Have You Met Author Jacqueline Kimball?

Posted by on September 23, 2013

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.

Jacqueline Kimball sept1 2013Jacqueline, welcome to Infinite Characters. We’re so glad you’ve stopped by. Could you tell us a little about yourself?

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. TheyThe Crossing 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.


47 Responses to Have You Met Author Jacqueline Kimball?

  1. Maxie Anderson

    Glad to meet another author who loves the Pioneer days. And to strength, we probably survived it because we would have been conditioned to the climates and TV, etc. We never had any of that when I was growing up. In fact I saw my first TV as a young woman, a mother, age 17. I remember seeing one in a store that the screen was really small. And, never had electric light or indoor bathroom until I was about 11. Helped mother with the laundry boiled in an iron pot (outdoors), then scrubbed on a washboard, then rinsed, then starched, hung out on a clothes line, and finally ironed. Quite a job for sure. Love my elec. washer and dryer. I really enjoyed this interview and would love to read your OregonTrail series. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with lack of modern conveniences with us. We do take a lot for granted now days,don’t we? I do love to think about how it must have been back in the days of the early western settlers,and imagine myself as hardyy and brave pioneer woman….but I would probably have been such a wimp. :) J.K.

  2. Andrey Christopher

    Jackie has been a friend of mine since school age.I love all of her books. I hated to put any of them down once I started reading them. I actually felt like I was right there as one of the characters. Jackie I would put you right up there beside any author of other books I read. You go girl..Keep up the good job. Anxiously waiting for your next book. Love you girl

  3. carolyn temple

    I’ve been knowing this lady for a long time. I’ve read her books on my kindle and enjoyed them tremendously.can’t wait till the next one is ready.Her family are all long time friends of me and my family.

  4. Oneida Woods

    I enjoyed visiting with where we are. Also when you taught school. Hated to see your feet swell. Hope to read your books soon. Hope everything goes well for you.

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      AW..How sweet of you to remember what standing on my feet all day teaching my second graders did. :) It was worth it. I remember you,too! Thanks for dropping by to cheer me on. :)

  5. Nicki

    Loved, loved Jackies books!! Can not wait to read book #3 …

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Glad you liked my books. Book three of The Oregon Series is going slow. Those characters are keeping too many secrets from me! How DARE they, after all I’ve done for them?…Like create them, for starters! :)

  6. Lisa Mahoney

    I have known Jaqueline Kimball all of my life and she is an amazing and talented person.

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Aw..I’m blushing! So…you admit it…I’m amazing? Ha! Just kidding. Thank you ,my friend, for your kind words!

  7. Vanessa Riley

    Jaqueline welcome to InfiniteCharacters.com This series sounds so exciting.

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Thank you, Vanessa. I’m having a blast. I ‘ve bookmarked and followed this site.

  8. Ruth E Tredway

    Jacqueline, I’m looking forward to reading your work. That time period fascinates me. There are so many characters who have a story to tell. Love it!

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Thank you,Ruth. I answered you yesterday,but I don’t see it on this page now, so I will answer again. (So,excuse me if I double post.) I appreciate your comments!

  9. Kathy Wilson

    I really enjoy Jacqueline Kimball’s books.That is my kind of reading.She is a wonderful writer.

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Thank you, Kathy! I appreciate you taking the time to leave such a sweet comment.

  10. regina tittel

    Sounds like the type of stories I enjoy! Great reading your interview, Jacqueline!

  11. kballauthor

    It’s great to learn more about you!!


  12. Jacqueline Kimball

    Oh! I am so happy to read all of the nice comments. Blushing here….but keep ‘em coming..!!!!

  13. Connie Almony

    What do you mean you don’t like Dick and Jane. They were gripping, inspiring–that is if your goal was to be gripped by a coma, and you were inspired to fall asleep ;o).

    Welcome to IC. Nice to meet ya!

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Hahahaaaa! I did not like Dick and Jane at all. I had a tad of affection for Alice and Jerry though…and let’s not forget the little sister and her cat. Sally and Puff wasn’t it? But anyway, I digress. Thank you for stopping by!

  14. Dianne Wallace

    I have read both of the Oregon series books and The Cleft Puppy I loved all 3 and am anxiously waiting on the 3rd book in the Oregon series

  15. Mishael Austin Witty

    Hi, Jackie. You sound a lot like me. The only time I ever got in trouble in school was when I got bored, and I got bored fairly often. Most of my teachers didn’t have the time or inclination to keep me occupied, although I was blessed with a few who did. :-)

    Great interview!

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      I got in trouble quite a few times for not putting my book away during silent reading when the teacher said for us to stop. I was so lost in the book that I truly did not hear the teachers. Thanks for stopping by,Mishael!

  16. Gail Pallotta

    Hi Jacqueline,

    Your historical novels sound as though they would warm the heart. Congratulations

  17. Gail Pallotta

    Hi Jacqueline,
    Your historical books sounds as though they would warm the heart. Congratultions!

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Thanks so much! I found your website,and put a link on my author page.

  18. June Foster

    Jacqueline, So glad to have you on Infinite Characters. I wish you well with your Oregon Series. I’m also a retired teacher and love dogs. (smile)

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Thank you ,June. I appreciate your taking the time to leave such a nice comment!

  19. Morgan Miller

    Having known Jacqueline several years now, I am so proud to call her a friend. This year my daughter has to read historical fiction for one of her classes. Luckily, she gets to start with Lindy on the Oregon Trail! How wonderful it is know that Jacqueline’s book are safe for my child to read!! The inspiration Jacqueline has given me through many aspects of my life, I could never say thank you enough!!

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Hi ,Morgan! Thanks for stopping by and saying such sweet words!. I’m thrilled that my former student will read my book for class.

  20. Mildred Colvin

    Hi, everyone! I’m so glad you stopped by to comment. That means so much to the author and to me. Jacqueline, I’m very glad to do this interview. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you better.

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Thank you Mildred. As we have chatted back in forth,I see that we have the same love of simplicity,and of days gone by. I’ve always loved your work,and now I think I will enjoy reading your books even more,because you are such a sweetie pie! (And patient,lol!)

  21. Joe Curtis

    Jacqueline is a great writer and I recommend her books to anyone who loves history and good clean books!

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Thank you for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment, Joe Curtis. I do try to write good wholesome books. There is still a wide audience for them!

  22. Brenda Tarver

    I have known Jacquline (Jacky) Kimball since we were in elementary school together. I am truly proud to call her my friend. I have not had the honor to read her books as I have a Nook instead of a Kindle. I have read passages from her books that she has posted on Facebook and cannot wait to be able to read her books. I wish her the very best in her writings, you go Jacky. Her friend for life Brenda

  23. michelle

    I read Houston the cleft lip puppy and loved it. I haven’t read the Oregon trail series but I can just imagine that they are awesome too.

    • Jacqueline Kimball

      Thank you for mentioning the book HOUSTON THE CLEFT PALATE PUPPY. I love that book so much (even if I did write it..) because of the way it addresses accepting individual differences in people and animals. I really do own that amazing little dog!


    I love Jacqueline Kimball’s books they are so inspiring…looking forward to reading many more .

  25. Jacqueline Kimball

    Mildred Colvin,
    Thanks for the interview! It was a blast! I can’t wait for the third book in your Oregon Series,and I’ll be sure and let my readers know when it’s out.