Thanks so much for joining me as I welcome Kimberly Rose Johnson. We're chatting about her new release, An Encore for Estelle (Melodies of Love Book 2).
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.
The theater ties them together but a painful past could pull them apart.
At a crossroads, former movie star Estelle Rogers, returns to the place that set her life on a new course. Although she expects a rough reception she is pleasantly surprised and quickly settles into her new position at the local children's theater. But her road back to acting isn't as smooth as she would like.
Tragedy brought Blake Price to Oak Knoll, Oregon, but it's love that keeps him there. His late wife and daughter loved acting, and he owes it to them to honor their memory with the children’s theater, but his new assistant is making changes he isn’t ready for both at the theater and in his heart. Can he forgive himself and move forward, or will he forever be tied to the biggest mistake of his life?
Me: Welcome, Kimberly, and thank you for joining us!
Kimberly: Thanks, Melanie! I’m happy to be here.
Me: What inspired you to write your newest release?
Kimberly: An Encore for Estelle is the next book in my Melodies of Love series. I hadn’t intended to make this a series, but after the first book, A Love Song for Kayla released readers wanted to know when the next book in the series would release. I didn’t want to disappoint anyone, so I got busy writing Estelle’s story. We first meet Estelle in book one.
Me: What is one of the most challenging things you’ve faced as an author?
Kimberly: Time and eye fatigue have been my biggest challenges lately. That being said there are so many other challenges. I think my biggest challenges change depending on where I’m at in the process. For example when a book first releases my biggest challenge is getting the word out about the book.
Me: What do you usually use when you’re writing? A computer? Paper and pen?
Kimberly: I almost always write on my laptop. On occasion if inspiration strikes when I’m not at my computer, I will write it down or type a note to myself on my phone. When I am brainstorming I will often do that with pen and paper. I like to see things on actual paper, when I’m working things out in my head.
Me: Is there a special treat or drink that helps you during your writing process?
Kimberly: I love a good chai tea latte. The little bit of caffeine and sweetness gives me a boost. I used to be a coffee girl, but it bothers my stomach now.
Me: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Kimberly: I am an introvert. For me social media is that greatest invention because it’s not nearly as tiring as visiting with people in person. That being said, I love meeting friends for coffee/tea.
I can definitely relate! I'm so thankful to be able to reach readers through the internet because I get so nervous in person! lol
Me: What project are you working on now?
Kimberly: I am currently writing A Waltz for Amber. It is the next book in my Melodies of Love series. Each book focuses on one of the arts.
That's great! I love that you're continuing the series.
Me: What part of writing is your favorite? Plotting, writing, editing, etc.
Kimberly: I enjoy the writing. I don’t love plotting—I prefer to write as the story comes to me rather than plot the book out in advance. I plot as much as necessary before I start so I know how it begins and ends, but that’s it. I really dislike editing.
Thanks again for joining us and congratulations again on your latest release.