This weeks blog is special to me because I live in Randleman, NC.
Randleman is a wonderful small town that includes NASCAR's Petty family, the Richard Petty Museum, and the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
At this years NasCar day I was there signing copies of my novels and met another local author. We exchanged writings. The subject of her book touched a memory for all who lives in Randleman.
Lee Hartsell wrote a children's book called Adam Petty's Heartbeat.
The book is about the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Level Cross, NC. The camp is for sick children, they can come to the camp one week out of the summer. Every camper has a counselor. The children get to be involved in activities they otherwise might not be able to enjoy. Lee's book allows parents and children to learn about the camp.
How did Victory Junction come about ?
Adam Petty who was a young stock car driver and the son of Kyle Petty. He enjoyed helping others. Between races, Adam would visit pediatric hospitals where the children battled chronic illnesses.
In 2000, Adam tragically lost his life in a racing accident. To honor his memory, the Petty family partnered with Paul Newman, and the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to begin the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, North Carolina. The camp received support from many NASCAR drivers, teams, and sponsors.
Lee, tell us a little about herself and why you wrote Adam's Heartbeat.
I am 49 years old. I started writing Prose, after a car accident in 1996. I was a Nurse until the car accident. I could not go back to work as a Nurse. I had damaged Nerves in my back from the car accident. I am married to Bruce Hartsell and we have three grown children. We have three grandchildren and one more grandchild on the way. I have 5 books out right now. The last three books that I wrote are children’s books.
You can find my books on Amazon.com andhttp://www.acalltothechristians.com/
Adam Petty’s Heartbeat is the last book that has been released.
To answer your question.
I wrote Adam Petty’s Heartbeat because, I was a Nurse for a number of years. During those years I saw how protective parents are of their children with Chronic diseases. Some of these parents devote their lives to taking care of these children, without a break. When parents of serious ill children read this book, I would like them to be at peace with leaving their children at Victory Junction Gang Camp for a week. Some of these children never get to experience the excitement of riding a horse, bowling, going into a pool, etc. This is a place that has 24 hour counselors that are in the next room to the campers while they sleep.
Lee, I thank you for introducing me to your book. Although, this is a children's novel, it's also for every age. I enjoyed experiencing Victory Junction through the pages of Adam's Heartbeat.
Here is the Amazon link for Adam's Heartbeat:
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