10 Things You Might Not Know About Me – Karen Witemeyer

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Top 10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

  1. I live next door to my in-laws . . . and LOVE it! From built-in day care for the kids when they were smaller to easy family meals together, to shared grills and shared newspaper subscriptions, having my husband’s family move in next door a decade ago was an unexpected blessing.
  2. I once lost the diamond out of my wedding ring only to find it a day later (after searching everywhere at home and at work) when I pulled a tissue out of my bathroom tissue box. Somehow the stone had fallen into the box and when I pulled out a new tissue, I heard a tinkling sound and found the diamond on the counter. Never have I thanked God more for a runny nose!
  3. My oldest child (my only daughter) is graduating from high school this year and she graduates on my 45th birthday. No, I won’t be feeling old or anything. I’ll be too proud of her as she gives her valedictorian speech. Smart and sassy, just the way I like my heroines.

    My kids with the in-laws from next door. Bethany is in the ACU sweatshirt. Go Wildcats!

    My kids with the in-laws from next door. Bethany is in the ACU sweatshirt. Go Wildcats!

  4. Whenever I have free time (a very RARE commodity), I love to cross stitch. Here’s a set of simple cameo silhouettes I made for my editors a couple years ago for Christmas.Cameo Cross-stitch
  5. After 13 years of carrying around the extra pounds I gained with my last baby, I finally lost n 27 pounds last year, and so far have kept it off. Even with my frequent forays into the bowl of dark chocolate that resides in my living room.
  6. I’ve ridden a mule in Bryce Canyon, swum with sea turtles in Maui, and when I was young and stupid, held a 13 pound boa constrictor around my neck. I recommend the first two but not the third.
  7. Peter TrumpetI was a band nerd all through junior high and high school but switched to choir in college because of the boy I was dating. Ended up marrying that fella, and now we have our own harmonizing quintet on the church pew every Sunday. Love it! (Though, I’m raising band nerds at the same time. My daughter plays my old flute, my older son plays the French horn, and my youngest plays the trumpet.)
  8. I don’t drink coffee. Ever. I know, I know. It’s shameful. Coffee’s supposed to be the elixir of life, right? Especially for writers. But I never developed a taste for it. I prefer a simple cup of Lipton hot tea sweetened with honey. Mmmmm.
  9. I have a black thumb. Well, not literally. In respect to plants. I have a tendency to kill the majority of plants that have had the misfortune to come home with me. A few hearty ones have survived, like the aloe vera plant in the kitchen window that continues to survive despite my best efforts to do it in. And the roses on the side of the house have managed to pull through despite a run in with some sort of blight last year. I should post a sign on my back door that says, “If you contain chlorophyll, enter at your own risk.”
  10. Even though I write historical romance, I hated history classes in school. Math was more my style. Maybe it was because my teachers always seemed to be coaches that got stuck in the history classroom, or maybe it was because all the textbooks emphasized wars and politics. Boring. Yet I loved historical novels. Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, THAT was the history I feel in love with. So when you read one of my novels today, you won’t find a plot that centers around war or political intrigue or even key historical events. No, my books are focused on people and the lesser known, yet meaningful aspects of life in 19th century that shaped their lives and their loves.

IFullSteamAhead Cover Finaln fact, I’m giving one of those books away today. This story incorporates a lot of true facts from history, from the opening scene where the hero finds himself on a real-from-history steamboat that exploded in New Orleans to the epilogue where the hero and heroine honeymoon in England with a trip to the Great Exhibition where they make another real-life discovery. Mixing among these facts is a healthy dose of pirate lore, romance, and author imagination.

For a chance to win an autographed copy of Full Steam Ahead simply leave a comment and tell me which item from my top ten list surprised you the most. (Winner will be announced at the end of the week. US residents only.)

Karen Witemeyer
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at: www.karenwitemeyer.com.

140 Comments

  1. I know what it is like to live next door to family. When my husband and I got married fifteen years ago, my mom bought the house next door. It has been a blessing, especially now that she is 88 years old and has some health issues. My precious husband is a pastor who works out of home and he checks in on her several times a day while I am at work. We also take all our evening meals together.

