Kathy Nickerson writes from a familiar place: life.
Her stories reflect simple lives complicated with messy circumstances with God’s grace and instruction at the heart. I am honored to feature her in July’s Author Spotlight.
Her newest book, Rose Hill Cottage, will be released by Cross River Media July 14th.
In this book, best-selling novelist and recently widowed Nora Kimble plans a private writing retreat at a cottage in the Ozarks. Her plan to privately grieve and write her novel is thwarted by an unexpected house guest and a tight knit community. Through warm brownies, visits to the local gas station, and a quest to forget her pain, Nora discovers God’s plan is always the right one.
I had the opportunity to read the book before its release and I couldn’t put it down. Her characters possess raw emotion peppered with irritating habits and endearing qualities, and by the time I reached the last page I felt like each of them were friends. Nora’s journey became personal to me.
And this is exactly the reaction Nickerson intended to draw.
“This book was inspired by a short story I wrote decades ago. But, mostly it is inspired by the wealth of relationships I’ve had through the years. I wanted to tell a story about a friendship that crosses some of the boundaries we normally draw. Boundaries like social circles, age, and a usefulness defined by cultural norms.”
For anyone already familiar with her work, Rose Hill Cottage also features one of the Glory Circle Sisters from Thirty Days to Glory (find out more about Thirty Days to Glory ).
“You can also ask your local, independent bookstore to order it from Cross River,” Nickerson said. “And, if you see me at the grocery store, I’m sure to have a few copies in my car!”
The Secret of Serendipity
Nickerson’s book The Secret of Serendipity is intended for a middle grade audience, but readers of any age will thoroughly enjoy the sweetness and simple beauty of this book.
Kara Jane Bryant is forced to move away from her best friend and into a small town where her father accepted a job as a country doctor. Just when Kara Jane thinks she will never make friends, Mrs. Kirk comes along and introduces her to the secret of serendipity—which means a rather pleasant surprise.
Nickerson said the book was written to console her daughter Serenity who believed life was over after their family moved, but due to other projects Nickerson didn’t finish the book until after her grandchildren were born.
“We had promised our daughters we would not move again until they graduated from high school. (Never make rash promises.) Then, the job situation didn’t work out, and at the end of the school year, we announced we were moving. Again.”
Once Upon a Childhood
Nickerson balances real life lessons and biblical advice with humor and parenting stories in this endearing book. With special sections focusing on raising teenagers, parents with children of all ages can benefit from Nickerson’s experience.
“I think we basically grew up with our children. Our perspective as parents grew as our understanding of God and His ways grew. We became less rigid as we understood grace, but we held standards because we glimpsed His majesty. Even as we changed, the fundamentals remained the same.”
Nickerson’s favorite advice on Life, Family and Faith:
“But you have to hear that in the deep voice of our mentor, Bob Stricker. He said it so often it is on his tombstone. Parenting is a terrifying job. If you don’t have a deep faith that God cares more for your children than you do, and that He will ultimately ‘make all things work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose,’ you will faint.
The world is too big, and the troubles are too endless for us to think we can ever protect them. The possibilities are too endless and the gifts inside them are too wonderful for us to think we can ever fully direct them. But, we can do our best to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in all things. And then, we can stand back and believe God.”
Get to know Kathy:
Nickerson has been married to her husband for more than forty years. Together they work in his medical office where he is a country-doctor and she is the office manager who writes when the phones aren’t keeping her busy. Their four children are Felicity, Serenity, Joseph and Charity; they have 14 grandchildren.
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