3 Questions Wednesday with Jacqueline Kimball

Jacqueline Kimball is a mother of three fantastic adults, and a proud Nana. She’s totally a southern girl from northern Louisiana. With great pleasure, we welcome her to 3 Questions Wednesday!

First question–

What inspires you?

Jacqueline: That’s a loaded question to ask a blabbermouth like me. Inspiration for my daily life is, of course, my relationship with my Lord and Savior. My faith inspires what I write. I definitely want a Christian message to come across in my writing.

I’m also a history nerd, and I’m a tad obsessed with wagon trains, pioneers, the Oregon Trail, and pretty much anything to do with the mid 1800s. Four of my five books published so far are historical to that era, and I am currently writing a Gold Rush period novel. Wish me luck, as this is my first mail order bride novel!

I love to research and slip little historical tidbits into my story. For instance, if my character is cooking, I might research for an hour just to be absolutely positive that I mention the correct stove for the era.  But let me hush. I told you I am a blabbermouth.

You’re just excited about your work. And that’s a good thing. Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Jacqueline:  Ah. This is an easy one. My favorite season is fall. When I was a child, I would layer different fall colors with my crayons when I would color a tree. (Of course they were masterpieces that no one seemed to appreciate as much as I did.)

I rarely colored a tree green. I am a crayon called “taste of fall”. Maybe just “fall”. I’d have to think about that. I’m a swirled mix crayon that changes from olive to orange, to gold, and finally to crimson as you color a picture of a leaf or tree. Wait…I have glitter…can’t leave that out. The glitter in the crayon is also mixed fall colors.

Fall is my favorite season too. Sounds like you’d be a cool crayon. 🙂  Last question…

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Jacqueline:  Like most little girls, it changed from year to year. I loved to play “school”, and I was always the teacher. I always enjoyed writing, and also illustrated my stories. In the ninth grade, my teacher told the whole class that I would be a writer someday. It was a proud day for me. I also had a passion for acting, and I loved nothing better than to get a part in a school play. I gave it my all…but in hindsight I probably overdid it a little.

Journalism was a tough class, and the thought of all the deadlines troubled me. Teaching sounded like an easier gig. (I laugh now…little did I know!) So I became a teacher. I loved my teaching days, and sometimes I still miss it. Now that I have retired, I’ve turned back to my love of writing.  (Since 2013) This is my favorite career choice. I came late to the game, but I’m here to play.                                                                   

Thanks so much for stopping in, Jacqueline! 

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Readers, would you like to win a Kindle copy of Jacqueline’s book, Love Comes to Beaver Creek? If so, leave a comment below and you will be entered.


Summer 1851, Beaver Creek, Oregon. Lindy Sanders is in love with her childhood friend, Jack Matthews. But she, and she alone, was at the creek when his sister drowned, and she is certain that he blames her. When another young woman drowns, the community realizes that this is no coincidence. Can Lindy and Jack find true love despite the tragic events, or will a love from the past change everything?

Ben Dorsey’s wife died, leaving him with two babies under a year old. Ben vows never to love again, but he needs a wife, and quick. Mary Grace vows that she will marry a complete stranger, rather than live with her father and step mother any longer. And finally, Carlton has returned from California with enough money to take a wife. But the one he loves, loves another.

 More about Jacqueline:

I love my life! I’m a mother of three fantastic adults, and a proud Nana. I’m totally a southern girl from northern Louisiana. I live in a lovely little apartment with my oldest daughter Lisa, and two spoiled dogs.

I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). I love history, and I am particularly drawn to the mid-1800s. I am currently writing a contemporary novella (A Very Doggie Christmas) and a mail order bride novel set in the Gold Rush period.

I’ve been writing stories since high school…Well before that, but I was forced to do it in elementary school. (Grinning…) I got hooked on writing one sunny morning in September in a small high school in Ferriday, Louisiana when my ninth grade English teacher, Grant Anderson, read part of an assignment that I had written aloud in class one day. I remember that he said that the way I had described my character’s thoughts as a “tangled web of thoughts” was “uniquely descriptive”. I sat up a little prouder that day. A little flattery was all it took, and I was hooked.

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12 thoughts on “3 Questions Wednesday with Jacqueline Kimball

  1. Thank you, Ann. I had a blast writing it. I am inspired by my love for the older(and cleaner) westerns, and Little House on the Prairie.

  2. Great interview, Jackie! I can tell everyone that Love Comes to Beaver Creek is a wonderful story of love and friendships. And, as with all of Jackie’s books, it a clean, wholesome book.

  3. What a delightful interview, Jackie! Loved it and being a blabbermouth also know we’d have a great time tromping through the hillside taking pictures of Fall leaves and Spring flowers…Spring’s my favorite time of year…bluebonnet time in Texas.

    I will definitely look forward to reading Love Comes to Beaver Creek, as well as the rest of your books.

  4. I wrote an essay in the 7th grade on the California Gold Rush, so I think that’s a great time period. There’s so many things you can tackle with that kind era: greed, persistence, despair, hope….

    BTW, what actually constitutes a “novella?” I’ve got a “short story” that I’m working on of about 14k words. Is that short story? Novella? 🙂

  5. Thank you, Janice. I do write only clean fiction. I am a proud member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

  6. Hum…That’s a toughie. I think a novella would be at least 20k.I have too much to say to try to write a novella, so I am not familiar with novella word count.

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