    Have a blessed day.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    1. I love that you have your mom next door, Cindy. I was a little nervous at first when my in-laws moved in since I was a young mother, but it was a wonderful blessing. My mother-in-law would help cook many nights after I returned to the work force and they always made themselves available to help take care of the kids. I couldn’t ask for better neighbors. πŸ™‚

  2. YES! I’m not the only writer who doesn’t drink coffee!! πŸ˜€ And I play flute, and love to cross stitch (when I have free time :P). Although, I did love history in school, but I was also homeschooled, so Mom taught us differently than most teachers would have. πŸ™‚

    1. We could be sisters, Faith! I love it. πŸ™‚ And here I thought I was the only writer who didn’t drink coffee. We’ll have to start a support group or something. πŸ™‚

      1. We could! There’s a little bit of an age difference, but not too bad. πŸ˜‰ I was beginning to think I was the only writer who didn’t drink coffee, too. We should start a support group! That could be really fun! πŸ˜€

  3. Just the thought of loosing the diamond out of my ring makes me feel sick. It’s one of my biggest fears. I lost a ruby ring one time and was so upset. I looked everywhere for it and it wasn’t found. I figured it fell off at work or something and a customer found it. About 6 months later I found it in a dresser drawer where I kept my belts. Swimming with sea turtles or stingrays is one of the things I would love to be able to do before I die.

    1. I was devastated when it happened, Janine. I had just about given up on ever finding it when I heard that little tinkle sound of the diamond pinging off the bathroom counter. Such beautiful music. God’s miracles don’t have to be sea partings. They can revolve around something as simple as a bathroom tissue.

  4. Good grief, Karen, you’re closer in age to my CHILDREN than you are to me.

    Mary “Considering Letting my Hair Go Gray” Connealy

    1. What??? That can’t possibly be true, Mary. You are far too young to have children that ancient. πŸ™‚

  5. We share the losing and finding the diamond scenario but our daughter-in-law has a “beat.” One of our granddaughters loved to hide things (still does) but she would forget where she hid them (still does.) One day she was playing with her mother’s engagement ring, unbeknownst to mom, and hid it. Two years of tears later, when the heating system was being replaced, it feel out of heat vent.There was some loud rejoicing on that day!

    I loved Full Steam Ahead. πŸ™‚

    1. Oh my goodness! That IS a topper story. πŸ™‚ I’m so thankful mine wasn’t misplaced for 2 years. But how wonderful it must have felt to find it. πŸ™‚

  6. Lipton tea – every morning, and often noon and night, too (but straight black, no sweetening). I also love historical fiction without loving history classes; maybe because classes tend to be fact-centered, with all the humor, romance, and adventure filtered out. And history has all three!

    1. Oh, Rachael – I’m so with you on the dry history filled with dates and politics. Yuck. Give me the humor, romance, and adventure every time. πŸ™‚ And the Lipton. Ha!

  7. We grew up next door to my grandparents on the farm. I loved it – could visit anytime! It was a wonderful blessing and I think it had a hand in making my whole family as close as it is today.
    As for plants – I feel your pain. LOL. No plant survives in my presence. No matter how hard I try. Oh wait – except for my heirloom irises! I swear you cannot kill them – you should look into getting those. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Hi, Susan! Yes, my kids have benefited greatly from having their grandparents so close. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

      Irises! I’ll have to get some of those. I had some at the first house we owned, and yes, they came up every year no matter how poorly I treated them. I might have to try some of those. Only problem is bringing my black thumb into contact with the bulbs themselves. I might kill them before they ever have the chance to come up. Ha!

  8. Hi Karen!
    I was a band nerd, too–played flute, as well. I also am not a coffee drinker and would prefer tea–but cold. I enjoyed learning more about you, and how COOL that your in-laws live right next door. That is wonderful!
    Cheryl

    1. Thanks, Cheryl. How fun to discover all these things we have in common. Band nerds unite!

  9. Your cross stitching is beautiful! The diamond incident would have scared me bigtime, but I can imagine the relief when you found it! Thanks for sharing some interesting tidbits about yourself!

    1. Thanks, Colleen. I was heartsick over losing that diamond. Something of such sentimental significance. But finding it was oh, so sweet. πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Karen, enjoyed reading more about you. The things that surprised me most…..”swum with sea turtles in Maui, and when I was young and stupid, held a 13 pound boa constrictor around my neck.” I shudder to think of the snake story. Love your books.

