Writer’s Desk Issue No: 8: Kimberley Woodhouse
We’re so excited to have Kimberley Woodhouse featured on this week’s writer’s desk. Kimberley Woodhouse is a CBA and ECPA best-selling and award-winning author of more than twenty fiction and non-fiction books which have earned her many accolades including Christian Retailing’s Top Pick and Publisher’s Weekly starred reviews. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Hundreds of national radio and television appearances have featured Kimberley, her books, and their family’s story. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music, cooking, and loves the gift of story. Be sure to stick around until the end of the post for more about her most recent release plus a chance to win a copy!
Q&A with Kimberley Woodhouse
Do you have a writing routine? When/Where do you write?
Yes, I do. Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri, and Sat I normally put in a lot of hours in my office. My office is a fabulous, large area in our home where I’m surrounded by books, my desk is covered in research, and there are windows and exercise equipment. <giggle>
When are you most productive?
That’s an excellent question. Mornings, afternoons, evenings.
What do you snack on or drink while writing?
Water. Lots and lots of water.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I haven’t had it (Praise God!)
What is your outlining process? Are you a pantser/plotter or something in between?
I write out a synopsis (because I can be a pantser during that process) and then I don’t get stuck when I’m writing the book, because I’ve done the research and prep. And I can still let creative juices flow or let things change as I’m writing it.
Best advice for someone who is just starting out.
Write, write, write.
What are your three tips for fostering our creative selves?
- A creative journal. (I wrote a blog post about that.)
- Making writing a discipline rather than just a fun, creative outlet.
- Have a good crit group/brainstorming group. People you trust with your life 🙂
Favorite thing to binge watch – NCIS all-time fav, right now The Mentalist
Book(s) currently reading – Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson, I’ve Seen the End of You by Dr. Lee Warren, The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Favorite song right now – Is He Worthy – Andrew Peterson
Favorite thing to order at Starbucks (or wherever you get your coffee/tea fix!) – If I went – It would be something chocolatey 🙂
Enter to win a copy of Forever Hidden from Kimberley*
More about Forever Hidden:
For Havyn Powell, growing up on her grandfather Chuck Bondrant’s dairy outside the 1904 gold-rush boomtown of Nome, Alaska, offered all she needed. She had the love of her mother, two sisters, and grandfather. But now, at 23, Havyn realizes the stability of her life may soon vanish. Havyn is determined to find a way to keep the family together, but her grandfather’s health is declining and everyone seems to be holding secrets from each other, including the handsome, dark-haired stranger who recently arrived.
John Roselli arrives in Nome looking for a steady, consistent job. He has grown tired of the promises of getting rich quick and just wants an honest job with honest pay. His grandfather once knew a Chuck Bondrant, and so when John arrives at the dairy, he’s quickly offered a job–and a path to more if he wants it.
Havyn’s plan for helping out the family means using her beautiful singing voice and her sisters’ musical talent at a local roadhouse. They’re an immediate hit, and it looks like her plan will be a success. But the spotlight brings with it dangerous eyes that covet Havyn and are jealous as she and John grow ever closer. But will they realize the peril before it’s too late?
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