Friday, December 1, 2017

Cozy Christmas Reads: A Character Interview with Keira

Interview with Keira from A Christmas Surprise by Kimberly Rose Johnson:

Alexis: I enjoyed getting to know you, Keira, as I read your story! Do you think that your author, Kimberly Rose Johnson, gave your story the ending that you wanted? Why or why not? 

Keira: Oh yes! I couldn’t have asked for a more special ending. My heart is full.

Alexis: I’m sorry to hear about your late husband. How did he die? What about his death makes you fear driving in the snow? 

Keira: Thank you. He died in a car crash on an icy road. It was a horrible time in my life. I didn’t think I would recover from losing him. Every time it snows all I can think about is how slippery the roads are and I’m paralyzed in fear—or at least I was. I’m doing much better now.

Alexis: What was your first impression of Pete the veterinarian? After you two got to know each other, how did that impression change? 

Keira: Well, the very first time I met him I didn’t know who he was, and I’ll admit I was interested. That being said once I talked to him again and realized the he didn’t date moms I was not impressed. I mean really, what mom would be? But I respected his honesty. It took me a little while to figure it out, but Pete is a nice guy with a big heart.

Alexis: Your child Cody calls your best friend “Aunt” Susan. How did they bond? 

Keira: Like you said Susan is my best friend. She’s like an Aunt to Cody. She takes care of him when I need help and she’s there whenever we need her. Susan is a big part of our lives.

Alexis: Do you think that Susan is a good friend for helping your meet your match? How did you thank her when things between you and Pete, though rocky at first, started looking up?

Keira: I don’t think I’d call her a good friend for setting me up on a blind date without my permission, but no one is perfect. I’m not sure I ever did thank her. 

Alexis: What was it about your feelings for your late husband that prevented you from falling in love with Pete? How did you overcome that obstacle?

Keira: Hmm, that’s a good question. I’m not sure I can give you the answer you’re hoping for. I don’t think it was so much my feelings for him, but rather me not realizing I was capable of loving again. 

Alexis: Would you say that Pete is a great cook? Why or why not? 

Keira: Yes. Most definitely, yes! If you’d tasted the meal he made for us you would agree. 

Alexis: What’s your favorite dish that Pete’s cooked for you? Why? 

Keira: Without a doubt the Chicken Piccata Pasta. It was delicious!

Alexis: What role does your candy store play in your story? What makes it special?

Keira: Aside from my son, the candy store is my life. It was my late husband’s dream and it pays the bills. I don’t know what I’d do without it. 

Alexis: Pete said he doesn’t date women who have kids but clearly things worked out, so how did you convince him to take a risk on loving you and Cody?

Keira: I didn’t convince him. I’m not sure what changed, but somewhere along the way he had a change of heart.

Alexis: What role does Blondie (the gorgeous puppy) play in this story? Describe how her puppy eyes pull your heartstrings. 

Keira: Ah, Blondie. She was such a sweet dog. Poor Pete was so disappointed when her owner showed up. I think he had his heart set on placing Blondie under our Christmas tree for Cody.

Alexis: If you could change anything about your own life story and your new romance with Pete, what would it be? Why?

Keira: I wish I wasn’t afraid of winter weather driving. It makes my world smaller than I’d like and causes me stress. I wouldn’t change anything about Pete. Why do you ask? Don’t you think he’s just right as is? 

Alexis: Thanks for the interview, Keira! God bless you and Merry Christmas!

Keira: Thanks, Alexis! It was my pleasure to visit with you today. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. If you ever get to Leavenworth, Washington please stop by my candy shop and introduce yourself. I highly recommend coming during the lighting festival. There is nothing like Leavenworth at Christmastime. 

Author bio: 
Faith Hope and Love Reader's Choice Finalist, Kimberly Rose Johnson, married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. 

From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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Book blurb for A Christmas Surprise: 
Veterinarian Pete Harding doesn’t date single moms. 

After showing up to a blind date to find he left before she arrived, Keira is reminded why she doesn’t date. She had true love once but a tragic accident ripped him from her and their son, who’s now four and only wants a puppy for Christmas this year.

Although off limits since she’s a single mom, Pete determines to help Keira find the perfect puppy for her son.

Keira wonders about Pete. He says he doesn’t date women with children, yet she can’t help but notice he behaves like a man who has more on mind than finding a puppy.

Will love break down Pete’s walls and bring more than a puppy for Christmas?

A Christmas Surprise was originally published in 2013 as The Christmas Promise.

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  1. Replies
    1. You're welcome, Kimberly! Thank YOU for being my guest! :)

  2. I enjoy stories by Kimberly Rose Johnson. :-)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Melissa! I'm glad you enjoy my stories. :)

  3. I liked that she kept the candy shop going because it was he late husband’s dream.

  4. I am reading this now. I like the story. Cody and the dogs are so cute.

  5. Cody was such fun to write. I'm glad you are enjoying him. I loved the dogs too. :) Thanks for stopping in, Sonnetta. Happy reading!

  6. I love Kimberly's sweet books! I liked that Kiera realized her fears made her world smaller and caused her stress. Without fear, we can do more things, go more places. And stress is NOT good for us or our bodies.

  7. Hi, Becky! I'm so happy you enjoy my books. :)
    You are absolutely right, stress is terrible for our bodies. Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment.


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