Tuesday, July 19, 2011

DON'T CURSE YOURSELF! Read the interview, leave a comment and enter to win a copy of The Curse of Yama.

If you want to live your life w/out regrets, you might want to read The Curse of Yama by K. F. Ridley. 

 Dumb old curse... When Dad unwittingly unleashes upon himself a deadly and ancient curse, it’s up to 12-year-old Chloe Walker to come to the rescue. Once the entire family is deep within the Indian rain forest, Chloe and her local friend, Sotol, head out to find a cure for the illness that threatens her father’s life. To find the Golden Seed, Chloe and Sotol risk life and limb, facing ruthless poachers, desolate elephant burial grounds, and the fantastical wilds of nature. With a magical amulet, arguing gibbons, a mama tiger on the run, and an impossible rope bridge that only a nut would try to cross—Chloe is on the adventure of a lifetime. Decode the map, find the seed, and defeat Yama. No problem... Yeah Right!

I'm a big fan of exiting Juvenile literature, as long as it has plenty of adventure.  I was not disappointed with The Curse of Yama.  If you like Indiana Jones, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Jungle Book, you will LOVE this exiting adventure that takes place in India.

K. F. Ridley takes you deep into the Indian jungle and through a unique adventure where magic, curses and riddles keep you turning pages to see what happens next.  And today, the Chicks are very pleased to have Kim herself visiting us!

As a child, K F Ridley was labeled as the kid with too much energy. Desperately, she did her best to conform to the ways of the world. Later, she realized she had to be herself. As a result, her imagination went wild. These days, she funnels her energy, exuberance, and high-jinx into her debut series, The C. Walker Adventures, beginning with, The Curse of Yama. There's no telling where her mind will take her-and you-next. 

Lets start from the beginning, why did you start writing children's literature?

I homeschooled my kids for 14 years. During that time, I had to read everything my kids read. I fell in love with children's literature all over again. It was different reading it as an adult. I wanted to tap in to my creative vault and become of apart of the writing community.How did you get the idea for The

Curse of Yama?

I love the movies (Indiana Jones, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Spyderwyck Chronicles...things like that). Also, we were studying the rainforest at the time. And things just kind of popped into my head. Scary isn't it??? LOL

How did you know so much about India?

Research. Research. Research. 

Have you been there?

No. I have never left the United States and actually only been to 3 other states in the Union. I haven't had the chance to travel much and I hope that is something that will soon change.

How long did it take to write it?

About 5 years the first time. I had to rewrite it and that took about a year. I but it down for several years after writing it in the 90's. But I got serious about getting published about 5 years ago.

Are you working on any other projects right now?

I am presently working on the sequel to The Curse of Yama, called THE CASTLE OF FAMILY SECRETS, as well as YA fantasy romance that is about finished called DIRT. It will be the first of The Dirt Trilogy.

Any words of encouragement for those who are still working on their WIPs or hoping to get published?

Don't ever give up and enjoy the process. Write as much as possible, and read as much as possible. Attend conferences. Learn your craft. God knows your heart. Do your best and leave the rest to Him.

Thanks Kim, for visiting with The Chicks today! I hope you come back and see us once DIRT comes out!  It looks awesome! ...If we are to judge a book by it's cover alone!  ;)
For those of you reading, make sure you leave a comment below and "Like"  The Curse of Yama for a chance to win a free copy of the book!


  1. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book which is on my wish list. I cant wait to read it!

  2. I have read YAMA and I LOVED it!! If you decide to enter me and I win, I will give the copy to my landlord who home schools 6 children, 3 of which are under 11 !!

    Great job, Kim, and great interview!

  3. Thanks for stopping by Jennelle and Ellen!

  4. Wonderful interview, Kim and Chicks! I'm really looking forward to reading The Curse of Yama and Dirt, Kim - they both sound fantastic! All my best wishes and all God's blessings for your success!!

  5. What a terrific interview ~ Thanks for hosting her here, Chicks! I really enjoy children's lit as well (I'm so glad it's not just me ~ my kids thought I was crazy) and it's very interesting that you homeschooled too. Very cool! I'm thinking I'm going to have to grab a copy of your book :)


  6. Great interview! Can't wait to check out your book! :)

  7. KF Ridley, are you taking over for JK Rowling, now that her decade of Harry Potter is ending:-(? I can see it now...

    Great interview~Great book!

  8. Thanks so much everyone...It's so wonderful to know that people support you. Thanks for having me Silvina.

  9. Great interview! Sounds like a book worth reading :)

  10. I would love to read this to my daughters! Or actually have them read it to me ;)
    I requested to join the group on Facebook.


    time4mommy at gmail dot com

  11. Good luck Kim! Can't wait to read to my nieces!


  12. Great interview and interesting book.I'd love to win a copy!

    marajbrandon AT earthlink DOT

  13. Sounds like a fun story. Need to add it to my to read list. Goodreads is where I keep my list, since it's getting so dang long. =D

  14. Jenny said...
    This book sounds great. I am helping my 7 year old son write a short story (maybe not so short when he finishes) about a group of people that get stranded in the jungle. Can't wait to read your book.


  15. Jennelle!!! Congratulations! You are the random winner of The Curse of Yama! Please leave us your e-mail address so we can mail you a copy!

    The Supernatural Chick