    1. Ha! Growing up I had a neighbor boy who was my age and he kept snakes. When he would go on vacation, his parents would pay me to feed them mice. We lived on 7 acres back then and often caught gopher snakes and horny toads for fun. Ah…the idyllic days of ignorance. πŸ™‚

  11. Very interesting! I guess what surprised me the most is that you didn’t like history in school, but I have to agree with you that the people are much more interesting than dates and facts.

  12. You found your diamond! Alas, I did not ~ looking through kitchen towels on a bottom shelf in a store ~ I left my address but never heard of a discovery. That was many years ago when 3/8 carat would cost less and be worth more today. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

    1. Oh, how heartbreaking, Kathleen. I wish your story had a happier ending. It’s so hard to lose something that has so much personal meaning.

  13. you didn’t like history.

    1. I always loved historical novels, but never liked the text books. Thanks for leaving a comment, Anon1001.

  14. I’m most surprised about you finding the diamond from your ring – what a blessing! I was also surprised that we had a few in common; I also didn’t like History in school (but read A LOT of historical fiction now), I have a “black thumb”, and also do not like coffee!
    You are one of my favorite authors and I read every one of your books as soon as it releases. I’m so thankful God blessed you with a talent for writing and that you chose to share that gift with the world!
    I only have the digital version of Full Steam Ahead, so I’d love to have a copy in print!

    1. Hi, Julie! We’ll have to start a black thumb, no coffee, historical fiction book club. No meeting at Starbucks and no plants allowed. LOL.

      1. Haha, oh yes! I’m also good with plenty of dark chocolate allowed!

        1. Mmm…I LOVE dark chocolate!

  15. Enjoyed the years my MIL lived next door…not only did she cook and help watch kids while I went back to college for my Kindergarten endorsement, she grew a magnificent garden with all kinds of fresh veggies available for sharing…I loved my history classes but that was because I had a terrible crush on the teacher…played the flute in the band all through high school and loved it…Don’t drink coffee though I love the smell of it brewing…can’t stand the taste of it…love regular embroidery…counted cross stitch is tough on my eyes, but my daughter who is your age once did a magnificent cross stitch map of Texas….not sure what became of it after my father’s death..would love to have it, but I imagine someone in my step-mother’s family liked it and took it after she passed away…Love all you books and can’t wait for the next one to come out…:)

    1. Patricia – You are a true kindred spirit! πŸ™‚ My in-laws don’t grow vegetables, but they have beautiful flowers and landscaping that they work on every weekend. Makes my black thumb overly apparent.

      That cross-stitch design of Texas sounds fabulous. I hope it turns up one day. As I grow older, my eyesight becomes more of an issue. I can still see to stitch, but I imagine I’ll be needing magnifiers someday in the not-too-distant future. So sad.

  16. Coffee! I am completely with you there…I have never been able to acquire a taste to for the stuff, much to my husband’s chagrin. He is a coffee connoisseur and is always attempting to find the perfect method to make coffee. Blech…lol.

    1. Ha! Thankfully, I married another non-drinker. πŸ™‚ We are a coffee-free household.

  17. I lost and found my little diamond. When we were looking at rings I chose a smaller stone so we could get new furniture too. I like your cross stitching, I used to do embroidery. I’ll probably pick it up again someday.
    Congratulations on your weight loss.
    I also hated history but always got good grades in it. Math was not my thing πŸ™
    Band nerds are cool.
    Happy Birthday early! I hope you have a wonderful day.

  18. So glad you found your diamond, too, Andrea. And thank you for the early birthday wishes. πŸ™‚

  19. Hi Karen, we are kindred spirits in the lost diamond department. I lost the first one years and years ago…found it months later stuck in the baseboard in the bathroom. Inbetween, Hubs bought me a new one and, lo and behold, I lost that one about a year ago at my daughter’s never to be seen again. Sob. Since Hubs had gotten me an eternity ring of sapphires (my birthstone) and diamonds for our 25th anniversary, I decided to get a big sapphire instead of a diamond this time The combination is beautiful.

    You are one interesting lady! Hugs….

