Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Kid on the Block: Kit Wilkinson!

Missy, here. You may have seen Kit Wilkinson's name as an author writing for LI Suspense. But in July, she has her very first Love Inspired Romance coming out, Mom in the Making. So I thought I'd feature her as our New Kid on the Block this week. I did a fun interview with Kit...

-Was it difficult to write a straight romance without the suspense element?

Surprisingly, no! And I really enjoyed using the extra "space" to develop the characters. In a suspense, there's SO much to cram in the plot that it's difficult to study character and not lose story momentum. In the romance, I didn't have to worry about that. It was kind of nice :-)

--What's one thing we may not know about you?

I lived in Europe for most of my twenties, in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was definitely a defining time of my life. I studied at the university there, taught English classes and traveled some. It was a fabulous experience. I'm very ready to go back for a visit!!! (um...I'm hoping my parents are reading this and are moved to buy me a ticket )

--What do you plan to write next?

Right now, I am writing an Amish suspense for Love Inspired Suspense. This is a story about an Amish raised police detective who is asked to go back to his hometown to solve a murder--a sort of prodigal son story. I'm having a great time writing this. I find the Amish culture fascinating, so I have enjoyed the research (including a trip to Lancaster). 

--School's almost out! What's your favorite summer activity? Favorite ice cream flavor?

The BEACH! I don't know if that's an activity but that is my favorite part of summer. No doubt. We have a great place just two hours away and I hope to spend LOTS of time there as soon as school's out. I love to walk, run, read, and play with my kids there. And I love how tired we are at the end of the day. I also have a great place to write there and get a lot of work done, so that's nice too.  

I like cookie dough ice cream best, but honestly I'm not a huge ice cream fan. I'd rather skip the ice cream and eat more cake!!! 


Kit Wilkinson is a former Ph.D. student who once wrote discussions on the medieval feminine voice. She now prefers weaving stories of romance and redemption. Her first inspirational manuscript won the prestigious RWA Golden Heart and sold to Harlequin.

Besides writing, she loves hanging out with friends and family, cooking for lots of people, and spending time in the sun. She, her two children and one extremely energetic Border Collie live in central Virginia.


Ausjenny said...

cool interview. American have interesting ice creams. Im wondering what cookie dough ice cream would taste like.
the book looks really good and love the cover.

Kit Wilkinson said...

Hi Jenny!! Cookie Dough ice cream is vanilla with little rounds of cookie dough here and's just an excuse to eat cookie dough!!!

Hi ladies, Thanks for having me!!!


Sherri M said...

I just finished reading Mom in the Making couple days ago. It was very enjoyable. I was a little concerned since I enjoy your LI Suspense novels so much that you'd like LI better and skip the suspense.. glad to hear that's not going to happen! :)

Missy Tippens said...

I just realized I didn't put a link to the book!! So sorry. I'll go add one now. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Jenny, cookie dough ice cream is huge here. It's my kids' favorite. Like Kit said, it's an excuse to eat dough (because I won't usually let them!). :)

Missy Tippens said...

Sherri, I'm glad she's doing both as well!

Missy Tippens said...

Well, Blogger is being weird and won't let me add a link. I'm sorry! But you can find her book Amazon for pre-order.

Kit Wilkinson said...

Thanks, Sherri! What a great compliment!!! Made my, I was a little concerned too


Here's a link to my website:(there's a book order page there)

Missy Tippens said...

Thanks, Kit, for posting a link. Sometimes blogger seems to hate me--and Macs. :)

Lenora said...

Kit, your Amish book sounds so interesting. I remember meeting you in San Francisco at the RWA conference. I'm so glad you're a part of the LI family!

Jenny said...

Looking forward to reading your Amish Suspense novel, Kit...and I'm with you, skip the ice cream and go for the cake! :)

beemama said...

Wonderful interview.
Looking forward to the Amish Suspense.