Randy: Have you received any other awards that were just as meaningful to you at the time you won them?
Randy: What award, or achievement, would you like to strive for next?
Randy: Now that you’ve won a Whitney, do you have different expectations for yourself? Do others?
Kimberley: The one hope I have for myself is just to be able to keep writing books—and if those stories touch people’s hearts and minds, then I feel an enormous sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. When readers (young people and adults) email to tell me that my book changed their life, it is an honor and very humbling.
Randy: Have there been any unexpected benefits that derived from winning a Whitney?
Randy: Is there a greater sense of camaraderie between you and your fellow Whitney winners?
Randy: How has winning an award affected how you view the industry and your fellow writers?
Randy: What is your favorite moment related to winning a Whitney?
Randy: Are there any negative aspects to winning an award, like a Whitney?
Randy: What bit of advice would you give this year’s Whitney Finalists?