Fran Kimmel

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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.

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Brief biography:
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.

Links to buy Fran’s book:
Amazon.ca (paperback and ebook)
Amazon.com (paperback and ebook)
Barns and Noble (paperback and ebook)

Fran’s promo links:
Website
Facebook

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.”

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Inge Bremer-Trueman

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?
A Root Beer Season
Genre: Coming-of-age fiction that will especially appeal to my fellow thick-around-the-middle cohorts who pine for the simpler times of the 60s. And of course, it was written for anyone who has done their fair share of hot car hanky-panky in an A&W.

Quick description:
A naïve 15 year-old girl gets a job at an A&W in 1967 Edmonton where she discovers she’s not as ready for the grown-up world as she had thought.

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Brief biography: Inge lives in Calgary where she works at perfecting the art of cooking a meal using more than two ingredients and thinking up creative ways to procrastinate. When all is going well, she works on the sequel to A Root Beer Season.

Links to buy Inge’s book:
Amazon Worldwide for the e-book
crabapplemewscollective.com for the print version

Inge’s promo links:
Crabapple Mews Collective
Facebook
A Root Beer Season Facebook Page

What are you working on now?
A lot of marketing; a bit of Christmas shopping; that big pile of laundry. Oh! You mean, what am I writing now? The as-yet untitled sequel to A Root Beer Season, due for publication in the spring of 2015.

Inge’s reading recommendation:
My recommendation for a good read: Fran Kimmel’s The Shore Girl. I fell in love with sweet Rebee and I want her to be happy. This book needs a sequel!