Meet and Greet is a regular feature on my blog. Be forewarned…Unlike the typical interview, these brief questions will get to the true heart of my guests…or at least the heart of what’s in their kitchen. Grab a latte (or other beverage of your choice), find a comfy chair, and prepare to make a new friend.
I’m so honored to have Karen Witemeyer as my guest today! She’s an agency-mate of mine, and while I haven’t had the privilege of reading her books yet, I’ve heard they’re an absolute treat. Her latest released this month and she’s giving away a copy, so keep reading for details! (I’m jealous I can’t enter. :))
Two-time RITA® Finalist and CBA bestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes historical romance fiction for Bethany House, believing that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. Karen holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and her local writers’ guild. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.
Welcome, Karen! Let’s get to the questions…
Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?
1) New England’s coastline or Florida’s sandy beaches?
New England. I grew up along the California coast, but even then I wasn’t much of beach gal. I prefer hiking to laying out, and the thought of watching waves pound against a rugged, rocky coastline sounds much more appealing than squeezing into a spot on an overcrowded beach and getting sand in my shorts.
2) Take action or Take it as it comes?
Depends on the situation, but I probably lean more toward taking action. I’m a planner. When we take family vacations, I scout out hotels months in advance, make reservations, plan activities for each day, and set the itinerary. However, I’m not so inflexible that I don’t allow room for spontaneity. The last big vacation we took, we were driving through Utah on our way to Colorado after visiting Bryce Canyon. We decided to stop at Arches National Park even though it wasn’t part of our original plan. It ended up being the highlight of the trip. I write much the same way. I plot initially, then leave room for the characters to choose new directions along the way.
3) Food Network or Cartoon Network?
Food Network. Although I’m not a great cook. I love watching the creative process, though. Watching chefs work their magic, combining just the right ingredients to make something beautiful and delicious. Much like writing. My favorite shows are the ones with a competitive element: Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star, and The Next Iron Chef.
4) Sweet silence or Blessed noise?
Sweet silence. I love being by myself. Quiet soothes my soul. Noise just seems to add stress. My ideal retreat would be a secluded mountain cabin with forested hiking trails.
5) Country mouse or City mouse?
I’m more of a small town mouse. I don’t like the traffic and noise of big cities, but I’m not much of a country girl, either. I like the slower pace of the small town while still having the convenience of restaurants and shopping within easy reach.
6) Spaghetti or Fettuccine alfredo?
Hmm…I like them both. I guess I’ll vote for spaghetti with lots of meat in the sauce.
7) Orchids or Daisies?
Daisies. I’m a simple girl with simple tastes. I’m easy to please and a bit of a penny-pincher. I’d much rather save the money or use it on something that will last than on expensive flowers. I’m the same way with jewelry. The only pieces I wear on a regular basis are my wedding ring and watch. I’d much rather have a pile of books than a pair of new earrings.
I know exactly what you mean, Karen. My husband loves that I tell him not to bother with expensive roses…I’d rather have something inexpensive that will last longer. And I can so relate to the planner in you. I could spend a week just planning what to PACK for a vacation, let alone the vacation itself. I love what you shared about your last trip, how the unplanned detour ended up being the highlight. I think God must get a kick out of setting us off our tracks once in a while.
Thanks so much for being here today! It was a pleasure to have you.
No one steps on Archer land. Not if they value their life. But when Meredith Hayes overhears a lethal plot to burn the Archer brothers off their ranch, a twelve-year-old debt compels her to take the risk.
Fourteen years of constant vigilance hardens a man. Yet when Travis Archer confronts a female trespasser with the same vivid blue eyes as the courageous young girl he once aided, he can’t bring himself to send her away. And when an act of sacrifice leaves her injured and her reputation in shreds, gratitude and guilt send him riding to her rescue once again.
Four brothers. Four straws. One bride. Despite the fact that Travis is no longer the gallant youth Meredith once dreamed about, she determines to stand by his side against the enemy that threatens them both. But will love ever be hers? Or will Travis always see her merely as a short-straw bride?
Blog Readers: Let’s talk…How much do you plan your vacations in advance? Have you ever taken an unexpected detour on a trip and discovered something amazing? Do share!
*Giveaway Details: Karen has offered to give away a copy of Short-Straw Bride! All you have to do is leave a comment. (For extra entries, you can Tweet or share this post on Facebook…I’ll add an extra entry for each. Just make sure to mention it in your comment.) Winner will be announced in next Monday’s post. Good luck!