Interview with Nancy Kimball
Marion: Wednesday I had the privilege to interview author, avid reader and shameless hero addict, Nancy Kimball on International Christian Fiction Writers.
Yesterday I posted a book review on Beauty for Ashes and International Christian Fiction Writers about Nancy’s debut novel, Chasing the Lion—a first century gladiator historical—which officially launches 1 June. If you haven’t yet visited these blogs, don’t miss out. Nancy is giving away an autographed print copy (on book reviews) and an e-book (on author interviews) at both ICFW and Beauty for Ashes. All you need to do to stand a chance of winning a copy of this awesome novel is to leave a comment with your email address.
Nancy loves history, great books with strong heroes, and doesn’t understand the point of white crayons.
Welcome, Nancy, it’s great to have you here at Beauty for Ashes.
Nancy: Thanks for having me, Marion. It’s a privilege to be hosted by a blog with a name and focus so close to my heart.
Marion: During the ICFW interview, you told us that on August 10th, Chasing the Lion’s audio-book is coming. Once again, God has outdone himself on pouring out His blessing on this project. Tell us what’s so exciting about the audiobook.
Nancy: For me it was the first time I was able to fully experience my story. Not knowing how Joseph Narducci, my narrator, would interpret each of the scenes kept me from knowing what to expect. What he will do with the character voices, where he sighs or puts an edge to their tone, it’s like unwrapping a beautiful Christmas gift every time I get to hear a new scene. Joseph was a gift from God to come alongside us with the audiobook. Listening to it really is like watching the movie with your eyes closed.
Marion: Sounds exciting. What is the significance of the title, Chasing the Lion?
Nancy: I can’t answer that without potentially giving away a big spoiler. But I will say that when adversity comes at us in the form of a roaring lion, the typical response is to run the other way. But if we trust in the Lord, not only should we not run, or fear, but instead be emboldened with the courage to fight back in the strength and power of our God.
Marion: Chasing the Lion is Book One of the Sword of Redemption Series. What subsequent books will there be in this series and how are those plans progressing?
Nancy: Charging the Darkness (Book Two) and Changing the Tides (Book 3) will complete the series. There is a unifying theme and recurring characters throughout the series but all three novels, including Chasing the Lion, are complete stories that stand alone. The writing of Darkness is going well and will be ready for the critique partners soon.
Marion: I cannot wait, and so glad I’m on that crit partner list because I get to read sooner.
Wednesday, on the ICFW blog, you told us about four of six God-moments in the Chasing the Lion journey. Please will you share the other two with us?
Nancy: Of course. Nessa, the primary heroine in this story, was the exact opposite model search experience as it had been to “find” Jonathan. I was going down to the front of my church to pray and ran into her, quite literally. I shared with her about our project, and she signed on to represent Nessa. She is a beautiful young woman inside and out and did a great job.
Marion: You have an extremely interesting blog going, along with your friend Joy Doering. What five scores are used for your heroes in Fiction Hero Features, and what do these heroes earn under this scoring system.
Nancy: FHF is great fun. Instead of reviewing books, we review the hero only and he must be orange-head worthy to earn a feature slot. We score the fictional hero in five areas: Gallant, Wounded, Softie, Stupid Strikes, and Swoon. The number of orange heads is the intensity of that part of the hero’s personality and helps blog followers focus on what they like best in a hero. And we have giveaways of both the book and a giftcard for readers who have already read the novel. It’s great fun and all hero-girls are welcome.
Marion: I’m sure you’ll have a bunch of hero-girls headed FHF’s way as soon as they’ve finished reading this post.
In 2012, your best friend and critique partner bestowed you with a nickname. What is that name and what’s the significance of it?
In 2009, I survived a very dark time in my life that saw the loss of everything I held dear to me. Out of that season of brokenness and devastation, God brought beauty, hope, and purpose out of the ashes of the wasteland of what had become of my life.
Marion: This special nickname later came to represent your brand. What’s that brand called and why?
Nancy: Fiction from the Ashes.
Every one of my stories contains characters that must rise from brokenness to triumph. Considering that I am a fiction author today because of what the Lord did to rescue me from the ashes of my life in 2009, it was an appropriate tagline that celebrates the Lord’s mercy and lets readers know what to expect from my novels.
Marion: If you had to choose one verse from the Bible to describe your life, what verse would that be?
Nancy: It’s actually a short passage, but it’s my life story in three verses. Ezekiel 36:33-36 which reads: Thus says the Lord God: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say ‘This land that was desolate has become like the Garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the Lord, have rebuilt the ruined places, and planted what was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it.”
Marion: Moving on to some trivia questions . . . What’s your favorite quote?
Nancy: “We make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker.” ― JRR Tolkien
Marion: If you were a classic car or a monster truck, what would you be?
Nancy: That’s impossibly random, LOL, but I would have to say a 1969 Mustang, my dream car.
Marion: Based on that answer alone, Nancy, you’ll definitely have a fan in my oldest son.
Once again, thank you for taking the time to inspire us with your amazing journey. Before we say goodbye, please tell our readers where they can find you, and where they can purchase Chasing the Lion.
Nancy: When Jonathan lets me out to play, I like to check in with readers at Facebook. The homepage of my official website has links to Amazon for the paperback and Kindle editions, and Barnes & Noble for the nook version of the e-book. The audiobook is coming soon!
I’d like to share one more thing in closing. Whatever you are believing in faith for, even if it’s just the strength to breathe and face the world another day, hold fast to your hope in the Lord, even when He seems blurred by the ashes swirling all around. The beauty will come, with hope and healing. Victory is in the battle. Stand firm and know I’m praying for you. Much love – Nancy K
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