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Interview with Kimberly Rose Johnson and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m so happy to have Kimberly Rose Johnson as my guest. I’ve met Kimberly many times over the years at various writer conferences. It’s always fun to have someone I “know” as my guest. Her new book is romantic suspense and it sounds so good! Read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Sure! I live in Oregon with my husband of close to 30 years. We enjoy long walks, reading, and watching shows that are music-centric. I signed my first book contract in 2012 and am what is called a hybrid writer. I am published in contemporary romance, romantic mystery, and romantic suspense.

Tell us about your current release. Direct Threat is the first book in my Protection Inc. series that will begin releasing June 1st. Here is the back cover blurb: One little girl. Two bodyguards. Only one chance to guard their hearts.
Protection Inc. co-owner, Carissa Jones, an ex-cop turned bodyguard, has one goal-keep her young client safe. When her business partner brings in a new guy to help, she discovers her heart desires more. Can she still do her job and follow her heart without compromising her client’s safety?

Marc Olsen, a former Military Police officer, struggles to find his way as a civilian. He agrees to help out an old friend for the summer. He gets more than he bargained for when he’s assigned to work with the feisty co-owner of Protection Inc.

When sparks fly faster than bullets, will the bodyguards be distracted from their task, or will they work together as an even stronger team?

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? When I first started writing in 2006, independently publishing wasn’t what it is today, so it was extremely important to me to prove myself and land a traditional contract. I currently publish my own books as well as write for a publisher. I ultimately decided to indie publish because I felt the Lord directing me to do so. I’m very happy I listened. It’s a lot more work, but I love having complete control over my work.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? Not completely. I have a general idea of what the book will be about. I also have a basic outline of my characters.
LOL I don’t recommend writing the way I do, as it’s much more time consuming to figure things out as you go. I generally write several drafts of the first chapter before I’m satisfied with the opening. The opening chapter is crucial to setting the stage and tone for the entire story, so it is critical to get right.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? Yes. I need to know how long a story will be for pacing purposes.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Read well-written books in the genre you would like to write. Figure out what makes those stories so great. I like to read exceptionally written books. I feel like they help me grow as a writer.

What is your preferred method of writing? When I am in the pre-writing phase of plotting and thinking about what I want to write I use a pen and paper. When I get down to actually writing, I use my computer. The only exception is if I’m traveling and something comes to me. Then I grab a piece of paper and start writing.

Here is where you can find Kimberly online:

kimberlyrjohnson.com

facebook.com/KimberlyRoseJohnson

twitter.com/kimberlyrosejoh

instagram.com/kimberlyrosejohnsonauthor/

Kimberly is giving away an ebook of Direct Threat to a reader! See below how to enter to win:a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Interview with Author Kimberly Rose Johnson and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I am so pleased to introduce you to Kimberly Rose Johnson. Kimberly writes Christian romances, and is giving away any ebook from her current series to one of my readers! Read on to see how you can enter to win.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:  Sure. I am a wife and a mom of two young adults who are in college. I love to read and watch Hallmark movies. My favorite pastime is taking my yellow lab for a walk with my husband.

I began writing eleven years ago and haven’t stopped since. I have had fourteen or fifteen books published depending on how you keep track. I re-published one book that I received my rights back on.

Tell us about your current release. Designing Love is my current release. It is the final book in my Sunriver Dreams series. Here is the back cover blurb:

Someone is framing Sierra. Can Spencer Preston discover the true criminal before he loses her?

Sierra Robbins, single mother and interior design assistant, wants to provide a stable home for her teenage son and become a successful interior designer. She’s well on her way to both goals when she agrees to house sit a home in Sunriver, Oregon. It couldn’t be more perfect. She’ll be close to her job at Belafonte Designs while living rent-free. But things don’t go as expected beginning on day one when a police officer responds to the alarm they set off at the house. Was that alarm a sign of trouble to come?

