Meet the Author: Karen Whiting
Tell us about your newest book.
52 themed weekly readings, chats, hands on activities, and scrapbook prompts will nurture children’s faith. Busy families can choose the level of commitment each week and pick what activities fit their schedule. They can also enjoy the chats on the go or at meals. Each week starts with a family beatitudes to connect the purpose with a benefit, such as Happy is the Family who is giving for they will be full of gratitude.
What genre do you focus on and why?
I focus on nonfiction because I believe God called me to equip family members with tools that inspire them and help them grow in faith.
Why do you write? What drives you?
Like Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:16, I feel compelled to write what God has called me to share.
What does a day in your writing world look like?
I write from 9 am to about 4 or 5 pm. I have a few times when I stop and check email. I tend to have a list of what I’ll work on for the week and use that to choose what to do each day. Friday afternoons I clean my office and write a new list.
What is the hardest part of being an author? Why?
For me it is crafting the words and rewriting. I’m a mathematician so words don’t come easily. My mind is like a popcorn popper, but it takes time to put them in black and white and form the sentences to capture the interest of readers and clearly convey the message.
What’s the best part of your author’s life? Why?
The opportunities to meet people and travel. I am always happy to hear someone’s story or how God has touched their lives.
What is the craziest thing you’ve experienced as an author?
Probably the introductions (even if I’ve given them a bio). One time the host ran through the reasons why the main speaker changed so many times. She told the audience clearly about the six people who one by one could not make it. Then while waving my bio in the air, she said “so we have Karen Whiting and I don’t know anything about her but we’re happy to have a body.”
What are you most proud of?
I am thankful that I have been persistent and God has used me.
What is your favorite pastime?
Being with family. I also enjoy cooking and Zumba. When I have time I like to sew or knit.
Do you have other books? We’d love to know.
I have 22 other books for women, family, children, and the military. I also have two more releasing this year:
Gift of Bread: Recipes for Heart and Table that shares insights into bread in the Bible, heartwarming stories around bread, and recipes.
Girl Talk Guy Talk, book of devotions for teens on communicating with friends and the opposite sex.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a few proposals, some for teens and some for adults. For tweens, I’m working on some life skills and ideas to help them develop kindness. For adults I want to share some encouragement that will help them know their purpose.
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