Welcome to Writing for Christ Karen Barnett, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?
I practically grew up in the public library—it was my happy place. I remember gazing at the stacks and feeling grateful that people had written all these wonderful stories. It’s at that point I started dreaming about adding books to the shelves. Even now, when I think about my novels sitting on the shelf at my hometown library, I am overwhelmed. I was invited to speak there this fall, and I am SO excited!
What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?
One? Oh, help. I’ll just pick “one” instead of “the one,” if you don’t mind too much. The book that introduced me to the power of Christian fiction was This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. It had never dawned on me that a Christian story could both keep me on the edge of my seat and change the way I viewed my faith.
If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?
“Yes, you can.” I was so riddled with self-doubt when I started, it kept me from giving writing my all. I didn’t believe I could write a full-length novel. It took many years for God to convince me that whatever He called me to do, He would give me the strength to accomplish.
5 preference questions:
Homemade or take-out? Take-out. I’m a lousy cook. And an impatient one, too.
Email or snailmail? Email.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? Online shopping. Ugh, crowds (shudder).
Books or movies? Oh… both. Is that an option?
Note-taker or memorization? Note-taker.
Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?
That depends on when you ask me. At the moment, I’m in love with my next novel, Beyond the Ashes (Golden Gate Chronicles, Book 2), which releases in 2015. The characters face some truly agonizing decisions, and I struggled alongside them while I wrote their story. I love how the story ends, and now I’m missing those characters dreadfully.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
Also, I’m celebrating the release of OUT OF THE RUINS with a Kindle HDX giveaway and Facebook party on June 19. You can learn more about both, and enter to win, at http://prmo.me/UVHlml.
Thank you for being with us today!
Thank you! What a fun interview. :-)
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