Shannon here: Debut novelist shares how she met her husband and insight into her book, Canyon Walls. Comment on any post dated April 4 – 9 for a chance to win a copy. Deadline: Midnight, central time April 9th. Here’s Julie:
The summer camp setting of my debut novel, Canyon Walls, has a special place in my heart. Not only did I attend a church camp I absolutely loved through my junior high and high school years, I also met my husband at church camp.
The summer after my freshman year of college, I got a job in the camp I had attended all those years. I moved into a tiny cabin with three other girls. During the week, I cooked in the cafeteria. My husband likes to say I was the lunch lady. When the campers left each week, we would clean all the cabins. Serving cafeteria food and cleaning bathrooms wasn’t a glamorous job, but it taught me a lot about hard work. It was also a lot of fun to spend the summer among the campers.
One day a cute guy showed up at the camp to spend the week as a counselor. We became friends, and before the summer ended, he had asked me on our first date. For the rest of the summer, he would drive down to visit me. I’d sneak to the cafeteria kitchen after everyone was in bed to talk to him on the phone.
If you’ve ever attended a summer camp, you would probably agree that the time spent in the camp separated from the demands of everyday life can make it feel like another world. My time at camp also included the awesome experience of falling in love, making a church camp the perfect setting for my first novel. The main character in Canyon Walls is a camp director fighting to save the struggling camp where she gave her life to Christ as a teenager.
About Canyon Walls: Sunset Camp changed Cassie Langley’s life as a teen. A decade later she is the new director attempting to prevent the struggling Christian camp from closing. She is determined to show her overbearing mom, perfect sister, and nosey small-town residents she can do it on her own.
Charming Will Overman volunteers as a camp counselor, attracting Cassie’s attention–and her suspicions. Is he there to help the kids or scout out the camp as a possible development site for his family’s real estate business? With the camp in serious financial trouble, Cassie must fight her feelings for Will to protect the camp.
Julie’s Q 4 U: Have you ever attended a church camp? Did you have any special experiences there?
About Julie: I grew up in a rural community where my family farmed and raised cattle, inspiring me to set much of my fiction in small towns. I earned a B.A. in Journalism/Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma, and I’m a member of America Christian Fiction Writers. My articles have appeared in local and national publications. Through my writing, I hope to share stories that inspire readers through reflecting God’s love. I live in Oklahoma with my husband, Kevin, and our energetic young son. My debut novel, Canyon Walls, is scheduled to be released by Barbour / Heartsong Presents in April 2011. Learn more: http://juliejarnagin.com/
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