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Kimberly Karalius

Tampa, FL


KIMBERLY KARALIUS holds an MFA in fiction from the University of South Florida, and has been sharing stories on with a strong following of enthusiastic readers since the site's conception. Although Kimberly lives in sunny Florida, she prefers to stay indoors and sometimes buys a scarf in the hopes of snow. She loves watching really old cartoons and silent films. Being in Florida certainly has one big perk: going to Disney World. Which she does. Frequently. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters is her debut novel.

Favorite Books

Echo by Francesca Lia Block
The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake
Entwined by Heather Dixon
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
Dark Reflections Trilogy by Kai Meyer
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Favorite Quotes

"You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens" - Rumi

Favorite Genres

Kimberly Karalius's Manuscripts

Most Recent Blog Posts

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Swoon Author Kimberly Karalius: My Secret Identity

By day, I’m a mild-mannered cubicle dweller working in risk management, drinking out of a mug tattooed with the company logo and using the cafeteria microwaves to heat my lunch like everyone else. But by night, I’m an Author. It’s like carrying a little secret in my pocket as I go about my days. Social media may ... Read More


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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Swoon Author Kimberly Karalius: The Dos and Don’ts of Book Signings

If you’ve ever wanted to be an author, then you’ve probably daydreamed about book signings. I know I used to. I hadn’t been to many book signings myself, so that left a lot of room to embellish. I pictured sitting on a throne-like chair with a magical fountain pen, ready to sign a pile of books taller ... Read More


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Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Swoon Author Kimberly Karalius: Adventures in Editing

When I first saw Holly’s email containing my edit letter, she warned me not to panic. My internal monologue looked something like this while I stared at the email: You can handle this, Kim. You’ve had seven solid years of workshopping experience from graduate school and college. You ate feedback for breakfast (and midnight snacks) on ... Read More


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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Swoon Author Kimberly Karalius: When I Became a Writer

Me being oddly pensive for once. The family photo albums and home videos don’t lie: I coveted books even before I knew how to read. I read at the dinner table (food? What food?), under the covers with book lights, and even in the car. The car was the worst for my parents. I vomited from car sickness in ... Read More


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Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Swoon Author Kimberly Karalius: “Poor Jack” and the Stages of Losing NaNoWriMo

This year’s NaNoWriMo has finally come to an end. Stretch those cramped hands. Get your butt out of the chair. Step outside and enjoy being blinded by that sunlight. The time for frenzied writing is over — as far as this big annual event is concerned. We’ll talk more about that later. I, for one, am very happy to ... Read More


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