It’s time to meet another FaithWriters member! I had the pleasure of first meeting Kim at the FaithWriters conference. Since then, we’ve met for coffee to chat about writing and life. She is an amazing and interesting lady and I am thrilled to introduce you. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee or a tall glass of lemonade and get to know Kim (who writes under the pen name, Kathryn Randall).
LYNDA: Tell us about yourself and your Christian testimony.
KIM: I’m 49 years old and live in Coldwater, Michigan. I’ve lived in this area all my life and have worked as a state employee for the last twenty-three years. Currently I am secretary to the Warden of the local prison complex. My boss is the longest-standing female warden in the state with 3,000 prisoners, 500 employees, two prisons and me to help her keep it all straight. I’ve been divorced for nine years and while I never had natural children, I’ve got three step-children and am known as ‘Nana’ to six grandkids.
My Christian walk can be described as an on-going journey. I’ve learned so much, especially in the last few years, about my relationship with the Lord and his love. He continues to challenge me by taking me to new levels and while it isn’t always easy, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
LYNDA: When did you discover your love for writing?
KIM: I’ve always been told that I have a “knack” for words, writing, and the English language but I never considered being a writer until a few years ago when our pastor did a sermon based on the movie, “The Bucket List.” We were to write down things we wanted to ask of the Lord and without hesitation, I wrote, “To be published.” That began a stirring within me that has grown and evolved. He has guided me every step of the way through the process and I can’t wait to see where he takes me since I know for sure that it is a gift from him that I need to use for his glory.
LYNDA: Have you had anything published?
KIM: I’ve had several former FaithWriter articles published including one in DogLiving Magazine. I also currently have one under consideration with Light and Life Magazine, which would be my first paid submission. I also author a weekly fictional column called The Adventures of Miranda DailyLife for a local entertainment newspaper, FrankTalk. I try to submit to the Challenge as often as possible and received my first Editor’s Choice award this past winter. I participated in NaNoWriMo last year and it was an awesome experience- especially since I “won.” I’ve yet to finish the manuscript rough draft but hope to get back to it and move forward soon.
LYNDA: What genre do you most love to read and write?
KIM: I generally stick to Christian fiction but have ventured out a little bit. I like contemporary, dramatic, “real-life” work that speaks to my heart and points me to daily life with the Lord.
LYNDA: You’ve attended the FaithWriters conference in the past and will be attending again this year. What are you looking forward to most about the conference?
KIM: This year I hope to connect more with other writers, not be so shy and reserved (LOL), and most important, I’m hoping to get a writing mojo boost. Life has gotten in the way this year and my writing has been put on a back burner. The flicker is still there, but I want to get back to that burn I’ve had in the past. What better way than hanging out with a bunch of writers for a weekend?
LYNDA: I couldn’t agree more! So what are some things you like to do for fun?
KIM: I golf, spend time with family, am a total computer geek, and take care of my little gal’s house, dog, and 3 kitties.
RANDOM FUN FACTS:
*Favorite subject in school: English (what else?)
*A pet peeve: Impatient people who inch through red lights
*Something you’ve always wanted to do: Golf on a PGA course
*Favorite ice cream flavor: Strawberry cheesecake
LYNDA: Finally, what are your ultimate writing goals?
KIM: Finish my WIP and get it published then start on some other ideas.
To read Kim’s work, visit her FaithWriters profile