A podcaster, business owner and mom of two has a new children's book out that captures a special summer camp experience — and it's based on a true story. Jackie Oshry runs a daily pop culture podcast, "The Toast," and also has a popular canned cocktail business, Spritz Society. Now, she's moved into publishing turf. The native New Yorker-turned-Florida resident told Fox News Digital in an interview that she's had the inspiration for her first children’s book, "The Camper and The Counselor," ever since hosting a camp weekend for podcast listeners years ago. SPRITZ SOCIETY LAUNCHES COLLABORATION WITH THE SKINNY CONDFIDENTIAL: HERE'S THE NEW FLAVOR "My sister [Claudia] and I put on a camp weekend for our listeners because we love camp and were always talking about camp and our experiences," she said. Oshry has over 323,000 Instagram followers, while "The Toast" podcast has over 290,000 and her sister, Claudia Oshry, also known as @girlwithnojob, has over 3.2 million. Oshry is the second oldest of four sisters and said the siblings regularly went to sleepaway camp for the summer when growing up — something they look back on with fond memories. While on the weekend getaway, Oshry said she noticed her youngest sister, Margo Oshry, was dressing very much like a camp counselor. SPARKLING COCKTAIL HITS NEW YORK SHELVES: MEET THE MARKETING MOGULS BEHIND THE BRAND "This inside joke sort of started … so I just started calling her ‘Counselor,’" she recalled. Over the years, Oshry said she continued to joke around with her youngest sister by calling her "Counselor Snitch" — since "Snitch" was her nickname prior to the camp weekend. Oshry said she would role-play as the camper in return. BEREAVEMENT CAMP IN MAINE, FOUNDED BY SIBLINGS, HELPS GRIEVING KIDS AFFECTED BY SUICIDE AS RATES RISE The recurring joke sparked some inspiration to create a story in which a camper goes off to camp for the first time, nervous about how it will go, and creates a bond with the counselor — which ultimately helps the camper through the experience. Although the idea has been with her for years, Oshry said she didn’t feel ready to write it down until she became a mom in early 2022. "Once I became a mom, I was really motivated to write the story and get books in hands because I just felt so strongly that the story was so sweet," she said. One of the important themes she wanted to include was the typical lack of technology at camp. In the children’s book, the camper says she's enjoying her time — noting she can’t remember the last time she felt this way without a technological device at the ready. "I think in this day and age, even moreso than when I was at camp, it’s so important to have pockets of your life that are free of technology," she said. "It’s always been like that for camp." CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Oshry said she read her now 20-month-old son the drafts during the writing process — and he was a big fan from the beginning. "Testing it and seeing it be a success with [my son] was more of a success than I ever could have dreamed of," she said. Oshry said her copy of the book has ripped and crinkled pages because her son kept asking her to read it to him again… and again. "The Camper and The Counselor" by Jackie Oshry, published by Genius Cat Books, is available on Amazon and at other major retailers. For more Lifestyle articles, visit www.foxnews.com/lifestyle.
27 Ekim 2023 - 20:20
Family memories inspire podcaster Jackie Oshry to write kids' book on camp friendships, tech-free living
Jackie Oshry sat down with Fox News Digital to talk about her new children's book and the inspiration behind the story — stemming from camp and a family member.
27 Ekim 2023 - 20:20