Meet Kimberly Brooks…author of “He’s Fine But Is He Saved!” (A Cafe Sozo Interview) (Monday, March 24, 2008)
Three Powerful Books and a Dynamite Author Kimberly Brooks!
(PLEASE PLAY THE MUSIC WHILE YOU READ THIS INTERVIEW! (push the button above…thanks.) (smile)
Café Sozo: Hi Kim! I’d first like to thank you for coming by on behalf of Cafe Sozo and all of our viewers! If you’ve just stopped by…relax…get a cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate or juice; whatever you choose and dig in to this review; it’ll Bless you! Wait…let me get my cup of green tea.
Kimberly, we’ve so much to say to you; but first we want to commend you on your refreshing realistic writing style! So many authors miss that. You’re an educated young woman with a degree in English from a top tier university, graduated from a Bible Training Center, a minister of the gospel, run your own business, teach workshops and have three books. Whew! How do you do it and did we leave anything out?
Kim: Thanks so much, sister Elaine! It’s all done by the grace of God! Without Him I am nothing. He truly is Faithful in allowing me to live my dreams – dreams which He placed in my heart ever since I started writing and speaking as a little girl. To God be the Glory!
Café Sozo: A guy might meet you and say: “She’s fine, but does she have any time? (lol) What would you say about that?
Kim: I would say, Amen to that! But seriously, God has a way of helping me “make time” for someone special in my life. It’s all about prioritizing; and right now, since there is no one special in my life, doing God’s work and serving His people is my #1 priority. But when the right one comes along, then I’ll make time for him ;0) Besides, he’s going to be so busy doing his own work for the Lord as well, that we’ll have to make a special effort to make time for each other!
Café Sozo: Kim, we went to your website and read excerpts from all of your books and we were most impressed; how did it all start?
Kim: Well, I’ve been writing every since I was in elementary school. I love to write poems, short stories, and songs. I was a member of The Young Writers’ Group beginning in third grade. So I’ve always had a passion for writing. It wasn’t until I got saved – or accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior – at the age of eighteen did I then wonder what my purpose or calling was. God eventually revealed to me in prayer that part of my calling is to minister the gospel through the spoken and written word. So God allowed me to use my passion for writing to create novels and non-fiction works and also minister to His people.
CAFÉ SOZO: We’d love for you to explain to our viewers about the Chocolate Pages and the podcasts?
Kim: Chocolate Pages is my mentor and publicist’s, Pam Perry’s, brainchild where she introduces fiction and non-fiction books written by African-American authors. She’s the founder of Chocolate Pages, American Christian Writer’s/Detroit Chapter, and she hosts the podcast. On Valentine’s Day, I and Christian author and radio personality, Vikki Johnson, were guests on Pam’s podcast show.
Café Sozo: Where’d you get that name? That’s cute.
Kim: Pam Perry created it. I think it’s cute, too.
Café Sozo: Well, certainly that is creative. Let’s talk about your first book: “He’s Fine but Is He Saved?”
Where did you get that title? Now, what’s the story all about and tell us a little about the main character?
Kim: To be honest, God gave me the title for the book before I wrote a single page one day during early morning prayer at church. I was praying in the Spirit one morning along with the other saints and He said to my spirit, “You know that book you’re going to write?” “Yes,” I replied. “I want you to name it, He’s Fine…But is He Saved?” Then I said, “Okay,” wrote the title in my prayer journal, and that was it. To this day people tell me that what compelled them to buy the book is the title, and I know that it’s because God’s anointing is on the title. Also, the title speaks to the thoughts of so many women, or should I say what we should be asking ourselves when a fine brotha tries to holla. But sometimes, as women, we get so caught up in the “outer package” of a man – his looks, how he dresses, his material possessions – that we forget what’s really important, which is whether or not he is saved, and has received Jesus Christ in his life as not just his Savior but also his Lord.
The main characters in, “He’s Fine..But is He Saved?” are Sandy, Liz, and Michelle. Sandy is the baby Christian who makes a lot of mistakes with men, Liz is the “super-spiritual” one who feels she needs no man but Jesus, and Michelle is the glue of the group who wants to be married one day, but is trusting God and not throwing herself at men. Michelle ends up dating Pierre Dupree, one of the finest and most eligible bachelors in their church, and by the end of the novel the reader finds out whether or not their relationship develops into something special.
Café Sozo: Which books did you write next and why? Did it result from the feedback that you received on your first book?
