Kim Tomsic

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Gender Female
Industry Publishing
Occupation Author
Location Phoenix, AZ, United States
Introduction I’m a reader, writer, dreamer, believer, and lover of peanut M-n-Ms. My publishing heroes including Richard Peck, Bryan Collier, Ingrid Law, Meg Medina, Kate DiCamillo, Rebecca Stead, Nicola Yoon, Laurie Halse Anderson, Christina Soontornvat, Eliot Schrefer, Dianne White, and others! How my publishing career unfolded It started with a love of reading. Next, I wrote a manuscript, joined the SCBWI, and a critique groups. I read blogs, craft books (on plot, character, and structure). I attended conferences, hosted writer gatherings, subscribed to Writers Digest (and won a contest!). I wrote articles and studied craft. Five years later, I landed my first book deal!—dreams do come true! My debut book, The 11:11 Wish released in 2018 with HarperCollins. My debut nonfiction picture book, GUITAR GENIUS (illustrated by Brett Helquist), released in 2019 with Chronicle Books. The 12th Candle came next (HarperCollins). The Elephants Come Home hit bookshelves in 2021 (illustrated by Hadley Hooper) and has been named to more than nine state reading lists! Comic artist, Mark Parisi and I co-wrote The Truth About 5th Grade (HarperCollins) on shelves July 2024.
Interests Writing, Book Reviews, Children's Literature, Publishing, Teaching, Conferences, Yoga, Health, Elephants, Travel, Ocean, Reading
Favorite Movies Big, Slumdog Millionaire, Life is Beautiful, Freaky Friday (the original)
Favorite Music Frank Ocean, Matt Maher, Muse, Marlo the Barbarian, Hozier, Flobots, Carrie Underwood, Black-Eyed Peas, Maroon Five, Polyphia, Vulfpeck, anything my son plays, Lapsley, Post Malone, Trevor Hall Lizzo, Julian Lage
Favorite Books The One and Only Ivan, Okay for Now, Savvy, The Sun is Also a Star, Green on Green, Wolfie the Bunny, A Rover's Story, Shantaram, All Four Stars, Three Times Lucky, When You Reach Me, We Were Here, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your A$s, Merci Suarez Changes Gears, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, A Long Way from Chicago, The Kite Runner, Double Luck, Seabiscuit, Dave the Potter, Knock Kncok: My Dad's Dream for Me, Modoc, Final Salute, Teddy Mars, The Swap, Stitches, Strictly No Elephants, Bitty Bot, Extra Yarn, East of Eden, Bridge to Terebithia, The Namesake, Water for Elephants, The Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Speak, Wintergirls, Memoirs of a Geisha, ALL THIRTEEN: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys Soccer Team, Genuine Fraud Orphan Island