22 May 2008

Blogger ∙ Kim Thompson - Scrapbooking

Today we're going to get to know Kim Thompson, Scrapbook Extraordinaire! Kim and I are in the same writers critique group, so I happen to know she's a brilliant writer as well as having a delightful personality. Kim blogs for our Scrapbook Block of yourLDSNeighborhood and I she has lots of delightful tips, suggestions and giveaways.

Kim Thompson is an aspiring LDS fiction writer and currently has two works in progress, does editing for others, and maintains her own personal writing/scrapbooking blog, Scribbled Scraps. She was born and raised in Utah and currently resides in Lindon with her husband and six children.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Accounting. She owns and manages an online scrapbooking company, Kim’s ScrapShack, which has been in business since 2004. She has a vast working knowledge of the scrapbooking industry as well as online retailing.

Kim enjoys reading, writing, scrapbooking, cooking, playing with her children, and loves learning new things.

Let's check in with her on a few other things:

1. What brought you to the Blogging World and what is your favorite thing about blogging?

I started blogging to keep in contact with all of my writing friends and to learn more and practice the craft of writing. My favorite thing about blogging has been all the new frieds I've made and meeting all sorts of interesting people. It always amazes me to see someone new on my blog.

2. What intrigues you the most about blogging for yourLDSneighborhood?

I was excited when I heard about the blogging opportunity with yourLDSneighborhood. I hope it will give me writing experience, as well as give my writing more exposure. Scrapbooking is my other great love, so when I found out I could blog about it, I was even more thrilled.

3. What is your favorite thing about yourLDSneighborhood?

I love getting the newsletter in my email. There are tons of uplifting websites out there, but without a reminder, I don't take the time to look at them. It never fails, when I get the email, something sparks my interest and I have to check it out. I also love that absolutely everything on the website is family friendly.

4. Tell us a little about yourself: What your likes, dislikes, hobbies, hopes, dreams, etc . . .

I was born and raised in Utah. I currently live in Lindon, with my husband and six children. I got married when I was seventeen, which has brought unique challenges, all of which have helped me learn and grow. I have a Bachelor's degree in Business and Accounting. I previously worked as a currency day trader and I currently own and manage an online scrapbooking business. I love to read, write, scrapbook, cook, and hang out with my kids. I love to learn new things and would like to go back to school someday and get a Master's degree. I think sometimes people think I'm snotty and aloof, but I'm actually just shy. There are very few things I dislike, but I hate public speaking, laundry, and dishes--in that order. I enjoy writing and hope to someday (hopefully soon) have a book published.

5. Tell us something unique about yourself.

I've always caught onto things quickly. If there's something I really want to learn about or do, I persevere until I master it.

6. What has been your greatest challenge to date?

One of the hardest experiences of my life was when I had a premature baby. Because she was born early, her lungs weren't developed. I had her at a small community hospital which didn't have facilities to care for her, so she had to be transferred to a larger hospital with a newborn intensive care unit. My husband went with her and I was left alone to spend the most solitary night of my life. I still wasn't sure she was going to be okay. For all I knew, when I reached in the incubator and held her tiny hand, it could be the last time I would see her alive. It all turned out okay. She's now an active four-year old and brings immense light to my life. I'm so glad to have her in it.

7. What books/projects/songs are you working on right now?

I'm currently working on a contemporary LDS romance novel. It is a story about the journey of two valiant spirits, separated by mortality, who made a promise to find each other. As the veil of the Earth is placed over their eyes, they both go through many struggles, all the while feeling like there is something more—something barely out of reach that will make them happy.

In spite of hardships, they find each other and realize the experiences they’ve suffered were necessary for them to be ready for each other and greater happiness than they’ve ever known. “I’ll Know You by Heart” is a timeless romance. It explores the possibility that relationships can span the entire realm of eternity—from beginning to end. It is a story about abuse, hardship, betrayal, and ultimately the power of everlasting, true love.

8. What obstacles have you run into?

So far, the main obstacle I have is a lack of time. I run a busiess from home, work out of the home on graveyard shift, homeschool, and do all the other things moms do to keep a household running, so I don't have as much time as I would like for writing.

9. What advice do you have all the browsers in Blogland?

Back away from the computer and go hug your kids, spouse, mother (anyone really) . . . but then hurry back to read my blog!

10. If you had three minutes to give advice to someone headed into danger, what would it be?

You are better than you think you are. You have amazing talents and abilities that you may not even be aware of and can overcome any obstacle the Lord sees fit to allow you to pass through.

She's amazing, isn't she? Drop by the Neighborhood and check out Scrapbook Block and drop by the Newsstand on that block every Monday and Thursday to read Kim's latest blog.

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