ONE MORE DAY author, Kimberly Kay, joins us today to answer a question I’ve asked of all the anthology authors:
If there was a moment you could freeze in time forever, what would that moment be?
Kimberly’s answer will put time in perspective and break your heart.
Kimberly, my blog is all yours.
If I had to take one moment in my life to freeze and display to all the world, which would I select? That’s a tough question, particularly because my answer is on the tragic, rather than joyful, end of the scale. I would select the moment I learned one of the people I most admired had commuted suicide.
It was the day after I found out that my submission to this anthology was accepted. Looking at the text on my phone, I sat down on a desk as the waves of shock washed over me. I thought, “What was I doing last night, when he died? I learned that I’d made it into “One More Day”. One more day. If only I had one more day. If only HE had one more day.” The moment where I dropped to my knees on the floor and shattered?
THAT’S the moment I would display to everyone so that, hopefully, someone out there who was considering suicide would realize that they should not go through with it. They have a purpose. They have a place in this world that will never be filled should they leave. And most importantly, they are loved. Maybe by someone they aren’t even aware of. I don’t think this friend realized how much he meant to me and the rest of our fencing club, or to his friends and family. Long have I wished that he had indicated he needed help instead of quietly slipping away. I wish we could have–not just one–but many more days to spend with him. Most importantly, I wish he’d realized that more than anything, he could have saved himself by loving himself, trusting himself, and believing in himself. Instead, we who are left behind must spread that message to others, and help them realize they are valued. That’s why my piece in the anthology is dedicated to this friend, Tyler. Because, though, I can no longer show him he is loved, I can at least promise he will never be forgotten.
Kimberly, my heart breaks for you. I am so sorry to hear about Tyler. I pray for his family’s and your healing. May your words touch someone else so another family and friends do not have to endure such overwhelming loss.
In honor of Tyler, I hope you decide to read a copy of Kimberly’s story, Sleepless Beauty. I’ve included links below, or you can enter to win a copy through the Rafflecopter Giveaway. Whatever you decide to do, please make sure you visit all of Kimberly’s location on the web and say hi and wish her well.
When Kimberly was younger, she was incredibly timid. She didn’t talk much because she was afraid of what others would think of her. Instead, she expressed herself through drawing. Eventually, art alone wasn’t enough. There were some things she couldn’t express with pencils, so she began talking, and when she did, she realized she had something to say. Now no one can get her to shut up! Worse, she’s discovered she can put those words into writing to share what she has to say with even more people.
Kimberly writes short stories and novels—usually fantasy fairytale retellings. Scattered within her works are things she loves: horses, fencing, archery, and so much more. With her friends, she writes fun fan-fiction that expands her creativity, (and shows what a nerd she is).
Through writing, she has found confidence and freedom.
AMAZON – PAPERBACK AMAZON – KINDLE BARNES & NOBLE
- “Anthology” or “So Many Stories, So Little Time to Wait!” (everonword.wordpress.com)
- ARC Review: One More Day by L.S. Murphy and Various Authors (kookiekrysp.com)
- ARC Review: One More Day by L.S. Murphy + Others (bookarooju.wordpress.com)
- “Timepiece” or “ONE MORE DAY’s First Day, and its First Story’s Author!” (everonword.wordpress.com)
6 thoughts on “If Only I Had One More Day…”
Wow what a terribly painful and intimate moment to share. That’s so courageous and a way to turn something terrible into something people can learn from. Thank you Kimberly. 🙂
I always like knowing the story behind the story. In this case, the story was not written because of the event, but it affected what would have normally been a very happy moment. Kimberly, have you thought of involving yourself as a volunteer for potential suicidal teens? It’s not for everyone but you’ve been there, and your words might be able to help someone contemplating ending his/her life.
You touched my heart Kimberly. I’m sending lots of prayers and warm thoughts your way. And yes, Danielle, I agree with you too. 🙂
I really enjoyed this read! I started and read it in just a few hours! I love short stories and I love stories that have to do with time travel (at least for the most part).
Thanks for hosting me J. And yes, D, I love how words have the power to reach out and touch lives. It’s powerful, the way books sneak into homes and speak to the hearts that listen.
That is such a shame. I truly do hope we have the privilege of our words touching someone for the better.