Christina Hansford Coryell

Local author and Plato High School alumna Christina Hansford Coryell will launch her second novel at a book signing event from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Northwest Texas County Citizens Center in Roby.

Coryell, a 1995 Plato graduate, grew up in Roby before attending Drury University and moving to Lebanon, where she still resides with her husband and children.

Her first novel, “A Reason to Run,” was released Aug. 12, 2014. It is the first volume of The Camdyn Series, which focuses on heroine Camdyn Taylor as she struggles to find a place where she belongs and muddles through mishaps along the way. One part drama, one part comedy and one part romance, Coryell designs her novels to mirror real life, ensuring there are laughs and true-to-life conflicts mixed with the character-driven love story. “A Reason to Run” is a “beautiful journey of life, family and love,” said one of many five-star Amazon reviewers, who make clear they are awaiting the second novel in the series.

“When my first book released, it was rather quietly,” explains Coryell. “This time, I have readers waiting on the edge of their seats to see more of Camdyn’s story. Drawing comparisons to Nicholas Sparks and Francine Rivers has been really flattering, but I absolutely love having people tell me they’ve laughed and cried through the first novel, or stayed up half the night reading it.  Just knowing so many people are looking forward to my second novel makes the release that much sweeter. To be able to launch it in the place where I grew up – that makes it even more exciting.”

“A Reason to Run” and the new novel in The Camdyn Series, “A Reason to Be Alone,” will be available at the book signing event, and more information can be obtained by reviewing the various social media accounts listed at

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