What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Shore Girl is a contemporary novel set in Alberta.
Quick description: Rebee Shore’s life is fragmented. She’s forever on the move, ricocheting around Alberta, guided less than capably by her dysfunctional mother, Elizabeth. The Shore Girl follows Rebee from her toddler to her teen years as she grapples with her mother’s fears and her own desire for a normal life. Through a series of narrators—family, friends, teachers, strangers, and Rebee herself—her family’s dark past, and the core of her mother’s despair, are slowly revealed. Along the way, Rebee learns that hope can be built from grief and that some love can last.
Fran Kimmel writes and teaches in central Alberta. Born and raised in Calgary, Fran has worked all kinds of jobs including youth worker, career counselor, proposal writer, communications coordinator, and VP for a career consulting firm. Fran’s short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including twice in The Journey Prize Stories, and her first novel, The Shore Girl, was winner of the 2013 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award and a Canada Reads Top Forty selection.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a second novel about a struggling family that takes in a young runaway over Christmas.
Fran’s reading recommendation:
I just finished reading The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell, which is a shocking yet gentle story of one truly messy family.
Fran was a good sport in taking part in my Where/Who in the World is Reading Island in the Clouds??? promotion. “In the Alberta snow with Fran Kimmel and a fruity alcoholic beverage.”