Friday, March 1, 2013

Kentucky Author Jean Thompson Kinsey

Welcome, Jean, and congratulations on your new ebook, Secrets of Willow Shade. Is there a story behind your book?

Yes, I was born on a farm in Logan County seventy-two-years ago. I've depicted childhood memories and folklore that I've heard since a child. Although the plot is total fiction, some of my characters are named after family members. Others are patterned after real people. "Daddy" in the book is a replica of my own daddy. 

Can you share any other tidbits of history from where you live?

Jesse James' parents were born in Logan County. Legend says his first peacetime robbery was the Logan County Bank. I've used this, along with other local folklore throughout the series. However, his relatives are fictional characters.

What started you on your writing journey? 

I've written short stories since I began forming sentences. When my husband passed, I attempted a book to fill my time. Thus, The Light Keeper's Daughter was born. Now I write because I love to write. My first novel was published at the age of seventy-one.

What distracts you from writing the easiest? 


What kind of books do you enjoy reading? 

I like books with rural settings, preferably in the 1950s and 60s . One of my favorites is Butterflies in December.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? 

I love Howard Livingston because the more I developed his character, the more he took on the characteristics of my dad.

Let's have some fun. If you were a style of music, what style would you be? 

Southern gospel.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done? 

I went to church without my dentures!

Oh my goodness! What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud? 


What is your favorite season of the year?  

I like summer because my children (teachers) and grandchildren spend more time with me. 

That's a good reason to like summer. What is a favorite memory from your childhood? 

I had so much fun playing on the old swinging bridge like the one in the three books of the Logan County series.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them

Yes. I wait until the last day to pay my bills, simply because I hate doing them.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in? 


Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing? 

Curacao, a small Caribbean island inspired me to write "What the Blind Man Saw," a short story published in "Harpstring Magazine," in 2012.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?  

My family flocks to my house when I make chili. I don't use a recipe, I just dump in the ingredients, but they accuse me of not sharing my recipe with them.

My mother made meatloaf like that. Are there spiritual themes you like to write about? 

I like to write about love and forgiveness.  

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc? 

I sit on my glassed in patio in front of the fireplace in the winter and by the open windows spring and fall.

Do you have a favorite scripture verse?  

I read Psalms 23 all night, continuously, the night before I had a surgery I wasn't expected to live through.

Do you wish you had begun serious writing earlier in life so that you might be well known by now?  

No, because the newness of writing fulfills me. I am amazed each time a book is accepted. If I had begun earlier, my life might be lonely and empty now.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

The second book of my Logan County trilogy, Shadows in the Shade, releases March 15, 2013.  Maddy Livingston Kennedy discovers her son has autism and her husband has been reported killed while on an undercover mission. The farm is sabotaged with anthrax and barn burnings while the family fights repossession by the bank.

The third, Weeping Willow, is due out October 15, 2013. In this book, one of the family members is charged with murder, and it takes the whole family to prove his innocence and once again, save the farm from financial ruin.

Sounds exciting! Thanks for stopping by.

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Jean Thompson Kinseyl is giving away a copy of Secrets of Willow ShadeTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Anonymous said...

Interesting interview. Thanks! Another new author. I really like the sound of this story. Will see if I can win it.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Teela said...

Jean, you sound like a Daddy's girl, I was one too! Would like to win your book. Thank you for the giveaway!

Nancee said...

Thanks so much for featuring Jean and her new book. It sounds wonderful! I look forward to reading it.

KayM said...

I think it is wonderful that Jean took up writing at a time in her life, when she really needed something to fill the days!
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

Marianne Barkman said...

Would love to win Secrets of Willow Shade as well as be an influencer for Jean. So cool that she uses local folklore in her novels.


cjajsmommy said...

I think it is fantastic that Jean began writing after her husband passed. I've often wondered if I would discover a different "me" if my husband died and I was on my own. Please enter my name to win a copy of this book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

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