Kim: After, He’s Fine…But is He Saved? I published a mini-book entitled, The Little Black Survival Book For Single Saints which is broken into six chapters explaining how to overcome sexual temptation, loneliness, impatience, insecurities, jealousy, and how to forgive others from your past. It’s a small, pocket-size book and the idea behind it is if at any given moment the enemy or your flesh causes you to feel any of these ways, then instead of pulling out that old “little black book” to make a booty call, or to call your ex-boyfriend, Ray-Ray, that you, instead, pick up this “little black book.” It is laden with pertinent Scriptures, practical examples, and prayers of victory, and it’s written in a very down-to-earth style so the reader can truly relate.
Kim: Next I wrote the sequel to, He’s Fine…But is He Saved? which is entitled, He’s Saved…But is He For Real? In this book Sandy, Michelle, and Liz continue in their plight of lifelong love and happiness. Sandy still makes mistakes with men (pray for her), Michelle ends up having to make a choice between two men – Pierre or David, and Liz ends up dating Minister Matthew Long, but Liz’s issues might cause her to lose her man of God. The reason this sequel came about was because of the response I got from the first novel. Even though I thought I “ended” the first book, so many thought I left it a bit open and wanted more. So there you have it….the saga continues with, He’s Saved…But is He For Real?
Café Sozo: We were surprised that you revealed so much about young women who are saved and in church and the fact that they seem more focused (though you never said that) on getting married than women who aren’t saved; is that your opinion and why?
Kim: No; I don’t think women in church want to get married any more than women who aren’t in church. I think a lot of women, in general, want to get married. Especially if you reach, say 30, and never been married. Saved or unsaved, a lot of women grow up picturing their wedding day and assume it will just happen one day, but if it doesn’t happen then a lot of them wonder what happened? I think even unsaved women, who may be in non-committed type relationships, secretly desire a commitment, or something that’s guaranteed to last a lifetime with a man who’s willing to commit. I think that’s why you got so many women shacking up with men, because they hope and pray their men will one day realize how great of a “wifey” they can be, and eventually pop the question. But when that day never comes, then you have a frustrated woman living with a man who gets to have the cow, the milk – everything.
Café Sozo: On a side note Kim; we met at prayer. How would you say that your prayer walk impacted what you are doing now?
Kim: I strongly believe my prayer life birthed where I am right now. As I mentioned earlier in the interview, God gave me the title of my first book one day during prayer before I even wrote it. God’s Word says that when we pray in the Spirit we pray out divine secrets, or divine mysteries, and that He will show us things to come. I didn’t know I would be where I am now as far as having had 3 books published by age 30, but God knew. He knew before the foundation of the world. And as i continue to stay plugged into Him and seek His Face concerning my life, I know that He orders my steps.
God, in His Divine plan, knows the end from the beginning. He has a perfect will for each and every one of His Children, and He wants to bring each and every one of us to that place known as the perfect will of God for our lives, but we just have to stay focused and stay connected to Him. Like 1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”
Café Sozo: What is the future looking like in terms of your Godly and Spiritual assignments that you can talk about KIm?
Kim: Well, let’s see. They’ll definitely be more books – fiction and non-fiction. More ministry of the Word. And I am looking to turn at least one of my books into a play one day, and possibly a movie.
Café Sozo: Kim, we hate to end this exciting interview! Wow! You’ve shared so much. We will be praying for your Ministry, your books and that God continues to prepare hearts to receive them. We want to thank you for taking time out of a very compacted schedule to meet with us, Please before you leave tell us who are the people that you’d like to thank and who you feel has helped you to make it all possible!
Kim: I would like to thank God for making it happen, my parents, Lawrence and Lutricia Brooks, for their support, my big sister, Kelley, for being my biggest cheerleader, and Pam Perry for being not only my publicist, but a fabulous, God-send mentor and friend, my agent, Karen Solem, and my publisher, Glenda Howard from Kimani Press. There are many more to thank, but I’ll stop there.
Oh, and just to mention to your readers, they can pick up my novels, He’s Fine..But is He Saved? and sequel, He’s Saved…But is He For Real? at any major bookstore nationwide and on Amazon.com and The Little Black Survival Book for Single Saints can be purchased through Amazon.com or on my website, http://www.KimontheWeb.com which also features a movie-like book trailer and free excerpts. Also, singles are welcome to sign up for my free E-Newsletter, The Single Heart, on my website as well. Oh, and one more person I’d like to thank – thank YOU, Sister Elaine Davenport, for interviewing me today. You are truly a blessing to the body of Christ, and to me!
CAFE SOZO: (lol) Kim, we’re indebted to you for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop in and chat with us! It’s just like you said earlier; we do it…(us and you) all by the Grace of God and we give Him the Glory for our work efforts…Amen!
Kim: Amen! I totally agree…it’s all about Him!
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