Getting to know Jesse Kimmel-Freeman

Thanks, Cindy for having me today. Today is actually a big day at our house. My son turns 5 today! Woot the big 5! Next thing I know it, he’ll be turning 10! WOW! I figured I’d take a minute from crazy kid birthday celebrations to come over here for some none cake and ice cream talk- not that those have to be excluded. Please, have as much as you want. Me? I’ll pass. LOL.

In honor of my son’s birthday, I think I’ll chat with you guys about the books I wrote for him. I know, I know… you aren’t supposed to use your kids’ names in books. Or at least never pick a name you might want to use for a future baby. That was what I was told in college. You don’t want your kids to feel like they were written after fictitious characters. It’s a concept I totally agree with. Look at all those poor babies that are now named Renesme or Bella or Edward. *Shakes head* Yes, I do know someone that named their kid Renesme or whatever that name is in the last Twilight book. I won’t say what I’m thinking… There is even a baby out there named after one of the characters from my books, Dominic with part of my last name as his middle name, so he’s Dominic Kimmel. That alone was utter craziness to me! Wait, I’m sidetracked. Right, back to my point. I didn’t write these books before my son was born. No, I wrote them for him. I don’t care if they don’t sell thousands. Let me tell you the backstory.

When we moved from California to Alabama, my son was not used to thunderstorms. They kinda freaked him out. So instead of letting it develop into a serious fear, I turned it into something fun. Thunderstorms are just skypirates. Plain and simple. This, of course, sprung a story that turned into Brody and the Skypirates. My son loves the fact that there is a book about him. When his sister was born, I wrote the second one, Brody Saves Rue. Of course, she has her own book too, What is a Rue-Rue?

For me, it was about making my children know that even though I’m a writer, they are more important. That they were so important, I wrote stories about them. Of course, there is always the factor that when they are old enough to date, I can whip out the books and tease the pants off of them. But, please, let’s not talk about my babies dating- I don’t think I’m ready for that yet!

Okay, I have to get back to my chaos! But thanks Cindy for having me again! I write adult stuff too and YA crossovers- just in case you were wondering. Dead to Bites is the first adult book that I wrote, I’m working on the sequeal Fur the Record. Bella Notte is the first YA book, but that series is totally a crossover. And I’ve got two other YA books I’m doing, Island Captive which is only just started and my NaNo project, Network Deserted, which is almost done.

Please come visit me on my own site, And grab a copy of one of my books. I love to hear from readers! Oh, and one lucky commenter will get a digital copy of one of my books (winner’s choice!).

Jesse now lives in a small town in the middle of nowhere. She moved from the chaos of Los Angeles. Yes, she misses it. It is not uncommon for her to be asked why she moved from such a busy place to the one horse town- the answer is simply to allow her kids to grow up with their grandparents.

Jesse has studied anthropology and used her “education” as an excuse to hang out with vampires- her masters’ thesis was going to be modern vampire culture. They really do exist. Vampires have been her obsession since she was about five years old when she swears she was bitten by one.

She enjoys reading and writing. But most importantly being a crazy mom to her son, new daughter, and ever growing pet family. Singing silly songs at the top of her lungs and embarrassing her son is one of her favorite activities. She considers herself to be an odd duck.

6 thoughts on “Getting to know Jesse Kimmel-Freeman

  1. Ha, ha, I think we writers are all odd ducks. You sound like a fun gal, Jesse.

    I think it’s a great idea to write books for your children. I’ll have to check your blog and look at the other books available for me, and maybe my grandchidren for Christmas. Very nice post. I enjoyed reading it.

  2. Thanks again, Cindy for hosting me! And thanks Lorrie! I try to be a fun gal… although there are moments when I think my son thinks I’ve lost my mind! Yes, I’ve actually embarrassed my 5 year old! I swear I thought they were too young to be embarrassed at that age! LOL

  3. I can not wait ro read the 3rd book in jessies bella series. I found her on wattpad free reading and bought her 2nd book now i am waiting for her to finish the last in the series to find out what happend.
    She is a great mom and a great writer who really puts a lot of thought into her books.
    Well done jessie plz Continue to write great stories and i will continue to purchase them in the UK. Xx

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