I don’t know if this is true for all writers, but I have a very vivid memory. It takes no effort at all for me to conjure up the sights, smells, and, most importantly, feelings of certain times in my life. Junior high is such a time for me.
I can still picture my locker, smell the cafeteria and feel what I was feeling as I walked the halls from class to class, trying desperately to both be invisible and be noticed by people. I also remember how important books were to me during those years, and that is why I have always wanted to write for that age group.
I drew a lot from my experiences from choir as I wrote The Choir Girls series. Singing with a group was a place where I belonged, and belonging is so important to a girl who is trying to find her place in the world as a junior higher.
I hope that kids who are in junior high will read Alto Secrets and feel the courage to try out clubs and groups in school. Not only could they find friends, but they might find something they are really good at, which could help their future come into focus a bit better. Or maybe they’ll find out that they really aren’t that great at something, but that’s okay because it will help them know that they should try something else.
Mostly, though, I hope kids read this series and realize that there are a lot of kids who feel the way they do, despite how everyone appears on the outside. And maybe that will help them find a sense of belonging too.
Victoria Kimble is a wife, a mom to three girls, a full-fledged homebody, a so-so housekeeper, a mediocre musician and has dreamed of writing her whole life. She lives at the foot of the Rockies in Littleton, Colorado and will never take that for granted. Alto Secrets, book #2 in The Choir Girls series, is now available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2pjvypP. You can read the first chapter by signing up for her newsletter at http://www.victoriakimble.com/.