Meet Kiyomi - The EC Team

Enchanted Conversation is excited to 
introduce our new contributing editor, 
Kiyomi Appleton Gaines.
Editor's Note: I first met Kiyomi when I worked on art for two stories she wrote for EC. I then became a big fan of her blog, A Work of Heart, so I'm thrilled that she will be contributing articles to EC this year. Find out more about Kiyomi from her interview below and say "hello" to her in the Comments section. 
-Amanda Bergloff

1.  What is the first fairy tale that left a big impression on you? 
Kaguya-hime changed how I thought about stories. There were other fairy tales I loved as a kid, many introduced to me through the Disney versions, and when I was a child, I had the impression that Disney was definitive, and that those stories were locked up and final, as drawn. But Disney never had Kaguya-hime, and I remember my mom telling me, “this is one version, but it’s a very old story,” and it just opened up this whole world of possibility for me that there could be many tellings, and that no one owned these old stories – so they could be mine too. Beyond that, the themes in the story of belonging and outsider status, duty and destiny, family and home, rang true for me then in a package I could wrap my mind around as a young child, and that I continue to unpack and find relevant today.
The beautiful Kaguya-hime
2.  What do you think makes a good story? 
A good story gives you the feeling of magic, of possibility beyond what's in front of you, and has unexpected twists that make you think, "ah, of course, it couldn't be any other way," but at the same time not what you would have guessed or predicted. For me a good story, even a tragic one, is about surprise and joy, a joy of discovery and of hope for what comes next, beyond "the end." Stories, at their best, should get inside you because you’re able to recognize yourself there, and change you, because they are connected to bigger themes and different perspectives.

3.  How do you promote yourself as a writer, and what advice would you give new writers on this subject
I’ve only recently started sharing my writing publicly, so I’m learning, reading all the things other people recommend and deciding what makes sense for me along the way. I finally gave myself the title, “Writer,” so I think that helps!  I recently launched a blog, which has been fun and is keeping me writing in a different way, and I share a lot on Twitter that I find interesting, or related to themes I like to explore in my writing. I’m finding my community, and that’s what I would tell anyone else, too: Write stories you love, and share them in places where there are a lot of other stories you also love.

Read her story
previously published in EC

and follow her on
TWITTER @ThatKiyomi

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  1. Hi Kiyomi, it's great to meet you! I had never heard the story of Kaguya-hime, so I had to look it up. It's beautiful - thank you for sharing it!

  2. Kiyomi:
    You are such a talented writer, and I’m so glad you are contributing to EC now on a regular basis!


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