Here we are, mid-October already. I heard on Sunday that it's only 10 weeks until Christmas. I can hardly believe how quickly 2017 is flying by.
Today I'd like to introduce you to Kimberly Rose Johnson. Welcome, Kimberly. How did you develop a love of story?
I always start with two characters who are thrust together for one reason or another. They must be able to bring out the best in one another and they must also fill a need in the other person’s life. For example in A Waltz for Amber. The hero needed to lighten up and remember how to have fun. Amber was the perfect person to help him rediscover his inner child.
I don’t plot much in advance of writing the story, so once I have the main idea and a decent handle on my characters I write. Things might change along the way but for me this is the best method.
I've written a few books that way too. Tell your readers about a typical day in your life.
I have a day job during the school year so once that is finished I generally spend two or three hours writing as well as anything else I need to do, such as respond to emails, or marketing. In the summer months my day is much less structured since one of my college age boys comes home in the summer. I found it very difficult to write unless he was at work. The month of September is my ideal month. My day job begins in October and my son is back at school. I have my days to myself. I get up early and am online marketing and dealing with emails by six. I work until two or three in the afternoon and then I’m done until the next day.
You sound very organized. Tell us a little about yourself.
I taught piano lessons for eighteen years while raising my two boys who are now in college. I’ve always love teaching and have done that in one way or another my entire adult life. I began writing in 2006 when a story came to me and I had to write it. I had no idea what I was doing, but wrote it anyway. Since that time I’ve attended many writer’s conferences, studied the craft of writing, sold my first series to Love Inspired Heartsong Presents and then went on to sell eleven more books to my current publisher. I also self publish some of my books. I’m a driven person, and I have a hard time sitting still. I have yet to master the art of relaxing. LOL Maybe someday I’ll figure it out.
Chuckle. Do you have a favorite scene in your newest release?
Yes! The ending. I can’t tell you about it though since it’s a spoiler. It’s my favorite because the people in my Facebook readers group helped me brainstorm a key component for that scene. I loved to be able to include that in the book.
You've perked my interest. :) How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
My faith is a key component. All of my books are told from a Christian worldview and they all show characters that are dealing with real life issues and how they allow the Lord to help them with their problem.
That sounds good. What do you plan to work on next?
I’m currently working on two different series. The first will release in no later than March 2018. The second is scheduled to release in July of 2018. Both are contemporary romance, but the July release has a mystery thread. I’m super excited about both of these series.
You sound like your writing is keeping you busy. :) What is the genre you write?
I write contemporary Christian romance. Some of my books have a thread of mystery as well as an element of suspense.
That seems to be a popular genre. Where do you get ideas?
Life. For example I was in Leavenworth, Washington doing research for a series. My husband has extended family there and his great aunt took me to visit her niece’s bed and breakfast. That along with the train trip that wove along the Puget Sound inspired my Wildflower Island series.
Don't you love when God gives you fresh ideas? Where can readers connect with you?
My website is a good starting point. I have links to all my social media there as well as my newsletter sign up. www.kimberlyrjohnson.com
Thanks for being here today, Kimberly. Where can readers find your book?