I'm excited to have author Kim Grist on Monthly Smiles. She is one of my critique partners and has an awesome way of telling a story.
Kim tell us about yourself.
I am married to my high school sweetheart who is a pastor and we have three adult sons, one with Down syndrome. I feel called to share experiences both good and bad in an effort to encourage others. I also tend to be a perfectionist and am forever trying to add or change things to make it better. The unfortunate side of being creative in this respect is not always positive. Often my attempts fail and my life ends up resembling an old episode, of I Love Lucy.
One of my goals, when I write, is to combine my love of history with an inspirational theme, a bit of romance and believable characters. As I researched the life of a teacher during the 19th century, I was astounded by the rules that a female teacher had to adhere to.
Boarding was both command and practical for teachers and allowed them to live within walking distance to the schoolhouse and to live as well as their students. New inexperienced students, hired by the lowest paying districts, often endured poor living conditions.
In my new novel, twenty-year-old Meriwether Walker enjoys teaching students of various ages and skills in a one-room schoolhouse. What she hates is the nomadic lifestyle that comes with it as she rotates barding with families in the community every month. From feeling like an unwanted guest to leaky roofs and bedbugs, Meriwether longs for a place to call home. Unexpectedly she inherits an estate from a devoted uncle.
A buyer is already lined up. But Meriwether snatches at the opportunity to put down roots in Trickling Springs, Texas. The handsome prospective buyer things she’s holding out for more money and she finds him rude and off-putting.
Circumstances cause them to work together and their feelings change.
Excerpt: "What about a beau? You are an attractive young woman. Was there no one special in your life?" Mrs. Baker added cream to her coffee.
She shook her head. "According to the rules of the school board, male teachers could court one evening a week and twice if they attended church regularly. But they have different rules for females. We are not allowed to be seen in public after dark unless it's for a school or church function. I was also required to spend my days off working in the community, to teach Sunday School and sing in the choir. Even if the school board allowed me to have a beau, which they didn't, I don't know when I would have found the time."
"Goodness, I never realized there were so many rules involved for a teacher." Mrs. Baker took a sip of coffee.
Meriwether giggled. "They had rules for everything including how and when petticoats and other unmentionables could hang on the clothesline."
Combining History, Humor and Romance with an emphasis on Faith, Friends and Good Clean Fun, A Promised Land is available for purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P7F5RPF
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Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/kimberlygrist
Thanks, Kim for letting Monthly Smiles highlight your latest novella.
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