Monday, August 15, 2011

Nan Corbitt Allen's "Watercolor Summer"

Title: Watercolor Summer

Cover blurb:
If Kathleen could relive any moment, it would be the one in 1969. Not because of its sweet memories, but because it changed her life forever.

In the summer of 1969, Kathleen’s thirteenth year, her mother drags her to yet another artist colony on the beaches of Northwest Florida. There, Kat’s feelings of isolation and hopelessness, spawned by her parent’s estrangement, develop into a selfish rage.

Malcolm, a mentally-challenged boy who lives at the artist colony, tries to befriend Kat, but his very presence annoys her to her core.

Though it takes a long and difficult summer for Kat to see it, Malcolm and his colorful guardian, Jeanette, are the examples of true and selfless love. Just as Kat’s heart begins to melt, Malcolm’s congenital heart problems become a concern. The canvas of Kat’s life, first stained by pain and trial and now touched by love, begins to transform into a masterpiece.

1) How did this story come to you?
I’m a child of the 60’s who grew up on the beaches of Northwest Florida, so the time and place weren’t hard to imagine. Having been a 13-year-old girl myself once I understand what it’s like to feel out-of-place and ignored as my main character, Kat, did. I decided to put my memories of this time, place, and feelings into a novel and let readers know how God can take any life and remake it to be something beautiful.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I went through three literary agents to help me find the right publisher. They all were unable to help me. Then I contacted Deep River myself. It took six months to write the book and maybe three more to find the right publisher.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
•I’m a song writer/musician who has written over 100 musicals and collections and 100’s of single songs with my husband, Dennis. He and I are three-time Dove Award winners for musicals we wrote: two for children’s choirs and one for adult choirs.
•Watercolor Summer is my third published book. I had my first novel Asylum published with Moody Press in 2004. I had a non-fiction book called The Words We Sing published by Beacon Hill Press in the fall of 2010. It is a reference/devotional guide that gives insights into lyrics that we sing on Sundays but hardly use otherwise, i.e. Abba, Redeem, Ebenezer.
•My husband and I are about to celebrate 37 years of marriage! We have two grown sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law and two exceptional grandchildren.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I will continue to write music, drama, lyrics, etc. but my next book project will probably be a historical fiction work based on the life of William Carey (the father of foreign missions).

5) Parting comments?
I hope the readers enjoy reading the book as much as I had writing it. It was such a blast!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?


  1. Congrats to Nan on her 37th anniversary coming up! Nan is a new author to me and I'd love to win a copy of, Watercolor Summer!



  2. Love the title, "Watercolor Summer." And the cover is beautiful, too!


  3. I have been interested in reading this book for quite some time. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you very much.

  4. I would love to this book. My friend was telling me about it. I have to ask her how she found you. I looked for it around where I live but couldn't find it.. Thanks for the chance.

  5. I was 13 in 1969 and I remember having
    a broken arm for most of the summer...
    I would enjoy Nan's book very much!
    Many thanks, Cindi

  6. This looks great and would love to read it. Interesting title as well as cover. It is so wonderful to see long-term marriages. My hubby and I have made #48


  7. Sounds like a real heart-toucher! Thanks for the chance to win.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  8. Love the cover looks like a really good read !!

    Donna J

  9. My email in case I win is
    Donna J Krueger

  10. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


  11. The title "Watercolor Summer" I love. The book looks wonderful. The historical fiction about William Carey should be fascinating.


  12. I am always interested in anything from the 60's & I live in Florida, so your book sounds fascinating for me. Please include me in your kind drawing. Thank you!!

  13. ..I sent a comment without giving my email...I would love a chance at winning this fine book. Thank You. Daisy Adams My email is -

  14. would love to read this beautiful novel...thanks for the chance :)

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  15. I would love to win this wonderful book. Thanks for this. I'm a subscriber and a follower via gfc. I posted this to my blog:

    Brenda from Michigan

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  16. I love the title and the cover of this book. Not to mention, it just sounds like a really good story! Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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  17. I whould love to read this novel!!!
    In Christs Love

  18. This book sounds intriguing. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Kelly Virginia