We're nearing the end of my big Book Lover's giveaway...but we're not there yet! We still have a few more amazing books to add to your box, and I am in the mood to curl up with any one of these and get lost for a few hours! (Anyone else ready to escape the daily grind?)
Today, I am excited to introduce you to my friend, Katie Ganshert. Katie and I met at this year's ACFW Conference, and we were both debut authors this year, so we had a lot to talk about. PLUS, I found out Katie lives not all that far away from me, which made me even happier. So, I'm thrilled to share a little about her book and her process with you:
Courtney: Where'd you get the idea for your book?
Katie: Sleep deprivation. When I wrote Wildflowers from Winter, my son was a wee little infant and in the throes of nursing. I remember being up with him in the middle of the night and the voice of this twelve year old girl came into my head. I couldn't get it out so I wrote the prologue. Being a writer is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia, you know. ;-) Anyway, at the same time, I was thinking a lot about my best friend growing up and how we'd lost touch, but even so, I still felt so connected to her because of all the memories we share. I decided I wanted to write a story that explored the bonds of friendship. So I took this orphaned prologue and this idea about friendship, squished them together, threw in a handsome farmer, and voila! I had my novel.
Courtney: Do you have any "rituals" you do when you write?
Katie: Check Facebook a million times. Check email a million times. Check Twitter a million times. Get coffee. Get a snack. Check Facebook and email and Twitter again. Then start writing. Can you tell the blank page intimidates me?? I think if I could figure out how to cut through all the procrastination, I could write twelve books in a year.
Courtney: Favorite writing snack and/or beverage?
It used to be Diet Coke, but I've nixed that from my diet and now go with coffee. I never used to like it, but then I discovered all those delicious flavored creamers like salted caramel mocha and pumpkin spice latte and now I have to keep myself away from the coffee maker. AS far as snack, I'm a big fan of frozen chocolate chips and goldfish crackers.
Did she just say "salted caramel mocha?" Yum.
Courtney: How would you describe your writing style/books?
Katie: Oh, I'm the worst at trying to describe myself in any shape or form. So how about I cheat and take other people's words? A lot of my endorsers have called my writing style lyrical, which sounds all musical and pretty. Some people say I write women's fiction. Some people say I write romance. There are definitely strong components of both. I like writing stories with a meaty emotional journey for the main character, which is very reminiscent of women's fiction, but I also love the giddiness that comes with a good romance. So I include both!
Courtney: Something people don't know about life as a writer?
Katie: Hmmm.....I'm stumped. Maybe that it's 95% waiting and rewriting. 5% creation. And that 5% is being generous!
And yes, Wildflowers in Winter will be part of the Big Book Lover's Giveaway, so this is where you want to leave a comment to get yourself entered to win all of the books featured this week! That's a lot of books (and we're not even finished yet!)
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What've you got to lose? It's Christmas...you might as well get a present for yourself, right? :)
Also, remember A Sweethaven Christmas is only $2.99 for your Kindle, Nook or iPad for a limited time. I hope you'll pick up a copy today!