It’s my pleasure to spotlight fellow LPC author Kimberly Rae this week. She’s lived in Bangladesh, Uganda, Kosovo and Indonesia. In addition to being published over 250 times, she has work in 5 languages. Her suspense/romance novels on international human trafficking and missions (Stolen Woman, Stolen Child and Stolen Future) are all Amazon bestsellers. Addison’s disease brought her back to the US, where she now writes from her home a the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Rae is married and has two young children. Find out about Kimberly’s new series on living joyfully with chronic health problems or her other books at www.kimberlyrae.com.
KR: I’ve been writing since I was little. My parents bought me a kiddie typewriter for Christmas one year, and I’d type out my own versions of Nancy Drew stories on it. I wrote my first novel in high school; it was awful! On the mission field, I started doing writing projects for the other missionaries, as well as writing for Christian magazines and other publications. Over the years, I branched out into writing on assignment, writing for all age groups, and now writing books.
When I first considered writing a novel, I tossed around a few ideas, but couldn’t quite put my finger on what to do. My mom eventually asked me, "If you could write about anything, what would you write about?" By the end of that day, I had about three chapters of Stolen Woman done. It combines my passions for missions, fighting human trafficking, and teaching women their worth all in one great story. I love it when things come together like that, and you know God is in it!
KR: When I lived overseas, a friend of mine who’d had a difficult past read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It changed the way she saw God. I was amazed a work of fiction could be so powerful. Her confession was my inspiration to write fiction. I want my work to have purpose, to make a difference, not simply to entertain.
One reason I wanted to go into missions was to write stories about real missionaries, people God used despite their faults and weaknesses. I wanted teenagers to see how God uses everyday people, so they’d know God could use them, too. I got the chance to do so with my Stolen series, and I’ve got another series on trafficking and missions for teens and pre-teens starting in 2014.
AG: What is the one piece of writing advice you wish you’d had at the beginning of your career?
KR: Learn to love constructive criticism. In the beginning, I took suggestions and critiques personally, which can be devastating. Now, I’ve learned the more people I have critique my work, the better. Being edited isn’t bad; it results in a better finished product. These days I crave input and get it from several sources when I can.
KR: I’m finishing up books two and three in my Sick & Tired series, about to rewrite book two in the series for teens, and am working on the final third of my new novel Shredded, a novel about a life-changing collision between a prostitute, a new pastor, and a dying church. Intrigued? I hope so!
AG: What do you have coming out next? What do your fans have to look forward to?
The first Sick & Tired book released recently, and I’m hoping to release the following books in the series every 3 months, so keep an eye out for book two this September! I’m also hoping to have a children’s book out in time for Christmas.
AG: How can my readers find out more about you and your work?
I’d love to have you visit my website at www.kimberlyrae.com. From there you can find my blog on human trafficking/health problems, as well as my blog for writers. There’s plenty of info on my books, on different ministries, stories, and videos, etc. If you sign up for the newsletter at www.kimberlyrae.com, I can keep you updated on what’s new!