Today Kimberly Rose Johnson has stopped by. We're talking about her latest book, A Christmas Homecoming. She's been gracious enough to share some information about her book, herself, and of course answered some interview questions. Let's get started!!
About the Book
My family and I have been to Sunriver for vacations many times and have a lot of fond memories. One year we went there the day after Christmas to spend the week between Christmas and New Years there. I’d always wanted to go on a sleigh ride, so I booked us on one. However, I did not check the weather report before hand and the company that does the sleigh rides did not take cancellations. Well the morning of our ride came and it was like a blizzard! We bundled our boys up, donned ski goggles and went for it. J The weather was only supposed to get worse, so we headed for home after that. It took us three times longer than usual to drive home, but it was definitely memorable thanks to a couple of snow avalanches covering the pass.
Here is the back cover description for A Christmas Homecoming.
"Can the mystery of Christmas unite two hurting hearts?
Bailey Calderwood gives all she has to her job as an interior design assistant, but her best isn’t good enough for her demanding, bed-ridden boss. For some unexplained reason Mona has turned against her. At least not everyone is out to get her. A mysterious admirer is sending her cards and flowers. Could it be her boss’s son who’s recently returned home in time for the holidays?
Stephen Belafonte rushes home from France to be with his mother after her stroke, and is surprised by the rift between his mom and Bailey, her assistant. When his mom demands he fire Bailey, he’s torn between respecting his mother’s wishes and doing what’s best for the family business. Can Stephen find a way to heal the rift in his family as well his own heart, or will he be forced to let Bailey go?"
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I hope you enjoyed this teaser. I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Christmas but since this is a Christmas book, I’m going there. :)
Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?
This should be an easy question, but I can’t remember. I know I wrote Bailey into the first book with the intention of making her the star of A Christmas Homecoming, but where the story idea came from, I can’t remember. I get story ideas all the time. For me that’s the easy part. Finding time to write them all is another issue. :)
2. Judging from the sneak peek you’ve given us, Stephen chooses to be nice to Bailey. Do you have a personal experience where you chose kindness over rudeness?
I always try to choose kindness over rudeness. I taught my boys that kindness goes a lot further than rudeness. When you are kind, people are usually kind back. If they were rude to you first, a sincere smile usually goes a long way.
3. Since this is the 2nd book in the Sunriver Dreams series, can we hope there’s a third one coming? And if so, can you tell us about it?
Yes! I just finished writing the third and final book in the series. In A Christmas Homecoming we meet Sierra. She is the star of final book as well as two leading men, Spencer and John. Spencer is the police officer we met in A Love to Treasure, and John is Stephen’s brother.
I had a great time writing their stories and added a little more mystery to this book since the readers seem to really enjoy that.
4. Who is your favorite author and how did they inspire your writing?
I have so many authors whose writing I really enjoy. The first Christian fiction book I think I ever read was by Janette Oke. The Love Comes Softly series was in my school library, and I was hooked! Later on in life, I discovered Debbie Macomber’s books. I enjoy the sense of community I feel in her stories, and I hope that is something I incorporate into my own writing.
5. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Write! Study the craft and practice what you learned. Get into a critique group and learn from your critique partners.
Thanks for having me Toni. I enjoyed the interview. :)
(Thanks for coming!!)
About the Author
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.
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