Interview with Kristy Cambron & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Kristy Cambron & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted Word————————————————————————-

Kristy Cambron’s been fascinated with the WWII Era since hearing her grandfather’s stories of his experiences as a B-17 co-pilot in the war. She writes WWII and Regency Era historical Christian fiction titles. THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN, Book One in the Hidden Masterpiece series on the prisoner camp art of the Holocaust releases from Thomas Nelson Publishers (Harper Collins Christian Publishing) July 15, 2014. A SPARROW IN TEREZIN (Hidden Masterpiece #2) will release in April, 2015.

She’s a proud Hoosier, living 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. The last and most important thing? Jesus is awesome. Let her tell you about Him sometime. 🙂


Savanna:  Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Kristy! I’m so excited to welcome you to my home online. 😉 And CONGRATULATIONS on TODAY’S RELEASE of The Butterfly and The Violin !

Kristy:  Hi Savanna! Thanks for allowing me to stop by and visit with your readers today. I’m delighted to be here.

Savanna:  You mentioned on your website about the opportunity you had interviewing a survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau. How incredible that must have been! Can you share with us one of the questions you asked her?

Kristy:  I’d already written the majority of The Butterfly and the Violin by the time a friend connected me with Ms. Eva Mozes Kor, Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor and founder of the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, IN. Having already completed the research on facts, timelines, even maps of Auschwitz – I was able to be really intentional about the questions I wanted to ask, in hopes I could learn. They all centered around sensory perception – even normal things. I wanted to know what the experience was like from her view of it.

Did the inmates know what day it was? What month or year? Did she remember the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz? Was there anything normal in the camp, such as flowers, sunshine, birds or animals?

She told me her story of survival and with such forgiveness in her words, helped pull me in to the real world of Auschwitz. I left the interview shaken and completely moved that God had orchestrated the crossing of our paths, more than 70 years after the actual events occurred. I remember my hands shaking the entire time – I was hardly able to type my notes. The experience added such a note of realism to Adele’s story that I almost felt as if she was real, that she’d actually been there and fought to survive alongside the rest of the souls in that horrible place.

Interview with Kristy Cambron & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna: In your novel, the story encompasses two different time periods. Did you find one setting easier to write than the other? If so, can you share with us why?

Kristy:  I actually started writing in the contemporary genre, though I noticed early on that all of my story ideas centered around vintage themes – the writings of Jane Austen and Regency England. I’d written four contemporary novels before I realized I might want to try my hand at a historical storyline. It was in writing the first few chapters of my first historical novel that I was hooked – and finally felt like I’d come “home” as an author.

Using the research from my undergraduate work in Art History/Research Writing years before, I was able to really dig in and focus on Adele’s story instead of continually stopping to research new topics. I think writing historical storylines does come easier, just because I love looking back. It’s the reason I studied art history in the first place; the fact that a piece of human expression – a painting, sculpture, piece of architecture – that it can tell the socio-economic, religious, political and cultural story of a people from centuries before is just fascinating!

Savanna:  I read on your website that you actually wrote the majority of your novel on your phone while on the go. (Can I just say… that’s amazing, by the way?!) You also mentioned traveling a lot. What is one of your favorite places to visit and why?

Kristy:  I’m candid about the fact that I don’t travel as much as I’d like to. With three children, a husband, home and full-time job, it doesn’t leave much time on the calendar for spur-of-the-moment trips to Paris, that’s for sure. 🙂 Thank goodness we live in the age of YouTube, so I can visit places through research until I can get there myself. I have traveled extensively stateside though, as a corporate facilitator and learning consultant in my day career, so I’ve spent tons of time in airports and on the go.

And as for how the whole “I write on my iPhone” thing happened, that’s about as quirky as a story can get. I had a newborn son and finding myself up at all hours of the night to feed him his bottles, I wanted to use the found time for writing. (You have to get creative sometimes!) So, I cradled him with one arm and began typing chapters on my phone with my free hand. Eight weeks of that added up to my first WWII Era novel – The Butterfly and the Violin.