    1. Sapphires are gorgeous, Tanya. I bet it’s lovely. πŸ™‚ My 25th is coming up next year. It’s such a blessing to have men who are willing to put up with us for so long, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

  20. I’m not sure that any really surprised me, but I love that you were a band geek (me, too!), and that you don’t drink coffee. I didn’t until my hubby and I were pregnant with our second and I was tired all the time. I’m trying to cut back now. πŸ˜‰

    1. Oh, Sarah. You were seduced by the dark side. Come back to the light. C o m e B a c k… LOL.

  21. I don’t know that any of them surprised me. Everyone has something that makes them unique and special. But I can definitely understand a couple. My in-laws moved next door almost two years ago and it’s been the biggest blessing. And only recently did I start drinking coffee. I don’t mind the smell – but the taste is horrific. But with enough creamer and sugar it’s bearable and keeps me awake.

    1. Ha! I’ve never tried any of the fancy chocolate lattes, partly because I don’t think I’ll like it with the coffee mixed in and partly because I’m afraid with all that sugar and cream I WOULD like it and then I would start a new addiction. Dark chocolate is a big enough addiction for now. πŸ™‚

  22. I didn’t know you didn’t like coffee. I don’t either, never have been a coffee drinker. John either.

    So is it official that Bethany is the valedictorian!!?? I’m so happy for her and proud of her hard work!! Graduation will be here soon!

    1. I’m not sure if it is official, but she’s already talked to me about it, so I think it’s pretty close. We are so proud of her. But then, how could she be anything other than stellar with a name like Bethany? πŸ˜‰

  23. Always glad to find another tea drinker who shuns coffee! I’ve never acquired a taste for it either. I feel like I’m part of a freakish minority among moms and writers.

    1. You’re not alone, Carolyn. Keep turning away from the dark side. The tea-order Jedi are here for you. πŸ™‚

  24. I think the most surprising was the boa. Wow!

    1. My mom was not too excited to see that stunt. I never understood why at the time since the snake was so calm and well-behaved. Now that I have children, I TOTALLY understand where she was coming from.

  25. We just celebrated our 25th Anniversary I’m August! We make it by supporting each other’s addictions, mine are books and shoes, his are cars. Love all your books, keep them coming!

    1. Ha! My husband likes to tease me about having a shoe fetish whenever I get a box delivered. And since I order a lot from Amazon, we get a lot of boxes. Doesn’t matter what shape the box is or how thin (most of them are NOT shoes), he just shakes his head and mutters “shoe fetish” under his breath, trying to hide the teasing twinkle in his eyes.

  26. I was surprised at #7. I also was a band nerd. I was in the band until high school. I quit because my oldest brother told me that if I stayed in the band in high school, I would be made fun of. I quit because I was already being bullied so I didn’t want anything else to be used to pick on me. Thanks for sharing about yourself.i enjoy getting to know authors.

    1. Oh, that’s sad Deana. I’m blessed because the school where my kids go have an actively growing band program. There is little to no teasing due to band. I’m so glad because I love music, and I love seeing my kids enjoy it so well.

  27. Probably #6 surprised me. I enjoyed reading your list. I would love to win a copy of Full Steam Ahead.

    1. Thanks, Ann. πŸ™‚ Watch out for those boa constrictors.

  28. I’m surprised you don’t drink coffee. Seems almost everyone does. I say “almost” because I don’t either! πŸ˜€ We’re a minority, but I just don’t like it! I don’t like tea either…but I do enjoy your books! πŸ™‚

    1. How about hot chocolate, Lori? Or maybe hot drinks just aren’t your thing. And, hey, as long as you enjoy my books, you can drink whatever you like. πŸ™‚

  29. Maybe that you don’t drink coffee. But, hey, nothing wrong with preferring tea. Love your books! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Brianna. I’ve always been a bit of an odd duck, and the coffee thing is no exception. πŸ˜‰

  30. I won’t say it surprised me but I love the fact that your daughter is valedictorian of her graduating class. I was valedictorian 20 years ago. It’s super cool that she’s graduating on your birthday!

    1. Awesome, Diana! Great job. I was one of 4 valedictorians at my high school back in the day (class of ’89). So it’s fun to see my daughter carry on the tradition.

