Today, we have author Kimi Freeman to chat with us about her debut novel ‘Tis The Damn Season, inspired by Taylor Swift’s song.

I’m so excited to have her on the blog today, but before that, let’s check out her book first!

About ‘Tis The Damn Season

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‘Tis The Damn Season by Kimi Freeman

Pub Date: October 24, 2023 by Parson Press


Told in a dual timeline and inspired by the Taylor Swift song of the same title, ‘Tis the Damn Season is a charming new contemporary romance destined to break your heart and put it right back together.

A Hollywood starlet caught in a scandal. The boy she never got over. A Christmas season they’ll never forget…

Aspen Moore is living proof that money doesn’t buy happiness. At twenty-three years old, the singer-actress has it all. Fame. Fortune. Her own headlining tour. And yet something—or someone—is missing.

When a scandal rocks Aspen’s carefully constructed Hollywood life, she’s forced to return to her Pennsylvania hometown, where she reconnects with her first love, Roman Torres. Aspen knows they must keep their relationship strictly platonic. This game of push and pull, catch and release she plays with Roman is bad for her. She’s not staying in Fertsville, and he’s not moving to LA. But their chemistry is undeniable, and amidst rumors and drama, the bright lights of Hollywood begin to pale in comparison to the dark brown eyes she fell in love with all those years ago. Could Aspen be willing to give up everything she’s ever wanted for the best thing she’s ever had?

Author Chat with Kimi Freeman

Hi, Kimi! Welcome to the blog! Can you introduce yourself to the readers and tell us more about you? 

Hello! My name is Kimi Freeman. I’m a contemporary romance author and, funnily enough, a junior in high school. Aside from writing, I love guitar, reading, singing, and competitive dancing. My first ever novel is ‘Tis the Damn Season, and I’m so excited to send it out into the world. 

What made you decide to pursue writing at a young age? Were there any challenges for you because of your age? 

I first discovered my love for reading when I stumbled upon the Percy Jackson series in fourth grade. I was obsessed with the books for the next three years. When I rediscovered the books in eighth grade, I knew I had to try to write my own stories. I wrote novels from eighth grade on, and when I finally finished ‘Tis the Damn Season in my sophomore year, I knew I wanted to publish it. There were definitely a multitude of challenges that accompanied publishing at a young age. I had a lot to learn and little time to do so while managing school and dance, but I managed to make it work, which definitely paid off. 

Tell us more about your writing process. How do you key in your plot lines and shape your characters? 

When I outline my novels, I typically start with a broad plot description. I then layer in several subplots and write a summary of the book to keep myself organized. Next, I write chapter by chapter, detailing what occurs in each scene. Lastly, I do character profiles, noting each character’s misbelief and personal traits. This allows me to go into writing with a clear plan of where I am going. 

No author writes a perfect novel on their first try. Instead of aiming for perfection, aim to write a book that you would enjoy.

Kimi Freeman
Who are your favorite authors that you personally look up to? How about your favorite books? 

The author I most admire is Rick Riordan, who wrote the Percy Jackson series. His diverse and interesting cast of characters inspired me throughout middle school. I can only hope to write a novel that touches others the way Riordan’s books have touched me. His Heroes of Olympus series and The Selection by Kiera Cass are some of my favorite books as they largely shaped my childhood. 

If ‘Tis the Damn Season would be made into a movie, who would you cast as Aspen and Roman? 

As Aspen, Sadie Sink! And for Roman, maybe Diego Tinoco. 

What’s next for you? Are you currently working on your next book? 

On October 15th, I had my very first book signing, which was terrific. Next up, I will be signing books at Trident Booksellers in Boston on November 22nd. While I can’t say too much about my upcoming projects, I have been writing a new novel that I think my readers will adore! 

What advice can you give to young and aspiring authors?

Never stop writing! My first novel wasn’t perfect, but no author writes a perfect novel on their first try. Instead of aiming for perfection, aim to write a book that you would enjoy. That’s all that really matters.

Thank you so much for chatting with us, kimi!

Reach out to Kimi Freeman through her website.

Interested in more author interviews? Check out our Author Chat with romance author Amy Lea!

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