3. Plotter or SOTP? Please give us a peek at your writing process.
SOTP all the way. LOL, I never know what's going to happen until I sit down and see it play out on the computer screen, which makes writing a true adventure. However, I do acquaint myself thoroughly with my characters before I begin a story. I know what the character wants, why he or she wants it, and what stands in the way. I strive to include an internal battle, an external battle, and a spiritual battle. This gives me well-rounded characters and a lot of conflict to drive the story.
4. What advice would you give a writer, who is ready to approach an agent or publisher at a conference?
Be prepared, positive, passionate, and professional. That might sound simplistic, but I do believe those four attributes will help you present yourself well. Being well-prepared and professional are important from a business sense; being positive and passionate about your story are important from a personal sense. The four together assure you'll make a good impression.
5. Finally, what new books are you ready to launch? Do many men read your novels?
In September of this year, a Bethany House historical, In Every Heartbeat (the sequel to My Heart Remembers) will be available as well as Katy's Homecoming, Book Three in the Katy Lambright Series from Zondervan. In December, another historical, Courting Miss Amsel, will release from Bethany House. It's a busy year for me! And yes, although I write to an adult female audience, I often hear from younger readers as well as men who enjoy the historical stories for the accurate settings and historical tidbits scattered through the stories.
Thanks for sharing your journey and great tips, Kim. We look forward to your new releases.
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QUESTION FOR YOU: Kim told us how she gets to know her characters before the writing begins. What drives your stories - character, plot, or a combination of both?