Today we’re changing things up a bit and welcoming middle-grade author Victoria (Tori) Kimble.
Confession: sometimes I talk about book characters like they are real people. I had a friend in college who called me out on that once. Another friend and I were discussing Christy and Todd from The Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn. The College Years series was just coming out, and so many amazing things were happening in the lives of Todd and Christy. It was so exciting! They felt like real friends and we were so happy for them. Except that they weren’t real people.
“Stop talking about them like they’re real!” my friend said. We just laughed at her.
Todd and Christy were not the first characters I had thought of as my friends. That little habit goes way back. In third grade I discovered The Babysitters Club, and I made my first friends with a group of fictional girls. I’m sure this has something to do with the fact that I’ve always been introverted and not had the easiest time making “real” friends.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to create those kinds of characters for kids. Characters that will be friends to them, showing them that someone else is feeling what they are about growing up. Maybe even characters they can grow with, like I’ve grown with Christy Miller.
I’m so pleased to introduce the world to Summer McKidd and her friends in 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?
Soprano Trouble is the first book in The Choir Girls series, and is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com, and TouchPoint Press. The remaining books, Alto Secrets, Harmony Blues and Solo Disaster will be released in 2017.
Victoria 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.