Interview with Kristy Cambron & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna: Can you name an author who challenges you? (I know this may be a hard question to answer. You can include more than one, if you like.) 😉

Kristy:  I try not to read novels of my historical genre while I’m writing a story. There’s always the fear that something of their voice, their research or their world will shape the story you’re crafting, and I think you have to protect the characters’ journeys that you’re called to write. After the novel is written though? That’s a whole new ballgame. 🙂 A couple of books I’m really looking forward to reading, as soon as my next book is turned in: For Such a Time by Kate Breslin (I’ve heard such amazing things about this new author), and Lizzie and Jane by Katherine Reay. Both books have completely piqued my interest with their strong author’s voice and vintage themes. I’m looking for stories that tug at my heart a little (or a lot!) and I’m constantly challenged by the perspectives of new authors – to improve my craft and spark my own writing passion in new things.

As for the book that first influenced me in the WWII era, it was and always will be Elie Wiesel’s Night. It’s haunting in a way I can’t explain. I read it once a year and surprisingly, I always find something new is stirred within me when I once again reach the last page. As a woman, a mother, a wife, sister and friend– just simply as a member of the human race– I’m shaken with the heart-wrenching account in its pages. And yes, it would be a life’s dream to meet Mr. Wiesel one day. His ability to forgive, to articulate the human condition with such grace and dignity is stunning. I’m sure I am just one in an endless line of readers whose lives have been forever changed by it.

Savanna:  With the ACFW conference only a few short months away, what is one of the things you’re most looking forward to this year?

Kristy:  The ACFW conference is really the highlight of my professional writing calendar! I can’t tell you what bliss it is to spend several days with friends, all talking about the two things we have engraved on our hearts: writing, and a love for Jesus Christ. I attended my first conference in 2011. I knew almost no one and was so inexperienced in the industry. I was about as green and star-struck as one could be! But out of the growth of learning, polishing my work, meeting friends and finding renewed passion for the writing journey God’s called me, I found one of the most enriching experiences of my life. I highly recommend an ACFW membership to any aspiring writer in this industry; it changed the course of my writing career.

Savanna:  Is there anything else you’d like to add?  Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Kristy:  I’d like to send out a major THANKS to our readers. Never have I met such open, loving, excited-about-Christian-fiction folks in my life as I did at my first author event with Harper Collins last month. We authors pray for the readers who will pick up our books, and it’s a sincere hope that the words we’re called to write will somehow bring the love of Christ alive in the pages they read. But I was completely humbled by readers who said they pray for their favorite authors! That was an eye-opening revelation to me. As I’m alone in my office, praying and hoping that the words I write will uplift someone – even then I’m being covered in prayer. I am just so grateful for our readers.

I’d also love to encourage aspiring Christian fiction authors: The road to publication is likely going to be different for each of you. There may be rejections and there may not. You may find the road is short or that it takes years to find the right publishing home. Regardless of where your path leads, the most solid piece of advice I can pass on is to stay close to Christ throughout the journey. And if this call to write has been laid on your heart, you’ve got to think uncommonly about it. Think, act, even speak words that define you as an author. It doesn’t matter if you’re not published yet; you’re still an author if you believe it. The rest will follow.

I have a blog roll on my website, where I share some of the resources that helped me get started in the industry. You might find some helpful information there. And to learn more about Christ’s provision during our family’s publication journey, check out the Our Story section of my website.

May you find joy in Him!

Savanna:  Thank you so much for joining us today, Kristy!  Where can readers go to keep in touch with you?

Kristy:  I’m active on social media – stop by Twitter and Facebook to say Hello!

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Kristy has graciously offered one signed copy of THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN to one lucky winner!

Interview with Kristy Cambron & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordHOW TO ENTER:

-Kristy mentioned Elie Wiesel’s Night as a book that had a profound impact on her writing. What book changed you most, and in what way?

We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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If you missed my review of The Butterfly and The Violin, you can read it here.

37 comments on “Interview with Kristy Cambron & GIVEAWAY
  1. Bonnie Roof says:

    Thanks for the beautiful interview, Kristy and Savanna!!

    I am SO excited about reading “The Butterfly and the Violin”!! I love books set in most any war era and have such a love and sympathy for victims of the Holocaust!!

    I love the fact that Kristy’s book is set in two different eras and am aware of the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz – having seen a movie on it. I look forward to learning even more about the Holocaust, the prospect of finding God in such a godless environment is a miracle only God can provide!!


