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.
Tell 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 idea 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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