Welcome Karen Witemeyer
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Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul. Her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, recently claimed honorable mention in the 2010 Best Western Romance contest. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Right now, I am in my office at my day job (on break) and I am wearing business casual attire including a lovely chocolate brown fleece my husband gave me for Christmas to help keep my cold-natured self warm.
Did anyone inspire you to write?
No one specifically inspired me to write, although there were key people who I can look back with hindsight and see the influence that had on my dream—teachers, my mom, friends. But mostly, I would have to say that books—well-written, mind-transporting, sigh-inducing books—inspired me to write.
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
Hmm…My grandfather recently visited and showed me the family tree he and his sister have been working on. They'd traced several branches back to the 1700s. Since my stories tend to be set in the 1880s, I think it would be fun to meet one of my female ancestors who was young and falling in love during that era. What was she wearing? Where did she and her beau go to be alone, and what were some of their favorite courting activities? I would listen to her spin yarns and glean everything I could from her.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
My wedding ring. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I had to pick the item that represented my very own happily ever after.
A couple years ago, however, I lost the diamond from my ring. I was devastated. I scoured the house, the office, retraced my steps, all to no avail. It may sound a bit silly, but I prayed to find that diamond. Sure it could be replaced, but it wouldn't be the same. After a week with no diamond, though, I gave up hope. Then one morning, as I reached into the tissue box on my bathroom counter and pulled out a tissue, I heard a little tinkling sound as something hit the counter. I just knew that had to be my diamond. And it was! I had pulled countless tissues out of that box during the week, as had my children. But that morning, the diamond that had somehow fallen into the box, came sailing out again. God is so good! The diamond has been reset and every time I look at it, I appreciate not only my husband, but my God as well.
After reading A Tailor-Made Bride, I have to ask this because I have been sewing for thirty years. Do you sew?
Do I sew? Well . . . I know how to sew. I've made dresses, Halloween costumes, and even a quilt once upon a time, but I wouldn't call myself a seamstress. My Singer only comes out of the closet once every year or so. I have basic skills, but not much beyond that. My preferred needlework pastime is cross-stitch.
Head in the Clouds heroine had an interesting predilection to yellow. What made you give her this character trait?
Somehow it just seemed right for Adelaide. It fit her disposition and made her unique. However, when I dug deeper to discover her reasons for only wearing yellow, I found it was her way of honoring her father who had died when she was sixteen. My own daddy died when I was sixteen, so this tribute became very important to me as her character developed.
What kinds of emotions go through you when you are writing such a strong and heart wrenching scene?
There is a part of me that clinically analyzes the craft as I write to ensure that the sentence structure and style fit the emotion I am trying to generate in the scene. But for the most part, I put myself into my characters and imagine what I would be feeling. I live the scene through them. My heart pounds, my stomach quivers, and I do my best to bleed that onto the page.
What is something that very few people know about you?
This probably will not be terribly surprising, given my bent toward historical novels, but I love classic Hollywood films, especially the musicals. In fact Seven Brides for Seven Brothers sparked the idea for the new story I'm working on, tentatively titled Short-Straw Bride. There are only four brothers in my story instead of seven, and they're not all redheads nor do they sing and dance while they do their chores, but hopefully I can incorporate the adventurous, fun-loving spirit of the musical into what will be my fourth novel.
Head in the Clouds
When a recovering romantic goes to work for a handsome ranch owner, her heart’s not the only thing in danger.
Adelaide Proctor is a young woman with her head in the clouds, longing for a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a staid governess position on a central Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her romantic yearnings behind.
When Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America's wool industry, he never expected to become a father overnight. And five-year-old Isabella hasn't uttered a word since she lost her mother. The unconventionality of the new governess concerns Gideon--and intrigues him at the same time. But he can't afford distractions. He has a ranch to run, a shearing to oversee, and a suspicious fence-cutting to investigate.
When Isabella's uncle comes to claim the child--and her inheritance--Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man's evil schemes. And soon neither can deny their growing attraction. But after so many heartbreaks, will Adelaide be willing to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line?
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