All About Kimberly
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.
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The Friday Five with Kimberly
1) What inspired your latest story?
Designing Love is the third book in my Sunriver Dreams series. The characters themselves inspired this story as I was writing them into the first two books.
2) Describe your decision to become a writer.
I decided to become a writer after I wrote a story that refused to leave me alone. That was my first inclination that I might be a writer. J I have always loved books and reading, but never considered writing until a little over ten years ago.
After I typed out that first story on my computer I had the writing bug. I attended my first writers conference and took the information I learned there and submitted my first short story to a mystery and suspense magazine. I was thrilled when they bought it.
I guess you could say my writing has come full circle. I started off writing suspense/mystery, then switched to category romance. Designing Love is a romance with a strong mystery thread. I digress; I pursued publication with my eyes wide open. I knew the difficulties and challenges that came with writing professionally thanks to a writing friend, and I made a conscious decision that I was willing to face them.
3) What is your writing process like?
My writing process is pretty basic, but a little backward in some ways. It usually goes like this. Something puts an idea in my head. If the idea is a good one, my mind won’t let it go, and I begin to chew on it. The story starts to formulate in my head. At that point I begin writing. Once I get the first chapter written, I begin the process of getting to know my characters. What is their past, why are they the way the are, what makes them who they are. I’m a cross between a seat of the pants writer and a plotter. I have a good idea what I’m going to write when I start, but if things don’t go the way I expected I go with the flow. Yes, this is a little backward and takes a bit longer, but I like writing this way. I’ve had to write from an outline and synopsis before and it was fine, but I much prefer the freedom of letting the details story come as I write.
4) Are you an introvert or extrovert? What’s the best thing about being an (introvert or extrovert)?
I am an introvert. I do great with people one-on-one and in small groups, but in large groups I tend to shut down sooner than later. I think being an introvert lends itself well to writing since I spent a great deal of time by myself. I don’t know if being an introvert makes me more reflective, but if it does that helps me develop my stories and characters.
About Designing Love
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.