Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Kim Johnson and I am 38 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I hail from Virginia. I grew up in Stafford, Virginia, but now I call the Henrico/Richmond area home.
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
I am a mom to 5 people. I am in a long-term relationship with a great guy, Antonio. I am a life long learner- I have studied communication, creative writing, early childhood education and ASL, language interpretation (English to Asl and vice versa). I am an active member of my church, Anointed Worship Center- I love serving on various ministries there and I have been an advocate for and in my community- especially where children are concerned. I home school my 12 and 2 year olds and I am a horse mom- the 12 year old is a horse show girl, so I spend a lot of my time traipsing after her and the horse, 😊.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My latest news? Well, I have an e-book available for pre-order on Amazon, I have (finally) gotten my author page up and running on Facebook and I have a couple of new writing projects in the works.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I have always been ‘a writer’ and a teller of stories, so I cannot pinpoint an exact time when I started writing. However, over the years, the purpose in my writing has changed over the years. As a preteen/ young teen, I wrote to make my friends and I the popular kids. In high school, writing became a means to help me get through some traumatic events I was experiencing. Later, my writing became just something I couldn’t hold in. This is still true for me today, as well, as a way for me to be an encouragement to others.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Even though I have always been a writer, I didn’t start calling myself a professional writer until the middle of 2017.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The first book I ever wrote was when I was in middle school and that was inspired because I wanted to write something where my friends and I were the main characters, sort of like The Babysitter’s Club, except our talent or focus was band and music. Since then, I have written several other books, but none were published. I was inspired to write my current book, Journey to Forgiveness because my daughter, who is plagued with mental illness, attacked me and attempted to kill me. I had to overcome a lot because of that incident, but I knew my daughter needed me and to be there for her, I would need to forgive her. Forgiving her was sometimes something I had to do on a daily or minutely basis. This is when I realized forgiveness was not as easily given as saying, “I forgive you” and that not forgiving someone could lead to a life of bitterness and stagnation. I began to explore other areas and incidents in my life, where I had just shoved an emotion down in the recesses and not really worked through what had occurred. Thus, Journey to Forgiveness came to be.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title just came to me one day; I truly believe it was ordained by God.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t believe I have a specific writing style. I don’t intentionally or unintentionally follow or break any writing rules. I just tell the stories as they come to me and it is different everytime I write. As I am getting more in depth in my current project, I am finding that writing in a character’s thinking voice is more challenging for me.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Every aspect of Journey to Forgiveness is based on an aspect of my life and is real and accurate to the best of my recollection.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I do not have to travel to write. However, during the writing process, there may be times when I need to get away or distance myself from the project for a bit. At those times, I may enjoy a bit of day traveling.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The current cover listed with my e-book was self-designed. However, as the final product won’t be delivered until February 11 and a paperback will follow, I am open to working with someone who has more experience than I on my covers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I would love readers to grasp the forgiveness message and begin to work on their own forgiveness journeys. I would also love to see this type of forgiveness become a lifestyle, because I think everyone would be living with less angst than they have now. I also think if we did this, we wouldn’t have so much emotional baggage transferred or carried into our new adventures in life.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Yes!!! I have recently discovered Victoria Danes (I am Jade), Rob Burton (Meditations on Murder) and Rhian Waller (Ship Rats). I don’t have a favorite writer, but I am extremely fond of Sophie Kinsella, Elizbeth Hoyt, Debbie Macomber, Mary Kay Andrews, John Grisham and James Patterson, to name a few.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My endeavor to become a published author, was supported by my Pastor, Marvin Green; my accountability partner, Kim Washington; my friends, Asia Baker, Lady Tiashia Sprouse and Kara Wilson; and mentor, Pastor Valerie Coley.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I see writing as both a career and a hobby.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn’t change anything in this book. As I said, I believe this book was God ordained, so everything included was meant to be in it and those stories which weren’t written for this book, simply were not meant to be included. Perhaps they may be included in a second devotional or another book and perhaps not. It’s that way with writing, occasionally.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Oh, I learned tons of valuable information and insights while writing this book. I think the most important lesson was that giving yourself some distance after finishing your first draft is necessary, not merely suggested. The more space you can give yourself, the better self-editor you will be in the editing phase. A close second in significance, would be to read your writing aloud or have your computer read it to you, to catch those mistakes that often slip through the cracks.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Journey to Forgiveness features me as the main character and if it were to be made into a movie, I think I would enjoy Gabriel Union to portray me.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
My advice to fellow writers is to write. Don’t worry about the strict rules or about the editing process or if you are doing it correct or not. Just write. Find your unique writing voice and stay true to it. The other things will come.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for supporting me, for reading my book, for following me on social media and for telling your friends about me. I appreciate you all!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am finishing up Crime Lord’s Captive (Crime Lord Series #1), by Mia Knight
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I do not remember the first book I read. I imagine it to be along the lines of Dr. Seuss or Dick and Jane, though. I remember the Ramona Quimby and Babysitter’s Club series and loving them.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Movies make me cry all the time- I am emotional like that. My children and boyfriend, Antonio, can make me laugh. I love a good joke.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Just one? That is hard. I’d like to be able to meet Rebecca McIntosh- my 3x great grandmother. I pick her because I also write stories based on my ancestry and family history and she is my current person of interest.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Outside of reading and writing, I enjoy swimming, bowling, horses, skating, beaches, amusement parks, adventure and pretty much all life has to offer or share with me, lol!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I watch a lot of DIY television, so HGTV is one of my favorite channels to watch. I also really like Mysteries at the Museum (Hotel or Monument), Expedition Unknown and the Outlander Series.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I like food. I do not really have a favorite food. My favorite colors are green and pink and I try to wear one of those each day! My taste in music is very eclectic. I listen to everything from gospel to r&b to oldies, but goodies, to show tunes and big band sounds.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would focus more on community advocacy and making my city a better place for everyone. I may even get involved with politics at the local level.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
If money were no object, I would like to have all the work I have completed- at the time of my death- on my family tree to be put on my headstone.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Of course, I do! Please feel free and encouraged to follow me everywhere and stay tuned for information on my upcoming online launch celebration!