With the recent release of her first book, Cabin Glory: Amusing Tales of Time Spent at the Family Retreat, Avon-based author Christy Heitger-Ewing has the perfect cure for the winter blues.
Heitger-Ewing has spent the past 10 years writing for Cabin Life, a magazine that focuses on the vacation-home lifestyle, with the past two years focused on writing a column for the magazine, which she calls “Now and Then.”
“Two-years ago I started doing a column for them and I pitched the idea to my editor to do a column of memories of my dad’s generation when he was at the cabin, my generation when I grew up with the cabin, and now the third generation with my kids going up there,” Heitger-Ewing explained. “I always wanted to do a book, but I knew it was going to be a lot of time and a lot of effort. It’s kind of a nerve-wracking thing trying to teach yourself about book marketing and how to get started.”
The fear subsided when Heitger-Ewing found her calling. After sitting down and brainstorming a long list of column ideas, she thought they were better suited as a book.
“I thought to myself, ‘I think I’m going tiptoe into the book world doing something where I feel very familiar,’ which is essay writing,” Heitger-Ewing said. “I feel very comfortable in this genre. It’s a very niche market, of course, but at the same time it’s a book that anyone could pick up and relate to because the stories in it are about childhood memories, but it spans the generations.”
Cabin Glory is a book that includes stories from renovation advice, gardening dilemmas, movie-making magic, lakeside marriage proposals, and even fishing expeditions and boating addictions.