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Promotion in Motion: Debut Novelist Jennifer Fromke

Posted by Lisa Lickel on June 26, 2012

Welcome to our guest, Jennifer Fromke

I am a displaced Michigander living in North Carolina and it’s wreaking havoc on the way I speak. Fortunately, I am a writer. When I need to, I can still hear Northern voices in my head and if I write a Southern character, I can walk outside to hear the local twangle any day.

My local grocery story will order Vernors if I request it (and I do!). People ask me almost every day, “Where are you from?” (read: you don’t sound like you’re from here), and I’m always proud to respond that I’m from Michigan. I’m also getting used to mild winters and serious BBQ.
But I miss the lakes. I miss walking beside them, swimming in them, driving over the river that leads to them, boating on them, and most of all, seeing, smelling and listening to them.
North Carolina has lakes. I’ve seen them. But they are not the same. And they are not Great Lakes, though some of them are pretty good. But there are no lakes here that you can snowmobile across in the winter. The water temperatures are much higher all year round, which means the contents of said lakes are . . . different.
My first novel was written from a place deep inside that longs to be in northern Michigan. I return every summer with my family and I think it’s my favorite place on earth. I’ve used the place as my setting because I know it well, but also because writing the story became a vehicle for me to hang out in Charlevoix. That was especially wonderful when I was hibernating in the air conditioning during our 55 consecutive days of 90+ temps one summer.
Living outside my comfort zone has given me a true appreciation for my roots. When I write scenes in the Midwest, I think my separation from it infuses the story with a tenderness I might not be capable of if I was living there now. Distance can crisp the memory and sharpen how I feel about a place, which will hopefully bring to the reader a truthful and engaging picture.
I’m blessed to be displaced, and I hope to put this experience to good use on every page I write. A Familiar Shorebegins at the coast in North Carolina, but travels to Charlevoix in Northern Michigan, with a brief touch down in Charlotte, NC and Key West, FL. The story begins when a young lawyer travels to meet an anonymous client’s estranged family. She must decide who deserves which part of the estate on her own, but when she uncovers an old family secret, she finds herself caught between the suspicious family and a deathbed promise her conscience demands she keep.

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Buy the book on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Jennifer Fromke was born and raised in Michigan, attended Wheaton College in IL,
and lived her first married years in Minneapolis, MN. She writes from North
Carolina these days where she pines away for cooler temps amidst a sea of people
drinking sweet tea. Her number one fan is her husband of 20 years and her three
children keep her life filled with brilliant colors and big dreams. Jennifer’s
debut novel, A Familiar Shore, won the 2010 ACFW Genesis Award.

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