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Writer Spotlight: An interview with Kimberley Payne

Kimberley Payne
Sep 27 · 6 min read
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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?

When did you join Koinonia? What attracted you to this publication?

How long have you been writing and how did you come to it?

Who are some of the people who most influenced your decision to write?

Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?

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 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?

Personal photo of Kimberley

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 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?

What are some things you learned from your own writing? From others?

What is your ultimate writing goal?

What advice do you have for a newbie on Medium?

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.

We are grateful for the fantastic writers we have and invite you to follow each of them here:

Co-editors of Koinonia: Bett Harris, Janis Cox, Mishael Witty and Kimberley Payne

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