Hello, lovelies! Welcome to Interview FoxSeat featuring guest author Kimberly Black
I am a native Texan, living in the Texas Panhandle with my husband of 32 years, my two sons, my daughter-in-law, two cats, and two dogs. I’ve been writing since the fourth grade and designing houses since I was twenty. I’ve taught children’s Bible class for over twenty years and even worked for two years as one of the Children’s Ministry Directors at my church. I have one Children’s book, Pockets, published and two more in illustration stage.
My latest releases, Lydia, Woman of Purple (2nd edition) and Her Most Precious Gift, were both inspired by strong women characters from the Bible. They were both released the first week of March 2017, along with their companion Devotional Study Guides.
Book sample: Lydia, Woman of Purple
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Synopsis: Lydia is a well respected, God-fearing merchant in the Roman colony of Philippi in first-century Greece. She is struggling with her faith and dealing with the loss of her husband and the coming-of-age of her seventeen-year-old cousin, Marcus, who she has raised as her own son.
Four strange men come to town with a message of a Messiah, and her world is changed forever. She wants nothing more than for Marcus to embrace and share her faith in Jesus Christ, but he is deeply immersed in the Roman pantheon of gods and goddesses. Her life becomes even more stressful when Lydia rescues a slave girl, healed from demons, and brings her home.
Excerpt: He took both of her hands in his. “Beautiful spirit,” he repeated with a smile. “Your faith is remarkable.”
“Is this faith?” she asked. “I just cannot allow that man to misuse and discard the poor child any longer.”
“You love her. You cannot help it.”
“It is no more than what any other would do.”
Luke shook his head. “Nobody else would do this for her. You are saving a slave’s life. It is everything.” Luke’s eyes filled with tears. “To Daphne it is everything.”
“But is it faith?” Lydia asked. It took every ounce of her resolve not to throw herself into Luke’s arms. She held his hands tightly.
“Love is the greatest part of faith.”
Book Sample: Her Most Precious Gift
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Synopsis: Mary lives with her siblings, Martha and Lazarus, in a small town just a few miles’ walk from Jerusalem. They have grown close after the loss of their parents and the prosperity they had once enjoyed. Mary finds herself as their last hope if she can find a suitable husband.
But after a devastating attack, Mary is left with a shattered mind that leads her to self-loathing and depression. She decides her family is better off without her. Before she can do the unthinkable, Mary is saved by an unlikely friend who urges the family to find healing in a man of God called Jesus.
Through healing, Mary finds a purpose in her life, and the strength and courage to face even her worst fear.
Excerpt: Mary sank to her knees. Martha left her there to go speak to Tirzah and the mourners. Most of the other people had already gone home.
Mary cried. Jesus wasn’t there, and Lazarus was dead. Mary could think of nothing else.
You did not come. We needed you, and you did not come.
And now it was too late.
When did you decide to become a writer? In the third grade, I read Little Women at least six times and decided that I had to be like Jo March when I grew up. I read every Nancy Drew and Little House book I could find.
How long does it usually take you to complete a book? I have some that I have been working on for more than a year—which is ridiculous. I can usually get a rough draft out in 30-45 days, sometimes less.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively? I’m not nearly so worried about whether I’m writing everything precisely right the first time through. And I’m learning to focus on evoking the right feelings.
Do you listen to music or watch TV/movie while you write? I don’t usually watch or listen to anything while I’m writing, but while I’m doing other chores, I listen to music that inspires the themes and emotions I want to achieve.
What have you written? I have my children’s books and historical Christian fiction published. I have also written a movie blog for a few years, called Cinema Toast. I am currently working on a YA sci-fi western and a fun espionage suspense series.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you? Both. I plot an outline, but when I get to a hitch, I let my characters decide where they want to go. Some of my favorite scenes have happened that way.
Do you design your own book covers or have someone else? If you use someone else would you tell us who/website? Both of my sons have degrees in Graphic Design, so I have home-grown cover artists. MF: I’m jealous!
You mentioned you’re writing a new story. How about a teaser? I am most excited about my spy series! The first book is called Little Black Dress, and it will have at least two sequels and two prequels and a bonus book for super fans. I was inspired with the “what if” of Audrey Hepburn as James Bond. The story is fun, scary, and full of fashion and intrigue.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why? My heroine in Little Black Dress is Evan Tyler, a fiery redhead from Texas who is out to stop a villain from destroying the world’s economy. She must infiltrate the Paris fashion scene to foil the scheme. She has a lot of spunk and depth of character.
If your book were made into a movie, whom would you cast? I could see Jessica Chastain or Bryce Dallas Howard as Agent Tyler.
Do you have any fur babies to brag about? I have two cats, Checkers and Poe (the Black Cat), and two dogs, Paden and Archie. Archie is named after Archie Goodwin from the Nero Wolfe series of mysteries.
What do you think of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing? I’m a control freak, so I love self-publishing. My first novel was published traditionally, and I definitely don’t regret that experience, but I don’t see myself going that route again.
Would you say there is a stigma to being self-published? I think it’s fading fast. There are great books and terrible books in both traditional and indie publishing. I believe that it’s a lot of hard work no matter which route you take.
Are you currently reading a book or just finished one? I just finished Scott King’s The Five Day Novel, and Agatha Christie’s audio books, The Crooked House and Endless Night. Loved them all.
What do your readers mean to you? I absolutely adore my readers. They are incredibly kind and encouraging. I always make an effort to include their suggestions whenever I can. I even try to name characters after them if they ask.
How can readers discover more about you and you work? My website is packed with lots of information, and I have a newsletter that I send out once a month for updates. I also love to connect on social media.
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