Saturday, November 16, 2019

Life Isn't a Sprint it's a Journey by Kimberly Rose Johnson

The mantra of my life for several years now has been finding balance. I was stressed and too focused on writing. My health suffered as a result and so did my social life.

I've been trying to slow down a bit with my writing for two years. As I look back, I see that I truly succeeded in 2019. I only wrote three books and one screenplay. I realize this may sound counter intuitive to an entrepreneur, but it was necessary for me to find balance in my life.

Even though I only wrote three manuscripts and a screenplay, it has still proven to be a struggle to find balance because I've had multiple collections of older books compiled by my publisher which require marketing, and then I decided it was a good idea to do it with my indie books too. On top of that I dusted off an old manuscript and did a huge rewrite and published it as well. So in spite of writing fewer books, I've stayed busy, but not so busy I made myself sick, like I've done in the past.

Lately, on Fridays I've given myself permission to only do the minimum that is necessary to keep moving forward in order to enjoy time with friends or family. It's been delightful!

I hope as you finish 2019 you will take time to enjoy it doing the things you love.

The Sleuth's Conundrum was the only full length book I wrote in 2019, and it released this month. It's the third book in my Librarian Sleuth series. I'm currently writing the next book.

Here's the back cover description for The Sleuth's Conundrum.

Adam and Tara are sucked into a police investigation that might get Tara killed. Can Adam keep her safe or will he lose her forever?
Tara James, the local librarian assistant, is afraid her past will catch up to her when an infant is abandoned outside the Tipton County Library. Will news of the abandoned baby stir up publicity and force her to go on the run again?
Librarian Nancy Daley’s world has become complicated. Carter is pushing to set a wedding date, a woman was left for dead on the side of the road, and Tara, her assistant, is acting strange. Nancy is working every angle she can think of, but the case goes from bad to bizarre. Can she find the baby’s mother, help Tara, and plan her wedding without upsetting her life’s delicate balance?
Slow news days become a thing of the past for local reporter Adam Stacy when a dead body is discovered on the side of the road. Was the woman murdered or was it an accident? Adam’s feelings are growing for Tara, but she appears to have secrets she’s hiding. Is she somehow connected to the abandoned infant?
When things go from bad to worse Adam does everything in his power to protect Tara, but will it be enough?

Available at Amazon 


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  2. I've set Tuesday aside as a non writing day. I volunteer in the morning and run errands or putter around the house on the afternoon.

  3. Balance is so difficult to achieve, Kimberly. Sounds like you are on the right track. Best wishes on your newest release!

  4. When we moved to Arizona seven years ago, I was determined not to let writing keep me from doing the other things I love to do.

  5. It's all about that important balance. Isn't it? Powerful post. Thanks for your thoughts! And good luck with the new book!