Special Guest, Victoria Kimble!!

Victoria KimbleWelcome, readers! Today I’ve got a super-special guest–one of my critique partners, Victoria Kimble! Victoria recently released the second book in her debut Middle Grade series, The Choir Girls.
                                                                                                      
Victoria was gracious enough to sit down for an interview and I had a blast getting to know her better–I hope you will, too! If you like what you read, make sure to check back here on Friday for the chance to enter a giveaway.
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Now, without further ado, let’s get this interview started!

Taylor: Hi Victoria, thanks so much for joining me 😊 We’ve been critique partners for a while now and I’m excited to get to know you better. To start off, why don’t you tell me how you got the idea for The Choir Girls?
Victoria: I was in choir from eighth grade all the way through college. I loved every part of it: the music, singing together as a group, and the camaraderie built by spending so much time together. It seemed like a natural setting for this story that had popped into my head.
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T: When you’d finished the series, how did you go about getting it published? How long did it take from query to contract? What was the most valuable thing you learned about the publishing industry during this time?
V: I actually wrote Soprano Trouble five or six years ago after I had completed the Writing for Children and Youth course through the Institute of Children’s Literature. It took me years to work up the courage to send it out. But, with the encouragement of a few friends and authors, I finally sent it out. I was trying to get an agent, but it was passed on to TouchPoint Press. They offered me a contract, and after some careful thought I signed it. I didn’t market it as a series at the time, but a gal I had met at a writer’s conference had told me that I should make Soprano Trouble into a series. I decided to go ahead with that idea, and on the day I got the contract from TouchPoint Press, I started Alto Secrets. When it was finished, I sent it to TouchPoint to see if they would want that one too. They said yes, much to my delight. Then they said yes to the next two books as well.
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T: What inspired you to become an author?
V: Reading! I was an avid reader as a kid, and the characters in the books became my friends. I always wanted to create characters that other kids could see as friends too.
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T: Growing up, what were some of your favorite books? How about now? Do you read middle grade books to keep plugged in with your genre?
V: I loved The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin, and the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. I’ve reread all of those books dozens of times. Yes, I still read middle grade books. In fact, that’s probably what I read most. I love going to the children’s section of the library and finding their new arrivals shelf. I always get two or three to read. I also still read all the books by Robin Jones Gunn. I do enjoy an adult fiction book from time to time, and I also read quite a bit of YA fiction.
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T: Can you tell me a little about your family? I see you have three little girls—what is that like?
V: I do have three little girls! My husband and I have been married for almost 13 years, and our girls are ages 8, 6 and 4. Having three girls seems normal to me, because I grew up the middle of two sisters. Our baby brother wasn’t born until we were 14, 12 and 10. I love watching our girls grow.
 
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T: What is a typical day in your life like? Do you have a schedule or do you embrace the craziness?
V: I must admit that I am a pretty scheduled person. I just like it better that way. During the school year I get up at 5:00 and do all the morning things to get myself and the girls ready for the day. At 8:00 the older two are in school and my youngest has room time, and that’s when I focus the most on my writing. Around 9:00 we run errands, and then I work on the non-writing parts of writing, like marketing and research. We have lunch at 11:00 and at 12:30 I start my admin job for my dad. We leave to pick up my older two from school at 2:00. The afternoon is filled with homework and dinner prep. We eat dinner around 5:00 and then have downtime for the rest of the evening. Don’t make fun of me, but I’m usually in bed with my lights out around 9:30. I’m a morning person, and I’m wiped out by that time.
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T: What about your writing process? Do you have an office? Do you like to listen to music or keep things quiet?
V: During the school year I try and write from 8:00 to 9:00 every morning, and I’ll often be able to squeeze other bits in here and there, especially if I’m in the middle of a certain part of a story. I like my summer schedule better, though, because during the summer I write from 6:00 to 7:00 every morning. Those earlier hours are just better for me creatively. I don’t have an office, but I have a desk in the corner of my kitchen. Sometimes I write at the desk we have in our basement.
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I do like to listen to music when I write. It has to be instrumental in nature, so I’m always listening to either movie soundtracks or classical or instrumental pieces that I love.
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T: How has God impacted your journey as an author? What Bible verses has He used to encourage you?
V: First, I believe that God has called me to write. It took a long time to come to that conclusion, because it has always felt like this frivolous thing to do, but I believe that my writing is a gift from the Lord, and that I need to use it because He gave it to me. Any writer will tell you that they struggle with self-doubt all the time, but the thing that helps me get past it is remember that:
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1.) God created me to write

2.) God loves me no matter what. His love for me is complete.

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I could write the best thing in the world that sells millions of copies, but He isn’t going to love me any more for it. He already loves me completely. Or, I could write nothing but terrible stuff my whole life and no one will ever read it, but He isn’t going to love me any less. His love for me is complete. Knowing that gives me the confidence to keep writing and to keep trying to send it out. When I think of Bible verses that encourage me the most in my writing, I think of Jeremiah 31:3.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
He already loves me, so I can write without fear.
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T: That’s a great reminder, Victoria. Thank you so much for sharing your story!
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Readers, before you go, don’t forget to connect with Victoria. You can visit her on her author site or you can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Goodreads. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of Soprano Trouble or Alto Secrets, you can do so at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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One thought on “Special Guest, Victoria Kimble!!

  1. Very interesting interview. I especially liked the bible verse that Victoria shared. It speaks of God’s unfailing love which is a great comfort to me.

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