Monday, April 29, 2019

God as Business Manager and Writing Partner by Kimberly Rose Johnson



Have you ever noticed that the scripture verse you cling to changes, depending on where you are currently at in your life? During the years I was seeking publication for the first time, my verse was Jeremiah 29:11. Now my verses are Proverbs 3:5–6. I tend to quote this passage to myself at least every other day.


I am twenty books into my career as a published, hybrid writer, and I find that I’m closer to the Lord than ever. I feel incapable of not only writing but also dealing with the daily grind of life without Him by my side. I trust Him to guide my words and my career. One of my critique partners says He is her business manager. I love that!


I loved the idea of the Lord being her business manager so much, I gave Him control in that area of my life too. After all, who knows me better, and who could possibly guide my path with perfection like He does? Granted, it’s not always easy to know His will, and there are times I feel like I’m floundering while I wait for direction. The funny thing about that is He has often told me, and I wasn’t listening. It’s only in hindsight that I realize I missed His guidance.


I see His hand in all my books. I had a blast writing my latest release, The Sleuth’s Dilemma, but it wasn’t without its challenges. I’m so thankful He’s not only my manager but my writing partner as well.


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The Sleuth's Dilemma

Anna loves her job as a high school English teacher until everything goes sideways. The one bright spot in her life is Titus Gains, the school counselor, who is there for her at every turn. Titus’ boss complicates his ordered world when she tasks him with running a meeting that changes everything. How had he not noticed Anna earlier? Someone is out to destroy her, and he can’t let that happen.


As the head of the English department, part of Luke Harms’ job is to make sure everything runs smoothly. Things went haywire when Anna was put in charge of the big writing contest. Entries are missing, Anna appears to be in danger, and her job is on the line. Luke is investigating and wants to make things right for this woman he’s starting to care about. Can a trio of school officials along with Nancy Daley, the town sleuth, stop the saboteur before it’s too late? And will Anna choose the right man, or lose them both?


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Award winning author 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, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.


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4 comments:

  1. Look who's on Seriously Write today! Waving to you, Kimberly. :) Thanks so much for your uplifting and encouraging post. I pray every time I sit down to write, but you know what? I often don't pray and ask the Lord's guidance for my business-related decisions (marketing, book strategy, finances and more). I'll join you in giving control to Him for that part of my writing journey, as well. Blessings.

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    1. Thank you, JoAnn. That's awesome about giving Him control. It's not always my first instinct, but I try to remember He's got things under control and wants the best for His children.

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  2. Thank you for hosting me on your blog!

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