Featured Author: Kristy Cambron

Featured Debut Novelist: Kristy Cambron

Kristy Cambron
Kristy Cambron

Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller, and is the author of The Butterfly and the Violin. She is also an Art/Design Manager and co-founder of The GROVE storytelling ministry.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University, and has nearly 15 years of experience in instructional/graphic design and corporate communications for a Fortune-100 Company. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.

The following is a March 2015 interview with Kristy.

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A Sparrow in Terezin
A Sparrow in Terezin
The Butterfly and the Violin
The Butterfly and the Violin

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The Butterfly and the Violin
or
A Sparrow in Terezin
by Kristy Cambron

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Contest open to
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Contest runs from
6-20 March 2015 NZDT

 


 

Tell us a little about yourself.

Kristy Cambron ©Whitney Neal Photography
©Whitney Neal Photography

I’m a wife. Mom to three football-loving boys. A small town, middle-America girl who loves Jesus, her family, art history, classic movies, and dreams of visiting Europe. I have yet to meet a coconut mocha latte that I didn’t like. Reading and watching BBC dramas are among my favorite introvert hobbies. Becoming a Christian fiction author has been my dream for the last fourteen years.

 

What inspired you to become a novelist, and did you always want to write?

As a child, I wasn’t a veracious reader. So to look back now and see how God cultivated this writing dream in my young heart still makes me smile.

I recall that I had a passion for art and had dreamed of becoming a Disney animator. I have childhood memories of my mom taking me to the library every week.  Instead of seeking out the best of classic literature like my older sister would– you guessed it – I went straight to the art section and sat down in the floor between the aisles to get lost in stacks of vintage animation books. And while I wasn’t aware of it then, God was gently wooing me with this love for storytelling. It may have started as a visual artist’s dream, but God had other plans. (Thank goodness, because to this day I can only draw exceptionally poor stick figures). By the time I walked into my first college art history class, I was sold. I was home. And since I knew I’d probably not become a studio artist, I’d try my hand at writing about what I loved. I look back now and am so grateful that while a passion for writing may not have started at an early age, the storytelling piece has always been there.

 

What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?

It’s really a beautiful thing to read a story that has Christ as the focus – whether it possesses qualities that are redemptive, hope-filled or just plain fun. Christian fiction has this innate ability to draw our hearts to a place of openness, where we’re enabled to see life through this lens of eternity. A story is a space of creativity that is wide open and when underpinned by faith, it welcomes God into our hearts in a way that few other things can. As a reader, I’m uplifted by Christian fiction. As a writer, I’m fed by it.  

 

How do you hope your readers react to the stories you write?

The Butterfly and the Violin
The Butterfly and the Violin

As authors, we’re taking a part of who we are – or a story God’s placed on our heart – in the hope that we can honor Him enough with penning meaningful words to paper. Words that we pray will inspire or help to heal. Words that can encourage, sway, or stir emotion. I think every author writes with the reader in mind, because it’s a privilege to be welcomed into others’ lives in that way. When a story turns into a book, reading becomes a one-on-one conversation between the author and reader. I think that’s what every author strives for – a meaningful conversation that has a lasting effect on someone’s life. Books are transformative – I just had no idea how much so for both the reader and the writer.

 

What has been the most surprising aspect to becoming a published novelist?

I think the entire process of publishing is eye-opening in a good way. As a reader, I never knew how much heart really goes into bringing a book to the shelves. There are so many hands and hearts involved – from the author and editors, to the sales and marketing staff who work so tirelessly to bring books to readers’ hands. And then there’s the retailers who open their shop doors so we can find books and Bible studies to encourage us. It’s this whole world of publishing that runs so smoothly behind the scenes that I’m just in awe of the people I’ve had the chance to work with. Not to mention the absolute best part of the job – and that’s the reader friends I’ve met since launching my debut novel in 2014. Whether they come through a book signing line, connect at a speaking engagement or stop by to chat at a writing conference… the readers whom I’ve been privileged to meet have enriched my life in countless ways.

 

How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

It’s grown in ways I could never have imagined, but not just because of the books themselves. The writing process has been a lesson in faith-growing for me over the past two years. As many readers and friends know, the majority of The Butterfly and the Violin was edited at the local cancer center as my Dad underwent chemo for a very rare and aggressive form of leukemia. The remainder was edited in the weeks after he’d passed away. So the journey from editing to grieving to writing the next novel (A Sparrow in Terezin) without my Dad as part of my life – it was a completely new road to travel. It’s only because of God’s faithfulness that our family was able to keep walking through it all. And for me, writing became the method with which I had communion with Christ. Through the uncertainty and the pain of the last two years, to the joy of becoming an author and sharing our story with readers – I can’t say enough how completely humbled I am that our Savior was so gracious, and loving, and kind in a journey we never wished to walk. And as I write my next book series, I crave His presence even more.  

 

Other than being a novelist, what other goals do you have for your life?

