Since a teen, she’s loved romances and believes we can all live our happily-ever-after. Always a people watcher, it wasn’t until Kimberly shucked her Accounting major for Anthropology that her interest in people and cultures was nurtured. Kimberly has combined her natural curiosity (nosiness) with her love of romance for the sake of bringing the movies in her head to life on the page.
A wife and mother of two, Kimberly spends her days chasing chores, wrangling active kids, and writing. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, great wine and sharing a laugh with friends and family.
Jen: Thanks for stopping by with us today! Please tell us a little about your newest release.
Kimberly: My debut release is a sweet holiday novella, Her Wish Before Christmas. I knew I wanted to write a sweet series centered around major holidays. Since Christmas is my favorite, I had to start with it. There’s just something about the magic of the winter holidays that has always fascinated me. I could read holiday stories all year long.
Her heart never forgot him…
Genny Ridgeway left Laurel Cove with a broken heart. Returning awakens old feelings, old longings, and the desire for long kisses beneath the mistletoe with the man who broke her heart.
The only thing missing is her…
Connor O’Rourke and his son finally have the home they’ve always wanted. Now, he’ll do anything for a second chance at love with the woman he let get away.
It’s Christmas time in Laurel Cove….
Surrounded by the spirit of the season and with a little posthumous help from her gypsy grandmother, can Connor prove he is the man Genny has always wanted to grant her wish before Christmas?
Here’s a short excerpt to whet your appetite:
Are you the one leaving bloody footprints in the store? Your grandmother’s going to have a heart attack.” The man stared down at her, holding the door open with one arm, the lamp base in the other. He rested the plastic appendage against the doorframe and took a step closer, his face clear in the light of the workroom.
“Let me have a look.” He knelt and grabbed her foot and held on tight when she tried to tug it back.
“Ouch.” She pulled her foot away from his prodding.
“Sorry. Cut’s not too deep. A Band-Aid and some Neosporin is all you need.”
Connor O’Rourke? The Connor O’Rourke? Twelve years hadn’t changed him much. Except he turned into a man. And one fine man at that.
Jesus, did he grow after college? His arms and chest sure had.
Heat blazed a fire across her cheeks when her roaming gaze met his. Same cocky grin. Embarrassment couldn’t stop her from comparing this Connor with the then Connor. His hair was cut shorter, but the rich chestnut color hadn’t dulled. No hint of gray at the temples, no balding either. So that night of drunken cursing for him to grow fat and ugly didn’t take. Figures. What’s the use of gypsy blood if my curses don’t work?
“I didn’t know you were in town,” she asked, proud she had kept the hysterical out of her voice.
“I wasn’t until this week. I’m setting up a practice at the new clinic down the street.” He stood and helped her up from the floor.
Connor F’ing O’Rourke back in town and looking too delicious by half. She licked her lips and swallowed at the sudden dryness in her mouth. The hurt and anger returned with a swift jab to her heart rivaling the sting of glass in her foot. The feelings so fresh, like she was eighteen again and waiting for the proposal that never came. Don’t go there. You’re over him.
Jen: What age did you discover writing?
Kimberly: I think I was older than most when I discovered writing. I have always been a reader. Books were my escape as a shy, self-conscious kid. I do remember a writing assignment in English class in high school where we had to write a letter as if we were living through the civil war. I know I ended it with flare and really enjoyed it and looking back I think it was the first time I felt that spark about making up a story. It’s also the only creative writing assignment I remember having in high school.
So fast forward a dozen or so years and in a moment of stress, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I thought how awesome it would be to write the stories I loved to read. Such a dream didn’t seem like something that could become reality but I started my first book that year. Eventually, while staying home with my children, I decided to take an online writing class and that led to joining RWA and my local chapter meetings, which led to more writing and now I’m living the dream. It’s not easy or a fantasy, but it is the life for me.
Jen: Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Kimberly: I’m a hybrid. I have to have some kind of plot guidelines and basic questions answered and then I pants my way through them.
Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there one you’ll stay away from? Why?
Kimberly: I have several plots partially outlined in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, historical romance, cozy mystery, erotic romance and mainstream mystery/thriller. I’m sticking with contemporary and paranormal for now but I’m itching to branch out. I thought I wouldn’t be able to write erotic a few years ago, but I find I want to go sexier with my stories. I think the more I write the more my comfort zone expands and I’m never going to rule out a genre. I can’t see myself writing Amish romance or inspirational, but that’s me this year. Who knows what I’ll be into next.
Jen: If you were able to travel in time, where would you go and what 3 things would you take with you?
Kimberly: The future! Definitely the future–maybe five hundred years from now. I want to see aliens and I want to see humans colonize another planet. Think about what we’ve accomplished in the last half millennia. The next should be just as amazing. I’d take a digital camera, some power bars and a way to come back!
Jen: What’s next for you?
Kimberly: The second in the Holiday Hearts series is Cupid’s Promise, a sweet Valentine’s story that will be out early 2014. And I have a sexy, superhero romance, also from Decadent Publishing on the horizon. Stay tuned for cover reveals, contests and fun happenings on my Facebook page.