As the regular readers know Mondays are reserved for Author interviews. Today, I’m doing something I’ve never done before, interviewing myself, but the format will be slightly different. My debut novel The Christmas Promise officially releases on eBook Nov 1st and in print November 5th. This week is your chance to win a copy of my book. Keep reading to find out how. To start with here is a short blurb about my debut release.
No matter how lovely Keira Noble’s smile, or how adorable her four-year-old son. He’s been down that road before and knows it can lead to a broken heart. But that doesn’t mean he can’t help the pretty widow find a puppy to put under the Christmas tree for her son….
Pete claims he only wants to help her find the perfect gift for Cody. Yet Keira can’t deny the tender feelings in his eyes whenever he looks at her. Could this handsome Scrooge have a change of heart, and create a new family for Christmas?
Over the past several months I’ve responded to many interview questions from other bloggers and one question I don’t recall answering is what it was like to get the phone call telling me about my contract offer.
It was late June or early July of 2012 and I was in the middle of teaching a piano lesson. I didn’t make it a habit of answering the phone when I was teaching, but this call was from my agent. She only calls with good news, so I had to answer since I’d been waiting to hear back about my Heartsong Presents submission. 😀
I was thrilled of course, but I was subdued because my student was sitting beside me. I had to play it cool, but on the inside I was doing a happy dance. I had worked for six years to get to that point. LOL it was probably a good thing I had a student sitting there, or Tamela, my agent, may have heard a squeal of excitement.
Anther thing I haven’t shared with any other bloggers is how special the writing of this book was to me. The entire time I wrote I felt different about this one (Yes, I’ve written several manuscripts, but this is the first one contracted). It was like I was waiting to exhale the entire time I wrote. I had a sense of expectancy. I knew this book was special.
Back in September I gave you the opportunity to participate in this interview. Only one person took me up on the offer. Here is Judy B’s question.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? When did you know this was your calling?
Actually, no. However, I enjoyed creative writing in school and could never understand why everyone around me was struggling to come up with a story while I whipped one out–maybe that should have clued me in. 🙂 But I was much too lazy to have typed out a book on a typewriter or word processor. Just thinking about all the drafts I write makes me cringe at the thought of being a writer before computers became a part of our daily routine. So no, it never crossed my mind.
As far as it being a calling, I believe God gave me a story and a passion to write about ten years ago. It then took me another two years to write a short manuscript, and I haven’t stopped writing since. Thanks for the questions, Judy!
This question came from Blogger Delia Latham. I liked it so I included it here. What is your favorite scene from this book? Why that scene?
I think my favorite scene is the one where Pete and Keira first meet. I love reading that scene because I know what’s to come and it puts a smile on my face.
The Christmas Promise is the first book in a series of three. The second book is titled A Romance Rekindled. Here’s a short blurb.
Blake never told Susan the real reason he’d called off their wedding and left town in a rush, but now that he is back the truth must come out. What will she think of his expanded family? But most importantly will she be able to forgive him for leaving her six years ago?
If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Christmas Promise please answer the following question.
What is your favorite Christmas tradition or holiday memory? Or you may ask me a question and I’ll try to answer.:)
If you’d like to find out more about me or my writing please visit my website at http://kimberlyrjohnson.com/ or simply click the Home button at the top of this page. There is a sign up for my very infrequent news letter on my website if you’re interested.
Rules: There must be at least 10 qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. The drawing is only open to U.S. mailing addresses. I will contact the winner on Nov. 11th. You will have until Nov. 17th to respond or forfeit the book. No alternate winner will be drawn. Void where prohibited by law.
If you are interested in buying a copy of The Christmas Promise it is available at all the major online book sellers. Here are a couple links.
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