Hi, this is Mildred Colvin. While getting reacquainted with my Facebook author page, I found a new author friend. Jacqueline Kimball is writing a series of stories based on the Oregon Trail. Interestingly enough, she and I are both now writing a third Oregon Trail book. Hers, Love Comes to Beaver Creek, will conclude The Oregon Series she started with Lindy on the Oregon Trail and The Crossing. Ha! Unless she does like me and finds there are many more books waiting to be written. It can happen. I’ve only read a little of the beginning of her first book, but found it captivating and hope to read more.
Yes, thank you. I’m ancient according to my grandchildren. I am a baby boomer, and I share my home with my oldest daughter. We have two fur babies that rule the house, and we struggle along with them as best we can. I have three grown children, and five beautiful grandchildren. I’m a life time certified elementary teacher either on a long sabbatical, or retired. I’m not sure which. This writing gig is going pretty well.
In addition to being a dog lover and a proud nana, I enjoy writing, cooking, reading, camping, road trips, and church events. I love most music, with my favorites being Christian, country, and classical. Once in a while I pull out the oldies from the sixties, and go all nostalgic for a few hours. I don’t watch television much at all. It is rare for me to watch even five hours a month. I am, however, a you tube fan. There’s so much material…all the way from flash mob proposals to Bible studies.
Ah, the baby boomers! There are lots of us still out there, aren’t there? LOL! Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?
Oh yes, some of my earliest memories of my mother is her reading to me. I remember she read Goldilocks to me, and then taught me several songs about bears. I first heard the story of Daniel in the lion’s den from a children’s Bible stories book that Mama read long before I started school. As a teacher, I’ve always encouraged parents to start early fostering a love for reading by reading aloud to their toddlers.
For as long as I can remember I have loved to get lost in a good book. Let me emphasize good book, for I utterly detested the Dick and Jane type books of my childhood reading circles. You know… “Look, look, look. Come and see.” Thankfully, we had our Weekly Readers to keep me occupied during class, as my teacher soon found out that when I was bored, I could be a bit of a nuisance to others.
I loved to go to the library, especially in the summers. The check-out book limit was ten books a week. I usually finished all ten by the next week. Back then, I loved any story about animals. Then my teen years, I read Little Women. I was hooked on historical fiction from then on.
Hmm, yes I remember Dick and Jane. They were a little boring. Not too inspiring as I recall. So did that boredom contribute to your writing journey? As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?
I did, I really did. I read the story Rin-Tin-Tin in the fifth grade. I remember thinking that if I only had a dog like him, I could write great stories. Even in my diaries, I would rewrite passages (lie) to make the day more interesting on paper!
What is your favorite genre to read?
My favorite genre is historical fiction, with my favorite era being the 1800s in the United States. I also like books about health, healthy eating, and medical discoveries.
I can really project my imagination when I read historical fiction. I guess that is why I love the genre. I jest and say that I was born in the wrong time period. I’ve always felt like I would have liked to have lived in the early to mid-1800s. That era of pioneer women with their long dresses and self-sufficient lifestyles woos me. Could I have been the strong pioneer women that I like to write about? I seriously doubt it. I’m such a wimp when it comes to being overly hot or cold in the outdoors. I’d rather snuggle with a book next to a cozy fireplace than manage wash day outside on a bitter winter day, but then…who wouldn’t?
I see we have something else in common. You can’t beat a great 19th Century romance but let’s do keep the back-breaking work and struggles on the page and out of my life. LOL! When did you first begin writing, and why do you write still?
I guess I’d say it was in the ninth grade that I really became interested in writing as a career. My English teacher, Mr. Grant Anderson, read aloud a few paragraphs of a piece I wrote as an assignment. He stated that my piece was a perfect example of what he was hoping to see from the class. As I state on my amazon author page, I sat up a little prouder that day. Through the years, I put writing for the most part on the back burner , teaching elementary school, grading papers, writing seemingly endless lesson plans, and oh yes…raising my three children and fur babies too.
