Read author Kimberly Grist latest interview with AllAuthor

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What did you enjoy about writing as a young girl? Did you ever dream of becoming an author then?

As a young girl, I enjoyed making up stories to make people laugh. But in reality, I wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House on the Prairie fame. The problem was I was born in the wrong century.

What inspired you to start writing in 2017?

After my oldest son’s diagnosis of cancer and the death of my youngest brother, I felt motivated to pursue my dream. My son’s illness and my brother’s death made me reevaluate my life’s goals. I felt keenly aware of the passing of time and forgive the cliche but thought if not now, then when? I could imagine my brother teasing me about the direction I wanted to take my stories. “Is there such a thing as Historical Christian Romance?”

What do you love the most about historical fiction? What grabbed your interest in historical romance?

Whenever I read historical fiction, I visualize the events in a more personal way. Inspired by stories told to me by my grandparents, my particular interest lies in the 19th century. My husband was a history teacher for years and I’ve often remarked to him that I would be a much better student now.

My grandmother was a fan of romance author, Grace Livingston Hill, who was born in 1865. My sister and I enjoyed reading her collection and read each of her stories more than once.

What was your inspiration behind the story of “Maggie’s Strength?” How long did it take you to write this book?

In my debut novel, Rebecca’s Hope, I introduced colorful and innovative young women in a fictional western town in the late 19th century. The heroine Maggie sprang from the original story. The character was inspired by my mischievous grandmother Magdalena. Although the time and place are fictional, I imagined how either of my grandmother’s would have handled the situations and my pint-sized blacksmith was born.

The concept of the innovative women of Carrie Town Texas took me about a year to come up with and Maggie’s Strength took me about three months to write.

What kind of research is involved while writing a historical fiction book? What is the most unusual fact you have learned while researching for your book?

I spent months researching and took a few road trips to Texas and visited historical sights and museums. My focus was on the life and vocations of women during the 19th century.

I was most surprised by the rules a teacher had to adhere to remain employed. For example, male teachers could court one evening a week and twice if they attended church regularly. But female teachers were not allowed to court or to be seen in public after dark unless it’s for a school or church function. They were also required to spend their days off working in the community, to teach Sunday School and sing in the choir. Even if the school board allowed a teacher to have a beau, which they didn’t, I don’t know where she would have found the time. They had rules for everything, including how and when petticoats and other unmentionables could hang on the clothesline.

Writing 16 books in a series is a huge challenge in itself. What challenges did you face while writing the series, Lockets and Lace?

The Lockets and Lace Series is a collaborative project and I was thrilled to be able to participate this Spring. The story criteria was to produce an original sweet historical romance novel between 1850 through 1920. The common theme was a visit to the Bavarian Jewelry and Watch Repair Shop in St. Joseph Missouri, a locket and lace. In A Promised Land, the heroine inherited a locket and lace veil purchased from the shop for her mother.

What I thought would be challenging was to adhere to the outline, since it was not of my creation. That turned out to be easy. What I found difficult was not second-guessing myself. I wanted my offering to the collection to be stellar. The story is one of my favorites thus far.

How hard is it to establish and maintain a career in fiction writing? Why did you choose this route?

Here I go with a cliché again, but what worth having, isn’t difficult? I chose this route because I wanted to encourage people. I  believe you should come away refreshed and inspired after reading a book. In my personal life, I wear so many hats working inside and outside the home. I work hard, try harder and then begin again the next day. Despite my best efforts, sometimes life stinks. Bad things happen. I want my stories to provide an outlet, an opportunity to relax and escape to a place where obstacles are met and overcome.

What would you say characterises your writing? In what ways do you try and stand out from the ever growing community of romance writers?

I stay away from tormented dysfunctional heroines. My characters are everyday people who also happen to be independent, intelligent and ahead of their time. But the key to my stories is the combination of history, humor and romance with an emphasis on faith, friends and good clean fun.

