Kimberly “Kimba” J. Dalferes ~ Kimba – as she like to be called is a former Justice Department official whose publications, until recently, focused on criminal and juvenile justice issues. She’s written on a variety of topics including girls in the juvenile justice system, disproportionate minority confinement, community safety and mobilization, and law enforcement leadership. While at the National Crime Prevention Council, her responsibilities included the publication of the annual report Mobilizing the Nation to Prevent Crime, Violence and Substance Abuse. On the flip side – she is a native Floridian who pretends to be a Virginian. She’s an accomplished king salmon slayer, estate sale junkie, and sometimes writes books, including I Was In Love With a Short Man Once and Magic Fishing Panties.

She’s also had a limerick published in The Washington Post, which she emphatically claims as a legitimate publication cred. Find her hanging out in The Middle-Aged Cheap Seats—her blog, or visit her at

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21 Things You Should Know About This Author

Kimberly “Kimba” Dalferes

What book have you gifted the most? Why?

“The Celestine Prophecy” by James Redfield. Everyone seems to find their own message and connection to the text.

What is the one productivity tool you use every day? Why?

I’m a big fan of the to-do list (no surprise here, being that I’m a Virgo). I also track work on a daily calendar – that way I can remember what I did when and why – at 53 yrs old I can’t always rely on my memory for accurate recall.

What word do you misspell most often?

February. I often cheat and just write “Feb” or “02”

What three things do you do to be a successful writer?

Write it down when the muse hits – the Universe often speaks, you just have to listen. I’ve stepped out of a perfectly fine hot shower on a cold morning just to write down a good story idea that popped into my head during lather-rise-repeat.

Find yourself a good copy editor – they are worth their weight in gold.

Walk, talk, write – not necessarily in that order.

What are the titles of the last two books you have read?

“Girl on the Train” and “Razor Girl”

What is your favorite word?


What do you use more often – a dictionary or a thesaurus?


What would you name the autobiography of your life?

“You Don’t Have to Shovel Humidity”

What is your ‘go to’ munchie or drink while writing?  

I’m quite partial to crunchy Cheetos and Casamigos tequila.

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Elaborate.

I’ve got a collection of photos on my desk that make me smile every day: my son, my best friends, the Hubs. There aren’t enough words in the Universe to adequately describe how the right photo can make me smile broadly.

What animal are you most similar to and why?

Oh, probably some kind of cat. They can go from cuddly to scratch your eyes out in about 10 seconds. However, that’s also just life in the menopause lane.

How would your best friend describe you?

Moody, loyal, fearless, stubborn, wicked.

What keeps you up at night? (and don’t say howling dogs)

Spicy burritos (J), remembering a joke but forgetting the punchline, not being able to remember the name of an actress – you know the one, she played the mom in that weird Indie movie last year, missing a phone call from my son, binge watching “House of Cards.”

What is one thing you will never do again? 

Wear shoes that are too tight (even if they are super cute). This is a difficult promise to keep being that I wear a size 11 shoe.

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare? 

Fried chicken, potato salad, green beans, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert (because they go so well with after dinner vino).

What is the best compliment you have received – or would like to receive?

“It was like I could hear your voice while I was reading your books.”

What question do you hate to answer?

Hate? Well, I guess I hate it when folks ask me how much money I’ve made from my books. My mama raised me to know it’s rude to discuss the cost of things. It’s kind of like asking someone how much money they have in their back account.

Crowds, small groups or ‘go away’?

First thing in the morning – go away. Rock concert – crowds. Cooking and dinner – small groups.

What would you sing at Karaoke night?

‘I Love Rock and Roll.” Everyone knows the chorus. And, well, Joan Jett.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

“Caution: Laughs like a horse. Drinks like a fish. Sings like a chicken.”

What is the one question you wished I would have asked you? Why?

When are you available for another interview? Cuz we had so much fun! *Wink*