[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Kimberly! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Kimberly Loth] Adventurous mom who loves chocolate.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Kissed?
[Kimberly Loth] Sure. Kissed is about a sixteen-year-old girl, Naomi, who is rescued from a dreadful arranged marriage by the mysterious Kai who sends her off to Vegas with a sweet kiss and a promise of only a short time apart. There Naomi meets Puck, a boy with wine colored hair and kisses that rival Kai’s. Soon Naomi is swept into a glamorous world where kisses hold power and not is all is at it first appears.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your favorite scene?
[Kimberly Loth] I have lots of those. Probably the one I love the most though is after she is sent to Vegas. Her aunt (who is crazy fashionista) decides to give Naomi an ultimate makeover. She takes her to a hair salon where things do not go as planned and Naomi ends up with green hair. It was one of my favorite scenes to write because it was so fun.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with the story?
[Kimberly Loth] Kissed combines a horrific story of a creepy cult and a sweet paranormal romance. It was so difficult to find a good balance and make them work well together.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Kimberly Loth] My computer.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Kimberly Loth] M and M’s. Bottle of water. Scattered paper.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Kimberly Loth] Liam Hemworth’s girlfriend. (That’s not Miley anymore, right? Because I wouldn’t want to be her. But I’d like to be his girlfriend.)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] You have been granted the use of one superpower for one week. Which power would you choose, and what would you do with it?
[Kimberly Loth] Invisibility. I’d go behind the scenes to all those places you aren’t allowed to go. I travel all the time and I know there are such cool things hidden behind closed doors in museums, castles, and pyramids (though at the pyramids you can bribe people to take to you those places.)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Kimberly Loth] The Shadow and the Rose by Amanda DeWees, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Stubborn by Jeanne Arnold
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father.
Then she meets Kai, the mysterious boy who brings her exotic new roses and stolen midnight kisses. Kisses that bring her a supernatural strength she never knew she had. As the big day approaches, Naomi unearths more secrets of about her father’s cult. She learns she has power of her own and while Kai may have awakened that power, Naomi must find a way to use it to escape Dwayne and her father—without destroying herself.