Who inspired the character of eighteen-year-old, Emma Brady? Do you relate to her character in any way?

Have you been reading my diary? I grew up in a large family and had four brothers and two sisters. I loved doing everything my older brothers did. The fictional character Emma benefitted from a supportive father who encouraged her to follow her interests even though society would dictate she stick to housekeeping. Like me, Emma was in love with her childhood sweetheart. Even though that’s contrary to most storylines not riddled with unnecessary conflict, it’s a tale of love separated by distance.

Where do you get most of your plot and/or character ideas from?

The whole premise of my stories made up of independent, intelligent young women who overcome obstacles through faith, family and friends spring from my grandmother, Lois who was also ahead of her time, pursued a career and became a nurse. She was similar to the iconic Rosie the Riveter during WWII, but unlike Rosie, she worked in a hospital instead of a factory. Other characters, especially the children in my stories materialize from family members and those I’ve taught in Children’s Church over the years.

Which scene in “Rebecca’s Hope” was the hardest to write and why?

Without a doubt, the most difficult scene was for me as the author, choosing to allow Rebecca to forgive her father. I finally decided to write it in the way I thought I might have handled the situation. Sometimes it’s hard to forgive others even when they seem to be sincerely repentant.

When it comes to book marketing and promotions, what were some rookie mistakes you made with your first one, and what were the lessons you learned from that?

The first one is thinking that writing the book was the most difficult part. The second is not having a plan. It’s important to have marketing items ready and have the ability to post and create attractive memes and ads. I recently used AllAuthor to create a video and was so pleased with not only the way it turned out but that I was able to produce such a quality product myself.

How often do you write in a week? Do you try to write a certain goal number of words or chapters a day or do you just go with the flow?

Since I work full time at another vocation, my time for writing is in the evenings and on the weekends. At first, my goal was 1000 words a day. That rarely happens. One of my problems is I can get hung up on the smallest detail. I’ll then research for hours what ends up only adding a paragraph or two. For example, I recently spent days researching houses built from sod. Although I enjoyed it and I believe my research helped me to create an accurate picture for the story, I added very few words to the story that week.

Have you ever thought of collaborating and writing something with another author? If so, who would you want to work with?

To be asked to collaborate and write with anyone is thrilling. But I just looked at the top twenty in my genre of best sellers in Christian Historical fiction and found two authors that I love, Tracie Peterson and Karen Witemeyer. I would be happy if one of them said, “I read your book.” And over the moon, if they liked it.

What is your honest opinion on AllAuthor? In what ways has this website helped you and what are some ways that you think we can change or improve for the better.

My experience has been great. The memes are exceptional, and the tweets are automatic. There are other tools that I need to take the time to utilize such as the GIFs and banners. Even though I watched the instructional video, I wasn’t able to complete the task to my liking.

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New Release “Carol’s Choice”

New Release – Carol’s Choice A Western Christmas Carol

After the deaths of her mother and stepfather, twenty-year-old Carol Stone finds herself in reduced circumstances with two younger siblings to care for. The suggested marriage of convenience is out of the question, so she stalls for time. When Carol learns she is the sole heir of a small home in Carrie Town, a newly expanded railroad village, she throws caution to the Texas wind and packs her bags.

Though warned of the extreme change in lifestyle, she’s shocked at the smallness of the Sunday House. And why didn’t she think to ask about indoor plumbing?

Leaving her lifestyle of shopping, lavish parties and holiday endeavors for a simpler life is a temporary solution until she can make a match of her own design. Carol struggles to let go of the past, embrace the present, and hope for a better future. What she doesn’t bargain for is the handsome livery-stable owner, who understands the true meaning of family and Christmas. Will love conquer lavish?

