Why stay in reality when one can lose themselves in storyworld? If you’re a reader, I’m going to guess we’re on the same wave length. Have you ever found yourself praying for a character you came to know in a book? Do you frequently think of said hero or heroine throughout the day?
Have you ever sent them an invite to a significant event?
If you’re shaking your head with raised brows right now, questioning my sanity … you might not want to continue reading. Unless some kind of morbid curiosity has gripped you …
I’m Not Crazy; I’m a Writer
by Kimberly Rose Johnson
Have you ever read a book and couldn’t put it down, then when you were finally finished with it, the characters had taken up residence in your mind? That’s what it’s like for me when I’m plotting a story. I cannot get those people to leave me alone! To make matters worse, they sometimes steal my sleep and visit my dreams.
Now a smart writer would use the pad and pen on the bedside table and take notes as her characters speak to her in her sleep. Nine times out of ten I refuse to open my eyes, and I tell myself, I’ll remember in the morning—nope. I think I might have remembered once or twice after a few hours of digging deep, trying to recall what came to me in my foggy sleep mode.
No I’m not crazy; I’m a writer. Whenever I am plotting a story, which is pretty much most of the time, I seem to live in a different world. It’s difficult to escape, and I imagine I come across as a little spacey. I tell my friends, I was writing. Most of them are used to it by now since I’ve been at it for over ten years. But those who don’t know me well, just smile and nod. LOL
I’ve spent a lot more time this past year writing than I used to, due to numerous deadlines. I imagine, my friends might think I am slightly crazy. I spent a great deal of time working on A Christmas Homecoming because the story, and the characters gave me a hard time.
Normally when I write Christmas books it seems to be summer time. A Christmas Homecoming was no exception, although, as I mentioned, this book took me a long time to write so it covered several seasons. To help myself get in the Christmas spirit, I played my favorite Christmas songs. I watched Elf as research for this particular book, and I even took an online interior design class to help me get inside of Bailey’s head.
You might think getting inside my character’s head is certifiable, but remember, I’m not crazy; I’m a writer.
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?
Find A Christmas Homecoming on Amazon.
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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