Hello My Nights of Passion readers! Are you ready for an awesome holiday themed Wine Time? Of course you are.
Grab that bottle of wine and please allow me to introduce my friend and fellow Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America author, the hilarious and charming Kim Amos!
It was only a few weeks ago that I picked up Kim’s contemporary holiday book Every Little Kiss, lit my favorite hot chocolate candle, and curled up on the couch…then stayed up WAY TOO LATE because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!
Christmas romance at its best.
So, like any normal reader, I immediately stalked Kim and asked her to be on my blog. She thankfully agreed!
Hi Kim! Please tell us a little about yourself and your background!
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I started penning stories when I was in first grade. I could barely write, but I had THINGS TO SAY, darn it. One of my most ambitious early
works was Sally and the Time Machine, where the protagonist, the aforementioned Sally, goes back in time to the cretaceous era (or “dinosaur time” as I called it) and nearly gets eaten by a T-Rex. It had plot and intrigue and staples, so basically it was indie press before indie press was a thing. Since then, just about every job I’ve had has involved writing, except for the time I sold vacuum cleaners as a telemarketer.
I just finished Every Little Kiss and loved it. The hero, Abe, is a superhot firefighter. What kind of research did you have to do?
It was agony—I had to meet and study firefighters, and google hot men for inspiration. *puts back of hand on forehead* I nearly didn’t make it. Thankfully, I had my good friend Jenn (to whom the book is dedicated) for help. She was firefighter in Dearborn, Michigan, and recently became a fire inspector. She let me ride along on calls, and she patiently answered my questions about what specifically happens in certain situations. I really wanted to get all the scenes right, but a certain elevator scene in the beginning was very important to me!
Your heroine went against the grain and I really loved her. What made you decide to make a strong woman who wasn’t only after a husband and children?
My husband and I decided not to have kids, and I wanted to create a heroine who felt the same thing, but who still had a heart for helping kids and caring for them, as many of us do. We say all the time “it takes a village,” and I wanted to show a woman who was part of that village without actually having her own children. I think it represents a growing segment of the romance-reading population.
Tell us about the other books in the series.
There are 2.5 other books in the series, which all take place in the small town of White Pine, Minnesota. Because a recipe exchange—and the female friendships therein— is at the core of the books, I have included a casserole-inspired recipe in all the novels. Minnesota is ground zero for amazing casseroles, or as they call them, hot dishes. I’m delighted that the second novel in the series, AND THEN HE KISSED ME, was just nominated for an RT Reviewers Choice Award!
For more info on all things White Pine, head on over to kimamoswrites.com.
Congratulations on your nomination!! We’re cheering you on.
Okay, let’s get real. What’s you’re most embarrassing holiday story?
My husband and I had an advent calendar we loved, that we picked up at Starbucks. Every year we’d pack it full of Godiva chocolates (YUM!) and we’d totally look forward to a new treat each day. Except for this one year that our beagle, Amos, ate the ENTIRE THING—
paper, chocolate, wrappings, everything—and basically destroyed Christmas. He was fine, he emitted only smugness versus other things that could have come out of him. Rob and I got a wooden calendar at Target after that. And if Amos wasn’t so cute, we might have sent him packing to the North Pole.
Gingerbread or Peppermint?
Gingerbread. Put it in my face. Please. Now.
Beer or Wine?
Beer. I love beer. I’m from Wisconsin. True story: in second grade, Leinenkugel’s (a Wisconsin beer) was a word on a spelling test.
Favorite holiday dessert?
I’m going to go with my husband’s ice cream pies. Yes, you read that whole sentence correctly. He owns an artisanal ice cream business called Go Ice Cream and he makes holiday pies that are amaaaaazing.
I think I speak for all of us when I say, ” GAH! WANT! IN MY MOUTH RIGHT NOW!”
Hockey or football?
Football! I’m a huge Packers fan. See Beer or Wine re: Wisconsin roots.
Favorite movie to watch when you’re feeling down?
What are you working on now?
Actually, nothing! I’m taking a break, giving my brain a rest, and trying to noodle on what I want to do next. It’s really wonderful, actually. I am reading a ton and watching movies and it’s awesome!
Thanks for being part of my blog! I absolutely loved this interview.
Thank you so much for having me! I had a blast and loved being here. Have a wonderful holiday! And keep those advent calendars away from your dogs, folks! Lol
Make sure to follow Kim on social media:
Okay folks, let’s talk about this contest. We all know it’s why you’re reading this. I’m giving away an autographed paperback copy of Every Little Kiss!
(Void where prohibited. Open to US Residents only.)
How do you win? Just type “Gingerbread” in the comments! Make sure your email address is attached to your comment. Contest is open until December 20, 11:59pm EST. Kim will randomly select the winner.
Wishing You Laughter & Good Books,
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