Friday, August 28, 2015

Fabulous Friday Feature-Kristy Cambron





Today we welcome author:
Kristy Cambron

One commenter will win a copy of
Kristy's book:

 A Sparrow in Terezin

Scroll down to see how.


Mary here. I'm so glad you joined us today. Like many other authors, Kristy has had an incredibly busy schedule, yet she has been able to make time to visit with us. I'm so happy!! You will be too, when you see what she wrote after I asked: Tell us how God has led you on your writing journey. You're gonna love this:




"I Love You." --Dad


I didn’t have a thimble full of confidence left in me.

After several dismal (I call them crash-and-burn experiences) showings in unpublished writing contests and enough rejection emails to wallpaper our dining room, I had just enough oomph left to click ‘Send’ one more time. But this time, I wouldn’t tell anyone about it. Not my closest friends. Not my co-workers or my supportive parents. Not even my husband.

Mary: Not even your husband?

I’d made a deal with God. He and I were on this writing journey together, so there was nothing hidden between the two of us. But that didn’t mean I wanted to embrace repeated failures in front of everyone around me. It was humbling. And the kind of kick-in-the-gut to your pride that you just don’t relish sharing with the whole world. So, I decided late one night while the whole house was asleep, I’d submit. I’d click ‘Send’ and forget about the contest thereafter. And when we crashed-and-burned again, at least I could save face. I could pretend it didn’t hurt because no one would know. And if I could do that, I knew I’d still be able to put one foot in front of the other and keep the journey (or, the dream) alive.

Ask any writer and we’ll pretty much tell you—rejection stings.

Mary: That's so very true, Kristy

On the hinges of every contest entry, there’s a twinge of hope that flutters in our heart. Every submission to a publishing house carries its own wave of the “What if?” and “Is this finally my Yes?” along with it. And we read online reviews and feedback on our work with eyes peeking out from behind one hand and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in the other.

No one likes brokenness. And that’s what failure is— a form of something that’s been broken. Whether it be our plan. Our dream. Our timing, even. When an outcome doesn’t measure up to a standard we’ve set for ourselves, something fractures. And sometimes even the last shred of confidence we have is gone.

On my journey to publication, I remember one thing very clearly: 
I needed God to carry me through the times of failure.

We had a new baby in the house. I was working long hours at my corporate day job while trying to be a wife, and mom to three young boys. I’d stay up all night on the weekends, hyped-up on caffeine just so I could write and keep my publishing dream alive. And my dad was sick. (We didn’t know how bad until later.) So with all of that swirling, a few failures is all it would take for me to lose heart.

I had no idea how I was going to make it. And with every poor contest showing and each rejection, I felt that dream slipping away.


But here’s the bright spot. Here’s the shiny penny in the bottom of the jar! I learned more about who I was to my heavenly Father during those times of failure than I’d ever known before. It was like receiving a message straight from His heart to mine.

Nowadays we receive sweet messages by text message. You know the kind— they come through when you’re having a particularly rough day. Someone says they’re praying for you. Maybe they drop a few smiley face emoticons in for good measure. Or maybe they just say a simple, “I love you.” And that’s it. That tiny measure of “I’m still here, and I’m still in your corner” that we get from someone we love just can’t have a price put on it. And He longs to be that in every step of our journey.

If you’re a writer, keep going. Look up the graciousness of our Savior in Acts 9 every time you get tripped up. You’ll see that it’s all about timing, and that it’s not really failure at all. It’s about Him and what’s He’s crafting in your life! Your talents will be used. You might have to grow and build your faith muscles and endure through hundreds of text messages from your loved ones, but I guarantee— when the ‘Yes’ does finally come, it will be all the sweeter for the waiting.

The failures mean little when compared to the realization of a dream.

Oh yeah — remember the contest I entered? I did forget about it. And I didn’t remember until I received word that I’d actually won. And the judge for that contest? She’s now my editor and dear friend. That season came to an end with the start of something new: a contract with my new publishing home and a dream made real. And surprise, surprise… I remembered the “I love you” moments from my heavenly Father along the way more than I did anything else. 

So, how have you seen glimpses of God's presence on a tough journey in your life?



