Welcome guest blogger Nancy S. Kyme

Nancy S. Kyme is my second guest blogger from Write by the Rails – the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club‘s Endless Blog Tour 2014. In the coming weeks, you will find here posts from 13 additional guests. Enjoy!

I’m Nancy S. Kyme, the author of “Memory Lake, the Forever Friendships of Summer” a 2012 Next Generation Award Winning memoir. It’s a fun and inspirational novel told in flashbacks as I drive to a camp reunion with my teenage daughter and her two best friends. Facing my mom’s recent passing, camp memories unfold along the way as I recall another time in my life when I was learning to live without her.

When I have the privilege of meeting readers of Memory Lake, they are surprised to learn how much of the novel is true.  “In real life there is another Nancy, a Christie, Lori, Tori, Susie, Cindy, Sarah, and Mary?”, they ask.  Yes, I reply, supposing they are an e-reader, because it is easy to miss the picture on page 3.

“My daughter’s name is KT, her best friends are Angela and Katie, my sister’s name is Susan, and the camp really exists though I changed its name,” I say with a genuine smile, because the honor of writing about them still lingers.  ”Water spouts often form over Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes are huge.”  Few readers question the validity of the rest of the novel because its coming-of-age conflict and character interactions speak to the human experience.  We all need to overcome fear.  We all need to learn that putting on a smile, especially when we least feel like it, leads to real joy.

Whether you devour Memory Lake over a week-end, *”like an irresistible box of candy”, or deliberately spread it out, because like camp, ”you don’t want it to end” *, please know it is 99% true.  The 1% is to keep the story flowing and to protect the sanctity of locations.

* Quotes from reviews.

To enjoy more of Nancy’s posts, visit her blog, Campfirememories.


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