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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction Romance




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Kimberla was born in Rockford and attended Rock Valley College. She lives in Belvidere.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kimberla Lawson Roby is a New York Times Bestselling Author & Speaker who has published 28 books, including her nonfiction title, THE WOMAN GOD CREATED YOU TO BE: Finding Success Through Faith---Spiritually, Personally, and Professionally; and her novels, Casting the First Stone, Better Late Than Never, A Christmas Prayer, It's a Thin Line, and her debut title, Behind Closed Doors, which she originally self-published through her own company. Kimberla's books have frequented numerous bestseller lists, such as The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence, Black Christian News, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many others. She is the recipient of the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction and the 2017 SOAR Radio Trailblazer of Honor award, and in 2020, she was named by USA Today as one of the 100 black novelists you should read.

Over the years, Kimberla has spoken to thousands of women at churches, conferences, luncheons, libraries, colleges, and universities where she candidly shares her personal journey--hoping to help women become all that God created them to be.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Behind Closed Doors''''' -- *Fiction Book of the Year Award, Blackboard, 1997


-- '''''Casting the First Stone''''' -- *Fiction Book of the Year Award, Blackboard, 2001


-- '''''A Taste of Reality''''' -- *Finalist Atlanta Choice Award, Atlanta Daily World, 2004


-- '''''Too Much of a Good Thing''''' -- *Patron Choice Award, Central Mississippi Regional Library System, 2004


-- '''Other Awards''' -- *First-Time Author Award, Chicago's Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, 1998

-- *Author of the Year Award - Female, African-American Literary Award Show, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013

-- *Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction, NAACP, 2013

-- *Female Author of the Year, AAMBC, 2014