Spencer Preston, lives for his job as a police officer in Sunriver, but when he responds to a house alarm and finds Sierra and her son there everything changes. Suddenly he finds himself torn between the upholding the law and protecting the woman he believes is innocent.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write?: I’m not positive what inspired me to write other than I had a story in my head that needed to get out. I enjoyed creative writing as a kid, but never, not once, considered writing professionally. I’m so glad I did. I’ve met many people I never would have otherwise, I’ve grown as a person, and there is nothing more exciting than seeing one of my books beside one of a favorite author’s book.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? The very first book I published was through a vanity press. I didn’t know any writers or anything at all about publishing. All I could find online at that time were vanity publishers. Things have sure changed.:) Through that process I learned that there are writers groups and writing conferences—I seriously had no idea.

Once I knew they sold books on writing and that I could go to conferences that would teach me how to write I studied the craft of writing and pursued traditional publishing. It took six years to land my first contract. I’m now a hybrid author. I have both traditional and indie published books. In case you’re wondering, I removed my very first book from the publisher and it is no longer available for purchase.

What made you take the plunge and finally do it?: It was something new and adventurous and I really wanted to do it. I needed to prove to myself that I could.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write?: I’ve written both ways. It’s much easier to write when I have the plot laid out in advance, but I never completely know what I’m going to write. I usually have a vague idea and then run with it.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? Yes. I shoot for 45,000 words. That is my sweet spot.

What do you do when you hit a roadblock and have NO idea what to write? I relax and do something else. I find if I do something else it usually releases my mind to wander and then something comes to me.

Thanks for having me on your blog. This was fun.

Find Kimberly online:

Website: kimberlyrjohnson.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyRoseJohnson
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimberlyrosejoh
Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/krose1990/
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jpZj1C

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Interview with Author Kimberly Rose Johnson

Welcome to Readers Write to Know!  I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance.   This week, I am so happy to bring you a fellow InspyRomance contributor, Kimberly Rose Johnson. Kimberly’s new book sounds SO good — and you have a chance to win the first book in that series today! So, read on through the interview and find out what you need to do for a chance to win Island Refuge! I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I married my college sweetheart 25 years ago this month. We have two college age boys and are entering the empty nest phase of our lives. I’ve been writing since 2006 and signed my first contract in 2012. I write sweet Christian romance. My writing career began with Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents line and since they have closed the line I am currently writing for Mountain Brook Ink.

Island Dreams CoverTell us about your current release. My current release, Island Dreams, is the second book in the Wildflower B&B Romance series. It takes place on fictional Wildflower Island in the southern Puget Sound area.

Here is the back cover blurb.

Piper Hunt arrives on Wildflower Island to develop family property into an upscale resort knowing this may be her last chance to prove her worth to her father. With grandiose ideas, she soon finds herself at odds with adjoining property owner, Chase Grayson. As she begins to appreciate the simplicity of the island, she struggles to maintain balance between her father’s wishes, preserving the natural beauty of the island, and her attraction for Chase.

Chase Grayson values the peace and quiet of Wildflower Island. That serenity is threatened when Piper Hunt discloses her plans to develop an upscale resort that not only butts up to his property, but will turn the island into a busy tourist destination. In fighting her plans, he also finds himself fighting his attraction to her. If he doesn’t stop her plans for the resort, his life will be altered forever. If he succeeds, it means he will never see her again. Can he live with either choice?

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it?  Absolutely! I consider writing to be a ministry. This question reminds me of the scripture where the shepherded searches for the one lost sheep. If it’s worth it to Jesus, it’s worth it to me.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? LOL, my characters are very polite, but sometimes it’s really difficult to get them to tell me what they are thinking. That being said there have been days when I simply type as fast as I can and pray it will all make sense when I’m finished for the day.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)? I’m a positive thinker, plus I listen to my critique group. They are free with their opinions, and I trust their judgment. If they say something needs work, I work at making it better. If they say they like it, I know I have a good story. That being said there have been occasions when one of my critique partners hasn’t been particularly crazy about something, but if my gut says I’m right, I listen to it. So far it hasn’t steered me wrong.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? I’m actually experiencing that right now. I don’t force myself to write, but rather focus on something different. In this case I chose to pull up this interview and work on it. I’m hoping my mind will chew on the story in the background. Another thing I’ve tried that works well is to read for pleasure. For some reason relaxing my brain allows my creative juices to start flowing again.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I have the general ideaLove in Mistltoe cover laid out, but the story evolves as I write it. When I wrote for Heartsong Presents I had to write by outline. At first that was a huge challenge, but I grew to like it. The last four books I’ve written though I did not use an outline. However, I did have a fairly detailed synopsis that I followed.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? Yes. My contracts stipulate the length.

