Friday, 7 December 2012

Author Interview - Kimball Fisher


Author Kimball Fisher


Kimball Fisher writes novels for young readers. He is also a best-selling business author, professional speaker, and management consultant. Some of his past jobs include: sailboat builder, ghost writer (not as scary as it sounds), illustrator, and factory manager (more scary than it sounds). For fun he builds furniture, stained-glass windows, and writing pens.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities (with minors in English, Asian Studies, and Japanese), and a Master of Organizational Behavior degree from Brigham Young University. He and his amazing wife Reenie live in Portland, Oregon, where they have seen pheasants, coyotes, and a bobcat in their own backyard.

Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona (honest!) and grew up mostly in Salt Lake City, Utah. I've lived in Japan, Ohio, Illinois, and Washington, but have the longest roots in Portland, Oregon (20+ years), which I consider to be my home.

What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
My book is FINDING THE BABY JESUS: A short story about how recovering a long-lost carving changed a boy's Christmas. If you don't count the title in my thirty words I'd say: " A touching story about a boy who finds a carving that everyone thought had been lost the year his Grandmother died and discovers that some presents are better than skateboards." If I have to count the title I'd say: "A short read-aloud Christmas book about family and giving."

Do you have plans for a new book? 
Is this book part of a series?I'm working on an adventure fantasy for middle-grade readers called THUNDERBIRD FEATHER. It's about a thirteen-year-old boy searching for his heritage in the vein of a Native American themed Percy Jackson and the Olympians. A preview of the first chapter is included in FINDING THE BABY JESUS. I'm planning it to be the first of a four-book series.

What or who inspired you to write?
And how long have you been writing?I was inspired to write FINDING because my sweetheart and I had to abandon a cherished tradition of reading Christmas stories out loud each week in December. We had difficulty finding meaningful ones short enough to complete in a single sitting if we had wiggly kids visiting. Now we have one (a short story--not a wiggly kid). Although FINDING is my first work of fiction, I'm a best-selling business book author with five books out there (four published by McGraw-Hill and 1 with a smaller house). I published my first book in 1999.

How did you come up with the title and cover design?
I had the title stuck in my head before I started the book and the cover design is by Joshua Kirby. Didn't he do an awesome job?

Are you a self published (Indie) Author?
FINDING is my first Indie book. I love my publishers and couldn't have done what they did to secure an international audience for my business books, but a short Christmas story doesn't really suit the traditional publishing model very well.

Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest and why?
Lots. One I'd really recommend is my friend Matt Kirby. His ICEFALL just won the Edgar and it is beautifully written. It's a great book for families.

Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
More often than my sweetheart is comfortable with. Lots of times I'll wake up early and dart downstairs to my laptop to capture an idea before it fades.

Vanilla or chocolate icecream?
It's vanilla all the way. One of the reasons my wife married me is that I give all the chocolate that comes my way to her.


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Finding the Baby Jesus by Kimball Fisher

After being forced to wear lederhosen for the annual holiday card picture, twelve-year-old Chris thinks that the least his parents can do is get him the Tony Hawk skateboard he wants for Christmas. But when he recovers the hand-carved Baby Jesus that everyone thought had been destroyed in a fire the year his Grandma died, Chris realizes that some gifts are even more important than skateboards.

When the author had to discontinue a cherished tradition of reading Christmas stories out loud with his family and holiday guests each week in December, he wrote Finding the Baby Jesus. He had been unable to locate enough meaningful stories that could be read in a single sitting with wiggly children.


Praise for Finding the Baby Jesus:

“Tender and true, this warm Christmas tale brought tears to my eyes.”
–Heather Vogel Frederick, author of the much-beloved Mother-Daughter Book Club series and Oregon Book Award winner for The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed

“A touching story that speaks to the importance of family, giving, and the true spirit of Christmas.”
–Matthew Kirby, author of Icefall, winner of the Edgar Allen Poe and the Pen Center USA Literary Awards for Children’s Literature

“Deeply moving. Poignant.”
–Deborah Halverson, former editor at Harcourt Children’s Books and author of Honk If You Hate Me, a Gayle McCandliss Literary Award Winner

"The perfect little book to tuck away with your Christmas things and bring out year after year to read with family. As mother to three boys, I can't imagine a better protagonist than Chris. His typical teenage attitude followed by the softening of his heart towards a friend teaches a poignant and very relatable lesson on the true meaning of Christmas."
–Amazon review

"After I read this short story I felt like I had read a novel--every sentence is packed with action and imagery. I was emotionally connected to the characters, and the story is touching. I didn't see the plot twist at the end coming! A great story to read every Christmas."
–Amazon review


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