    I am a blog subscriber, Facebook follower, and have shared this post on Facebook!!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for joining us, Bonnie. I know you will love this beautiful story! It is a special book and I hope you get to share in it as well. 🙂 You’ll receive your 4 entries in the drawing. I sure appreciate you following my blog and supporting these great authors. Have a blessed day!

  2. Amanda Geaney says:

    I follow you and Kristy on Facebook. I shared your giveaway on twitter.

    Amanda G.

  3. Beth says:

    The Bible changes me every time I read it, it seems!

    But other than the Word, one book that profoundly had an effect on me was To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s lessons about not judging others until you’ve been through what they have was so valuable and has always stuck with me.

    I’m a subscriber & I like your page on Facebook. I also shared on Twitter (@bbulow12).

    Thanks for the chance to win!


    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for sharing, Beth. Isn’t it wonderful how the Scriptures never grow old? There’s always so much more to learn and treasure every time you read it. 🙂

      I’ve not had the opportunity of reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” yet, but I’ve heard a lot about it. I always love to hear what lessons stood out to readers. That one is a good reminder for all of us!

      Thanks for sharing the interview and following my blog. You’ll receive your 4 entries as well. Good luck!

  4. Patty says:

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway ladies! I love learning about new authors, especially in the Christian fiction market…

    What a beautiful cover on this book!

    I must agree with Beth above and say the Bible. The continual reminders of God’s grace and forgiveness towards us are something we all need t oread.

    I am a subscriber and like your FB page.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      So glad you could join us, Patty! You’re exactly right. There’s nothing we should read more than the Bible. Talk about the greatest story ever written! 😉

      Thanks for following my blog and helping me welcome Kristy today. You’ll receive 3 entries in the giveaway. I’ll notify you by email if I draw your name.

  5. Sarah says:

    Hi Savannah!
    I loved your interview! I’m super excited to read this book and everything I read about it just builds my anticipation. 🙂
    I find that almost all of Dee Henderson’s books challenge me. They force me to consider God from a different perspective and I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find answers to the questions she raises.
    Another author whose books challenge me is Ronie Kendig’s. Her books are so real and as she says “gritty.” She doesn’t hold back from the realities of war, but rather somehow writes them with a finesse. All of them touch my heart and I’m left thinking about them for days or weeks after.
    This actually isn’t as long winded as usual! Yay! Thanks for a fun giveaway! 🙂


    P.S I’m not sure if it counts, but I’m a fan of your Facebook page and am subscribed. I did both of those months ago, though.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Sarah! I’m so glad you stopped in and entered in this great giveaway. You will LOVE this story! And yes, you’ll receive your extra entries for following my blog too. 😉 Thanks for the support!

      I’ll have to check out the two authors you mentioned. You have me intrigued! 🙂 Have a blessed day, my friend!

  6. Lynda E. says:

    Thank you for the lovely interview and for the giveaway! I am a subscriber via email and have liked you on FB as well. As to your question, many books have impacted my life over the years, but one that changed a lot for me was Christy by Catherine Marshall. That was my first Christian fiction novel and once I read it, I started looking for more books written from a Christian worldview. It changed the way I read!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for visiting, Lynda. I know, it’s so hard to pick just one book, isn’t it? 😉 I loved “Christy” as well. Such a beautiful story… it’s quite dear to my heart too. That’s wonderful how it sparked your interest in reading more Christian fiction novels. There’s so many good ones out there! I hope you get to read – and enjoy – Kristy’s new novel as well. You’ll receive 3 entries in the giveaway. Good luck!

  7. Savanna Savanna says:

    Just for fun… I thought I’d share my own answer to Kristy’s question as well. I’ve never quite been the same ever since reading Francine River’s “Redeeming Love”. The way Christ’s unconditional love is depicted throughout the story and its characters is something I won’t forget. That was the first time I realized just how powerful and inspiring Christian fiction can be. After that I went on to read her “Mark of the Lion” series and was once again blown away. Reading those stories years ago greatly encouraged my desire to read as well as write.

  8. I have only read good reviews on this book and cannot wait to read! 🙂 Cover is stunning!

    I already follow your blog and have liked on facebook! 🙂

  9. Lauren says:

    Great interview, it’s always great to learn about an new author. As a WWII enthusiast I am exited to read this book!! The Light of Eiden was so inspiring, it is fiction but the hero has such a devoted heart for God and made me want to be more like him. Thank you for the giveaway.
    I follow on FB and tweeted giveaway

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the interview, Lauren. If you’re a WWII enthusiast, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this book as well. Thanks for joining us. I’ll have to check out “The Light of Eiden” book you mentioned. Sounds like another story I would enjoy. 😉 Good luck in the giveaway. You’ll receive 3 entries.