 

Maggie’s Strength

Twenty-year-old Maggie Montgomery, is a petite young woman ahead of her time. She’s had a wonderful childhood and enjoyed spending time with her father and five brothers and is happiest working in the smithy with them. A competent cook and housekeeper, as a favor to the local doctor, she moves in to assist his wife who is struggling to recuperate from a bout of pneumonia.

A tomboy at heart, she ignores her mother’s pleas to dress more appropriately. Until the son returns. A recent graduate of medical school, although handsome, the young doctor is stoic and obviously put out that his father has hired her to help his mother recuperate. Sparks fly and suddenly for the first time Maggie is concerned more about how she is perceived by others, especially the young doctor? The question is why?

Can they get past their first impressions?

 

Something Exciting is here…

Lockets & Lace is a collection of sweet romances from the 1850s up into 1920s from Sweet Americana Sweethearts’ Blog authors to enjoy! In 2018, now 2019!

I’m so excited to be a part of this project and excited to announce my contribution to the collection, A Promised Land, is now available for pre-order:  https://www.amazon.com/Promised-Land-Lockets-Lace-Book-ebook/dp/B07P7F5RPF

CLBD2019_L&L_KimberlyGrist_APromisedLand_EBOOK_FINAL2Twenty-year-old Meriwether Walker enjoys teaching students of various ages and skills in a one-room schoolhouse. What she hates is the nomadic lifestyle that comes with it as she rotates boarding with families in the community every month. From feeling like an unwanted guest to leaky roofs and bedbugs, Meriwether longs for a place to call home. Unexpectedly she inherits an estate from a devoted uncle. 

A buyer is already lined up. But Meriwether snatches at the opportunity to put down roots in Trickling Springs, Texas. The handsome prospective buyer thinks she’s holding out for more money and she finds him rude and offputting.
Circumstances cause them to work together and their feelings change. But is he interested in her, or is the real attraction the property and the water rights he needs and she has inherited?

Combing History, Humor and Romance with an emphasis on Faith, Friends and Good Clean Fun, A Promised Land is available on April 8th:

Available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited:
 https://www.amazon.com/Promised-Land-Lockets-Lace-Book-ebook/dp/B07P7F5RPF

Also available in paperback: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1091072809/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tpbk_p1_i3

New Release – Lois’s Risk

Lois's Risk CoverIn my first novel Rebecca’s Hope, I introduced colorful characters and innovative young women in a western town in the late 19th century. Lois’s Risk is a continuation of the tale based on Rebecca’s friend and dress shop owner, Lois Weaver.

Our story begins several months before Rebecca’s wedding and we focus on Lois whose choices in life go against nineteenth-century convention of how a woman should behave.

Lois Weaver has been schooled to be proper, lady-like, honest, to clean, sew and cook so at the appropriate age she would marry. As an adult, she surpassed her father’s expectations with her skills and beauty only to shatter them when she opens a dress shop. She’s worked hard making a success of her business. Now the handsome bank owner has come calling. So why isn’t she happy? Moreover, why can’t forget about a certain farmer with big brown eyes?

Daniel Lawrence former Texas Ranger gained immense satisfaction when he purchased his farm and livestock. His new way of life is not only a means to make a living but adds a sense of fulfillment. The only thing lacking is a wife and family. He is just shy of proposing when a family tragedy forces him to open his home to his grieving sister and her niece. How could he bring a new wife home to this?

Lois is heartbroken because Daniel is ignoring her. Can she go against the 19th-century rules of how a woman should behave and have the courage to tell Daniel how she feels?

Combining history, humor, and romance with an emphasis on faith, friends, and good clean fun, fans of historical romance set in late 19th-century will enjoy Lois’s Risk a delightful tale of courage and reminds us how God uses adversity to strengthen us and draw us closer to Him.

Available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited:

Emma’s Dream

From the land who introduced the Christmas tree, an old German superstition stated should a maiden wish to know if she’ll be married in the year, she should go out to the chicken coop on Christmas Eve and knock on the door. If she hears a rooster crow, she will. But if she hears a hen instead, she won’t.