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Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut novel, THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN, was named to Library Journal Reviews' Best Books of 2014 and was nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014. She’s an Art/Design Manager and co-founder of TheGROVEstory.com storytelling ministry. She holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University, and has nearly 15 years of experience in 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.


You can learn more about Kristy Cambron at:

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

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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 fairy–tale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels like she’s stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy their future 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 with the man she loves.
1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped Nazi-occupied Prague in 1939 and was forced to leave behind her half-Jewish family. 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, she 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 them and fight to protect all they hold dear–even if it means placing their own futures on the line

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Kristy's book:
A Sparrow in Terezin
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Thank you, Kristy, for joining us this weekend!

We enjoy chatting with you and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions. Or at least your hi, hello, or hey.

Thanks for stopping by!


Don't forget to comment!

Oh, and remember Kristy's question-
How have you seen glimpses of God's presence on a tough journey in your life?

38 comments:

  1. I love Kristy's books! And to answer the question...I all to often overlook God's blessings. They are too numerous to count. Glimpses of Him are everywhere - in my family, my baby, my home, my friends, His daily grace and new mercies, faithful love.... He is amazing!

    I follow by email!!!
    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Kate,
      I think we can all give a hearty "Amen" to your words. I feel blessed just reading your comment. Thanks so much for joining Kristy and me today, Kate. Looking forward to chatting with you again.

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    2. Hi Kate - I love that you're looking (and you see) God's blessings all around you. That's beautiful. ;)

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  2. Your story blesses me today with inspiration and hope. I have felt God's presence through His supply of Bible verses that I often find repeated in my readings on a particular day. Most recently I awakened to see our cat had knocked over an old clipboard that I had inherited from a child's Sunday school class years ago. On the back of the clipboard which I never look at, a child had written the verse about loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind. That happened to be the verse for the week in my Scripture Union devotional booklet that I was writing down every day of that week. Those serendipitous moments have happened for years so I could not deny God's presence.

    Blessings to you both! Thank you for the chance to enter into your drawing. :-)
    jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Janice,
      I love reading when friends share a witness of God's presence even in the small unexpected things like the clipboard. I am so glad you shared that story with us today. So what brightened your day has now brightened ours. God is pretty awesome, eh?
      Great to chat with you this morning.

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  3. Your story blesses me today with inspiration and hope. I have felt God's presence through His supply of Bible verses that I often find repeated in my readings on a particular day. Most recently I awakened to see our cat had knocked over an old clipboard that I had inherited from a child's Sunday school class years ago. On the back of the clipboard which I never look at, a child had written the verse about loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind. That happened to be the verse for the week in my Scripture Union devotional booklet that I was writing down every day of that week. Those serendipitous moments have happened for years so I could not deny God's presence.

    Blessings to you both! Thank you for the chance to enter into your drawing. :-)
    jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Janice - I always write about what's on my heart at the moment. If that also resonates with another heart, it's a blessing to be a part of it. <3

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  4. I think we all see God's presence every day we just need to pay attention. Whether it's something difficult to just regular daily stuff we need to be aware of his presence . l.bergh@sbcglobal.net

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    1. I completely agree, Laurie. At this moment it's raining outside. The temps are cool. The air is sweet. Although we originally planned to paint the deck for the winter today, I'm enjoying the scent and a chance to do other projects. There is a verse in the Psalms that says, "He shall come down like rain." Isn't that awesome? Wait, I won't say any more. This sounds like a good post for me to write.
      I'm so glad you stopped by today, Laurie. Loved chatting with you.

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  5. My husband has had many operations in his life and each time he survives and he stills has troubles but I know God is always there to keep us going.
    Therewdmaster@me.com

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    1. Virginia, if you only knew how encouraging those words are to me and surely many others. Many of us have a hubby who gets sick. We worry so much..for me, I've always been concerned about living alone. I have never lived alone and don't want to. For that reason, God has also blessed me and even through hubby's illnesses, God keeps him here for me. I am so thankful.
      Thanks so much for chatting with us, Virginia!

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    2. Bless your heart, Virginia! (And your husband's too.) It can be difficult too to be a caregiver, because you have to stand by and watch someone you love endure pain, hurt, loss etc. It was something I didn't expect to have found with such depth during my Dad's cancer journey. I think I struggled with accepting his chemo more than he did (if you can believe that). Praying for you, and YES -- God IS faithful!

