Where Readers & Writers Connect
What led you to become an author?
I had a story to tell and the best way for me to share it was through the written word. I’ve written a novel to share my life story, I’ve written devotionals to share my faith journey, and I’ve written a non-fiction workbook to share what I’ve learned as a personal fitness trainer.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a child, but I started to write for others in 2003 when I published articles and a column in a local newspaper.
How many books do you have published?
Novel – Tooth for Tooth
3 Devotionals – Where Fitness meets Faith, Where Family Meets Faith, & Where Life meets Faith
Children’s book – How Much do I Love You?
Non-fiction – Fit for Faith – 7 weeks to improved spiritual & physical health
Contributor to Anthology – A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider
Some of your books have co-authors. Could you tell us about the co-authoring experience, how it’s different from writing solo?
When it comes to marketing, I prefer the co-authoring experience. It’s easier and a lot more fun to go on book signings and readings when you have a team to back you up.
Some of your titles are non-fiction, and one is fiction. How does writing non-fiction differ from writing a novel?
I found the experience to be like night and day. Although I found it cathartic to write the novel, it was more difficult than I could ever imagine. Non-fiction comes naturally for me, my brain is wired to explain, organize and sort thoughts.
Can you tell us a little about your novel?
It’s based on a true story from 5 years of my life. I decided to write it as a novel to protect the innocent and to have some “play” with the characters.
How do you get an idea for a book?
For me, it’s all about sharing. When I learn something new, I want to tell others. My novel was born out of my desire to share how I learned the importance of forgiveness in order to heal. My devotionals were to share what I’ve learned about God. My fitness book was to share what I’ve learned in the health field. Whenever I learn something, I write about it. I’m a teacher at heart.
What is your writing process, i.e., do you outline or are you a “pantser”?
Definitely an outliner. I like structure, order and routine. This is how I write my books.
Do you enjoy reading?
Absolutely! I love to walk and I love to read. It’s hard to do both at the same time, but they complement each other very well.
What genres do you most enjoy reading?
I enjoy romantic suspense novels, mysteries, and humor. I also like non-fiction on anything in the faith realm, devotionals, how-to’s and study Bibles.
What genre do you most enjoy writing?
Devotionals. They feel most natural to me; just like writing a letter to a friend sharing my latest discovery.
Thanks, Kimberley, for sharing with us.
Kimberley Payne is a motivational speaker and author. Her writings relate raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire people to live their life to glorify God. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com