Writing News and Tips: Kimberly Rose Johnson

I want to remind everyone that today is my 50 Book Jubilee over on Facebook. You can join the fun at https://www.facebook.com/events/1700850980218471


Today I’m also happy to welcome Kimberly.

Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing.

She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.


I’ve learned so much since I first started studying the craft of writing over ten years ago. The first lesson a seasoned writer ever taught me was that I needed to write a high concept story that readers wouldn’t be able to put down. I thought great. How am I supposed to do that? I’ve since discovered the key is to know your audience and what they expect in the kind of book you write.

Now that I know what is expected in my genre, contemporary romance, I must come up with story plots. For some people that is the hardest part of writing, for me, it’s probably the easiest. My mind never shuts off, and daydreaming is a constant in my life.

For me brainstorming starts with what if. What if a former actress turned restaurateur gets sucked into a children’s theater? What if a handsome man heads the children’s theater, but he doesn’t like the former A-list actress? What would happen? Do you see where I’m going? These are questions I asked myself when preparing to write An Encore for Estelle.

What if you don’t have any characters in mind or a setting, or a topic, or anything? What if you have nothing?

I would suggest you watch the news, read the paper, or sit at the mall and watch people. There are so many stories out there. I’m not suggesting writing a story ripped from the headlines, but why not use the headlines and ask what if?

The next step is to talk it out with someone and bounce ideas off of each other. Be sure to take notes. It’s difficult to remember every idea that gets brought up. Even if an idea doesn’t fit well with what you are going for, save it for the future. You never know if one of those ideas will work for a different story.

I wish much success as you brainstorm!


About “An Encore For Estelle”

A former A-list actress seeks to redeem herself in the most unlikely of places—a children’s theater. The writer/director didn’t anticipate a famous actress would ever show interest in his musical much less him. Will their pasts pull them apart or join them together?

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