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  6. I saw God's presence today...a bunny rabbit hopping in the neighbors yard. Thanks for the chance to read Kristy's latest novel.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Karen,
      How awesome is that! Watching animals in places we don't expect or at times we don't expect is simply thrilling. Once a yellow bird landed on our deck. The yellow was as brilliant as the sun. I wanted to run for my camera but knew it would fly away by the time I came back. It only stayed a moment then flew away. Just a sweet blessing from God.
      I'm so glad you stopped by today, Karen. Your comment cause me to remember the yellow bird. :)

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    2. You wrote "bunny rabbit"!!!!! That just made me SO happy! ;)

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  7. My husband and I are going through difficult times right now caring for elderly family members. We certainly see God in this difficult time through support of family and church members.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Patty,
      I will add you to my prayer list. My mom and dad needed my care for four years. Dad passed. My older sister moved mom close to her. She said it was her turn. You are going through such a busy time in your life. I will be praying for strength, wisdom, and sparks of joy. Keep me posted with prayer needs, Patty and know I will be praying for you.

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    2. Oh Patty - bless you, sweet daughter! I think the prayer for strength, wisdom, and sparks of joy is exactly right.

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  8. Mary, it's always a pleasure to visit your blog and read the wonderful interviews. I sure enjoy getting to know more about my favorite authors. I follow your blog and receive your newsletters. I feel God's presence every day when I go out in the still of the morning to water my garden. He has blessed me with a wonderful husband and a dozen children. Times can be tough sometimes but he gets me through all struggles. Thank you for the opportunity to read Kristy's book.
    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. Deanne,
      I am trying to visualize your garden. Is it a flower one or a vegetable one, hmmm. Next, I try to imagine the setting. Where I live, God pretty much takes care of the watering except in July. Yeah, it rains a lot here. So I am thinking your setting is in a place that is dryer. It sounds so lovely. And then your family. What incredible Christmas celebrations you must have. I picture all the laughing, and storytelling, and a full dining room table. Good grief...this sounds Hallmark!

      Of course, there will be struggles. No life is a mountaintop all the time. sigh. But it sounds like you have the spirit to move through those valleys and sometimes caverns to reach the base of the next mountain.

      I'm so glad you stopped by today, Deanne. Sure love the visuals your comment produced. :)

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  9. Always a joy to read your blogs. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com. Kim Amundsen

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    1. Good morning, Kim.
      Thank you so much. We have a cozy setting here and love all the friends, like you, who find there way. We keep on tap virtual coffees and teas of all sorts, and yummy pastries. (That's my secret to keep the gang here longer :) )
      Thanks for joining Kristy's and my chat today!

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  10. Enjoyed the interview and thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Good morning, Ann.
      Thanks so much for stopping by. I love the rose in your pic. Roses are truly a blessing from God and represent life with Christ. There are the beautiful blossom times that have brilliant colors and stand boldly in our minds. The thorns, while they feel like unbearable times, serve as protectors to strengthen us when trials come.
      I'm so glad you stopped by today, Ann. Great chatting with you!

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  11. I cling to my trust in God in difficult or disappointing times. If I don't, I know I'll just go crazy with negative thoughts! He's proven over and over that He does have our best interest in mind & sometimes His answers are no....not because He doesn't want to bless us, but maybe because He has a bigger, better plan for us. And also maybe to protect us from what wouldn't be good for us. After all, He only wants good things for us!
    Kristy, your story encouraged me today! I needed to hear your words and see the trust in God as a reminder to me in my own life in this moment. Even though you were coming at it as a writer (which I am not), it still touched something deep in my heart. Thank you for sharing even the difficult times in your life. You just never know who God will touch in it :-) I appreciate your open heart!

    Mary, I am all of the above: a follower of the blog, receive posts by email and your quarterly newsletter!
    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Trixi,
      You are a sweet breath of air. I'm so glad you shared today.
      Yeah, life can be so disappointing...more times than we really want. Clinging to your trust in God is such a great way to make it through those days. Your words about God's bigger plan are absolutely true! Someone once said our lives are like the block of stone that sat in front of Michelango. He had in his mind the finished work. Using the various chisels, hammers, and cloths he chipped away the unnecessary stone. When he finished the magnificently carved form of David from the Bible towered over him. The form was 14.2 feet high.

