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Author Interview: Karen Whiting
Karen Whiting loves to let creativity splash across the pages of what she writes. She writes books for women and families to help families thrive and writes for children, especially girls, to grow tomorrow’s families today. She has sixteen published books and over 500 articles In more than sixty publications. Karen enjoys helping with the Bible studies at the US Naval Academy and baking for the midshipmen. Karen also enjoys adventure and travel. She has water-rafted in Australia, ridden a camel in the Canary Islands, biked beside the ocean in Singapore, and ridden a horse in the ocean in Jamaica. She also loves spending time with her nine grandchildren.
Q: Everyone seems to have a “how I got published” story. What is yours? God sent me a mentor (published author) and I attended a writer’s conference where editors asked me to submit short pieces. I followed all the advice and within four months I had my first acceptance. Then I had something accepted every month for one hundred months at which time I was writing a column.
Q: When did you realize you wanted to become a writer? I’ve never wanted to be a writer. My degree is math, so I stayed away from writing. But, God called me to it, he gave me a vision, and then someone gave me a painting of the vision a few hours later. So, I answered the call in 1994 and I’m still writing.
Q: Tell us a little about your books. I write to encourage families to thrive and to grow tomorrow’s families today.
Q: What are some of the strongest influences on your writing? What I’ve learned at writer’s conferences and from critique groups
Q: How do you write? What’s a normal writing day like for you?I write all day most days, from morning until about 4 or 5 PM.
Q: Who are your books aimed at? If applicable: What are some of the challenges of writing for your audience?It depends on the book—Ones for children are for little ones and families. Ones for tween girls are for girls Others have been for families and military families.
Q: What’s your view on e-books and the new publishing revolution? Any e-book plans in your future? I write nonfiction and that seems to be slower moving into ebooks. My print books that are also in digital format are selling much more in print than ebook. My newer books are all available inn both print and ebook.
Q: What was your favorite book as a teen? Pride and Prejudice
Q: Describe your feelings when you opened the box and saw the first published copies of your very first book. Oh no! They misspelled my name!
Q: If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be? Jesus, Dolley Madison, and Abigail Adams
Q: What inspired you to write? The desire to reach out and help families be functional. I grew up in a wonderful family and want to share how people can nurture thriving families.
Q: What were some of the challenges for you writing your book? The editing and rewriting. Writing as my husband battled cancer and died.
Q: What do you want readers to take away from your book? I want them to build stronger family bonds. I want girls to develop skills and virtues that will help them thrive as they grow.
Q: In what ways does your faith impact how you approach writing? It’s the reason I write and undergirds all I do.
Q: What can you tell us about any future releases you have planned? I have a book, Nature Girl, releasing with Zonderkids next spring. It is my first co-authored with my older daughter and will be fun and informative for girls. I’m also working on a one-year interactive devotional book for boys with Jesse Florea as my co-author. It should be fun and hopefully encourage boys in their faith.
Q: Coke or Pepsi? No carbonated beverages for me. Water and hot chocolate are my drinks.
Q: Soft shell or Hard Shell tacos? Can’t digest Mexican foods.—Give me egg rolls instead.
Q: Favorite place to vacation? Any where warm. I have always dreamed of going to China and expect to go there in 2015.
Q: Favorite season? Summer- I like it hot and always loved having my children at home.
Q: Do you have a particular drink or food you consume when you write? Like cocoa, raspberry tea, animal crackers? Cocoa
Q: Favorite color? Purple
Q: What’s your favorite holiday memory? Opening Christmas stockings with the family (my article about this has been a classic one at FOF online since it was published years ago.
Q: Do you have a favorite Bible verse? Ephesians 3:16
Q: Favorite pasta dish? Fried rice is as close as I come to pasta.
Q: Do you listen to music while you write? NO
Q: Does anyone else in your family have musical/writing/artistic skills? My dad played in an ancient fife and drum Corp for 75 years-they won the gold medal at the NY world’s fair in 1938-39. I didn’t inherit any musical ability.
Q: What is one thing you’ve read that you wish you had written, and why? Nothing comes to mind. I enjoy what so many others have written but have never felt I would have wanted to write what I read. I write what God calls me to write and trust he chose others to write the books I enjoy.
Q: How would you like to be remembered? As a mother who loved and supported her children
Q: What is your favorite thing you have ever written? Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front. This book shares true stories of courageous women, families, and children from the home front of American wars. As a military wife and mom I wanted to tell the real stories of the struggles and triumphs of so many people who supported out troops throughout history. I’m thankful that the book received some national awards.
Q: Who would you most like to thank for their involvement in your writing career? My late husband for believing in me. Conference directors and mentors–Reg Forder, Billie Wilson, and Patricia Sprinkle, to name a few.
Q: What have you learned about yourself through your writing? Creativity can take you a long way in writing. My creative ideas have really helped me get contracts. My math ability gave me organizing skills that have also helped.
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Thanks to Karen Whiting for providing some up close insight on her books and writing. Now, I’m guessing that all you amazing readers on the hunt are probably looking for your next clue, well here it is: “for Christmas”
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