Incoming Alum: Kim Rashidi Self Publishes “The Moment”

Kim Rashidi is a Fourth Year Ryerson English Student graduating this coming June. During her time at Ryerson she worked on her first work, The Moment. She claims that, “The Moment is about taking a moment to be in the moment. It’s about enjoying whatever is going on around you and recognizing that life is more about the journey than anything else”.

The book ranges in topics from love to travel to self-reflection. You can find it on Amazon or at this link: https://www.amazon.com/moment-kim-rashidi/dp/1726816370.

We sat down with Kim to ask her about her writing process, and plans for after her degree.

1) Where did you get inspired to write this book?
Inspiration came to me mainly from my relationships with myself as well as people and places. The Moment is about stepping back, even if only for a second, to enjoy your surroundings. That’s something I realized I needed to keep reminding myself, and so, the book was born.

2) What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?
Finding the right way to something. It’s exceptionally difficult to put feelings into words – especially raw ones that have to be worked through. So, when it came time to share these experiences with other people, I had to make sure that the way I used my words was accessible, even when talking about universal feelings.

3) Was this book at all informed by your experience here at Ryerson?
Of course! The book is all about experiences, and Ryerson was a huge part of my formative writing years. I may not mention the university by name, but there are poems that reflect what I’ve learned in my classes. Also, I actually had the opportunity to workshop some of the poems in this book in my creative writing class at Ryerson.

4) How do you feel about graduating your English program and becoming an Alum?
I’m beyond excited to finish my BA in English and move on to the Literatures of Modernity MA here at Ryerson. I’m proud to become an Alum of such a progressive and modern school that values creative efforts.

5) Do you have any other writing projects on the horizon?
Always. My writing these days has been more academically inclined, but poetry is constantly writing itself in my head. It’s just a matter of accumulating enough to publish another book.

6) Do you have any writing tips for current students of Ryerson’s English program?
Write what you know, and write it well. I think we all have unique experiences and narratives that should be told. Don’t let anyone hold you back from writing about your experiences. Also, take a moment away from your writing; when you approach it later on, you can edit it better with a fresh perspective.

7) What was the experience of self-publishing like?
Tedious. I don’t think I ever realized how much work goes into the publishing process. It was a lot of back and forth with proof copies and finalizing the final product’s appearance. That said, I’m grateful for the option because I know it’s difficult to approach big publisher’s and get a book deal, add in agents and the experience becomes even more laborious.

8) Who is the audience for your book?
At first I thought my target audience was people in their early twenties, or potentially even a little younger, because it deals with new experiences and I thought that it was relatable to people going through the same things. However, I’ve been really overwhelmed with the amount of moms that enjoy my book! I can’t say why exactly, but it’s a demographic that seems to enjoy my work, too.

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