Today I’m happy to welcome author Sara L. Foust as she shares insights behind her novel, Camp Hope.
Camp Hope, the second installment of the Love, Hope, and Faith Series, focuses on not only a physical journey but a spiritual one as well. Amy Dawson’s childhood was atrocious. She suffered abuse and trauma and was removed to live with her Aunt Zena when she was a teenager. It was my hope in writing her story that I could do two things: Shed light on the fact that most children in the foster care system suffer some sort of abuse and convey the theme that no matter what life gives us there is always hope in God.
We were foster parents for a few years, and have now adopted two of our placements (a son and daughter, biological half-siblings). During our Parents as Tender Healers training (PATH for short), I was appalled to learn the statistic that more than 90% of children had been abused in one form or another. It was a terrifying thought. My husband and I were volunteering to bring one of these poor babies into our home. And though the abuse they suffered wasn’t their fault, it was scary to think of exposing our own children to this aspect of life. However, through much prayer and determination to walk the path God laid out for us, we continued and completed the training.
It was sometime during the early days of one of our placements that I had a nightmare about our foster child being kidnapped. I awoke, as any mother would, with a pounding heart and swirling thoughts. What would happen if a foster child was kidnapped? Would we face criminal charges? How would I feel? What would happen to her? The questions circled over and over. And that was the beginning of how Camp Hope was born.
I tucked the idea away, as I was currently writing Callum’s Compass: Journey to Love, book #1 in the Love, Hope, and Faith Series, and returned to it soon after my first book was completed. I began to envision Amy, a strong but scarred woman who had isolated herself atop a mountain near my home, in Briceville, Tennessee. I saw her continuing in her Aunt Zena’s footsteps to help local foster children have a summer of safe fun at their summer camp, Camp Hope. All the pieces began to fall into place and only four months later, Camp Hope was written. I hope you will enjoy my second novel and that you will be able to see the threads of hope woven into my story. It is available for preorder now through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
On a side note, I have a goal of 50 paperback copies sold by release day, and would so appreciate your help achieving this ambitious goal. I will be hosting a Facebook party on July 24th from 6-9 PM, with guest authors Sharee Stover, Kathy Cretsinger, Patricia Bradley, and B. B. Sawyer, and I would LOVE to see you there. I will be giving away books, camping-themed goodie baskets, and a $100 Amazon gift card! And you can earn bonus entries if you do purchase a copy of my book either before the party or during (ebook or paperback). Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/239581676799083/.
About her book:
AMY DAWSON directs a summer camp for foster children near Briceville, Tennessee. A foster mom for the first time, her responsibilities as mother to a traumatized child bring a whole new set of challenges and joys.
But when Amy’s four-year-old foster daughter is dragged into the mountains of Royal Blue by a former employee, parenting challenges are overshadowed by a new nightmare. The Sheriff’s department fails to procure viable leads, and Amy can’t sit idle. Her childhood friend and first love, JACK EVANS, returns to lend his skills as tracker. Problem is, he also stirs up romantic memories Amy would rather leave buried.
Jack struggles to let go of his past failures and prove his reliability by bringing Mattie home, but fears when he left camp nineteen years ago and failed to keep a promise to Amy he permanently lost her confidence.
As Amy plunges into the wilderness on horseback to search for Mattie, she must decide who she trusts, let go of her childhood traumas, and learn to rely on hope in God. Facing dehydration, starvation, and a convoluted kidnapper, will she succeed in recovering her precious foster daughter or get lost in the vast wilderness forever?
Available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble now!
Sara writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Tennessee Mountain Writers. Her debut novel Callum’s Compass won second place in Deep River Books’ 2017 Writer’s Contest. She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family. To learn more about her and her work or to become a part of her email friend’s group, please visit www.saralfoust.com.