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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. 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 BlockThe Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn PeakeEntwined by Heather DixonThe Sweetest Dark by Shana AbeDark Reflections Trilogy by Kai MeyerDaughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Favorite Quotes

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

Favorite Genres

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Swoon Author Kimberly Karalius' Editing Update: Introverts and Gifts

Like babies and snowflakes, each new book is unique. In some way, shape, or form, it finds a way to throw you off your Foolproof Writing Plan and makes you grow as a writer. I fully expected that with Love Charms and Other Catastrophes because I was entering Hijiri Kitamura’s head. While I love all my Grimbaudians (even you, Camille), … Read More


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Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Announcing FIRST KISSES AND OTHER MISFORTUNES, a novella by Kimberly Karalius!

Close your eyes. Okay, maybe not literally. Metaphorically. Please, thanks. Now imagine Grimbaud: chocolate-drizzled waffles, sparkling canals, and marble cupids perched on red brick buildings, aiming their arrows at the townspeople below. Now imagine it… IN SUMMMER.That's right. Summer. Having traveled there quite a few times myself, I can tell you that Grimbaud is a pretty romantic town to visit … Read More


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Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Swoon Author Kimberly Karalius: NaNoWriMo for the Nontraditional Participant

All Novembers are not created equal. No matter how well-intentioned I am going into National Novel Writing Month, there’s always a slew of obstacles that keep me from wedging myself into a corner all month and writing until my fingers fall off. This year? It’s having a deadline right smack in the middle of November. But why should that stop … Read More


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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 know me as … 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 than me (which … Read More


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