Oh, how I’ve been looking forward to this day! The debut novel of my sweet friend, Jill Kemerer, just released!
I met Jill at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in 2012. She was wonderfully encouraging, bubbly, funny, genuine. As I got to know her, I learned that she had written TWELVE manuscripts and been seeking publication for years without success. Most writers write a few manuscripts that never sell. For many of us, that’s just part of the process of learning to write novels. But I’d never met a writer, prior to Jill, who’d written twelve complete manuscripts. I was inspired by her persistence and drive. Eventually, according to God’s timeline, Jill did sell a manuscript. Yay! And that manuscript became Small-Town Bachelor.
Jill has kindly offered to give away a copy of Small-Town Bachelor to one Inspired by Life Reader, so check out the giveaway entry box at the bottom of the post.
I’m so happy to have you visit us here, Jill! -Becky
I grew up in mid-Michigan and spent many weekends up north at my grandparents’ rustic cottage. The cabin was nestled under evergreens, had running water, electricity and a rotary phone mounted to the wall but no working phone line. We had a blast pretending to talk on that phone!
An old freezer was buried in the backyard. Guess what was in it? Dirt! It’s where my grandpa kept earthworms for bait, which is pretty smart now that I think about it. Dad would take Mom, my sister and I fishing on a little rowboat with an outboard motor. My sister was always enthusiastic about fishing, but I usually brought a book. I’d rather read than pierce worms on a hook. Later, Dad would fillet the perch and bluegill, batter them with Drake’s, and pan fry them. They were delicious.
The lake itself wasn’t very populated, but there were a few pretty log cabins along the shore. I loved dreaming about living on a lake. I still dream about it! One time we saw a black bear up in the backyard. That scared me, but not as much as the abundance of spiders inside the cabin. I did a spider check every night. Eek! The cottage was sold years ago, but my memories feel fresh.
My debut novel, Small-Town Bachelor, is set in fictional Lake Endwell, Michigan. I had so much fun coming up with the name. Did you know many Michigan towns and lakes had a blend of French and Native American names? Then Americans settled the areas and imposed their own dialect on the name.
I don’t know French and I certainly don’t know Native American languages! So I did some research. I pictured a lake surrounded by beautiful trees. A full moon reflecting on the water. Brilliant stars above it. Okay, how about Lake Star? Taking some liberty, I used the Ojibwe word for star, “anang,” although the Ojibwe settled farther north than my book is set. The French word for star is une étoile, and if you combine anang and une étoile, it kind of sounds like “anantwah.” An American might say it “endwell.” Perfect! Lake Endwell!
My second book, Unexpected Family, takes place in Lake Endwell also. Wouldn’t it be fun to visit some of the made-up places we read about in books? If only they were real!
Where did you spend time as a child? Do you have happy memories to share?
Besides spoiling her mini-dachshund, Jill adores magazines, M&MS, fluffy animals and long nature walks. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Jill loves connecting with readers, so please visit her website www.jillkemerer.com You can also connect with her on:
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Enter to win a free copy of Small-Town Bachelor via the entry box below. Jill will email the winner once the contest closes. Best of luck! -Becky