Here at Splickety, we are thrilled to work with bestselling authors right alongside writers getting their first publication credit. This month the Lightning Blog welcomes Kristy Cambron, Featured Author of Splickety Prime’s Buckle Up issue. Find out Kristy’s idea of the perfect murder before killing time with your copy of Buckle Up.
Do you have any projects in the works?
I do, actually. I’m so excited that my 4th novel with HarperCollins Christian Publishing, The Illusionist’s Apprentice, will release in stores next March, 2017. (For those who like the Jazz Age, Boston, and the world famous Harry Houdini – you won’t want to miss out on this story!)
I’ve just signed on to partner with my publishing family for a new historical series – three books incorporating abandoned chateaus set in the Loire Valley, France – scheduled for release beginning in 2018. I’m also a blogger at TheGROVEstory.com storytelling ministry, a fellowship that’s blossomed some non-fiction writing ideas for me. With speaking more and my love of verse mapping, who knows what the future will bring?
How do you take your coffee?
In a mug. Or, a to-go cup. A tea cup, if that’s what’s handy. The point is, coffee is a constant friend and writing companion. I’ll take mine with a dash of coconut and mocha flavoring. Just please– don’t skimp on the caffeine. J
What’s your warning label?
“A Jane Austen movie -or- football is on the TV. Please sit quietly with me until a commercial break or you will be the villain in my next novel.”
Describe the perfect murder.
I admit that I’ve fanaticized about this more than once: a group of co-workers sneak into their office in the middle of the night with power tools in hand, only to dismantle and tear-down every single cubicle in the skyscraper. Employees would come to the office the next day to find that their once drab, cube-farm office had been murdered and in its place – thinking couches, portable workstations, natural light, a pallet-wall and coffee bar, all backdropped by blue, white and sunny yellow walls. As a veteran corporate America writer, I still manage to experience a bit of skin-crawl with the thought of cubicles hemming me in. With so many years spent in workspaces that cried out for some creativity, I can’t think of a better thing than to kill the old and reinvigorate with something inspiring and new!
What is the one item you always have with you?
Two things: a traditional paper, hold-in-your-hand book (I always keep an extra in my glove compartment for reading emergencies), and a black Sharpie. I received advice early in my career to always carry one and I can’t tell you how wise that was! I use it daily for signing books, writing initials on school lunches or kids’ clothing labels… whatever. It’s saved me more than once.
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An ounce of courage. A split-second leap of faith. Together, they propel two young women to chase a new life—one that’s reimagined from what they might have become.
In turn-of-the-century America, a young girl dreams of a world that stretches beyond the confines of a quiet life on the family farm. With little more than her wit and a cigar box of treasures to call her own, Mable steps away from all she knows, seeking the limitless marvels of the Chicago World’s Fair. There, a chance encounter triggers her destiny—a life with a famed showman by the name of John Ringling.
A quarter of a century later, Lady Rosamund Easling of Yorkshire, England, boards a ship to America as a last adventure before her life is planned out for her. There, the twenties are roaring, and the rich and famous gather at opulent, Gatsby-esque parties in the grandest ballrooms the country has to offer. The Jazz Age has arrived, and with it, the golden era of the American circus, whose queen is none other than the enigmatic Mable Ringling.
Read the prologue and more at KristyCambron.com.
Meet the Author
Kristy Cambron has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the author of The Ringmaster’s Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists, and received a 2015 INSPY Awards nomination for best debut novel. The Illusionist’s Apprentice (HarperCollins, 2017) is her fourth novel.
Kristy is a Speaker and Design Manager at The GROVE storytelling ministry, and holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University. She also has nearly 15 years experience in instructional design, corporate training and communications for a Fortune-100 Corporation. Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.