I will always write. It’s not just a career, it’s part of who I am. In fact, let’s don’t call it a career, because it’s too much fun for that. For instance, I never really know what is going to happen to my characters in my books. I am usually totally surprised at what they do or don’t do in a particular situation , unlike the predictability of most television shows. I haven’t watched TV but a few times in a year or so. Who needs it when I can close my eyes and ride in wagon train headed for Oregon or teach school in a one room school house?
That’s wonderful! If only all teachers realized how much they influence their students – for good and bad. How many books do you have published and where can they be found?
I have written three books and am currently working on my fourth, which is book three of a three book series, The Oregon Series. They are all available now on amazon for your kindle, and within two months, they will be in paperback. I’m really excited about finally seeing them in paperback.
Great! Who is your target reader?
My target reader is age twelve to ninety-nine, and one who enjoys a good clean book. For the most part, I write historical fiction. I do have out a book about understanding differences in others .That book is titled Houston, the Cleft Palate Puppy.
Okay, so I suggest everyone within that range take a look at your books and read the sample. Decide if these books are something you’d like. But first, Jacqueline, can you tell us about your latest published book?
My latest book is book two of The Oregon Series, The Crossing, published by Bayou Publishing on Amazon in July of 2013. It’s a very moving story of a childless couple who are grieving over the loss of their three year old son. The couple decide to make the journey to Oregon in 1848 on a wagon train. George Greer, the brother of Sarah Sanders from book one of the series, is also on the wagon train and he’s been instructed by his mother to look for a bride. I’m happy to say that TheCrossing is doing very well as a kindle selection, and will be available in paperback in a few weeks.
Now that The Crossing is published and selling well, what are you working on right now?
I am currently writing book three of The Oregon Series, a Christian fiction book tentatively titled Love Comes To Beaver Creek . The characters from books one and two are now settled in Beaver Creek, Oregon, and the year is 1850.
I’m sure your readers will want to continue to read each book in the series. Where do you get ideas for your books?
I really don’t know how the ideas for stories pop into my head. It plays like a movie in my mind, and I visualize characters before their story comes to my mind. I start the story, and am continuously surprised as I let the characters lead the story. It’s very entertaining. Who needs television?
In fact, I was writing The Crossing, which was to be book one in my Oregon series, but I kept seeing this family that was very much like the Ingalls family in the book Little House On the Prairie. In my thoughts, one young lady stepped forward, and I instantly knew her name was Melinda Louise, and Lindy was her nickname. I finally had to stop writing The Crossing, and put it on the back burner. Lindy Sanders and her family kept me so immersed in their story until I honestly felt like they were telling the story, and I was merely the scribe.
When I resumed writing The Crossing, the writing was much the same. My characters were very real to me at the time. In particular, Irena’s grief upon losing her child to a fever actually made me cry!
In book three, however, I am struggling…waiting for my characters to tell me the story. Pity…they don’t seem to be in a great hurry.
I understand. Each story I write seems to be different. I’ve always wanted a magic formula, but have come to the conclusion that some books almost write themselves, while others become a struggle almost from the beginning. Maybe your book three will soon tell you what’s next.
Does your faith affect your writing? If so, how?
My faith definitely affects my writing simply because I would never want to publish anything that I wouldn’t want my Lord to see, because of course He does see.
Oh, so true! Where can fans find you or your books on the internet?
You can find me on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JacquelineKimballAuthor. My books are exclusive to Amazon right now as I am in a program with them called KDP Select, which means my books are available only through amazon. This may eventually change, as I am considering Barnes and Noble and Nook as sellers as well.
Jacqueline, I’d like to recommend Smashwords.com as a great distributor for your ebooks that will enable you to reach e-readers including Apple, Kobo, Nook, Kindle, and many more. Smashwords is also a wonderful place for readers to shop for e-books.
Jacqueline has agreed to give away a Kindle edition of the reader’s choice from her three books. Please comment below to be included in that selection. If your name is chosen, you will receive an email with instructions to receive your book. Thanks so much for your comment. Please, tell Jacqueline how much you’ve enjoyed learning about an author who may be new to you.