Kevin David Jensen

Biography

Kevin David Jensen was born in 1973 in Longview, Washington, where he first encountered the wonders of books, baseball, rain, and the great outdoors. In his youth, he dreamed of playing Major League baseball, but when he found it impossible to hit a Little League curveball, he decided to instead pursue an education, and went on to earn Bachelor's degrees in English and Religious Education from Harding University. He completed a Master of Divinities at Harding School of Theology in 2001 and later moved to the Yakima, Washington area with his wife, Jenny. When he's not writing or playing baseball in the yard, Kevin enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking homemade pizza, and hanging out with Jenny and their three children.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
"Zechariah Fleming" grew out of my delight in and frustration with the 2012 Disney film, "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." (Watch for my subtle tip of the cap to Timothy Green in chapter two.) I enjoyed Timothy and his parents, the main characters of that film, as portrayed by C.J. Adams, Jennifer Garner, and Joel Egerton. They're just a bit overdone, but that's intentional on the part of Ahmet Zappa, the writer, I think, and their love for one another is true and deep. But I came away haunted by what happens to Timothy at the end of the film, and I couldn't keep from wondering how I would have crafted the story differently, given the opportunity. Most of all, I was fascinated by the question of how a real childless couple might react if a young boy suddenly appeared in their lives fully convinced that they were his long-lost parents. What would they do? Would they accept this child into their lives or push him away, knowing that his claim to be the child they had always wanted was utterly impossible? How would this child respond to their certainty that he could not be theirs? So where "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" was a modern-day fable, and an effective one, I wanted "Zechariah Fleming" to be a more real-life exploration of what might happen if...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Longview, Washington, and grew up there and in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Vancouver, Washington; and Bakersfield, California. From my youth I developed a love of the Pacific Northwest, including the rain that falls steadily on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. But in my family's travels, I also learned to appreciate the subtle beauty of the desert and the wide varieties of people you find everywhere.
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Books

The Boy Who Appeared from the Rain
Price: Free! Words: 193,920. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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For a disappointed couple, the worst-best thing that can happen is for a beautiful child to come into their lives, thinking he's theirs—and for them to be given every opportunity to keep him.

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