Today we have a guest blogger with us, author Karey White. I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her and her latest book For What It’s Worth from Cedar Fort Publishing. I am excited to read her book and post the review later this week. I really liked her words of encouragement for those of us who are aspiring writers. I need to be brave!
Les Misérables or Phantom of the Opera? Les Misérables
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk chocolate
How did you get started writing? I loved writing in school and knew someday I wanted to do something with it. I worked for a newspaper when I was a young teenager writing a local column. I guess it’s in my blood.
Is there one book that just changed your life? Other than scripture, which is definitely life changing, East of Eden by John Steinbeck is probably the most life-altering book I’ve read. It changed the way I look at people.
Do you prefer a laptop or desktop when you write? I wrote my first book on a desktop but now I use a laptop. It’s nice to be able to take it with me.
When do you write best? Night, morning, afternoon? Whenever I have some time. I prefer during the day when my kids are at school, but if I’m in a good groove, I write whenever I can.
Where do your characters come from? Do you draw from people you meet, etc.? The characters themselves are from my imagination, but almost everyone I write about gets characteristics of people I know.
How did you get started in the cake business? Like Abby in my novel, I found a cake decorating kit on the clearance table at JCPenney. I taught myself and then after I was married with a little boy, I decided to make the leap and do it as a business.
Was this a big part of how you got the idea for your latest novel For What It’s Worth? Yes. I delivered an especially neat wedding cake and the mother of the bride said she couldn’t believe what a bargain it was. It made me wonder what she’d have paid if she’d have been deciding the price. That was the beginning.
Tell us a little about your main character in For What It’s Worth. Abby is insecure but brave, smart but a little naive. She has big dreams and is willing to work hard. She loves God and wants to follow His plan for her.
What is the best way that you have found to connect with your readers? Some on my blog, some on facebook, twitter and goodreads. There are so many more possibilities now than there used to be.
Do you have a new project you are working on? If so, tell us a little about it. I’m working on a couple of things right now–a romance about a girl obsessed with Mr. Darcy and a fictional memoir about a family who move into an old, abandoned schoolhouse.
How do you react to a bad review of your book? It’s hard but I try to remind myself that fiction is very subjective and no novel is perfect for everyone.
Now that you have published two novels, what have you learned from the process? That marketing is a beast and takes as much or more work than writing the novel. That came as a big surprise to me.
What is the one piece of advice you can give to aspiring writers? Read and write. Then read some more and write some more. And be brave. It’s so important to have faith in yourself.
When and where is your next signing event? I’m scheduled for the St. George Seagull Book on February 2. Watch my blog for more details.
Book Trailer For What It’s Worth
Description: Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.
Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?
You can also check out her other novel Gifted that was nominated for a Whitney Award in General Fiction and Best Novel for a New Author in 2011.