  31. I didn’t enjoy history much in high school, because history in public schools tends to lead students to believe that history started with the US. I think history came alive to me when I started home-schooling my children and we started lessons with Creation and Adam and Eve! I learned more home-schooling my own children than I ever did in high school AND college. πŸ™‚

    On a side note: I sent my oldest to “Running Start” (early entry college for 11th grade high schoolers) while at the same time, like you, turning 45 this past year. For me, it’s hard to believe that my gorgeous baby girl is now in college and wanting to travel the world after graduation. Thank the Lord for his gift of children, but time is going much too fast.

    1. So true, Terrill. The time goes by like a blink of the eye. I so respect those of you who home school. You definitely have to learn more to be able to teach. You’ve probably learned enough to earn a second college degree!

  32. The snake was the scariest and absolutely amazes me. I have an arrangement with our neighbor to come and shoot rattle snakes that sometimes decide to visit on our kitchen porch, beside our house, or around the front porch. Totally understand how your heart must have sunk when you lost your diamond. I lost the entire ring at United Grocery Store because it was so cold in the produce and meat departments. (My finger had shrunk.) I looked down at my hand and noticed that the ring was gone. Notified the employee in the meat department who looked under all the packages where I had
    shopped. As I went back to produce to get an item I had forgotten, there it was lying in the midst of folds of a plastic baggie I had put in the cart in which to insert a package of raw meat! Phew! was I relieved and so very thankful. As to coffee and tea, I like both but am now drinking hot tea since there is too much caffeine in coffee for me these days. I do enjoy decaf when I get a coffee craving. My favorite flavor of ice cream is coffee. Go figure. I, too, lived across the road from my in-laws for a few years and loved it, but did not have children in those days. My beloved sister-in-law, Jeanne, lived in our back yard (well really pasture in Tulsa) for a time, then moved across the street. We were always very close. As to the history and math, I loved history and still do, and absolutely and intensely dislike math. Thanks for all you do. Love to hear your family sing in church.

    1. So wonderful to learn more about you, too, Rene! I’ve been amazed at how many lost diamond/lost ring stories people have. So thankful you found yours! My ring is very loose these days thanks to the loss of weight, and I really need to get it sized before I lose it off my finger.

      As for the snakes – I’m not afraid of any unless they are poisonous. I don’t want to be within 10 miles of a rattlesnake or anything else with venom. Yikes!

  33. Probably Number 10. Although I cannot fault you, because I did not like history that much either, but love learning history through stories . . .. thus loving historical fiction like yours. Thanks for such an interesting post!

    1. Thanks, Rebecca. I love the research I do for my books. I find it fascinating to imagine living back in that time period. I guess I just had to find the right setting to motivate me. πŸ™‚

  34. I’m sorry you don’t drink coffee. The older I get the more I enjoy it not that I’m old lol.

    1. Ha! I know a lot of people who would agree with you, Karen. I think the reason it never took with me was that I grew up in a non-coffee drinking household and the one time I tried it, I was trying to pull an all-nighter with a high school project and decided I needed it strong and black if I was to get through. Well strong and black is awfully bitter for a girl who likes things sweet. Who knows, I might actually like it with sugar and milk. But at this point in my life, I’ve accepted “non-coffee-drinker” as part of my identity, so I’m not going to try it. πŸ˜‰

  35. I enjoyed your list, Karen! Thanks for sharing.
    I like to cross-stitch (every once in a while), and I love to sing (whenever I possibly can).
    Don’t enter me in the giveaway–my sweet sisters gave me ‘Full Steam Ahead’ for Christmas last year. I loved it, especially Darius’s revelation in the book of Jeremiah. I’d never thought of it that way, either. πŸ™‚ I love the meaningful Scripture you weave into your stories.
    Blessings!

    1. Thanks, Darcy. I’m so glad Darius’s story resonated with you. And I’ll sing along whenever you like. I’ve been known to belt show tunes at the top of my voice while driving. πŸ™‚

      1. Driving is the perfect time to sing! πŸ™‚

  36. No coffee! How can you live!

    1. It’s a hard-knock life, Joan. But somehow I muddle through. πŸ˜‰

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    I was surprised you don’t drink coffee. I thought most every writer drank coffee to keep them awake long enough to meet a deadline. LOL I myself never developed a taste for coffee except when I had my children. The hospital coffee smelled so good I had to try it. Strange, I know. But I still do love the smell of coffee, just not the taste. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

    1. Thanks, Debbie. I’m far too much of a sleepy head to be able to handle last minute deadline pushes, so I’m one of those weird authors who budgets her time across the entire year and plugs away so that the book is finished when the deadline arrives with no all-night heroics needed. I know. I’m strange.

