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 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/
The Choir Girls, Book 1
by Victoria Kimble
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.