Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ALTO SECRETS - Victoria Kimble - One Free Book

Welcome, Victoria. What has drawn you to writing for children?
I have always wanted to write for children and youth, because I loved to read when I was that age. Those characters became my friends, and I’ve always wanted to created characters that kids think of as their friends too. Also, I know how much children have to learn about life. Story is such a great way to connect with children and communicate with them, and I want to be a part of that.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I like to crochet beard hats. You know, the winter hats with a fake beard attached. They are great here in Colorado in the winter. I also like to crochet toy food. My favorite project was a complete hamburger set, with the toppings and everything.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I started writing when I was very young, The books I read inspired me to write stories that always looked and sounded surprisingly similar to the current series I was reading. It took me until a little over a year ago to gather the courage to begin pursuing a writing career, but writing has always been a part of my life.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I read quite a bit of middle grade and YA fiction, because that is the genre I like to write most. I have small kids at home, so we spend a lot of time in the children’s section of the library, and I pick up books for myself while we’re there. I do enjoy a good Christian thriller and romantic comedy at times.

What other books have you written, whether published or not?
I have written The Choir Girls series in its entirety. Soprano Trouble was released on February 3, 2017, and Alto Secrets was released on April 14, 2017. The final two books in the series, Harmony Blues and Solo Disaster will also be released in 2017.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I know it sounds cliché, but my time with the Lord helps me keep my sanity. I try to read my Bible every day, and I find that it is important to listen to Christian and worship music as I’m out and about. Those constant reminders that Jesus is Lord and He is in control are what help me stay focused.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of, besides family?
Definitely The Choir Girls series. Being a published author is a life-long dream of mine, and I know there are millions out there who are trying for that distinction. I do not take it for granted.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
First you should know that I am a hard-core cat lover. But I think I would pick to be an otter in a zoo. They look like they have so much fun, swimming and playing all day long, while being fed and cared for. I could get used to that.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite that I eat all the time? Currently it is salt and vinegar potato chips. My favorite food that I wish I could eat all the time? A medium rare steak.

Is it hard to break into the children’s market?
Yes, it is hard to break into the children’s market. It’s hard to break into any market, but children’s seems especially challenging because there are not as many agents willing to represent that genre.

What advice would you give to an author wanting to do that?
Keep learning, writing, and submitting. That seems to be the difference between those who make it, and those who don’t. The ones who made it were simply the ones who kept at it.

What would you like to tell us about the featured book?
Alto Secrets is Maddie’s story. She is amazing at volleyball, but has always wanted to try art. She’s afraid to tell her parents because she’s afraid her parents won’t understand. She’s also afraid to tell them because she’s afraid that she won’t be any good at it, so she lies. This story is for all the kids who are worried that their friends and family won’t like them for who they really are.

Books like this are really needed in the world we live in now. How can readers find you on the Internet?
The best places to find me are at my website, www.victoriakimble.com, on my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/victoriakimbleauthor, and on Twitter, @victoriakimble. 

Thank you, Victoria, for sharing this new book with us. 

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Alto Secrets (The Choir Girls Series) (Volume 2) - Paperback
Alto Secrets (The Choir Girls Book 2) - Kindle

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10 comments:

Barbara Lynn Thompson said...

This interview was very interesting and I enjoyed it. I'm so excited about children's books and this is wonderful.

Barbara Thompson (LA)

barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

Victoria Kimble said...

Thank you, Barbara! I'm glad you enjoyed it! - Victoria

Kristin Burke said...

I'm in Virginia! My daughter loved Victoria's first book, so I'm sure she'll love this one!

Anna said...

I live in Nevada! My daughter loves the first book and the second sounds right up her alley!

karah hawkinson said...

Congrats, Victoria! So excited to get these for my nieces :)
Karah (Minnesota)

Jennifer Lee Ward (Jenni) said...

Can't wait to continue sharing this series with the young girls in my life! Such great stories!

Mary Faut said...

My girls loved Saprano Trouble! My 3rd grader is halfway through Alto Secrets and can't wait to find out what happens! She is also trying to guess who the next book will feature! She loves all the characters, but she is definitely relating to Maddie right now!

Mary, IL

Teresa said...

My daughter and I loved Saprano Trouble!! As a homeschooling momma it's hard to find awesome YA literature that is appropriate for tweens and really good at the same time! Can't wait for Alto Secrets!
Teresa (TX)

Megan said...

This is a great series for young girls!

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.