Happy Thursday! Continuing through Saturday (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2019 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m covering the novella & short novel categories, including Kimberley Woodhouse and her Carol Award nominated novella “MissTaken Identity”! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.
FYI – There will be several posts per day, and a week-long giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!
Kimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling author of more than twenty books who loves the JOY of story. A lover of history and research, she often gets sucked into the past and then her husband has to lure her out with chocolate. She’s spoken to more than a million people at more than 2,000 venues and has taught the craft of writing around the country. Married to the love of her life for twenty-five plus years, she makes her home in Montana. You can connect with Kimberley at: www.kimberleywoodhouse.com or Facebook.
THE MISSADVENTURE BRIDES COLLECTION
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2018
Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures
Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?
MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse
Headstrong, bubbly, accident-prone Abigail Monroe is on a quest for adventure away from society’s expectations. But her pursuits are unexpectedly thwarted when she is arrested by a handsome Texas Ranger.
Hi, dear Kimberley! Welcome to the blog!
Q: Why do you write fiction? And, why specifically Christian fiction?
Kimberley: Because I love the gift of story. I love how it brings joy to people and how it can touch someone like nothing else can. As to why Christian fiction – I have a purpose statement for my writing: to point the non-believer to Christ, and to challenge the believer in his/her walk with the Lord.
Carrie: Amen to all of the above.
Q: Other than the Bible, what are a couple of your most cherished books and why?
Kimberley: Not My Will by Francena Arnold and Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Not My Will I read as a young tween girl and it had a profound effect on me. It stayed with me for years. Then I read Redeeming Love years later when it came out and it did the same. Stories that resonate like that are so incredible and inspire me to write.
Carrie: Y’all are bringing up some books this week that I’ve never heard of (clearly I’m not talking about Redeeming Love here lol) – I need to up my game 😉
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Kimberley: Goodness, I’ve googled so many wacky, weird, and crazy things that I could write a book… but, one that really sticks out is when I googled how people go to the bathroom when they’re climbing Denali. So then I had to talk to the Rangers about it. Then I had to visit and see a Clean Mountain Can in person. Let’s just say, I won’t ever go mountain climbing.
Carrie: hahaha! Well, yeah, that just took any mountain climbing urges right out of me (and they were miniscule to start with lol)
Q: Which of your main characters (either in MissTaken Identity or over all you’ve written) is most like you?
Kimberley: Jenna Tikaani-Gray in No Safe Haven is most like me. Because Kayla and I wrote that book together and it’s a mother and daughter duo in the book as well. We made the characters a lot like us so we could accurately portray the relationship in the book. But boy, was that hard! Especially when I had to think of my greatest fears and then put my character through them!
Carrie: Oh yikes! I hadn’t thought of it that way – was thinking “Hey that would be easier, right?” but when you put it like that, that would be a lot more difficult than writing someone who isn’t ‘you’.
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote MissTaken Identity?
Kimberley: Something that He’s been working on in me for a long time… that His plan is always better than mine.
Carrie: Goodness, yes. He has to remind me about that frequently as well.
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from MissTaken Identity?
Kimberley: “It is not crazy. It is simply… eccentric.” “Mark my words: you’re gonna end up in a heap of trouble over this one.”
Carrie: I think I’ll start calling myself eccentric 🙂
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What about you? What interests you most from Kimberley Woodhouse’s Q&A or the Carol Award finalist novella MissTaken Identity?