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Are you ready for a change of pace? Sometimes we need a little variety in our reading, so I’m excited to have Victoria Kimble visiting to share her The Choir Girls series with us! Whether you’re looking for a fresh perspective yourself or have a younger reader in mind, this looks like a cute series. Before we chat with Victoria, let’s take a quick look at Harmony Blues, the third book in the series.
Brittany’s painting was chosen to be featured at the Colorado state capitol building over Christmas, and her best friend Cammie is not happy about it. In fact, Cammie becomes downright mean to Brittany. Then Cammie becomes impossible when Brittany accepts some help from Cammie’s enemy, Pilar. Brittany even finds herself as a victim of some of Cammie’s mean pranks. Not only did Brittany lose her best friend, but she has to decide whether or not to forgive Cammie when Cammie isn’t even sorry.
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Welcome, Victoria! Forgiveness is a tough topic at any age. What inspired you to write this series or this novel in particular?
For as long as I live, I will never forget how hard junior high was. I will also never forget how fun choir was. Those two monumental experiences in my life were what inspired The Choir Girls series. The books I read during my middle school years are the ones that helped shape my life as I moved into the teenage years and even beyond, so I always just think of stories that I would have liked to read back then.
It sounds like you’re offering some great encouragement for some very real issues. What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
I hope every person who reads my stories has a “me too” experience. Those were my favorite stories. They still are my favorite stories. The ones where I connect with the characters or the situation on a level I wasn’t expecting. I hope middle school girls, especially, will realize that the situations they face every day in school and with their friends are situations that everyone faces. It is very easy to believe that you are the only one who feels a certain way, and if you feel isolated, then you can quickly feel shame. And that is so unnecessary. Every kid has those insecurities, and if kids truly understood that then they would be able to see that they don’t need to be afraid or ashamed of the things they are going through.
We need that reassurance as adults sometimes, too! Would you tell us about something crazy that you’ve done or would love to do?
I would love to see a humpback or a blue whale in person. And not just from far away, either. I want to be on a kayak and have one of those massive creatures swim right under me. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be so close to something so huge. I think it would be amazing.
That would be memorable indeed. It’s always fun to hear what others are discovering in the fiction world. What are you reading right now?
This may sound crazy, but I’m reading the Harry Potter series for the first time. I didn’t when they first came out, mostly because I was in college and the subject matter was up for debate among Christians. But this series and J.K. Rowling are held at the pinnacle of children’s literature, and I know I have a lot to learn from how she wrote those stories. So it’s time for me to dive in and find out what all the fuss is about.
One of the greatest benefits of books is that they don’t have expiration dates! 🙂 Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’m working on a story about a girl who wants to be a chief meteorologist when she grows up. You know, the person on the news who talks about the weather. She’s a bit weather-obsessed, and it causes all kinds of trouble to be so focused on that kind of career at the tender age of nine. It has been fun to write about such a driven girl, and I’ve learned a lot about the weather.
What a fun personality she must have! If you could offer a word of encouragement to an aspiring author, what would you say?
A writing career is a marathon, not a sprint. If you desire to write, you should start now. They say it takes ten years to become an overnight success, so just start and keep going, especially when you don’t see any success right away. I always think of it as planting seed that will hopefully grow in the next five or ten years. If you have that mindset, then it’s easier to keep working during the long dry spells of not seeing any fruits of your labor. It’ll come, if you keep at it.
Great encouragement, Victoria. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today!
Your turn! What are you reading right now?
More about Victoria:
Victoria is the author of The Choir Girls series. She 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. She loves French fries, superhero TV shows and movies, and cats. She could probably love the beach if she ever spent any time there. She blogs about her stories and writing at www.victoriakimble.com.
You can connect with Victoria online:
Twitter – https://twitter.com/victoriakimble
Website – www.victoriakimble.com
Also by Victoria:
Soprano Trouble – 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?
Alto Secrets – Maddie Ryland is an amazing volleyball player. She fits right in with her sport-centered family. But when Maddie is invited to join the Aspen Junior High Art Club, her secret dream of painting looks like it can become reality. The only problem is her parents want her to play club volleyball at the rec center. So Maddie tells her parents that her school has a club team, and she’d rather join that. Only there is no club team at the school. Maddie’s lie about the volleyball team starts an avalanche of other lies she has to tell in order to keep her spot in the art club. It’s only a matter of time until Maddie’s lies catch up with her. What will her parents say?
Harmony Blues Giveaway:
Victoria has graciously agreed to give away a paperback copy of Harmony Blues. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.