  38. #2 surprised me most but God is awesome like that πŸ˜‰ we have 7-10 in common except I read not write and my husband can’t sing πŸ˜€

    1. Sounds like we would be great friends, Beth. πŸ™‚ Your husband can be the straight man when the rest of us randomly break into song for no reason. Living a musical is so much fun!

  39. I am surprised that you cross stitch! I love cross stitching but don’t find many others who do as well!

    1. My best friend back in high school got me started. Then one summer we both worked in a little tourist town in California called Solvang, and I got a job in a needlework store. Learned so much from the older lady I worked with that summer about stitching and it cemented my love for the pasttime. My daughter has picked it up, too. She goes in spurts, but it’s fun to see her enjoying the same hobby. πŸ™‚

  40. I didn’t know you were a band nerd. I just always knew you had a beautiful voice.

    1. Yep – that’s how I learned to read music. In band. Grew up singing in church, though, so that was always a passion, too. So nice to hear from you, Dora. Hope you and Dan are doing well.

  41. We are very similar on # 8 & 9!
    Love the fact that your whole family is musical.

    1. One time we had a lady from church babysit for the kids when the grandparents were away. Her husband teasingly called us the Family Von Trapp. Since I love The Sound of Music, I took that as a compliment. πŸ™‚

  42. What surprizes me the most is not liking history classes and also not drinking coffee. I thought all authors drink coffee. I need it just to get started in the mornings.

    1. Most authors do, Quilt Lady. I think I’m in the great minority there. Ha!

  43. I guess I am most surprised that you love living next to your in laws. But the Boa thing is pretty crazy too! Lol

    1. Ha! Yes, the in-laws are much better than the snakes. πŸ™‚

  44. I was surprised to learn that you found your diamond in the tissue box. It’s hard to find things that you lose! Also surprised to hear when someone doesn’t drink coffee.

    1. Finding that diamond in such a crazy, mundane place had me sending a bevy of prayers heavenward full of gratitude. I could have thrown that box away never knowing the treasure that had been lost inside. Whew!

  45. Love the cross stitch! And choir is where it’s at. I enjoyed my college experience, but choir is what I actually miss from school.
    I’m surprised that you didn’t enjoy history in school. I guess studying the people (and their lifestyles) behind the themes of war and politics are what make it interesting for me.

    1. I miss singing in a group, too, Katy. My husband and say sang for a few years with the local community chorus, but then the kids started getting old enough to be involved in everything under the sun, and free time slipped away. Maybe someday we’ll get back to it.

  46. I had a smart history teacher who allowed us to read historical novels for extra credit! That was my favorite way to learn history! Thank you Ms. Abernathy!

    1. I would have LOVED that history teacher, Janice. Smart indeed. That could have changed my entire perspective on high school history. πŸ™‚

  47. Karen you & I have at least one (almost) thing in commom….our kid (mine is a son) will be graduating high school this year and I’ll be 46! He graduates in June & my birthday is in August. So technically I’ll STILL be 45…lol!! I think for me as a mom, it’s the scariest thing because he’s my last child (I have 2) in the house! Empty nest in my future is a little daunting, yikes!

    I certainly enjoyed getting to know the “10 things you didn’t know about me”. It’s always fun to learn more about authors & get a peek into their lives. Thanks for sharing with us and the giveaway opportunity!

    1. Thanks, Trixi. We 45 year old moms will be sitting pretty and proud during those graduation ceremonies. Thankfully, my nest will still be full of two boys and my daughter is staying local for college so she’ll be around, too. But it will definitely be strange to see her room empty. I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for that.

  48. Can’t believe you don’t drink coffee! It is my “happy moment” each morning. Can’t function without it! Love love love your books. Can’t wait to read your next one.

    1. Thanks, Nicole. I’m glad to know you’ll still keep reading my books even though you know the sad truth about my beverage disorder. πŸ™‚

  49. #10. Not liking history in school, although I can understand when so much emphasis can be placed on wars and dates. I did enjoy history in school, although I like reading social history now so much more than accounts of humans in warfare.

    #8. I don’t drink coffee either, although my brand choice is Red Rose that I enjoy in both hot and cold forms.

