Meet Kimberly Rose Johnson!
Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child, Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.
Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Tell us about your newest book.
A Christmas Surprise is the first book in my Love in the Cascades series. This book is not exactly new. It was originally published by Heartsong Presents back in 2013 as A Christmas Promise. I’ve received my rights back and am now re-publishing them with new titles and covers. Here is the back cover blurb:
Veterinarian Pete Harding doesn’t date single moms. After showing up to a blind date to find he left before she arrived, Keira is reminded why she doesn’t date. She had true love once but a tragic accident ripped him from her and their son, who’s now four and only wants a puppy for Christmas this year.
Although off limits since she’s a single mom, Pete determines to help Keira find the perfect puppy for her son. Keira wonders about Pete. He says he doesn’t date women with children, yet she can’t help but notice he behaves like a man who has more on mind than finding a puppy. Will love break down Pete’s walls and bring more than a puppy for Christmas?
What genre do you focus on and why?
I write contemporary Christian romance. I like to dub my books as sweet romance meets women’s fiction. When I first started to pursue publication I wrote romantic suspense, but my suspense wasn’t strong enough for publication. My agent at that time suggested I write contemporary romance without the suspense. I followed her advice and the first book I gave her sold. A Christmas Surprise is that book.
Why do you write?
I write because I really enjoy it. I continue to write because I would miss it if I stopped.
Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?
Keira Noble is my main character. I don’t recall why I chose her first name, but her last name reminded me of Christmas since nobles are a type Christmas tree. I enjoyed the play on words.
What does a day in your writing world look like?
My day starts early with exercise, then devotions. I find if I don’t start my day off right both physically and spiritually then things don’t go as smoothly in my writing. I generally spend about fifteen minutes each morning on marketing, then jump into writing. This summer has been odd since I’ve spent my days editing rather than writing. Unfortunately, when I sent my books to the book scanning company to have then converted into digital files they completely messed them up. It’s taken me about two months to find and fix all the errors caused in the scanning process—not my favorite thing to do, but it’s been so much fun re-visiting this series.
During the school year I work part time at a high school. My writing day begins when I get home from that job. I generally write between one and two thousand words a day five days a week. I take the weekends off.
What is the hardest part of being an author? Why?
I’m seriously pondering this question. When I read it, three things immediately popped into my head—marketing, not allowing reviews to stifle my creativity, and the need to be seated while writing. Honestly all of these things are difficult for me. I solve the review issue by forcing myself to not read reviews because good or bad they can mess with my head. Marketing is tough because it doesn’t come naturally to me. Sitting is difficult because it hurts my back, and I like to be moving around. So forcing myself to sit long enough to accomplish my goals is often a big challenge.
What’s the best part of your author’s life? Why?
I love the connection with readers. I have a Facebook group for my readers and it’s a treat to visit with them. I also love the sense of accomplishment I get every time I write a new story. It’s a great feeling!
What is the craziest thing you’ve experienced as an author?
I hesitate to tell this story because I don’t want to give anyone ideas, but it truly is the craziest thing. Book four in this series is about a woman who wants to be a matchmaker. The problem is she’s not all that good at it, so she secretly signs up her client on a matchmaking site. This apparently inspired someone because they did it to me!
Someone actually opened an account in my name, and I was getting emails and everything. I’m not single. My husband and I celebrate our 27th anniversary this year. I had to call the site and get them to remove the account.
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of my children. In regard to writing, I’m most proud of achieving my goal of being published. For a time there I wasn’t sure it would ever happen.
What is your favorite pastime?
I love to read and walk. LOL Not at the same time though.
Do you have other books? We’d love to know.
Yes! I have several and one of them was a 2017 Faith Hope and Love Reader’s Choice award finalist. You can check them out on Amazon. Here’s the link http://amzn.to/2jpZj1C
What are you working on now?
I am writing the fourth book in my Melodies of Love series. My goal is to release that book in January or February.
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