Chicken coop

As a historical inspirational romance, one of my goals was to give an accurate account of the time period while exposing the inaccuracy in the quotes and beliefs in a humorous way.
This is a story of love that’s being tested by distance and has the perfect combo of love, faith and humor. A delightful read.

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Combining history, humor, and romance with an emphasis on faith, friends, and good clean fun, Emma’s Dream is a delightful tale that reminds us how God uses adversity to strengthen us and draw us closer to Him.

Emma’s Dream is available to read for free on:

Kindle Unlimited https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KVN91SP

RED HEADED BOOK LOVER REVIEW OF REBECCA’S HOPE

Rebecca’s Hope, Kimberly Grist

Christian FictionLiterature & FictionRomanceWestern Fiction

Raised by her guardian and influenced by the mostly male population of Carrie Town Texas, Rebecca benefited from a forward-thinking, unorthodox education not typical for a young woman in the late Nineteenth century.

As an adult, she is armed with skills that most would covet, yet she lives in a boarding house, works as a waitress and struggles financially. Most single women in the area didn’t stay single long. Most, but not her. The one man she had said yes to was dragging his feet. The townspeople all agree she is in need of a husband. Even the young girls in her Sunday School Class have taken action by writing an ad for the paper.

Wanted: Husband for Rebecca Mueller. **Must be handsome, nice, like children, and live within walking distance of Carrie Town School.

Will her circumstances change and allow her to hold out for true love?

Rebecca’s Hope is a remarkable romance novel written by the talented and well-accomplished author Kimberly Grist and wow, what a story! Western fiction combined with a romance and Christian theme is my go to read and a read I love to get lost in. Rebecca’s Hope is a western romance tale, and the story that unfolds throughout the book is captivating and kept me hooked for hours! This is thanks to the well-developed plot and phenomenal literature courtesy of Kimberly Grist whose literature is stunning, and full of believable and likable characters. I have read many romance novels but never before have I been so captivated by a story as I have been with Rebecca’s Hope. I believe this is because there is something different about this book, something unique and special and I felt this as soon as I started to read it as its stunning nature shines off the page and into the reader’s heart.

Rebecca’s Hope is a breathtaking novel that will introduce the reader to the protagonist of the story, Rebecca Mueller. Rebecca is a young woman living in the late 19th century, and she is in a slight predicament. Rebecca ‘lives in a boarding house, works as a waitress and struggles financially’ and she is single. Women in this era do not usually stay single for long; however, Rebecca is yet to find her perfect match and so she is on the lookout for a husband. The reader will follow Rebecca as she tries to find a husband and this book lovers is the premise of the incredible Rebecca’s Hope.

Rebecca’s Hope is a gem of a book that I needed to read. For so long I have read books that are quite oppressive so to read a novel that yes, features a few poignant themes but tastefully and compellingly was refreshing! Besides the journey, the reader encounters is a mesmerizing one, and I loved following the protagonist of the novel on her journey. Rebecca’s Hope indeed was a heart-warming read; although know book lovers that Rebecca’s Hope is not all lovey-dovey; there are some poignant themes and even thrilling themes that kept me reading for hours on end, so Rebecca’s Hope truly is a unique tale!

Rebecca’s Hope is a multi-layered novel full of many exciting and lovely themes and all the themes explored throughout Rebecca’s Hope and these themes combined make the book a sensational story that is fascinating as well as captivating.

Rebecca’s Hope is full of twists and turns galore, the book and the story that unravels is thrilling and will keep your hearts racing, and there are a few moments which will definitely evoke certain feelings in its readers. I love how the author kept me on edge constantly and made me feel a host of different emotions; Grist is an exceptional writer because she knows just how to captivate her readers and keep them engrossed from beginning to end.