  10. anne says:

    A wonderful giveaway which is meaningful, profound and important. Since I am Jewish it has very special meaning for me. Best wishes.

  11. Cindy says:

    The book the mde the most impact on me is Frank Peretti’s, This Present Darkness. It really made me think about spiritual warfare.

    I Like on FB, also shared on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I’ve heard of Frank Peretti, but haven’t read This Present Darkness. Maybe I should, huh? 😉 Thanks for sharing, Cindy! You’ll receive 3 entries in the giveaway.

  12. Tonja Saylor says:

    Redeeming live was one if the first books I read when I discovered Christian Fiction. It made a lasting impression on me, too.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I know it has for many readers. Such a good story. Just talking about it makes me want to pick it back up and read it over again. 😉 Glad you could join us, Tonja. Thanks for reading and entering in the giveaway.

  13. Elyssa says:

    What a great interview! This book looks so good, and I can’t wait to read it!

    Aside from the Bible, I’d say that the book that has impacted me most would be Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers. Along with the first one in the series are so beautiful! They always get me thinking. =)

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I subscribed to your blog, and I liked you on Facebook.


    • Savanna Savanna says:

      You’ll love it, Elyssa! Thanks for following my blog. You’ll receive your extra entries as well.

      I’ve never read “Her Daughter’s Dream”, but I’ll have to add that to my list. 😉 Have a great weekend!

  14. Rach Merritt says:

    Ben Hur is a book that had a long lasting effect. It made the time and acts of Christ so much more real for me. Tweeted giveaway. Follow on FB.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for stopping in, Rach! I’ve always wanted to read Ben Hur. Thanks for sharing. You’ll receive 3 entries in this giveaway. Good luck and have a great day!

  15. Deanna S says:

    The Bible is my life changer also.. I am sure your books will touch my heart also.. 🙂 I like you on Facebook. d_stevens (at)

  16. Harriet Smith says:

    My favorite book with the longest lasting effect is the Bible! Moment by moment life lessons and encouragement to live for Christ.

    There have been so many great books that have impacted me but I suppose Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has had the longest impact concerning the fallacies of judgemenatalism, social stigma and stereotyping.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks for stopping in and sharing with us, Harriet. I love hearing what books have impacted other readers. Have a blessed day and good luck in the giveaway. 😉

  17. Tina says:

    A book that I read recently really struck a cord with me. A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert. So many wonderful messages and scenarios for how God can transform us by his grace..even if we think we are so very unworthy. This book has found it’s way into my heart and the message has resonated time and time again.

    I will be sharing on Facebook and Twitter, plus I am a fan of your facebook page and receive your newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book, which happens to be on my “to read” list.


    Tina tinaturpin(at)hotmail(dot)com

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      It’s great to have you here, Tina. I agree… Katie Ganshert’s book is a powerful story as well. I loved it. Thanks for sharing. You’ll receive 4 entries in the giveaway.

  18. Nancy M says:

    Definitely the Bible! I have heard good things about this book.
    I like you on Facebook subscribe to the blog, and will share.

  19. Brittany says:

    I’ve read so many good reviews of this book so I’m excited to have the chance to win a copy! That is if I made it in time? I’m Brittany and my email is ladyjanegreyndq (at) yahoo (dot) com.

    Just one book that changed my life, lol? Hmm . . . I’m going to go with one from my childhood and say “On the Banks of Plum Creek” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved the “Little House” books and that was my favorite. I dressed as Laura for Halloween several times and used to pretend I was going on adventures and explorations like her. One place we lived had a forest and a creek in the backyard and apart from the snakes it was perfect!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Brittany! You made it just in time! 😉 I’ll be drawing the winner tomorrow and notifying them by email.

      The “Little House” books were some of my early favorites as well. They mean even more to me now, though, since I live 30 minutes from Laura and Almanzo’s Rocky Ridge Farm where she wrote her books. It’s a beautiful place and it makes me appreciate her stories that much more. 😉

      Thanks for visiting!

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