New author: ‘Nothing is impossible if you have a passion for it’
STRASBURG – Author Kim Bishop found her love for writing fiction, especially novels on church politics and world governance sitting in her home office in Aurora, Colorado, over 20 years ago.
But, her passion for writing originally began as a child.
“As a young girl I wrote little stories or picture stories,” Bishop said. “In high school, I enjoyed doing essay questions instead of multiple choice questions, because I would always pick the wrong right answer. But I could kill an essay because of my use of vocabulary and general sense of writing.”
When Bishop first started her literary journey in 1997 she admits the world changed faster than she could write. Technology for example, wasn’t as coveted as it is today. Pay phones were hip, cell phones were almost extraterrestrial and politics were less political. But despite the changing atmosphere, she knew over time she would prevail.
After getting married and having two children, Bishop’s talent was pushed under the rug for motherhood. “When my kids joined school, my responsibilities changed,” she said. “I had to start volunteering more.” But the novel, she added, was always being written silently inside her head.
Following her children’s graduation from high school, Bishop said she started writing more skits and plays for church. It wasn’t until her husband gifted her a laptop in 2010 that she decided to finish her first novel titled, “Resistance: The Revelations.”
“Resistance: The Revelations” tells the fictional story of the balance between good and evil as it coincides with a small church community that is trying to resist a global conspiracy.
“It touches on some many topics, it really is a book for all ages,” Bishop said.
Over the course of her life, Bishop said she has seen various sides to many issues. She said she believes it has helped her become a better writer.
Bishop, jokingly but sincerely added she’s an over thinker. “Most people let things go immediately. I’m not one of them. I have to think about it over and over again before I draw a conclusion.”
Seeing things from all sides is important to Bishop.
“It’s a fun thing to be able to do, write a story that is. You get to create this world as you see it,” she said.
The task of publishing her first book was daunting, Bishop said. “It’s a world of who you know.”
Bishop decided on the route of self-publishing. She admits she faced difficulties along the way that included marketing dilemmas, audience help and even the closure of her publication house.
“I printed a few and gave them to my friends,” she said. “I had no intention of ever publishing. But they told me I needed to look into it.”
Following the publishing of her first book, Bishop began her second. She added with a laugh that her second became her third because it was “too long.” As was her third book, which became her fourth.
“I got so wrapped up in writing, I wasn’t aware until after editing that they needed to be split,” she said.
Her plan is to finish the “Resistance” series and start something new and different. What the new and different might be, Bishop isn’t quite sure.
“I really enjoy conspiracy theories, so I may continue that, or I may not. Fans will just have to wait to see,” she said.
Aside from writing, and being a member of the Strasburg Town Council, Bishop enjoys reading in her free time.
“I was brought up reading lots and lots of books because I grew up in a time where we didn’t have cell phones or an abundance of movies,” she said. “I enjoy J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King and C.S. Lewis; to name a few.”
As for inspiration, Bishop said authors like Clive Cussler, Frank Peretti and Tedd Decker have helped her along the way.
Writing is something Bishop said she’s glad she stuck with. “It’s not something I never thought I would make into a career, but here I am, an author.”
As for those young authors out there, Bishop said to keep writing. “Everyone writes for a different reason,” she said. “Some write for themselves, others write for friends.”
Whatever the reason, Bishop said not to give up the dream. “Nothing is impossible if you have a passion for it.”
For information on Bishop or to inquire about her books visit www.kimmerbishop.wixsite.com/kimsauthorspot
Correction: Bishops favorite author is Clive Cussler not Clyde Kessler.