OVERVIEW: Life at Mimosa Lake: The Story of the Winter Visitor is the first novel in the Mimosa Lake Series. The series follows the neighbors living on and around the shores of a rural lake in the midwest as they explore their faith and meet the challenges and joys life brings them. Humor, friendship, tears, troubles and celebrations flow through their lives. Mimosa Lake can attract the rugged individualist to...
Life at Mimosa Lake: The Story of the Winter Visitor is the first novel in the Mimosa Lake Series. The series follows the neighbors living on and around the shores of a rural lake in the midwest as they explore their faith and meet the challenges and joys life brings them. Humor, friendship, tears, troubles and celebrations flow through their lives. Mimosa Lake can attract the rugged individualist to its shores,so how do they all co-exist?
The Story of the Winter Visitor examines faith during hard times. The neighbors are dealing with the great recession and are discouraged. God sends hope through their natural environment. River Ivery and her neighbors find the strength to go on when an unexpected bald eagle (never seen around this area before) and his family fly in to winter at the lake area. The story is filled with faith, community, hope and humor twinged with bits of philosophy from these quirky, independent souls.
Life at Mimosa Lake isn’t the same for River Ivery and her neighbors since the great recession began. The neighborhood is filled with quirky, independent souls who rely on each other to get through tough times.
A BIT MORE ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
But now, winter is coming and people are feeling very isolated. There are more disagreements between neighbors, many have lost sense of safety. Comradely has vanished. There is so little to hope for these days. Herbert Potts knew this would happen.
Let’s be honest, River is afraid. After being laid off, she has embarked on a new career as an artist. How could she be so crazy, to make a change like this in hard times? But she is not alone, her neighbors are facing challenges of their own.
Frances Sullivan confides in her friend River that she can't remember when faces were so 'sour'. Is it Georgia Lemonn's imagination or has Dock's sense of humor evaporated in the cold? Where has the romance gone in Alvin and Peggy Owens marriage? Meanwhile, the tap of his cane and puff of his pipe keep Franklin Sheldon in step on his daily walks around Mimosa.
What, if anything can bring the neighbors together? Where are the answers as they pray for direction? Can life’s challenges and personal fears be met by taking a simple step?
Join River Ivery, Tim Cole, Dock Crayton, Georgia Lemonn, Franklin Sheldon and everyone at the lake as they test their faith against the backdrop of the recession and learn that abundance can come on a wing and a prayer.
Join River and all of her neighbors at Mimosa Lake as they find that the brightest light can shine in the darkest of times. No need to don your winter coat, you will discover it’s very warm at Mimosa Lake … even on the deepest, darkest days of winter.
Kim began writing and being published as a poet during her teenage years. The first national publication was published in Bitterroot, a national poetry journal. In college, her work was chosen for review during a campus writing symposium by Stephen Spender (T.S. Elliot’s best friend and a writer himself). After college, she pursued a different career.
Throughout her‘day-job careers’, she used her writing skills. As an early childhood education teacher, she wrote finger plays and simple short stories for the children. During her career as a fund raiser, she became a certified grant writer. About five years ago, she wrote a curriculum for adults with developmental disabilities as a part of her ministry work. During the past 20 years, she has taught grant writing seminars and currently teaches creative writing and gives school presentations as an 'Author/Illustrator in Residence'. Kim teaches writing and publishing workshops for children and adults.
Writing is her first love, but her motivation for writing continues to change as time passes. From her writing desk, She raises her eyes to see the trees, birds, squirrels and her own 'Mimosa Lake'. Kim hopes her work brings all her readers to a place where life is simple and quiet. One of her primary goals when writing is to place the realization of how we are interconnected with nature, in the reader’s mind.
Admittedly, I Kim had not considered writing books until two years ago. There are two factors that influenced her in this direction. Initially, Kim enjoyed the process of writing and then illustrating her first children's book: 'It All Happened…At The Old Oak Tree'. She then realized, this new work felt like ‘coming home’. Now, she has come full circle in her life -- back to my teaching and creative writing days. The response to her books continues to overwhelm Kim and guides her. She says: "I'm taking sure-footed steps down a long-awaited path!"