Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the two hundred and forty-seventh, is of novelist / memoirist Nancy S Kyme. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/author-spotlights.
About twenty years ago, after finishing a lengthy thesis for her Masters in Business, Nancy decided to write for fun. She embarked on a science fiction-fantasy epic. After a decade of writing, the project became so unwieldy and unmanageable, Nancy decided to tackle a smaller project. She attended a camp reunion in Northern Michigan and returned home inspired to write a short story for her camp friends. “Nancy”, her best friend at camp, couldn’t remember any of their adventures. “Christy”, another camp friend, was worried they were forgetting all the great lessons they’d learned. A friend from home, “Misty”, had never attended camp and encouraged Nancy to expand their adventures into a novel so she could feel as if she had been there with them. The result is “Memory Lake; The Forever Friendships of Summer”. Nancy dedicated her novel to these three key friends. She also gives credit to her book group for encouraging her to seek publication. As these friends like to say, “Memory Lake’ is not just a book about summer camp, it’s a book about life.”
And now from the author herself:
Family and friends have inspired me to write entertaining pieces from a joyful, optimistic perspective, having a thread of spiritual truth. My kids say I’m funny, but only when I’m not trying to be, which means, like most folk, I’m just bumbling through life searching for meaning. I’m intrigued by our daily choices and relationships, and how they evolved from our past and how they influence our future. I’m convinced we are all connected, though we may not always remember, and I believe the best works of art should remind us of this.
My first novel, “Memory Lake; The Forever Friendships of Summer” was published by Vantage Point Books, July 2011. This novel-memoir became an Amazon best seller the following month. In June of 2012, it won first place in the Inspirational category of the “2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards”. Thanks to my friends, readership continues to grow, so when Vantage closed its doors in December 2012, I readily found a new publisher. A second edition of “Memory Lake” is scheduled for release May 2013 through Tate Publishing. I’m proud to join other inspirational authors, Joel Osteen and Lee Greenwood, and I’m pleased “Memory Lake” will stand alongside the likes of prequels to “The Wizard of Oz”, which were the basis of the recent movie hit.
In the fall of 2012, at my friends’ insistence, I launched a Word Press Blog, “CampFireMemories”. I’ve been including stories to complement the novel, but I have also discovered the weekly posts are inspiring me to write a sequel to “Memory Lake”, which will pick up where the other left off. In the interim, I’ve gone back to that science fiction-fantasy project which has been over twenty years in the making. It’s coming along nicely, and will remain faithful to our universal search for truth, joy, and optimism. In fact, I foresee a finished series by the end of 2014! I’d like to share one of my favorite blog posts, the recipient of many hits and ping backs, “Life is Like an Onion; Priceless”…
“KT unrolled the tattered batik on the framing shop’s counter. The worn image of two onions evoked a flood of memories. For Andy, the framer, it seemed unworthy. He laughed at its frayed edges, scattered holes, faded colors and said, “Well, it’s no Picasso. If it were, greater experts than I would be working around the clock to save it.”
Like the onion, its worth lay hidden. It had hung in my husband’s apartment at Indiana University when we first met. It had accompanied us on every move through his military career. KT had resurrected it from the dusty garage for her dorm room at I.U., then carried it to Oregon for her first home as a newlywed. Now she wanted to preserve and display it in her second home in North Idaho. She retained its sentimental value, I sought its mental value. When readers ask, “How did you remember such detail when writing Memory Lake?” I quote the lowly onion. Life adds layers. Writing peels them away. At the onion’s heart is an immature flower protected from the casual eye by layers of memory. Like a knife, the sharp pain of my mom’s passing had cut to the immature flower within and exposed these layers which I tenderly peeled away with the written word.
As Andy quoted a framing price worthy of a Dead Sea Scroll, KT’s phone alerted a text message. There, in front of that counter, we learned Dana’s battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma had officially entered remission after a year of treatments. And so, as another layer of memory slipped between us and the onions, I reached for my credit card.”
You can find more about Nancy and her writing via…
- Her blog: http://campfirememories.wordpress.com
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