What is your preferred method of writing? (computer, pen & paper, etc.) When I am brainstorming I prefer pen and paper, but the actual writing takes place on the computer. For me it would be too much work to hand write my story out. LOL I probably wouldn’t be able to read my writing one page into the story since my hand usually cramps up when I hand write things.

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An Interview with Author Kimberly Rose Johson

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I’m so happy to introduce you to Kimberly Rose Johnson! I admire anyone who loves music. I don’t have an “ear” for it, so it’s something that’s almost like a puzzle to me. I wrote the Song of Suspense series so that I could try to get into the heads of characters who make music their lives. Kimberly Rose has a degree in music and used to teach piano! Read on to learn even more about her and to learn about her latest release. AND — if you want — check out my interview on her website where I talk about Grace’s Ground War.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.   I’m a wife and mother of two boys. One is away at college, the other is a senior in high school. I write when my family is not home, and I love the creative process. Before I was published, I taught piano lessons and thoroughly enjoyed it for eighteen years.

I have a degree in Behavioral Science and a minor in music. I think my degree lends itself well to getting into my character’s heads. Several of my books include musicians, lol. I can’t help myself.

Tell us about your current release.  A Match for Meghan is my current release.

KJ_063 vs 2 (800x708)MEGHAN BLACK HAS FINALLY MET HER MATCH

The veterinary assistant never backs down from a dare…and what greater challenge than finding die-hard bachelor Ben Young his ideal mate? But what’s an incurable cupid to do when the handsome vet turns the tables and asks her out?

Ben is perfectly content with his single life. And he figures there’s only one way to get the petite dynamo to quit her matchmaking—date her himself! But his plan backfires when he realizes that Meghan could be The One. Can he convince a woman who believes in happy endings for everyone but herself that he’s her Mr. Right?

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Absolutely! It’s impossible to know the impact that one person will have on the lives around them. As a child my mom was invited to church by a friend. My mom went and liked it, so she started to attend, and then she talked her parents into going. They ended up bringing the whole family and the legacy has spread down the line. One person has affected the lives of countless others.

A Match for Meghan Header 9780373487660 (506x800)Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? No. I write what’s in my heart to write. If I don’t, there’s no point in writing.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)? I have faith in my critique partners and my agent. I know they will tell me if something needs work or is not ready. I’m naturally bold — lol.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? I do something other than writing. I find if I can get away from my story and stop thinking about it, my subconscious chews on the problem and the story begins to flow in my head again.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? Currently I am only traditionally published. That will change in July though, when I indie publish a box set with five other writers. I choose to begin indie publishing because my publisher cancelled the line that I write for. I don’t want too much time to pass before I have a new release. I have one more book coming out with Heartsong Presents in March, so I think July is about right.

What made you take the plunge and finally do it? I suppose to prove I could.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? All of my Heartsong books were plotted chapter by chapter, but as I wrote, the story sometimes deviated from the original plan. My indie book that I’m currently working on has been more conceptual. I know the basics, but I’m filling in the rest as I write. It is actually taking me longer to write this way, since when something doesn’t work I have to go back and re-write it until it does. I will probably go back to my old way of plotting after this book.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? Yes, always.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Study the craft, join writer’s groups, go to writer’s conferences, enter contests, and don’t be afraid of constructive criticism. You can learn a lot from a judge’s comments, or a critique partner who is further along than you.

You may contact Kimberly via her website or on Facebook or Twitter

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