      God is doing the same with us. He is chiseling away the unnecessary stone to reveal the magnificently created us.

      Have a super day, Trixi. Looking forward to seeing you again.

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    2. Trixi - I don't know... your comment is written as though you have a writer's heart! (Maybe there's something there!)

      I heard a quote once: "How can you ever expect to lead anyone from the desert if you've never been in the desert yourself?" How true is that?! Our family needed community during our walk with cancer/death/loss/grief, and those who had gone before took us in care. We were sheltered during our "desert walk". That's why it's so important to share the authentic (raw, sometimes gritty, faithless...) parts of the journey, because you never know who's coming on behind too.

      Bless you, sister!

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  12. My friend Winnie Thomas emailed me her comment and asked for it to be posted. Here is what she wrote:
    As I was reading the interview, I was thinking that I can feel God's presence in my life in many ways--through comfort and peace in times of sorrow and trials, enjoying the beauties of the earth, and spending time with my family. Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life, we get caught up in details, and we need to pause and remind ourselves of His presence and concern for us. Thanks for the interview. It was wonderful. My email is whthomas13 (at) yahoo (dot) com.
    Thanks Mary and Kristy!

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    1. Good words, Winnie.
      But I think you, too, have seen how very difficult it is to turn the details over to our loving Father. To climb up on his lap and cry, share our dreams, or disappointments, our cares. But He truly loves us so much that that is exactly what He wants us to do.
      Thanks so much for joining our chat. I'm so glad you shared.

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    2. Amen and AMEN! Hustle-bustle is a serious affliction for many of us. It's what we do with it that counts. If we wake, every day, surrendering to Jesus (I am just learning to do this, by the way), then the "busy" can't take over. If our eyes are focused on Him, there's no fight left in the details. ;)

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  13. Sweet Friends ~

    THANK YOU all for stopping by. I read every comment here and was so encouraged! I just returned home from a writing retreat with dear author friends (late last night). I can't tell you what the time meant to my heart. Sometimes, it's all in the connecting. I think I just needed to go sit in a room with sisters whose hearts so mirrored mine. To just be there. Smile. Laugh with them and pinch myself every now and then -- like, "Is this really happening?" Sometimes, He shows up in marvelous ways. Other times, it's in the quiet that His whispered words are loudest.

    Thank you, Mary, for the blessing of visiting. Even though I blanked on the submission and was late in turning this post in to you (I am so sorry again!), you showed me GRACE when I so needed it. Merci, sister!

    Love,
    Kristy

    P.S. Reader sisters ~ Can we please pray for Mary tonight? They lost a sweet friend today - the pet who had shared their home for almost two decades. Please pray for peace and that the memories would wrap them tightly.

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    1. Thank you, Kristy.
      God has been faithful and honored your thoughts and prayers.

      I am always amazed at God's goodness. Who He sends on our path in times of need. Who walks along our side and keeps step whether we stumble, slow, or jet forward. In His mercy, He knew you needed to be my guest this week.

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  14. Kristy has become my new favorite author! I LOVED The Butterfly and the Violin. I lost my Daddy in January 2012. I miss hearing his voice. I can't wait to see him again! The Lord has given me true friends who keep me covered in prayer and are a great blessing. Mary, thank you for having Kristy on your blog.

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi Caryl,
      I think one of the greatest gifts God has given us, second to what Jesus did for us, is friends. This morning, I am praying for you. May God bless you with sunshine in your heart.

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    2. Mary, thank you for your prayers. I'm also praying for you as you grieve your fur baby. My 11 year old Golden has been gone for about two years. ((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))

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  15. I am very late in joining you for Friday virtual coffee but I am so glad I was able to today! Yes, God's blessings are uncountable and often unrecognized. At this point in my life. I have been walking through a valley but I know that the mountaintop is ahead and I am not walking alone. Thank you, Mary and Kristy, for the encouragement that your words give us all.
    Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950 at gmail dot com

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    1. There you are! Seriously, Connie I was watching for your visit today. God had put your name on my heart. And when I read through the comments a second time, logging down the numbers to put in the computer to find the winner, I thought...huh, where is Connie? I half way looked you up on FB to tell you God wanted you to read this post. :) I'm so glad you did. God knew the reason why. Still praying for you.

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