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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.
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 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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