Kim Adams Francis
Why are you a copywriter?
Because I was allergic to the toner at Kinko’s. I had to cut my promising career as a copy specialist short.
What sort of education do you have?
I have a BA in English. My minor is Business Administration but I was only 20 hours short of a double major. Why didn’t I get the double major? Because one of the required courses was Quantitative Business Analysis and I’m neither crazy nor suicidal. I have a Masters in Adult Ed and Training.
How do you take your coffee?
If you had to pick just one condiment, which would it be and why?
C’mon, that’s like trying to pick your favorite kid. Okay, so I’ve only got one kid so I can’t really use that excuse. Hot sauce. It’s awesome on everything.
What kind of writing do you do outside of Top Shelf?
I write for a couple of local publications, I am working on books three and four (Words from the Rents – Friends and Family Edition and Dating Don’ts for Dummies) and I write product descriptions.
What’s your favorite font?
As I write much humor, I should say “Comic Sans.” But in all actuality, I’m a fan of Courier New.
What words do you really hate / love?
The F-word is an extraordinary word to me. It’s versatile. Sometimes I wish it were more accepted for use, but then if it were, it would lose its impact. I also like phenomenon (because it works with the “Mahna Mahna” song (do do do do do). Twit, juxtaposition, dodecahedron, flip and goosfabra are also favorites.
As for words I don’t like, there is one that bugs me to no end: The. I hate that word. It has no true definition, but it’s practically impossible to write without using it. No word should have that kind of power. (Sidenote: I just wrote about that word without using it, not counting saying what it was. How’s that for irony, another word I don’t like mainly because no one uses it properly. Filth is a dirty word. Ugly is not pretty coming off the tongue and I love to dislike hate.
Who is your writing hero?
Sidney Sheldon because Master of the Game and When Tomorrow Comes made me want to become a writer. Erma Bombeck because If Life is a Bowl of Cherries What Am I Doing in the Pits and The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank taught me the art of the nonfic humor essay.
If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
One thing about my writing career/life that people wouldn’t expect is:
That I actually pulled it off. When I was in college several friends and I (over beers and while playing euchre) all shared what we wanted to be doing in 20 years. One friend said he wanted to be employed, another wanted to be a designer, another a teacher. I said I wanted to be a writer. That was 22 years ago and I’ve been a professional, paid writer for 19 years. People are shocked to learn this.