Good Monday morning, friends! Let’s start the week off on a fun note. If you’re not already familiar with my guest, Kimberly Rae Jordan, it’s my honor to introduce you. Kimberly is a top-selling contemporary Christian romance author with novels that are impacting the hearts of readers. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know this wonderful author recently, and I’ve personally connected with her and found a kindred spirit of sorts. I posed some questions to her and found Kimberly’s answers captivating. I think you will, too!
Kimberly has generously offered to gift one reader who leaves a comment with an eBook gift set featuring all three of her novels in her Those Karlsson Boys series! You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to win these reader favorites. Here’s the link for the 3-in-1 set which Kimberly is giving away to one commenter. She will gift the winner directly through Amazon. Take a peek! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H8QX9UW
Now, friends, time to grab a cup of your favorite morning beverage, settle in your favorite cozy chair and let’s get to know Kimberly Rae Jordan.
Welcome to InspyRomance, Kimberly. Can you please tell us three unique things about yourself that we might find surprising?
1) I am an MK. My parents were missionaries in Asia for many years. They went to the mission field when I was just 18 months old. I attended boarding school for my ninth grade and then returned to my “home” country when I was 18 years old after graduating high school.
2) I love Gospel music! Particularly Southern gospel and old hymns. My favorite singer is Guy Penrod, who used to sing with the Gaither Vocal Band. I have gone to several Homecoming concerts and have met Guy, David Phelps, Mark Lowry and Bill Gaither—among many others! I have a playlist of Southern gospel music that I listen to while I write.
3) This isn’t about me per se, but both my dad and my brother are named Winston Churchill.
Wow, I love these and thanks for sharing. Can you tell us about when you started writing and what was your first release? I have loved the written word since I was a young child. Growing up on the mission field in a rural environment meant that we had no television. Books, a few toys and our imaginations were it for entertainment. When I wasn’t reading, I was making up stories in my head. I began to actively write full length stories in my early twenties. Most of those early stories will never see the light of day. Thankfully!
Eventually the internet opened up a whole new world for me, and I was able to connect with other writers who helped me learn and hone my craft. I had to take a break from actively seeking publication for several years because of struggles going on in my life. When I came back to the writing world, I decided to publish a book that was close to my heart.
Faith, Hope & Love featured a missionary setting much like the one I grew up in, and it explored a struggle I myself had gone through recently. It was kind of a surreal moment as I read through the manuscript I’d set aside when life had overwhelmed me. The “me” of so many years ago had written words that the “me” of today needed to hear. Faith, Hope & Love has also brought me some interesting fan interactions which have been a blessing.
Hearing from readers is definitely one of the best aspects of what we do and a huge blessing for me, as well. What types of scenes do you most enjoy writing? I think my favorite scenes to write are the ones that evoke some sort of emotional response in me! If my heart aches for my character as they are suddenly more vulnerable than they’ve ever been, or if I am moved by a character finding their way back to God, I hope that it will also move even just one person who reads my stories.
Agreed. What spiritual insights would you like your readers to take away with them after reading one of your books? Do you feature different scripture/theme verses for each book? I don’t start a story with a theme in mind. I’m a seat of the pants style writer which means I don’t plot extensively before I start to write. One thing I do, however, is flesh out my characters. As the story begins to unfold, often the characters’ reactions and struggles with events shape what spiritual theme comes to the forefront. All my stories are about Christians in varying places in their spiritual walk, but sometimes the spiritual struggle isn’t as strong in some stories as in others.
A reader just recently touched on the spiritual theme in my story, Waiting for Rachel. In it the main character, Rachel, can’t seem to free herself from the sin of her past and what she has perceived as her punishment for it. In her journey, she has to come to the realization that sin once confessed is forgiven and remembered no more. This reader shared how reading about Rachel coming to understand that helped her realize her struggle with that in her own life. I try to allow these struggles to flow naturally from the characters and the situations they find themselves in. One thing I love to do is include old hymns in my stories. So many of them carry wonderful messages that tie in to the struggles in our lives. My parents instilled in me a love for hymns at a young age, and to this day I can sing so many of them from heart. My favorite hymn is I Stand Amazed, but Victory in Jesus, which is my dad’s favorite, is a close second!
Both great hymns of the faith and I love that you incorporate them into your stories. Life application is so important and readers crave that connection to characters in our books.
Here’s the link for Waiting for Rachel on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C8X8Q5S/
Here’s the link for Home is Where the Heart Is, Book #1 of Kimberly’s Latest Series: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ID2A1PQ
Thank you, Kimberly, for being our special guest today. I wish you much continued success in your future writing career. Friends, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to check out her books. Be sure to leave a comment to be eligible for the giveaway!
Blessings, friends. Until next time… :)