Sunday Sojourn – with Kimm Walker

Hello, and a warm welcome to Kimm Walker today, talking about her love of historical fiction, even though she doesn’t write it herself…

Kimm Walker
Kimm Walker

Although I’ve had my memoir, A Life Less Lost, a contemporary novel, Once Removed, several poems, short stories and articles published, I don’t write historical fiction. Perhaps I should because I love to read this genre.

Well written historical fiction not only gives me characters I care about, like Honor in Tracy Chevalier’s The Last Runaway, but also insight into different periods of history, like Mark Patton’s Accidental King, and other faiths/cultures, like Jeff Gardiner’s Igboland. Yvonne Marjot gives a powerful sense of place in her Calgary Chessman, as well as believable characters and a fast paced story based on historical artefacts. The House on Schellberg Street, by Gill James, provided a fascinating look at the events of World War II through the unlikely eyes of a small group of ordinary teenage German girls.

It’s fun to read books of the same period by very different authors, too. Many of Philippa Gregory’s books are set in Henry the Eighth’s day as are CJ Sanson’s Shardlake series but one author explores relationships within the aristocracy while the other uses crime to illuminate more ordinary lives.

Historical elements can add colour and depth to a good romance like Cathie Dunn’s Dark Deceit or Deidre Palmer’s more modern Dirty Weekend, as well as to crime series like Ruth Downie’s Ruso books. Reading a book like TE Taylor’s Revolution Day helped me see patterns repeating in the world today, while enjoying a fast-paced story of human relationships.

There’s even a place for the supernatural in historical fiction like Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist and our own Jennifer C Wilson’s Kindred Spirits.

Lots of wonderful books, if you haven’t already dipped your toe in this genre what are you waiting for? And if, like me, you love it too, what are your favourites?


Thanks for joining me today Kimm, I have plenty of favourites myself, and I’m with you on enjoying the two sides of Tudor life, through Philippa Gregory and CJ Sanson – nice to have the contrast.

Originally from Michigan, Kimm Walker moved to Yorkshire and took up a career in teaching.  A published author, she’s been invited to speak about her work at events in both the UK and America.   Kimm is married with two grown up sons.

Once Removed and A Life Less Lost are both available from Amazon and Smashwords. You can follow Kimm’s work at

Cover artwork for Once Removed
Cover artwork for Once Removed

A silent cry for help…

Suspecting self-harm, newly qualified teacher, Abriella Garside, risks everything for a troubled pupil. An incident with a craft knife and unexplained injuries are not enough to secure help for the girl.

Unsure whether Beth is being bullied or has problems at home, Abby tries to win her trust and the two begin a friendship. But has the teacher gone too far?

In the midst of Abby’s own complicated life, Beth disappears. Rumour and suspicion ignite, fanned into an inferno with Abby at its heart.

Cover artwork for A Life Less Lost
Cover artwork for A Life Less Lost

Two lives hang in the balance.

‘You should consider carefully how you wish to spend what time you might have left with James.’

When a mother faces the ultimate threat – the suffering and potential loss of her child – every possible human resource kicks in, including her faith. A Life Less Lost charts the author’s journey through white coats, misdiagnoses, endless appointments and more. KB Walker connects stories from her American childhood to the traumas that face her very English family to explain the hope that helps her hold her life together.


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