Tuesday, August 18, 2009

An interview with Kimberly Woodhouse

Kimberly Woodhouse's new book Welcome Home: Our Family's Journey to Extreme Joy is an incredible story of overcoming odds. I have the pleasure of knowing Kimberly [she had an extreme makeover house done in Colorado] and her story truly touches the heart...

1. What is something you've learned about the writing process through this book? [what I mean by that is what is something you learned about writing, publishing, marketing your book that you didn't know before.]

Well, I learned I could write really fast. I cranked this one out in two and half weeks. I also learned that good marketing takes a lot of work and a lot of time. And I am still learning the proper use of an em-dash. (And I love those little buggers.)
2. You have a very unique story. How have you been able to maintain some kind of normalcy while spending so much time in the limelight?
I guess I’d have to say that my normal has never been well… normal. So, I re-defined it. And it works great for us :)
Here it is: Normal defined by Kimberley Woodhouse
“The unusual standard—it is irregularly patterned, nonaverage, occurring chaotically, and full of mental liveliness and creative flow.”(Compare it to Webster’s and I think you’ll get a laugh out of it.)

Read the rest of Kim's interview here at Examiner.com and find out how Kim grew as a person by writing this book.

Overwhelming trials . . . met with overcoming joy.

Kayla Woodhouse is not your typical twelve-year-old. Due to a rare medical disorder, she feels no pain, doesn’t sweat, and needs protective cooling gear just to go outside. With her restrictive lifestyle; countless hospitalizations, including brain surgery; and the resulting mountain of hospital bills, what’s a family to do?

How the Woodhouse family has faced seemingly impossible challenges is a story that has captured the hearts of America. Millions of people have experienced glimpses of their lives on Discovery’s Mystery ER, The Montel Williams Show, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (recently voted one of the show’s all-time best episodes!).

Now Kayla’s mom, Kimberley, takes readers behind the cameras to reveal their family’s journey as never before told. From medical sleuthing to cross-country moves, from freak fires to battles with insurance companies, Welcome Home proves that truth really is stranger than fiction. This candid life story reveals both success and failure and demonstrates how, even during tough circumstances, to shift your life from heartbreak to extreme joy.
Peak inside the Woodhouse family’s life (and their famous house) with a 16-page photo insert.

Kimberley Woodhouse is a wife, mother, author, and musician with a quick wit and positive outlook despite difficult circumstances. A popular speaker, she’s shared at more than 600 venues across the country. Kimberley and her family's story have garnered national media attention for many years, but most recently her family was chosen for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Montel Williams Show, and Discovery Health channel’s Mystery ER. Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy, releases from Tyndale House Publishers September first. In addition to her non-fiction, she also writes romantic suspense and children’s books. Kimberley lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and two children in their truly “extreme” home. http://www.kimberleywoodhouse.com/

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1 comment:

Nora St. Laurent said...

Thanks Tiffany for bring this author to my attention. Wow does she have a story to tell.

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