The author Kimberly Grist can only be described as a literary artisan. Writing for me is an art form, it is much of an art as beautiful renaissance sculptures, paintings and wonderfully executed movies that excite the viewer. The objective of any great writer is that of an artist; it is to communicate a message and to delight the recipient whether that be the listener, the viewer or the reader… in this case the reader. Grist has wonderfully charmed me and has communicated the novel’s message to me soundly and perfectly. This is why I am in such awe of her, she is a creative genius and a visionary thinker that is also passionate and articulate and this, in my opinion, is a hard balance to find these days in the art of literature.

Kimberly Grist is a talented wordsmith; her brilliant story combined with her flawless narration amazed me and had me turning the pages with haste. Grist’s sensational book is perfect and makes for a brisk, steady read that is full of twists and turns galore. I adore her plot device of twists and turns as they kept me intrigued and ensured that I never once got bored.

Overall Rebecca’s Hope is a truly spectacular novel full of many beautiful moments and brilliant intrigue, and so I have no choice but to award this stellar book a dazzling five stars! It is a truly exceptional novel, and it would be a crime not to read it, so please read the preview below as I promise you will be captivated to read this exceptional story! Keep an eye out too for my spotlight for the author which will be live soon!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much, I love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please comment below and let me know your thoughts on Rebecca’s Hope. Do you see yourself reading this book? Do you love the genre? Please let me know your brilliant thoughts below and I will be sure to comment back. Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for Amazon U.K..

Below I have attached some links about the author and this wonderful book so if you would like to learn more about the author and the book then please have a browse. Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on this book!

https://read.amazon.co.uk/kp/card?asin=B07H2KDG2Z&preview=inline&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_3eG6Bb6P2ZWEH&tag=redheadedbook-20

Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Kimberly Grist: Facebook – Twitter – Amazon Author Page – Website

Thank you so much again for reading!

What Inspires You?

 I was recently asked an interesting question. What inspires you? Without really giving it thought, I answered jokingly, coffee and chocolate. My husband can attest that I am not a morning person, so it is true the thought of a good cup of joe motivates me when the annoying sound of the alarm clock doesn’t. I probably don’t even need to explain the magnetic force of chocolate.

But what really inspires me is everyday people who overcome obstacles with grace and dignity. My seven year old nieces’ artwork sums it up nicely, Dream Big, Spred Joy. Although her spelling may not be her strong suit yet, Ali is inspiring. She is witty, artistic, has an amazing vocabulary and prays so fervently, she causes chills to run up and down my arm. Like many precocious children,  you never know what she will say next. She is an exceptional young lady, a force to be reckoned with and I am a better person for knowing her. She is also legally blind. What about you? What inspires you?
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Introducing the Innovative Women of Carrie Town Texas

In my debut novel, Rebecca’s Hope, I introduced several innovative women in the fictional town of Carrie Town Texas. Who was your favorite? Sign up for my newsletter and you will receive a ballot and a chance to choose who will be featured in an upcoming book:

  • Rebecca’s friend the dress shop owner- Lois
  • Rebecca’s childhood friend Emma
  • Rebecca’s cousin Sara Jane

Blessings,

Kim

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Author Bio: Kimberly Grist is married to her high school sweetheart, Nelson, who is a pastor in Griffin, Georgia. She and her husband have three adult sons, one with Down syndrome, and she has a passion to encourage others in offering a special needs ministry in the church. Kim is also a grandmother and proud to be a child of the living God. She feels called to help and encourage others and to share experiences both good and bad in order to be the witness that God would have us to be.

Kim has enjoyed writing since she was a young girl, however, began writing her first novel in 2017. Inspired by so many things life has to offer one of which includes her oldest son’s diagnosis of cancer she finds it especially gratifying to write a happy ending. “Suffering is, of course, is my least favorite thing. My objective is not to discuss my struggles specifically but to combine a love of history with biblical principles to produce a historical Christian based story that shows how God uses adversity for our good in ways we may never expect.”

 

 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 

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