Writer’s Desk with Kim D. Taylor
We’re so excited to have Kim D. Taylor featured on this week’s writer’s desk. Kim believes that “every place has a story” and enjoys bringing a story to life that weaves in and out of history and takes her readers to a beautiful place. She brings nearly twelve years of real estate experience along with fifteen years as a pastor’s wife to her writing career. Her business and ministry experience add creativity as well as a sense of reality to her writing.
She has a spirited determination and commitment to excellence in the world of writing and values antiquity, authenticity, family, and fun. Kim has been married for twenty-three years and has two incredible sons.
Be sure to stick around until the end of the post for more about her most recent release plus a chance to win one in two copies!
Q&A with Kim D. Taylor
Do you have a writing routine? When/Where do you write?
I don’t have a writing routine. I have a full-time at-home job and homeschool two high schoolers, so life is a bit hectic at times. I write when I can. Last summer, as a homeschool project, our boys built me an outdoor studio office. It is classy and cozy with a sofa and fireplace. The perfect spot to write.
When are you most productive?
I try to start writing in the mornings before I do anything else. If I work, clean, pay bills, work on school or two of our other businesses, creativity is zapped. It is hard to write with financial/business matters on your mind.
What do you snack on or drink while writing?
Popcorn and San Pellegrino w/lime.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I start an exciting scene even if it has nothing to do with the scene that I am supposed to be writing. Something like, “She had a gun.”
What is your outlining process? Are you a pantser/plotter or something in between?
I am a sticky-note plotter & pantser. I have a big wall in the studio. I use different colored sticky notes to mark characters and scenes. I like a story idea penciled out but don’t mind a few surprise scenes that mess things up a bit.
Best advice for someone who is just starting out.
I only have my experience to use, but I suppose I would encourage them to write the story in their head/heart in 30 days and 300 pages, forget format or style or rules. Write first, learn next, then rewrite.
Quickfire questions — what are you currently:
Binge-watching: Alias is my favorite tv show. I binge watch every few years.
Reading: My favorite book of all time is called, Not My Will, by Francia Arnold (pub.1946).
Favorite song right now: My favorite song right now is by For King and Country, entitled God Only Knows.
Starbucks drink: My drink of choice is a Tall Chestnut Praline Latte at Starbucks, nothing else compares. I am a tea drinker too and love Earl Grey from the Queen Mary Tearoom in Seattle, Wa.
Weird things about me: I have 27 dish sets that we use on a regular basis. I am a gourmet cook and don’t follow recipes, so we’ve had some interesting meals at times. I live in a 1907 home but my style is mid-century modern. I have over 2500 items for sale on eBay. I have naturally curly hair but I straighten it most days. I am 45 and still wear pigtails. I was offered a job at Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club as a teen and turned it down to go into full-time church ministry.
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More about Runaway River:
A time and place where men longed for a piece of God’s green earth to call their own and women still dreamed of a home and a hand to hold. Beth Yates has lost everything and could lose much more if she doesn’t escape her beloved city of Chicago and the dreadful memories it holds. Forced to run from a powerful tyrant determined to ruin her, she blames God and vows never to trust a man again. Ethan Dawson dreams of owning a horse ranch in the foothills of the stunning Bitterroot Mountains but is stuck building the dreams of Montana’s Copper King, Marcus Daly. With time running out to make his dream a reality, Ethan refuses to let anything…or anyone stand in his way. Runaway River is a powerful story of God’s perfect timing and complete care during difficult times. Ethan and Beth must realize that their setbacks, troubles, and trials are not sent from a distant God but His great love and overwhelming kindness has gently carried them through it all.