About Nancy

Author, avid reader and shameless hero addict, Nancy Kimball makes her home in Houston, Texas. She doesn't understand the point of white crayons and enjoys writing a great hero as much as reading one. Nancy began writing in pursuit of traditional publication in 2010, is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and President of her local chapter, Writers on the Storm in The Woodlands, Texas. Her literary awards include:
  • RWA Lonestar Contest 2013 - Inspirational Finalist
  • ACFW Genesis Contest 2013 - Historical Romance Finalist
  • ACFW Genesis Contest 2012 - Historical Finalist
  • Christian Writers of the West Phoenix Rattler 2012 - Historical Romance Finalist
  • Writers on the Storm Flash Fiction Contest 2012 - Second Place
  • Clash of the Titles March 2012 Clash Champion
  • Christian Writers of the West Phoenix Rattler 2011 - Fourth Place
  • Writers on the Storm Category 5 Contest 2011 - Category Award for General Fiction
  • Bethany House author Karen Witemeyer Fan Fiction Challenge 2011 Winner
In 2012, her best friend, critique partner and fellow author Joan Deneve bestowed Nancy with the nickname "Phoenix" after hearing her story and personal testimony. Nancy loved the name and adopted the Phoenix symbol seen below to embody her life verse, Ezekiel 36:33-36.  Her story and more info about her author journey and her novels are available at her official website and she enjoys connecting with readers and other hero-lovers on her Facebook Page.

What is your favorite "hero" movie?
Gladiator. The Ridley Scott film starring Russell Crowe released in 2000. I didn't even need to think about that one.

Favorite screen/literary couple?
Hmmm, okay I probably had to think about that one a little but it's still Edward and Bella from Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series.

Favorite TV show when you were a child?

What is one obscure book, movie or television show you would recommend?
That's tough. It's a tie between Jack Schaeffer's novel Shane (EPIC hero) and the Gerard Butler film Dear Frankie (Epic Hero).

Rain or shine?
Rain. Definitely rain. It's the best weather for me to read and write to and reminds me of a special memory from my past.

If you could be any character from any book, who would you be?
Angel from Francine Rivers's Redeeming Love, of course.

Favorite quote?
Perfect is the enemy of great.

If you could meet any hero from history, who would it be and why?
Jonathan, King Saul's son and original heir to the throne of Israel. I am fascinated by his story and except for Jesus, Jonathan was the greatest hero in the recorded history of the faith. Though for many he is a footnote to King David's story, Jonathan was the story for me. His love for God, his father, and for a best friend who was a brother to him put him in an impossible situation and he maintained his faith, Godliness, and honor to the very end as recorded in King David's "Song of the Bow" in 2nd Samuel Chapter 1.
The hero in my novel Chasing the Lion is named after this Jonathan.

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