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Sep 5 2018

CTLP Episode 80- Lighthearted and Life-giving Fiction with Kimberly Stuart


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Show Notes-

On today’s episode of Cultivating the Lovely, MacKenzie Koppa has a chat with Kimberly Stuart, author of Heart Land, as well as several other fiction novels. MacKenzie and Kimberly have a fun conversation about a variety of topics, including:

  • The value of a lighter fiction book with a happy ending
  • Why fall is often a better time for moms to read than summer
  • The Same Page podcast (which is now LIVE!)
  • How Kimberly started writing and got her first novel published


  • What is like to be an author and have to market your own work
  • Walking the tight rope of social media
  • Changes in the publishing business and what it is like to navigate that as a writer
  • Keeping your convictions and being real amidst pressure from “the market”
  • How Kimberly researches for her novels

Current Lovelies-

Kimberly: carving out small moments to read something for pleasure and getting up early to spend time in the Word and pray in a real, honest way

MacKenzie: reading more fiction and making time for the book before the movie

Resources Mentioned-


Heart Land



Dear Mr. Knightley

A Portrait of Emily Price

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


Sweet Home Alabama

You’ve Got Mail

The Proposal

Dan in Real Life


Fresh Air

Front Porch with the Fitzes

Ear Hustle (not family friendly)

Find Kimberly-

You can find Kimberly Stuart on her website, You can also follow Kimberly on these social media: Facebook and Instagram.

Find MacKenzie-

You can find MacKenzie Monroe on Instagram, Facebook, and the CTL Facebook Group, of course!

Listen to the CTL Podcast-

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One thought on “CTLP Episode 80- Lighthearted and Life-giving Fiction with Kimberly Stuart

  1. Caroline

    This was a great interview. Loved what you both discussed and that it was light-hearted. Sometimes podcasts can just remind you of everything you are doing wrong, but this one was fun and gave great reading suggestions. Kimberly seemed to have a great personality. More guest like her please! Love the podcast!


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