My Winding Path to Publication

Author Kimberly Rose Johnson
Posted by Michelle Griep
No two writers’ journeys are the same. Here’s one
author’s story of her road to writerly success. Meet author Kimberly Rose Johnson.
For most of us success
doesn’t happen overnight. Most of us see success in increments over time.
Perhaps the victory is so small we don’t even notice it except in hindsight.
As a newbie writer I attended
my first writer’s conference in 2006. I didn’t know anyone there except one
woman, Miralee Ferrell, whom I’d briefly met online and emailed a couple of
times beforehand. When I saw her there I introduced myself. As it turned out we
hit it off, became friends, then critique partners, and she is now my
publisher. I certainly didn’t see that coming! It goes to show though, that you
never know who or what will make a difference in your personal or your writing
life.
We are in the midst of
conference season, and once again I will be heading to the Oregon Christian
Writer’s Conference where I received my first glimpse into how to write while
sitting in a workshop taught by Randy Ingermannson, famous for his Snowflake
method. After taking his class I went back to my room and wrote a short story
based on what he taught. I then submitted to a mystery and suspense magazine—my
first sale.
This little success was
enough to keep me working hard for six more years until I sold my first novel
to Harlequin’s Love Inspired Heartsong Present’s line. I then went on to sell
four more books before they announced the line would close this June.
That announcement really
messed with my head. It took several months before I could decide what I was
going to do next. Then my good friend I met all those years ago asked if I
would allow her to publish, Island Refuge,
a book I’d written a couple of years ago. Not only did she want to publish that
book, but she wanted it to be a series. I was cool with that. J I had the proposal already written up for a series
and knew exactly what I would write. Island
Dreams
is the next book in the Wildflower B&B Series, and it will
release in August.
That is how I came to be
published by Mountain Brook Ink. My writing life has come full circle. My first
friend in the writing world is now my publisher.  Talk about a winding path!
About the Book: Island
Refuge
Five-Star-Chef Zoe Griffin walked away from her dream job.
Did she make a mistake? 

Her engagement off, Zoe Griffin retreats to tiny
Wildflower Island in the Puget Sound. Hiding out as a cook and maid at a shabby
bed-and-breakfast seems crazy for a chef who’s used to running her own
five-star kitchen. And just as she starts to feel at home, her klutzy mishaps
make Zoe fear her handsome new boss will fire her. 

Dr. Nick Jackson is done with medicine, and
owning a B&B is as far from doctoring as he can get. He needs help, but his
only employee’s mistakes give him doubts. As Zoe lets her defenses down, Nick
begins to see a competent and caring woman. One whose wounds are as deep as his
own. But as they fall for each other, Nick and Zoe must learn the hardest
lesson of all—to forgive. Only then can they heal the past and embrace the
future . . . together. 

About the Author:

Kimberly Rose Johnson, soon to be empty-nester,
lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their yellow lab. Island
Refuge is her sixth published book and the first in a series of three. Kimberly
enjoys long walks, chocolate, and mochas, not necessarily in that order.