Genre: Comedic Fiction
Author: Kimberly Stuart
Ok lets just get to the obvious, what made you decided to do an Amish fiction? Seems like a pretty rare topic.
- I have long been interested in the Amish. My husband and I lived on the edge of an Amish community while we were in grad school, so my curiosity was stoked during that time. Also, there’s quite a large library of Amish fiction these days. In fact, there’s a joke right now in publishing that all an author needs to do is slap a bonnet on the cover. I do have a bonnet on my cover, but, um, this isn’t your grandmother’s Amish fiction. Ahem.
Ok now that we got that over with, tell me a little about yourself. I know you’re a mom, and you’re funny. Plus you must be cool if you hang out with my mom so what makes you, you?
- First, your mother’s cool factor cannot be reached by mere mortals. 🙂 In my normal, non-writing life, I am a wife and a mother of three young children. I spend a lot of time wiping noses and tushes, sweeping cereal particles from under the kitchen table, and reminding my children that Whinese is not an internationally sanctioned language. I write during nap time and while the laundry remains untouched. Life is good around here. Busy and loud, but chock full of blessing.
Tell me a bit more about how you started writing. I know you say its because of your love of reading, but there has to be more to it than that.
- I started writing after my eldest daughter was born and I needed an outlet for unused multi-syllabic words. I loved being home with my daughter, but I also knew I needed a space that was mine and for me, that space became storytelling. I wanted to write stories that paired the medicine of laughter with the poignancy of grace. I wanted to write stories about real people and real heartache and real, belly laughter. Really, I wanted to write stories that my girlfriends would like to read. My first book came out of that desire and it’s the one that propels me still.
Ok I know this is a hard one but what is your favorite book (of the moment.) Maybe one fiction one non fiction and one ‘other’ does that help?
- Oh, dear. My favorite books of the moment…Thank you for allowing the “for the moment” part. Relieves the pressure. Here are my votes:
Fiction: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Non Fiction: Love Focused by Bob and Judy Hughes
Favorite Beach Read for the Summer: Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones
Last but not least, what is in the works for you next? Another book, more book tours? Just hanging out at home and being a great mom?
- I’m hoping to start writing again soon. I have an idea percolating but I’m not quite ready to dive back in. At this point, I’m working to get the word out about Operation Bonnet. And I’m hoping to have my closets organized by the time I perish. No promises, but I’m hopeful.
So here is a little more fun, a giveaway. We are going to make this one super simple. Just leave a comment telling me you want to win!
Plus if you read the book and leave a review on Amazon you could be entered to win a kindle!
Also, I’m doing a little promo right now that might interest some of your readers. I’m gunning for 200 Amazon reviews by June 1. Everyone who posts a review will be entered to win a free Kindle. Just send me the link to the review (KimberlyStuartGiveaway@gmail.com) and you’ll be entered. Plus, we’ll be giving away a cute Op Bonnet memento for everyone who posts a review.
Giveaway ends 4/22/11 at 1:00 CST
*I was not provided with anything in order to do this book review. However after contacting the Author she said she would like to give away a book to one of you nice readers!