Kim Thompson, also known as Sunnie Day, is one of the finest women I know.
She comforts with her writing and taught me that a nurse can be a writer. Her stories, essays and poems always touch my heart with a wise life lesson.
She is a role model of productivity to me. You can check out links to Sunnie Day's many published books and e-books in the book store on her website, Graceful Intentions. Each is outstanding and worthy of your time to review.
Demonstrating an amazing life balance as a daughter, mother, grandmother, wife and friend, I think you will enjoy getting to know more about Kim Thompson as I did.
Maria: When do you feel most relaxed?
Kim: When I am at the beach, or writing. I do love to listen to music as well.
Maria: When are you saddest?
Kim: When my loved ones are sick or hurting. I cannot stand to see any abuse of children or animals. It makes me sad to watch the news and see another tragic situation.
Maria: What would you like to teach others?
Kim: Kindness and more tolerance of others.
It seems many people are on such a short fuse these days. The smallest things set them off and they get offended so easily. I would like to think people would walk in someone’s shoes before passing judgments. The world is a tough place and I think we should be more loving towards one another.
Maria: What's your secret passion... your dream job?
Kim: If I were to have my dream job...honestly... I am living it now. We own our own business and I like the idea of being one’s own boss. It is not about the money as much as having peace and contentment in my life. It is important to have time to enjoy others and life. I have found having stuff really does not matter. Quality is much better than quantity.
Maria: What is the one gift you most regret giving?
Kim: I got carried away with a scarf I made for my Priest at our Parish this past Christmas. It could have wrapped around him a few times.
Maria: What is one gift you could have done without?
Kim: A large chocolate bar in my stocking. I ate it all in one sitting.
Maria: If I peeked in your junk drawer (not that I ever would), what would I be surprised to find?
Kim: I have pens and more pens and receipts that I no longer need. In my defense, I may need to take something back. There should be a two year rule though...lol I have old reading glasses that I save in case I lose my new ones. Batteries!! One cannot have enough batteries. ☺
Maria: Tell us about your worst date.
Kim: A guy whom I will leave nameless mainly because I do not remember his name. He counted his money over and over in front of me, and then sprayed himself with cologne before getting out of his car to go into the movies. We then stopped for gas, and he lip locked me without warning as I stood by his car. There was no warning. He reminded me of a frog or lizard! It was an awful first kiss! I did not know whether to slap him or offer him a bug!
Maria: Tell us your worst or funniest vacation story ....
Kim: Roy and I were camping in Florida when a large hurricane was heading our way. Needless to say we cut our trip short and got out of there. We were in a little pop up camper.
Maria: Can you share a life goal on your bucket list?
Kim: I would love to spend a year in France and live in a small village. Perhaps visit Ireland one day. I would love to live on a beach with the love of my life Roy. We talk about that frequently.
Maria: What do you most look for in a friend?
Kim: I look at myself and ask what I would want in a friend. What I see in the mirror should be what I expect out of others. I hope I am the kind of friend that looks over imperfections and loves them anyway…so I would hope they would be that way to me as well. Honesty and integrity…but when those things fail…I pray I am still standing, able to offer or receive forgiveness. I like the idea of forever friends despite both our failings.
Maria: What is the one thing you will never part with?
Kim: My Bible, chocolate, peanut butter, and Roy. Oh my dogs, my kids, my grandkids, my friends, my family! Oh you said one thing…sorry… ☺
Maria: What is one life lesson you will never forget?
Kim: Learning NOT to be an enabler. I am a fixer and I think I should be fixing everything but I really know that is impossible.
Maria: What's the worst part of getting older?
Kim: Bones and joints are not like they used to be. Having to watch what I eat. For one…I have nothing better to do than attempt an instant face lift by laying down and secondly…I shared this in the interview. I have heard the older we get that we tend to blurt things out that we should have kept silent about.
Maria: What's one writing lesson you learned the hard way?
Kim: When I published my first book, I did not check to see the placement of the pictures and they put them in the back... YIKES! The cover was supposed to be a chicken and it looked like a parrot. I was so excited to publish that I really did not learn the process very well nor did I check out the publishing company really well.
Maria: What is your favorite movie and why?
Kim: The Sound of Music and Titanic. I love a good love story and a story based on history.
Maria: What subjects / genres do you enjoy reading?
Kim: I love Victoria Holt novels, mysteries with castles, Lords, Ladies and romance that involve a happy ending.
Maria: What would be a subject/ genre that you would like to read more about?
Kim: I have recently been studying the Old Testament. I find the Bible the most interesting book ever. There is so much to learn and one can never understand it all in one life time.
Maria: Tell us about your latest book - give us the scoop on it!
Kim: I recently re published my very first book Sunnie and her Peeps. It is now with a wonderful publishing company called Laurus Publishing.
The title was changed to For the Love of Peeps and has beautiful illustrations that are not in the back of the book like the first book. ☺
You may find it at Laurus or Amazon. It is about six little chickens that talk. Sunnie decides she wants some peeps. It is the story of six peeps growing into six beautiful hens. There is humor and some learning tidbits about chickens. I based this story on my own retirement when I brought home six peeps to raise. Of course mine did not talk but I have given each peep a unique personality with a voice of their own.
Maria: Are there any plans for future writing projects you can share with us?
Kim: I do love the thought of writing another book but right now my plate is full with grandchildren and family. I never know when the inspiration may hit. I do hope there will be projects in the future.
Thank you for being both an inspiration and a friend. I appreciate you taking the time to share some of yourself with us. ♥ Maria
(CLICK HERE to read my recent review on For the Love of Peeps by Sunnie Day ☺)
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