Please join me in welcoming author Kim Williams to the blog today to talk about her newest novel, While the Rain Whispered!
A former school teacher, Kim Williams has spent the past twenty-five-plus years on staff at her local church, First Baptist Woodstock, overseeing ministry to young children. Kim has traveled in both the US and abroad conducting training in leadership, discipleship to women, parenting, and ministry to children. She had a desire to write for a long time; one day her story met her head on, and she got busy making words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into chapters. The result is her Letters to Layton Christian Romance Series. The series is based on discovered love letters from her great grandfather to his wife. He is begging for forgiveness and restoration with her. Their true romance and remains sealed in their generation, leaving room for a fictional account. The first book in the series, Among the Crepe Myrtles, won the IAN 2019 Award in the Christian Fiction Category. The other books in her Letters to Layton series were finalists in the American Fiction Awards.
Kim resides in the Atlanta metro area with her husband, whom she met the summer after fifth grade. They have two grown children who are educators and who have the best spouses a parent could hope for. Kim and her husband are also grandparents to an adorable little boy and have another grandson on the way. Kim is a member of ACFW and AWSA, In addition to her social media, she can be found on Goodreads, Bookbub, and All Authors.
WHILE THE RAIN WHISPERED
SERIES: Letters to Layton #3
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Independently Published
RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2019
Clara Williams has a good life, but she would walk away from it if she could. She longs for adventure greater than both the confines her rural Texas town and the people she loves have to offer. Clara is certain the stories she writes for children contain more adventure than her reality. She cannot reconcile the internal frustration with her faith. When opportunity presents itself at last, Clara is faced with a choice between the life she’s known and the life she longs to know, and the men who each belong in one but not the other.
Wallace James fell in love long before he should have. Choosing to wait the necessary years on the young woman who captured his heart, Wallace builds a respectable life and reputation. As the time approaches to act on his romantic feelings, he begins to wonder if the hand belonging to a local mechanic is a worthy enough offer for the woman he loves. Finding the answer could risk the only life and relationship he’s desired and force him to relinquish them for good. At greater risk is his faith that must trust what he cannot understand.
While the Rain Whispered is the third installment in the Letters to Layton series based on true events. Though written as part of a series, this story has a life of its own. Readers can experience the earlier happenings of the Layton characters in Among the Crepe Myrtles and When the Butterflies Dance.
Hi Kim! Welcome to the blog!
Kim: Summer. I love being on beaches with a book in my hand and cook-outs.
Carrie: This is why I prefer winter – no outdoors activities required haha!
Kim: Coffee. I started drinking coffee ten years ago and am making up for lost time.
Kim: Coke. I’m an Atlantan. 😊Coke tastes delicious. But I must confess that Diet Dr. Pepper is my go-to “coke.” (cola)
Carrie: One of my favorite things about the Atlanta area besides my parents & brother/sis-in-law and nephews is how GOOD Coke products taste down there! lol
Kim: Board game. I never learned to play traditional card games, unless Slap Jack counts. I did play Rook for several years.
Carrie: Board games are the best, though I do like card games too. Except Rook… I’ve never been able to get into that game so much.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Kim: Making lists! Even as a child I made all sorts of lists. I am one of those people who will add an unplanned task to my to-do list after I complete it. I fight the urge to make a list of all my lists. Perhaps I need therapy because I can’t function without them.
Carrie: LOL my mom is the same way!
Q: Which books are ‘on your nightstand’?
Kim: Oh good, I get to make a list. 1. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. 2. Story Trumps Structure by Steven James 3. Newton and Polly by Jody Hedlund 3. Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton 5. The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin 6. The Christian Imagination with Leland Ryken
Carrie: and that’s a great list too 😉
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Kim: It would tell you that I think in lists. 😊 My purse is filled with small zippered bags stuffed with items by category. You’d learn that I have an inhaler. You’d learn I don’t chew gum, but prefer mini Altoids. You might realize that I am a lotion-holic. It would be clear that spontaneity is not one my strengths, but that I can tell you where every item is in my purse.
Carrie: hahahaha i’m sensing a theme here LOL
Q: Which character in this series was the most difficult to write?
Kim: Andrew. He is the polar opposite of me, so I was uncomfortable inside his head. I chat with my characters and found him to be rather condescending toward my inquiries of him. I believe he relishes in having an upper hand.
Carrie: he probably doesn’t make lists either…. 😉
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in While the Rain Whispered?
Kim: Yes. I love to hide family quips and quirks in all my stories and let them be discovered. My father-in-law had a habit of answering how-are-you questions with “fairly well.” He passed on to Heaven while I was writing this book, so I made sure to slip his go to answer in the story.
Carrie: aww i love that
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from While the Rain Whispered?
Kim: I always want them to feel satisfied as a reader. For this particular book, I hope they consider that contentment isn’t about circumstances. It is internal and stems from a spirit of gratefulness and faith. I’d be thrilled if a reader paused amid my words and reflected on what they can appreciate in life.
Carrie: Amen. And so timely for the current situation we’re all in…
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Kim: I am currently working on my first novella. It is a companion story to this novel. I wanted to delve into a minor character who kind of got a bad rap and allow readers to better understand her heart. She has a lovely story to tell. I also have another story not related to my Letters in Layton series that I am researching and forming.
Kim Williams is offering one of my readers the choice of a print copy of either book 1 (Among the Crepe Myrtles) or book 3 (While the Rain Whispered) OR all 3 books in the series on ebook. (Print is available to continental US only. Ebooks are open internationally. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read While the Rain Whispered? Are you a list maker like Kim Williams?