    Thank you for your books which I have enjoyed immensely. Short-Straw Bride is likely my favorite, I think. Do you have a fondness in particular for any of your own books?

    Thanks also for the “Full Steam Ahead” contest.

    1. Hi, Eliza. I often tell people that asking an author to pick a favorite book is like asking a mother to choose her favorite child. Not possible. πŸ™‚ But when push comes to shove, I’d probably pick To Win Her Heart. There was just something special about Levi in that book. πŸ˜‰

      1. Oooh, To Win Her Heart! I just loved that book too–and Levi. I’m fairly new to your books but have read them all except Full Steam Ahead (and kindle books since I don’t have an e-reader) and I’m very grateful to you for the books you write. FWIW, besides loving Short Straw Bride for itself, it was the first book of yours I’d read–on the suggestion of a like-minded reader–so that also plays into its place in my heart.

  50. Thank you so much Karen for this wonderful post! It was fun learning more about you,you’re one of my favorite authors,just love your stories!! The fact that surprised me most is that you don’t like coffee either! Like you I prefer tea (or Hot Chocolate πŸ™‚ ) Plus I love cross stitch,too!(yours’ looks beautiful) Thanks again for letting us know more about you and for being so good to your reader friends!

    1. You and I are definitely sisters of the heart, Lynne. So much in common. We’ll have to have a stitching party with tea and hot chocolate sometime. πŸ™‚

  51. I felt like I had the same poor experience in my high school history classes! Now I’m married to a history teacher and I love the way he makes it come alive.

    1. How perfect that you married a history teacher, Heidi! I bet he is a wealth of information. The interesting kind. LOL.

  52. I don’t think that anything from your list surprised me, but I do think that it’s wonderful how well you get along with your in-laws! I also love to cross stitch! I find the rhythm and organization soothing. Math was my favorite subject too! I liked problems that have concrete answers. I was never any good at writing, though, whereas obviously you have a wonderful talent! πŸ˜‰

    1. Karen – I feel like we are connected with all these common threads. My daughter is actually going to major in Math with a minor in Computer Science, so the Math genes are being carried on. πŸ™‚

  53. I love that you live next door to your inlaws and love it! I love my inlaws too, but it’s more the exveption and nut the rule. So fun to be making forever memories with them!

    I absolutely love your books! Thanks for the good clean historical romance novels.

    1. You are so welcome, DeAnn. Thanks for reading! And yes, I’ve definitely been blessed with good in-laws. Not all wives are so lucky.

  54. I loved hearing you weren’t into hisotry in school. I always felt like the people were the most important part of history and so I loved genealogy but hated history. I love getting my history little snips at a time by reading historical fiction.

    1. That is my favorite method, too, Karen. Historical fiction is like eating a chocolate cake that’s been infused with vitamins. Educational, but so delicious the learning is fun.

  55. I think it hilarious you didn’t like history classes, yet loved historical novels! Even funnier is the fact that you write historical novels that require you delving into historical facts to get the story as close to history as possible! I’m guessing your coaches… er, your teachers are laughing “historically” (Yes, it was a play on words!)

  56. I think that it must’ve been that bit about not being into history. As a kid, I had trouble keeping my historical facts straight. English and Literature were more my style. I must say though, books such as yours have really given me a new appreciation for history. So yes, I’m a major fan. #Favorite πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Julianna. I’m glad you find the historical aspects of my novels fun. I love escaping into the past (as long as it is a romantic past – living in the actual world of Texas with no air conditioning and no deodorant might not have been too pleasant in real life).

  57. Definitely that you didn’t like history in school. Than again, those classes taught by coaches who weren’t interested in anything other than their sport were always bad classes.

    1. They did their best. I just remember spending an entire quarter of the year in Mesopotamia and wondering when it would ever end. Ha!

  58. Cool. I don’t drink coffee either don’t like the taste or the smell.

    1. Another coffee-free sister. Yay!

  59. I loved to read more about you and to find that we are kindred spirits in so many things. I live 5 minutes from the in-laws and LOVE IT. (Of course, I also live 5 minutes from my parents in the opposite direction and love that too.) I don’t do coffee. I did not love history in school–even now, people tell me how crazy I am that I write historicals because I don’t enjoy history, however, you nailed it when you talked about the wars and politics–I LOVE the simplicity, the respect, and the traditions of that time. My thumb is as black as they come–nice to know I’m not alone. I’ve lost 21 lbs in the last 5 weeks, and I am sure there are a million more things. Thank you for sharing. I needed a boost today.