A Sparrow in Terezin
A Sparrow in Terezin

What a fantastic question! And to be honest, I haven’t thought that far ahead yet. 🙂 Up until now, our family was focused on this goal of becoming a Christian author. Now that it’s a reality, we’re just trying to listen to God and see where His direction leads us. The first goal was a tough one – make the decision to step away from the corporate career I’d had for more than fifteen years, and step out into writing full-time. As for the rest, my heart lies with Women’s ministry and speaking to the working moms out there who are trying to keep their work/life balance, well… balanced. It’s a delicate dance to be so many things – mom, wife, employee, student, leader, sister, daughter, friend – and really feel effective at all. I’m excited about the opportunity to connect with women at a new website I’ve recently started with seven of my author friends: TheGROVEstory.com. I’ve joined authors Katie Ganshert, Beth Vogt, Katherine Reay, Sarah Ladd, Cara Putman, Melissa Tagg, and Courtney Walsh to start this new adventure – a storytelling ministry that helps women connect, grow, rest and pray together, all because of Christ. I’d love to be surprised by the next goals that form out of this new adventure.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I admit to being fairly boring.  I actually want to read and write in my spare time – though there’s not much of that with three little boys in the house. 🙂  If I had to mention something outside of the obvious, I’d say I adore a good reason to laugh. I can be bribed with a classic film from the 1930s-40s. I love coffee dates with my close friends, with prayer and maybe a few tears tossed in for good measure. And having grown up in a sports-loving family, I have a deeply-rooted fondness for NFL and college football. You could find me cheerfully lost in an art museum or book store on any day of the week. And if my spare time took me to Europe, I’d be the happiest little book nerd on earth. 🙂

 

What can you tell us about your debut and sophomore novels?

The Hidden Masterpiece series began with my debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, released from Thomas Nelson Publishers in 2014. A Sparrow in Terezin is the second book in the Hidden Masterpiece series, on the art of the Holocaust.  While studying for my undergraduate degree in art history, I completed much research on the art of the Holocaust, specifically, the prisoner camp art of Auschwitz and the children’s art of Terezin. During that research, I came across I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp 1942-1944 (Schocken Books, 1993). This book changed my heart forever. There are stunning pieces of the children’s art inside its pages. Watercolors. Cut-paper collages in brilliant colors. There are peaceful still-life portraits and others, more heart-wrenching, of work details and guards with machine guns. There are songs and poetry, all imagined by the sweet little hands and hearts of the children of Terezin. The art of these children refused to leave my heart. The images are so heart-wrenching that they beg for a voice. It’s because of them Sophie and Kája’s story was born in A Sparrow in Terezin.

 

What stories can your fans expect from you in the days ahead?

Kristy Cambron ©Whitney Neal Photography
©Whitney Neal Photography

Something brand new! I’m switching gears from writing about WWII to focus on a generation earlier – the Jazz Age. I’ll still get to stay in the deep research for historical writing – which I love – but with this new series I’ll get to visit a new time in history. The first book will focus on John and Mable Ringling, and vibrant setting of the early circus. I’m already diving into the colorful world of the circus entertainers of the late 1920s, and have found the Ringlings’ connection to art history and entertaining to be such fun. I can’t wait to share this new series with readers! (We even took a photo of me signing the contract in a clown nose we got from a research trip to the Ringling Museum last fall.) The first book in the series will be out in 2016.

 

What would you like to say to your upcoming fans in New Zealand and around the world?

I’d really like to thank them! The last two years have been such fun. To get to meet readers, to hear their stories and receive encouragement in my writing is such a blessing. And to my friends in New Zealand… I’d love (really, LOVE) to say I get to visit you one day! What a beautiful country you have and I’d be so excited to come and see you all. 🙂

 

Do you have any parting words?

Thanks for allowing me to stop by today. So, now I’d love to hear from you! I’ve shared what I love about Christian fiction. How about you? What’s your favorite Christian fiction book(s) and why?

Blessings, dear friends!
Kristy

 

You can connect with Kristy at:

Facebook: Kristy Cambron | Twitter: @KCambronAuthor  | Instagram: kristycambron

Pinterest: KCambronAuthor | Web:  KristyCambron.com | TheGROVEstory.com

 

Shhh! Here’s a super-secret Twitter tip:

I love to live tweet during the ABC show ‘Once Upon a Time’ with the hashtags #OUAT and #OnceUponaTime, and during TCM classic movies with the hashtags #TCMParty and #TCM. You’ll find me tweeting live during those times. Hope to see you there!

 


 

 

The Butterfly and the Violin

(The Hidden Masterpiece #1)

The Butterfly and the Violin
The Butterfly and the Violin

by Kristy Cambron

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary/Historical
  • July 2014
  • ISBN: 9781401690595


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A mysterious painting breathes hope and beauty into the darkest corners of Auschwitz—and the loneliest hearts of Manhattan.

Manhattan art dealer Sera James watched her world crumble at the altar two years ago, and her heart is still fragile. Her desire for distraction reignites a passion for a mysterious portrait she first saw as a young girl—a painting of a young violinist with piercing blue eyes.

In her search for the painting, Sera crosses paths with William Hanover—the grandson of a wealthy California real estate mogul—who may be the key to uncovering the hidden masterpiece. Together Sera and William slowly unravel the story behind the painting’s subject: Austrian violinist Adele Von Bron.

A darling of the Austrian aristocracy of 1942, talented violinist, and daughter to a high-ranking member of the Third Reich, Adele risks everything when she begins smuggling Jews out of Vienna. In a heartbeat, her life of prosperity and privilege dissolves into a world of starvation and barbed wire.

As Sera untangles the secrets behind the painting, she finds beauty in the most unlikely of places: the grim camps of Auschwitz and the inner recesses of her own troubled heart.

 


 

A Sparrow in Terezin

(The Hidden Masterpiece #2)

A Sparrow in Terezin
A Sparrow in Terezin

by Kristy Cambron

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary/Historical
  • April 2015
  • ISBN: 9781401690618

Purchase: 
[Amazon | Kindle | The Book Depository]

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor’s story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.

Present Day—With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she’s stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she’s planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.

1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.

Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

 

 


 

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The Butterfly and the Violin
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by Kristy Cambron

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Contest runs from
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