Writer Spotlight: An Interview with Trip Kimball

Kimberley Payne
Aug 3 · 5 min read
Personal photo of Trip Kimball

As a publication on Medium, we have grown to over 85 writers in half a year. 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.

Trip Kimball lives in Jacksonville Beach, FL, USA and joined Koinonia in April 2019. You’re invited to join us in learning a little bit about Trip and what makes him tick.

When did you join Medium?

January 2018

When did you join Koinonia?

April 2019

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

I’ve been blogging since 2009 and started to write my book in 2008.

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

A couple of teachers in school, my wife, close friends, former missions staff.

Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?

Mainly from engagement and interaction with people, observations from life, staring-out-the-window-daydreams, stories and truths from the Bible, and while praying.

What inspires me? When I see an intersection with life, people, nature, and the Scriptures, along with prayer.

What do you like most / least about writing?

I enjoy watching ideas, observations, thoughts, and random realizations take form and make sense as I write and rewrite — most of the time I enjoy rewriting things.

What I like least is the lack of time available or free to pursue all that’s in my mind and heart to write about.

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How do you balance professional time with personal time?

My schedule is fairly flexible but unpredictable. Because I write regularly for my website’s blog, and a couple of other places, along with preparing Bible studies and messages from week to week, I have to squeeze in writing on Medium and for Koinonia as best I can in between. Sometimes I need to travel but it’s not on a regular schedule. TMI?

What Medium publications/writers are you currently following?

Mainly Koinonia and Publishous and HaikuHub because I write for these pubs. Most of the writers I follow and read are in those 3 pubs but I’m pretty eclectic. I especially like Benjamin Sledge’s writing but because I’m eclectic I also like August Birch, Michael Horner, and Bernie Bleske, and because I can be erratic, I’ll read random writers too.

What are some of your favorite things? What makes you unique?

Favorite things– my family, the beach, music, Mexican and Thai food, and coffee, and reading. I’ve not big on joining or jumping into what’s popular and I’ll sometimes go in the opposite direction. I don’t like boxes — either to be categorized into a box of some sort nor to categorize people beyond the obvious, observable things.

How is your faith reflected in your writing?

It’s central. I don’t really write things where it’s not an influence at least.

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

The primary thing I learned was how different writing is from speaking. I’ve been a teacher-speaker for most of my life but writing is so different. I always try to learn from others — through conversations, their lives, and how they do things — both good and bad. I’ve learned more from poor examples than from good, sad to say, maybe because of how I see things.

What is your ultimate writing goal?

I don’t know that I have an ultimate goal other than to get better. I have several different kinds of writing I’d like to do — including more practical books for ministry, a couple of memoirs, and Bible meta-narrative, kind of like a story-based survey.

Personal photo of Trip

What advice do you have for a newbie on Medium?

Just the usual — read a lot, find your voice and niche of writing, learn from others, strive to write well — grammatically and style-wise, don’t copy others, be genuine.

Where else can we find you on the Internet? Do you have a website, blog, Pinterest board etc?

I have a personal website and I’m on Facebook, IG, and Twitter… I rarely check on my LinkedIn or Pinterest accounts. I’m also featured on a pastoral website I’m involved with.

Thanks, Trip Kimball for sharing a little bit of yourself with us today!

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: Mary Hood, Salau Shinamide Samuel, Sue-ellen Howe, Noemi McElearney, Mukkove Johnson, Marye Sierra Moir, Ida Adams, Karen Toews, Jack Heimbigner, Connie Mae Inglis, Barbara Radisavljevic, Bett Harris, Terry Palmer, Dr. Kevin Osborne, Callie Quinones, Steph Beth Nickel, Writing River, Kristen Power, Helen Olivier, M.M. O’Keefe, Violet Escalera, Ruth Ann Holloway-Adams, Gloria Lynn, Marcia Laycock, Jessica Archuleta, Phyllis Romero, Diane Tatum, Andrew Garofalo, Donnell King, Dihanne Moore, Susan Elizabeth Henson, Ron Mahler, Wordsmith Haven, Jim Wolstenholm, Ally Holland, Jacqueline Fazal, Glen Mitchell, Aletia Xerri, Corinne Mordaunt, Tracy Gerhardt-Cooper, Ed Elliott, tiala kichu, Carole Tansley, Mary Gallagher, Lin Cochran Burgin, Trip Kimball, Nancy Varner, Brandon Abbott, Valentine Nnebe, Linda Fode, Paul Phillips, Gordon Mc Farland, Linda Jo Martin, Colin Pearce, Mishael Witty, Christina Ward 🌻, Cynthia Johnson, DMin, Debby Curreen, Carol Harrison, Diane Stephenson, Amanda Balkema, Amanda Dzimianski, John Thomas, Mukti Masih, Leona J. Atkinson, Corey Howse, Gregory Alan, Jeff Titterington, Samita Mistry 🇨🇦😊, Ryan Fan, Connie Gibson, Darren T.A., Pamela J. Nikodem, MS, Jocelyn Soriano, Linda Todd, Bill DuBay Jr. ⚡️, Thomas E. McDaniels, Paul Gallagher, Lindy Pegler, AllisonMCosta, Anna DeFreitas, MD, Nicole Robinson, Marlie Love Life Coaching, LLC, Christine Kuang, Nick Meader, Erik Manning, Janis Cox and Kimberley Payne.

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