by Laura Halse Anderson

Suzanne Collins places most of the focus on her main character, Katniss, but balances that focus with time on other characters and happenings in the Hunger Games.

I bite my lip, feeling inferior. While I’ve been ruminating on the availability of trees, Peeta has been struggling with how to maintain his identity. His purity of self. “Do you mean you won’t kill anyone?” I ask.
excerpt from Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

AVOID THE “I” TRAP: I run towards the soccer field. I feel sweat pool at the base of my back. I think I should stop running.

Because we as readers are so entrenched in the PAST TENSE, it’s difficult to make the shift to PRESENT TENSE the first few times we try it. Our writing feels choppy and less polished. It’s difficult to slide into backstory or a flashback without jarring the reader. As writers, we must create just the right set of events/scenes/circumstances in our passage for the literary device to work. 

WARNING: Be careful not to flood your reader with flashbacks and backstory—they’ll get confused, tired, annoyed, miffed, and put down your book. And that my friend will be the death of your book. (Sorry I slipped into FUTURE TENSE, but I felt it was warranted.)

If you find you’re using a lot of literary devices such as flashbacks and backstory, try writing a scene in PAST TENSE. More than likely, you’re probably not using the correct tense for the story you want to share.

I find that I revise a considerable amount more when I use the PRESENT TENSE vs. PAST TENSE. I try to vary my sentences, mix thinks up, reexamine paragraphs, and rewrite them often so I can move the story forward without too much BLECK. I’m not going to lie. It’s a load of work, but the end result is well worth it.

SIDE NOTE: I’ve used PRESENT TENSE for so many years now that I find myself switching other authors’ tense to the PRESENT TENSE and I often feel that these books would grab the readers’ attention more if the author choice a different tense.

I will mention FUTURE TENSE, but it is not used often in books. In fact, a quick Google search came up with some antiquated novel that’s not worth mentioning. If you should find a book that uses FUTURE TENSE, let me know. I will revise.

WRITER TIP: If you're not sure what tense you want to use, pull your favorite books off the shelf and skim through them. Does the author's tense speak to you? Is it something you think you'd like to try? If yes, GO FOR IT. You gotta use what works for your story. Play around. Try new things. 

Most importantly, get writing!

Write on,
Kim Briggs

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

AND THEN HE Book Launch Happy Hour with Author KIM BRIGGS

I've been shamelessly promoting my new adult dark thriller, AND THEN HE, and I appreciate all of YOU dealing with me, so I want to invite you to my AND THEN HE Book Launch Happy Hour. Anyone can attend--it's online. All you have to do is LIKE my KIM BRIGGS, AUTHOR Facebook page and then post a picture of your favorite cocktail--and it can be a mocktail. I don't discriminate.
If you jump through these easy hoops, you might just win an autographed copy of AND THEN HE and a sexy swag bag filled with all sorts of goodies. (I'm sure I've mentioned my love of chocolate...)

I promise I won't overload you with a zillion posts a day--the page just gives me another way to reach out to all of you and share the Writerlove!

To attend AND THEN HE Book Launch Happy Hour Press Me

Looking forward to seeing you!

Write on,

Monday, October 19, 2015


WHAT TO DO WITH INSPIRATION by Kim Briggs: My new adult thriller, AND THEN HE, went up for sale on Amazon on Thursday.  PRESS ME To Buy AND THEN HE It's exciting to watch my sal...