Kim Ford

Author Interview

Kim Ford Interviews Our Featured Cover Author
-Sadie Robertson

Sadie Robertson

Sadie Robertson’s writing was born as she journaled through life experiences. Life Just Got Real is a fascinating look at how a reality television show literally upends everything familiar and causes you to consider what is true and vital in your everyday walk of life. Sometimes the teens in the book behave better than the adults! This is an entertaining read with nuggets of truth that both teens and adults can appreciate. Join me as Sadie and I explore her fiction debut!

Life Just Got Real includes a lot of universal and timeless truths about life as a teen. Can you share with readers where this book idea was born? What inspired you to write this particular story?

When the idea first came to me of writing a fiction book, I honestly felt lost. I had lots of ideas but wasn’t sure where to start. I decided that it would be best to start off by writing about my life. I thought about my life before Duck Dynasty and my life now. I realized that I was describing two different people. There differences were so strong that at first they didn’t see eye to eye, but eventually they came together as one to make each other better.

Have you always considered yourself to be a writer? Can you share a bit about your journey to publication?

No, not at all. My writing actually started because I would get really nervous while speaking on stage. I wasn’t able to get everything out that I wanted to say, so I started writing down all of my thoughts in a journal. Once I started journaling my writing became motivational speeches and those speeches led me to capturing all of my journaling into my first book, Live Original.

Will you continue to write for the young adult audience? What take-aways do you hope readers find in your novel?

My future depends on the Lord’s plan. I never saw myself writing a book, but somehow He made it happen. No telling what is next for me, stay tuned! I wrote this book in hopes that every girl would find it relatable to their lives. My desire is that this book shows the audience that no mater who you are or what life brings your way, you can always live original in your own life. Your individual talents and abilities can be used to help others, but if you try to be someone else you aren’t able to help anyone.

Does your writing reflect some of your own experiences with reality television? Do you think reality shows help or hinder today’s youth from forming unrealistic ideas about their own circumstances?

Yes, I think my readers will be able to see that once they read the book. I think reality t.v has been a great thing for our family because not only do people look up to us by watching us on t.v, but they almost feel as if they are a part of our family because we deal with real life situations in view of the world.

What is the biggest challenge today’s youth face in regard to developing and growing their own faith? How do they ever overcome life challenges long enough to do that?

I think the biggest challenge people face is worrying about what other people think and focusing on their own insecurities. I have learned from experience that this creates a life of fear. Living in faith calls for us to be confident in who God created us to be and to live fearless!

Life Just Got Real

What are your plans for future writing projects? Will this novel launch a series?

I have a lot of upcoming events, such as my Live Original Tour. All of my writing has come from my life experiences. I am excited for this new journey I am about to start, I know there will be lots of memories and learning experiences. It ivery possible that a this experience could lead to a book . I guess you guys will have to wait and see!

Can you give us a window into your writing style? Are you a planner or a seat of your pants plot follower?

Like I mentioned earlier, my writing comes from life experiences. I never have a plan when it comes to writing, or really anything in life. I have ideas and visions but I always pray that the Lord leads me in His way and not my own. Sometimes my ideas lead to something completely different than I imagined. Flexibility and the willingness to change things up a little is very important in writing.

How has your writing journey impacted your faith? What have your learned through this process?

This process has encouraged me to take my time in figuring out all of my thoughts and expressing myself more clearly to my audiences. I can feel the Lord speaking to me sometimes, but cant quite share what He is saying with others unless I write down that experience. It’s really cool to have those experiences written down and to be able to go back and read them.

What works of encouragement would you share with someone who feels like pursuing his/her own novel?

Go for it! You never know how the Lord will speak to you and use you through this process!


Kim Ford has been a resident of Alabama for more than fifteen years. Originally from Georgia, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Brenau Women’s College. After more than 12 years in sales and marketing, she now serves as the Lead Office Administrator for Auburn University’s Department of Theatre. A mother of two sons, both of whom are pursuing college degrees, Kim’s life is full and blessed. She enjoys reading great fiction, writing and spending time with her family.
She blogs at: Window To My World