I'm pleased to welcome Karen Lange, my friend, blogging buddy, and fellow author, to Christian Writer/Reader Connection!
Please share some highlights of your writing journey.
Thank you, Susan, for having me over!
The writing journey is an adventure! One ongoing highlight is meeting so many wonderful writers. It was also great to see my first byline in a magazine article years ago. It might seem silly, but I still enjoy seeing my name in print. :)
The biggest highlight to date would be signing a contract with Helping Hands Press. It still seems a bit surreal!
I was so excited to hear you signed with Helping Hands Press. What was it like when you received the contract offer? Did you scream, do the Snoopy Dance, or celebrate in some other way?
No, there wasn’t any screaming, lol. It was early morning when I got the email with the contract. After I read it, I sat back, a bit stunned. A wave of excitement and nerves hit me simultaneously. So I decided to text my kids – I knew they’d see it when they got up. And of course, I told my husband as soon as he woke up. I think I sputtered out something like, “Umm, guess who was just offered a publishing contract?”
The whole process took less than a week and I was surprised how quickly things went. I still smile when I think about it. I’m both nervous and excited.
What project will be the first on the publishing list? Do you have specific goals/ideas for future releases?
The plan now is to revise and expand a short book I self published in 2007 on homeschool learning co-ops. I’d like to compile and publish my teen writing lessons (that I use with my online classes). And of course, I’d like to see our collaborative project, the historical novel, published.
What is your favorite aspect of writing?
Although I enjoy the entire process, I love seeing a project to completion. It’s satisfying seeing everything come together.
Writers draw inspiration from a variety of sources. What gets your creativity into high gear?
Ideas are everywhere, and I am often inspired. I’m amazed at how God created our minds and imaginations to work. Sometimes it’s hard to rein in the ideas that clamor for attention. Staying with the task at hand and deadlines help me focus.
Often a small thing sparks my creativity. Take for instance a scene in our book that deals with a main character’s young daughter. My 6-year-old nephew said something one day that generated a scene and dialogue between the daughter and another key character. So you just never know, do you?
Thanks again for inviting me to stop by, Susan! I appreciate your support. It’s always fun to come and see you and your friends. :)
To connect with Karen online, you can find her at:
Instructor, Coffeehouse for Writers
Thank you, Karen! I know there are good things ahead for you.
Writers and Readers: Do you have any questions for Karen? Feel free to jump in and ask!