How This Writer Is Inspired by Atheists
Writer Spotlight: An interview with Kimberley Payne
As a publication on Medium, we have grown to over 115 writers in 7 short months. We are excited to see what God is doing to get His Word out there.
Through this interview series, we want to share with you a little snapshot into the lives of our writers.
Kimberley Payne lives in Buckhorn, Ontario (an hour north-east of Toronto) and co-created Koinonia in February 2019 with Janis Cox. You’re invited to join us in learning a little bit about Kimberley and what makes her tick.
When did you join Medium? What influenced your decision to join?
I joined Medium in January 2019. Janis Cox had invited me a number of times and although I resisted at first her persistence paid off. I thought that it would be “just another blog” and I hesitated as my other blogs were already horribly neglected by me.
When did you join Koinonia? What attracted you to this publication?
I actually co-created Koinonia with Janis Cox. We felt a call to add a Christian voice to the blogosphere and support other writers to get the Message out there. We are both flabbergasted at how rapidly it has grown. We have already had to add two more editors to help keep up with the number of submissions we receive on a daily basis.
How long have you been writing and how did you come to it?
I have been writing since I was a young child…I wrote in diaries and journalled our vacations. I wrote poems and actually won a poetry contest in grade school. In high school, I wrote to pen-pals all over the world and had fun writing a fiction piece for my best-friend where we were the main protagonists.
Who are some of the people who most influenced your decision to write?
My mom always enjoyed my homemade cards with poetry. My teachers gave me A++ on written projects. But it wasn’t until I was in my 30s that I received the call to “write to bring others closer to God”. So I’d say God most influenced me.
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
I am a life-long learner and love to read, take courses, and participate in Bible studies. Whenever I learn something I want to share it with others.
I am inspired by questions and comments my atheist and agnostic friends and family make and many of my writings are in direct response to these.
What do you like most / least about writing?
I want to leave a legacy for my grand-children and feel that writing allows me to do this. I’m hoping that “greats” down the line will know a little about me and about God from my writings. I like that once I’m gone I’ll be leaving a little piece of me.
I don’t like not having all the time I want to write. But then when I do have a large amount of time, I seem to fill it with a ton of other things instead — like cleaning the toilet!
How do you balance professional time with personal time?
Balance?! We’re supposed to balance these times?
What Medium publications/writers are you currently following?
I follow all the writers on Koinonia — they are my favs.
What are some of your favorite things? What makes you unique?
I love to ride my bicycle and kayak in the summer, hike in the spring/fall, and snowshoe in the winter. I absolutely adore my 2 grand-daughters (age 2.5 and 5 mos) and like to take them on my outings.
I have a lot of things that make me unique. I took a challenge years ago on Facebook to list 25 random things about yourself. I’ll share some of these with you (but spare you all 25):
- I still have two baby teeth without permanent teeth following. I’ve never had wisdom teeth…I don’t believe I need them, I’m wise enough (haha).
- I don’t mind the smell of skunk.
- I’ve travelled to the Netherlands four times.
- I’ve worked as a personal trainer, career counsellor, professor of accounting, waitress, photocopy jockey, and door-to-door salesperson.
- I’ve met Ron McClean in a bar in Calgary.
- I’m not afraid of dying — I look forward to spending eternity in heaven.
- I went White Water Rafting 3 times one summer. The last time I went I got tossed from the raft (thus the reason it was the last time!)
- My life verse is Philippians 4:6–7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
How is your faith reflected in your writing?
Everything I write is written through my lens of faith. I used to think that God was for Sundays and only interested in certain aspects of my life. But I’ve since come to realize that He wants all of me. Every day. Jesus is my Saviour and He is my Lord.
What are some things you learned from your own writing? From others?
Often as I am journalling I learn things about myself that I don’t really like — my pettiness, my complaining attitude, my jealousy. My writing reveals a lot about me. But I also like that God speaks to me through my writing.
What is your ultimate writing goal?
I used to have a dream to have my name on the spine of books scattered throughout Chapters/Indigo. I wanted to be known as a health and fitness guru, touring over North America giving presentations and selling my books. But now in my 50s, I’m happy to make at least $5 a month through Medium Partner Program to pay for my monthly subscription.
What advice do you have for a newbie on Medium?
Don’t get caught up in the numbers. It is easy to be drawn in by the stats, monthly pay, curation rates etc. And from there it can be very discouraging to continue.
Where else can we find you on the Internet? Do you have a website, blog, Pinterest board etc?
Stay tuned as we will be continuing our writer spotlight series with interviews of each of our other writers on Koinonia.
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