    1. Kelli Ann – How crazy that we share so many odd things in common. That’s awesome. Congrats on the weight loss. I know how hard it is. And hey, if you ever want to be a guest for us again here at P&P, shoot me an email. I’ll get you set up.

  60. I was surprised by the coffee fact. I LOVE coffee (though I hated the smell when I was a kid).

    1. Katie – Good for you for standing up for your beloved. πŸ˜‰ A good heroine always stands by her beverage.

  61. I guess i need a list too!
    1 I love those cross stitch pictures. I never had that dexterity.
    2 I too have a black thumb. An old farmer once told me I had to much acid in my skin(I do) and to wear rubber gloves, not gardening
    gloves and I would have better luck.
    3 I envy your loss of weight. One of my doctors told me I don’t have enough metabolism to be able to do that anymore.
    4 I never lost my diamond but a close friend was moving furniture from one room to another and walked her hand and her diamond (yes it was real) shattered. She just hit the wrong spot that diamond cutter sweat over.

    I could list more but I would love to win your book and others must have a chance.

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Whitney. How awful for your friend to lose her diamond in such a chance accident. She must have been heartbroken. I’ve never tried rubber gloves for gardening, but in my case I don’t think they’d make much different. My black thumb is more of a black brain – I forget to take care of my plants or simply do it wrong. At least you have a legitimate excuse. πŸ™‚

  62. That you found your diamond!!! I lost the stone out of my wedding ring after 25 yrs. of marriage – unfortunately I was raking leaves and they were at least a foot deep. I lost a diamond earring doing the same thing. I guess I should take all jewelry off if I ever rake leaves again

    1. What a painful lesson to learn, Catslady. So sad. Hope you got a lovely silver anniversary replacement. πŸ™‚

  63. I had to laugh when I read about the “black thumb” with plants. I am that way myself. The only plants that grow around my house are the ones that do it on their own with no help from me :o) Thanks for the fun info and the giveaway!

    1. Thanks for joining the black thumb club, Loraine. It was getting lonely as the only member. Ha!

  64. Hi Karen, I was surprised that you didn’t like history & now you write historical romance & that you don’t like coffee…….me either. Thanks for the chance to win,

    1. You’re welcome, Lois. Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  65. The aloe vera plant! I had one once, I made the mistake watering it one day when it looked so thirsty. It puffed up, molded, and had to get thrown away… such a tragety.

    1. Oh, no! And I thought they were indestructible. I thin mine out about twice a year (just did that last weekend), and I toss the old pieces in the back of the flower bed. Those things survive for months just hanging out on top of the ground – exposed roots, no water, no care. I once had a lady come up to the door with her kids to trick or treat on Halloween – see my thrown away pieces and ask if she could take them home. I gave them to her, glad the poor things would find a home. πŸ™‚

  66. Karen, I loved learning more about you. And so glad you found your diamond. How lucky that it fell into the tissue box!

  67. As good as your historical novels are, I am surprised you hated history. But then, my experiences with history class were much like yours and I truly hated history after our World History class. Our American History teacher had us read a historical novel as part of class. I read Lydia Bailey by Kenneth Roberts. What a wonderful eye opener. I fell in love with historical fiction even before I discovered romance. Teaching history as memorizing dates and places is boring and really doesn’t teach you anything. It is what life was like and the people who inhabited the time that are important.

  68. I couldn’t agree more, Patricia. πŸ™‚

  69. Enjoyed the facts. WHAT??? Am I the only man who reads your Novels? Is something wrong with me? lol Please tell me that your hubby reads your work, as well as your sons! Come to think of it, I may be the only missionary/theology – new testament professor/ pastor who reads them!! (really liked the Archer brothers trilogy)

    1. Ha! No, you are not the only man, Dr. Tom. πŸ™‚ My Granddaddy has read every one. πŸ˜‰ There are other men, too, but my audience is heavy on the feminine side. Ha! And no, I’m sad to say that my husband has NOT read them, the scoundrel. Not enough sci fi in it for him. LOL.

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