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.
“I recall first love, lasting love, love at first sight, and love of all things outdoors, including sing-alongs round crackling bonfires, adventurous hill climbs with siblings, and learning just what it takes to be a bonafide ‘lake girl,’” she said. “In addition, I share tales of what it’s like to sled with a reluctant toddler, battle an army of aggressive ants, and get lost in cabin country (not, as it turns out, such a bad thing). My stories remind us all why the cabin is a pooch’s paradise, a human’s haven and a nostalgic nirvana for all who step foot on cabin property.”
Writing the book itself came easy as it was completed in just six month’s time, but finding a publisher was a whole different ball game.
Heitger-Ewing was hoping to keep it in the family and have Kalmbach Publishing Company, who publishes Cabin Life, publish her first book. But she was advised that the company wasn’t interested.
The book was shelved for a short time until she found her perfect match when she was awarded the grand prize in the non-fiction category of Greyden Press Publishing’s annual competition, thus getting her book published.
Cabin Glory was officially released Jan. 31. With the release, Heitger-Ewing will be doing a series of book readings including during the Pie Shop Variety Show at the Messiah Lutheran Church from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 15 and at the Brownsburg Library from 10 a.m. to noon April 19.
For more information about Cabin Glory: Amusing Tales of Time Spent at the Family Retreat or to purchase the book for $14.99, visit the website at www.cabinglory.com.