Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Combining Art with WWII: Kristy Cambron Part 2

Welcome back to the second part of an interview with my friend and debut author Kristy Cambron. Her debut novel The Butterfly and the Violin is connecting with readers everywhere. It is a beautiful story. Don't forget to read to the end to participate in the giveaway of her book. 

What surprised you most as you researched and wrote this book?
That the art even existed! I learned about the art of Auschwitz more than a decade ago, when completing my undergraduate work in art history. One of my professors began showing slides of watercolors, sketch drawings, even paintings found hidden on the walls inside the camp – and I think every student in that room was shocked to silence. None of us had ever heard of it before.

The heroine had to learn how to love God regardless of what happened to her. Have you walked this same journey?
I’m open about my family’s journey in 2013. It was a year of totally new things – a leukemia diagnosis for my Dad, a first publishing contract, visiting a chemo center for the first time, first book signings and my dream of becoming an author, losing my Dad to cancer… The ups and downs of this life, whatever they are to each of us, they don’t stop when you become a Christian. I think that was a tough thing I had to realize. Being a Christian is not about perfection. It’s messy sometimes. We have hope in Christ, but our faith can be sorely tested when the big storms come. I had to really dig deep this year, and cling to Christ like I never have before. Through the pain of loss, challenges, and the uncertainty that can come in life – they’ve been difficult, but He has made me stronger through them.

What do you hope stays with readers after they close the cover on this novel?
That we’re all in our own journeys through this life. We all have different challenges, struggles, defining moments… I’d love all of us to have God-given strength that is very real in our lives, especially at our weakest moments. I hope readers can see some of themselves in Adele– just like I did in writing her– and know that they can rely on Christ for every one of the barriers that arise in our lives, no matter how large or small. He is a very real, very loving God who has infinite care for the challenges we face.

Can you give us a sneak peek at what’s next for you?
Absolutely! My next book is A SPARROW IN TEREZIN, Book #2 in the Hidden Masterpiece series. The story centers around the children’s art of the Theresienstadt transport camp (also known as Terezín), the Nazis’ propaganda camp north of Prague. It follows a key character from the historical storyline in THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN (which I can’t share because it would be a major Spoiler). It also introduces Kája Makovský, a Czech-born journalist who survives the worst of The London Blitz in 1940, only to be later transported to Terezín when trying to help her family flee Nazi-occupied Prague at the height of the war. Here in the camp, Kája uses her love of art and of storytelling to help the children – all under the age of fifteen – cope through the horrific experiences of the Holocaust. A SPARROW IN TEREZIN will release from Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins Christian Publishing) in April, 2015.

This is another GREAT cover, Kristy! Where can people connect with you?
Twitter: @kcambronauthor – Facebook: Kristy L. Cambron – GoodReads: Kristy Cambron  Website: KristyCambron.com

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4 comments:

Bonnie Roof said...

Thank you for the second part of this amazing interview, Kristy and Cara!!

Such a beautiful cover on "A Sparrow in Terezin" - I'm looking forward to reading it, however, know I will need a box of tissues nearby - especially since this book is about the children of the Holocaust.

Kristy's books are such wonderful reminders of what the mind, heart and soul can/will imagine and produce as survival aids. Kristy is such an inspiration herself - using God as her survival aid. As hard as it must have been to concentrate on her own art (of writing) during such a difficult time in her life, I'm guessing that the writing may have also been an aid, at times.

I joyfully relate to her comment: "He is a very real,very loving God who has infinite care for the challenges we face". Amen. The past 12 months have been some of the most difficult for me, also, with 3 diagnoses: stage 4 cancer for my father, Alzheimer's for my mother, and breast cancer (and mastectomy) for myself. But God is faithful - along with the sorrow, there has been spiritual growth and periods of great joy. I couldn't have made it without God, His word, Christian music, prayer and the many prayers from my church friends, family and so many online author/writer/reviewer/reader friends. My thanks, appreciation and love to each of them!!

Bonnie Roof said...

P.S. Shared post!!

alyssa zech said...

Honestly, The Butterfly and the Violin! I absolutely LOVED this novel. It stayed with me for weeks and I am dying for book two!! C'mon spring!

Kristy Cambron said...

Hi Y'all ~
It was such a blessing to be included in this Novel PASTimes post this week! My friend (and my unofficial encourager) Cara Putman is really wonderful to feature my books here. THANK YOU all for stopping by!

Bonnie ~ I absolutely loved meeting you and hugging your neck in person. You're an uplifted too, my friend. I'm so blessed by your words here and am thankful for you.

Hi Alyssa ~ Eeeek! Your excitement makes me excited! LOL You'll never guess what is on my desk - right next to the keyboard I'm typing... Yep! A printed copy of 'A Sparrow in Terezin'! ; ) Wish you were here to sneak it off my desk. I'm just finishing the proofing and then it goes to print... Can't wait to share it with you!

Happy Thanksgiving to all here!
Warmly, Kristy