Player Profile: Kim Lock, author of Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

kim-lockKim Lock, author of Peace, Love and Khaki Socks

Tell us about your latest creation…

One sultry October morning in Darwin, hemp-wearing army wife Amy Silva grips a trembling fist around two pink lines on a plastic stick. Struggling to come to terms with her rampant fertility,  disillusioned with a haughty obstetrician, and infuriated by an inordinate amount of peeing, Amy finds solace in a decision to homebirth. After all, it worked for the cavewomen, right? But as a tropical cyclone threatens to whip down the main street, Amy finds herself facing more than biology. Peace, Love & Khaki Socks explores what it is to be a woman, an expectant mother, a lover and a friend in a patriarchy. Sometimes horrifying, sometimes hilarious and always honest, this unforgettable story is one woman’s struggle to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.

Where are you from / where do you call home?

After growing up in country South Australia, I have lived in Darwin, Melbourne and Canberra, and now reside in the beautiful Barossa Valley with my military husband and two young children.

When you were a kid, what did you want to become?  An author?

For as long as I can remember, I have been writing. I have always wanted to be a published fiction author. However, there was a while in high school where I the idea of becoming a doctor, or perhaps a vet … but once I realised the maths grades I would need, I quickly abandoned that idea. Professionally, I have spent the past 14 years as a graphic designer.

peace-love-khaki-socksWhat do you consider to be your best work? Why?

My best work is my children … but I assume you mean writing? In that case, my debut novel, to be released in May 2013, is the work for which I feel the most pride.

Describe your writing environment to us – your writing room, desk, etc.; is it ordered or chaotic?

With two small children, I work anywhere above about waist height! My laptop usually sits on the kitchen table, or a bench top, or I write outside under a tree while the kids play on the trampoline .. anywhere. I write when I can, wherever I can, and I have to be happy with that!

When you’re not writing, who/what do you like to read?

Absolutely anything. I have a huge range of fiction genre that I enjoy—from fun chick lit to thriller and drama. I tend to have favourite books rather than authors, however I favour strong female  protagonists and writing with feminist undertones.

What was the defining book(s) of your childhood/schooling?

The Nancy Drew series. I loved those books.

If you were a literary character, who would you be?

I don’t know!

Apart from books, what do you do in your spare time (surprise us!)?

I love to knit, and I like to pretend I’m good at it.

What is your favourite food and favourite drink?

My Mum’s roast chicken and gravy. Gravy is a drink, right?

Who is your hero? Why?

Jack Reacher. Because he’s Jack Reacher! He’s good hearted, but so very, very tall.

Crystal ball time – what is the biggest challenge for the future of books and reading?

For new authors to be published. There is a lot of great writers out there fighting for attention on the slush pile, but may never see the ink of a printer while publishers need to publish what makes
money—and that is authors they know will sell.

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Clayton Wehner

Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.