‘A Christmas Homecoming’: Meet Kimberly Rose Johnson

Are you ready for Christmas? I’m going to be a fence-sitter on that one… I love the holiday season, but I still can’t figure out how we’ve gotten to mid-October already! Ready or not, Kimberly Rose Johnson is visiting to share her newest story, A Christmas Homecoming. (If you didn’t catch Kimberly’s previous visits, she also shared A Love to Treasure, Island Dreams, and A Match for Meghan.) Before we begin, here’s a quick look at A Christmas Homecoming.

What is your favorite Christmas memory? We're chatting about 'A Christmas Homecoming' by Kimberly Rose Johnson. Come join us!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?

Welcome back, Kimberly! What inspired you to write this particular series?

I’ve lost track of how long ago I began this series, but it was originally only going to be a single novella in a collection with three other authors. I was pre-published at that time and we didn’t get the contract. I loved what I was writing so much it eventually turned into the A Love to Treasure, the first book in the Sunriver Dreams Series. From there I dreamed up other books to follow and A Christmas Homecoming was born.

It’s so fun to see characters return for another story! Have you done any travel for research? If so, could you tell us about it?

Yes! Sunriver is a favorite vacation spot for my family and me. We used to go there at least once a year. Now that our boys are grown it’s more whenever we feel like taking a drive. ☺ Sunriver has changed a lot over the past few years. In fact it changed so much I had to rewrite several things because things that used to be there are no longer there. They’ve remodeled the village as well as moved things around. I last drove over to Sunriver on Mother’s Day and had lunch at the Village Bar and Grill. Bailey and Stephen take his niece and nephew there during one scene in the book. This is one of the places that completely changed from when I first began this series. It’s a great family restaurant.

That would be a challenge, to keep up with the changes in a town! Can you give any hints about your next book?

Sure. Designing Love will release this coming spring. Characters from the first two books will be in this book. The heroine in Sierra, who you will meet in A Christmas Homecoming and there are two point of view men—Spencer and John. You will meet each of them in A Christmas Homecoming.

You’ve published several books now. What is one thing you wish you had known before you started writing/publishing?

That it could take over my life if I allow it to. Writing seems to be 24/7 thanks to the internet.

That’s true of so many of our pursuits, and yet maintaining a good balance is so important… What does your ideal writing space look like (whether you actually write in an area like this or not)? What do you have to have handy, and what would you surround yourself with to make it easiest, and most inspiring, to write?

My dream writing space is a little cottage in my backyard. It would have my desk as well as a comfortable recliner. I write on a laptop, and I like to move around. It would have a bookshelf for all my books on the craft of writing, a mini-fridge fridge and coffee pot. It would have to be super pretty too. ☺

What a wonderful retreat that would be! What is your favorite dessert?

I can’t have gluten, but I’ve discovered the recipe for a gluten free cookie that I love. It’s an oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter cookie and the recipe can be found on the back of the Trader Joe gluten free oatmeal bag.

Oatmeal, chocolate chip, peanut butter… That sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing, Kimberly, and for taking the time to visit with us today!

Your turn! Do you have a favorite Christmas memory? Please share in the comments!

More about Kimberly:

Kimberly Rose Johnson, author of A Christmas HomecomingKimberly 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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10 thoughts on “‘A Christmas Homecoming’: Meet Kimberly Rose Johnson

  1. Kimberly

    Hi, Sarah! Thanks for having me.

  2. Katy C.

    I really enjoyed the first book in the series and am looking forward to reading this one!

    My favorite Christmas memory is from the Christmas I was 8. It didn’t start out well, because I was sick on Christmas Eve and we didn’t get to go to the family get-together we always went to. I almost always felt great when I had a fever, so I wasn’t very happy about missing all the fun when I felt fine. So, I’m sure to try to distract me from missing out on Grandma, my parents set up a scavenger hunt for me to do that night (we often have scavenger hunts for a big gift – I also got a fishing pole and a bb gun that way). This particular hunt ended in our spare bedroom where I found a little box with a piece of paper inside that said I was going to have a little brother or sister living in that room soon. I was an only child so I was super excited and 20 years later I can say without a doubt that Haly is the best Christmas gift I’ve ever received.

    • Aww, how sweet!! Thanks for sharing, Katy!

    • Kimberly

      What a fun tradition and a fun way to tell you about your new sibling on the way!
      In the first book of this series the main character’s grandmother sends her on a scavenger hunt as well.

  3. Which memory do I choose? An early one – I think I was 5 – With family friends at our home on Christmas Eve, another knock on the door didn’t seem to odd. My parents allowed me to heeet the next visitor. It was Santa with his pack of goodies making it to our home very early that year. Wise young child I was, I blurted out, “I know who you are. You’re Wally the gas station man!” It wasn’t. It was a neighbor. Everyone had a great laugh and my brother and I enjoyed our early visit from the jolly fellow.

    • Kimberly

      That is too funny Lynn! Definitely a fun memory. 🙂

  4. kim hansen

    My aunts house when I was about 8 years old. I was always so excited about christmas I would get physically sick and she always had such patience with me.

    • Kimberly

      Oh my goodness, now that is truly excited. 🙂

  5. Donna B

    I would say the Christmas break when I was 7 was a memorial one. I don’t know exactly why my parents scheduled me to have a tonsillectomy during the break, only that I wouldn’t have to miss any school. My twin sister and I were both scheduled for the same time but when they did the pre-op they found she had rheumatic fever and couldn’t have the surgery. Since they went ahead with my surgery and she was still in the hospital it was hard on my mom. I ended up getting to go to a friend’s home when I was discharged from the hospital. This was a real special time for me to be treated different than my sister. My sister ended up having our school teacher come each day after class to teach her at our home until the end of that school year. We remained friends with that teacher until she passed away a couple of years ago.

    • Kimberly

      That is definitely memorable, Donna B.

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