Hi, I’m Kimberly ~  Blogger, Writer, & Author

Blogger: My love for books and the community that I share with fellow authors and readers was the impetus for my starting Books Uplift. But I also wanted to build a space celebrating the wonderful ways books uplift: from charities improving literacy and books inspiring joy and goodwill, to bookstores, authors, agents, and publishers positively impacting communities. BooksUplift

Writer: Capitalizing on my experience in higher education, human resources, and corporate consulting, I’ve worked as a magazine editor, features writer, ghost writer, and content creator for consultants and corporations. Learn more about my professional background at KBMWriting

Author: I’ve written over 23 books, some published and others on their way (fingers crossed:). My books range in genre from picture books to adult fiction. Though I’m traditionally published as a children’s author and game creator, my current focus is on writing fiction for adults under the pseudonym Kimberly Charleston

If you’re curious about my published works, check out my portfolio 👉 Kimberly’s Writing Portfolio.

Creative Highlight? Picture in US Weekly, 2007 of Julia Roberts receiving my children’s book as a baby shower gift.


But more about my baby, Books Uplift.  Not only does this blog celebrate authors, readers and writers, but I wanted to create a space that was positive.

One that focused on uplifting readers, writers, authors and everyone associated with the books. You can’t get online these days without being pummeled with negativity, unkind reviews, harsh rhetoric and opinions. While everyone should have a voice, I remind, creating a book is not an easy undertaking. And while authors love their craft, they also work tirelessly to create a book that will transport and teach. So, thank you for your hard work and know that you are loved by Books Uplift.

Books Uplift is the place to celebrate authors, writers, publishers, publicists, reviewers, bloggers, readers, librarians, charities, bookstore owners and everyone who strives to promote literacy and the love of books.  Thank you all!

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Additional Writing Credentials include:

  • Published author with Highsmith Upstart and Chicago Review Press and grateful that my books have been published all over the world and translated into several languages;
  • Syndicated columnist, magazine editor and contributor, author of over 300 articles for local and national magazines including Forbes, Five Owls, LifeHack, Medium Career Builder, MSN Careers, LifeHack, WorkBuzz, Chicago Parent and Family Time Magazine;
  • Book reviewer for School Library Journal for 8 years;
  • Active member of the Author’s Guild, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators ~ founding leader of Chicago Northern Suburbs Chapter;
  • Ghostwriter, corporate copywriter, content creator of book jackets & press releases, and contract publicist with Severn Publishing.


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