Guest Fox, Victoria Kimble

Welcome to Hound Day, Victoria

By Jeff Salter

I had to race to catch up with Victoria, one of my many talented colleagues at TouchPoint Press, because of our crazy schedules. Come to find out — she can out-run me. Yep, she had her answers in my mailbox almost before I’d finished transmitting my questions. Well, anyway, I’m pleased we could work it out for her to be my Hound Day guest today.

Victoria has been contracted with TPP since May 2016 — and her first TPP novel was released one year ago (February 2017). Soprano Trouble is the first book in a series of four — Choir Girls. Her other three titles in this series are also already released — also with TPP.

We didn’t get a chance to bat around the interview questions I would’ve liked to ask… so let’s hear some questions from any of you who care to leave one in the comments section below.

Victoria Kimble

Bio

Victoria is a wife, a mom to three girls, a full-fledged homebody, a so-so housekeeper, a mediocre musician and has dreamed of writing her whole life. She lives at the foot of the Rockies in Littleton, Colorado, and she will never take that for granted. Victoria has spent most of her life living in Colorado, with a brief six-year hiatus to live in Nebraska to attend college and get married. She is mostly a stay-at-home mom, but dabbles in a variety of other odd jobs, such as being the nursery director at church, doing admin work and crocheting beard hats in the winter. She loves meat and potatoes, superhero TV shows and movies, and when the weather stays between 70 and 80 degrees. She could probably love the beach if she ever spent any time there.

Victoria spent her childhood reading and making friends with the characters in her favorite books. She never grew out of that. After many years of wondering, she decided it was time to write the stories she had always dreamed of writing. She hopes that her stories model an active Christian lifestyle, while feeding the insatiable sense of wonder and adventure that everyone has deep inside.

Website link: http://www.victoriakimble.com/

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Victoria’s middle grade series is aimed at ages 8-12.

Soprano Trouble
The Choir Girls, Book 1
by Victoria Kimble

Blurb:

Summer McKidd is a bright, compassionate 7th grader. She has a good group of friends, which can be a hard feat for someone in junior high. She and her friends love to sing in their choir at school, and this is where her trouble begins. At the fall concert, her friends drag her into a mean prank and Summer is soon sentenced to nursery duty at church. When she walks into the nursery, she sees that the victim of their prank is also a volunteer. Summer begins a friendship with this girl but soon sees that she will have to choose between her group of friends and her new friend. Can Summer do what is right and keep her friends?

Excerpt [from Chapter 3, page 26]

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a slight program change. Cammie Dunn will sing the solo in this next piece, instead of Pilar Sanchez,” Mr. Camp said. He then stepped back to the podium and cued the accompanist to begin. Cammie stepped confidently up to the mic.

Summer listened to the opening music and her stomach clenched with guilt. She caught a glimpse of Pilar’s parents in the audience, looking baffled. They whispered to each other, and Pilar’s mom got up and rushed out of the auditorium.

Summer snapped her eyes back to Mr. Camp just as he cued them to sing.  Cammie was doing a wonderful job, but Summer felt that everything was wrong. She tried to focus on the song, but knew deep in her heart that this was not the kind of thing that someone could get away with.

Just then the song ended, and the crowd jumped to their feet in a standing ovation. Cammie beamed as Mr. Camp gestured to her to take a bow. She returned to her place in the choir flushing with pleasure.

Summer felt sick. Only one more song, and then she would have to find out what happened to Pilar.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Soprano-Trouble-Choir-Girls-Book/dp/1542618894/

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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24 Responses to Guest Fox, Victoria Kimble

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Welcome, Victoria. Hope you bring plenty of friends!

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  2. jbrayweber says:

    Very nice to meet you, Victoria. Soprano Girls sounds like a wonderful middle-grade book with a great lesson. Good luck with the Choir Girls series!

    Jenn!

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  3. I love the blurb! What a terrific story premise for your book, and the series sounds great.
    This is just a side note, but my best friend from high school lives in Littleton! Her name is Dr. Randi McVay and she and her husband are active in their church. It’s a long shot, but you never know… (She went to school in Singapore.)

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    • vkimble says:

      Thank you! I’ve never met her, but who knows? Maybe we shop at the same grocery store! 😉

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Stacey, I have some tenuous connections to Littleton also. My brother and I co-authored two non-fiction books which were released by the publisher Libraries Unlimited… which at one time was one of the top three publishers of resources for libraries. They were based in Littleton.

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  4. jeff7salter says:

    Oh, here’s another question for Victoria:
    What did you major in — at that Nebraska university? And what possessed you to head so far NORTH for college?

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    • vkimble says:

      I started out as a journalism major, but quickly realized I didn’t care for journalism. I’m just not that nosy. 🙂 I majored in Communications and Bible. And I picked that university because it allowed me to double major in my professional choice, as well as in Bible, which is something I had always wanted to do. It worked out…I met my husband there!

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  5. jeff7salter says:

    Another question for Victoria:
    Tell us about your favorite interaction with a young reader of one (or more) of your MG novels.

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    • vkimble says:

      My favorite times have been with my beta readers. We have some family friends who have girls in this age range, and they read all my stories before I even sent them to the publishers. I loved their faces as they told me what they thought of the stories, and I loved how they would ask me if the next one was done yet.

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  6. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Since I’ve spent 40 years teaching music, I’m going to have to look into this series! Welcome to the blog, Victoria!

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  7. jeff7salter says:

    Another question for Victoria:
    This initial series is middle grade. Have you considered (or have you begun) writing for any other age level?

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    • vkimble says:

      I’m currently working on a series for just a bit younger – ages 7-9. I’ve also written a picture book that my agent is about to start shopping around. And I have plans for a YA novel.

      Maybe I’ll write for adults someday, but for now I’ve got children’s stories backing up the queue.

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  8. Welcome, Victoria! My , your bio reads very much like mine did , only I had two boys and lived a little higher up, north of Denver.I miss it all so much! (FYI, I grew up going to the beaches near the Chesapeake Bay.I’m sure you’d love them, too.)
    I find that most YA and Middle School books are aimed at girls. I suppose, being the mother of girls, it comes easier.I have not delved into YA, although I have written children’s. Do you think that your stories all lean towards a female audience?

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    • vkimble says:

      Hi Tonette! I would love to see if I’d love Chesapeake Bay. 🙂 I have spent exactly three days of my life on the East Coast.

      There truly is quite a lot of YA and Middle Grade books aimed at girls. You might have to dig deeper to find stories aimed at boys (and I have at least one recommendation, if you’re interested!) My stories do probably lean toward a female audience, although I had several middle grade boys read these stories, and they loved them (or so they told me.) Basically, for now, I’m in a “write what you know” frame of mind, and I definitely know girls!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      As a public librarian for nearly 30 years, I can affirm that little of the YA material is aimed at boys. Other than the series books of the 1930s and 1940s — in which boys were featured as detectives, sports figures, adventurers, or in a career which seemed “exotic” at the time — there was hardly any stand-alone titles devoted to boys. When I was selecting (i.e., buying) a lot of children’s books for the library in which I worked, I had to hunt to find titles that might be interesting to boys.
      That said, my brother, Charles Salter, has a new series out called the ‘Kare Kids” — and boys are featured prominently in at least two of the four titles out so far.

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