Join me this morning in getting to know author Karey White!
Writing is such a challenging endeavor. What got you started on it and what keeps you doing it?
The thing that got me started is that I took creative writing classes in junior high and high school and loved it! For years after that, when I was in college, working, having my family, wanting to write was in the back of my mind. I knew someday I wanted to see if I could do it for real.
What got you started along the path to writing?
When my youngest started kindergarten, I decided that was it. I was going to give it a real try. Happily, it worked.
If you were to write the ‘origin’s episode’ of your writing career, what would be the most important scenes?
Probably the most important scene would be me in high school–kinda shy, a little awkward, and super nervous. I was reading something I’d written in front of the class. I’d been dreading it so much I almost didn’t go to school that day. I thought it was good and funny, but what if no one else did. My voice even cracked when I started reading. And then people laughed. In the right places. They were liking what I’d written and they were laughing in the right places. I remember a change coming over me and by the time I was finished, I didn’t feel nervous anymore. Several people commented on it after class and I knew I wanted to write.
Who are your partners in crime? What are their superpowers?
In flattering leotards with large Rs on them (no leotard is flattering, but if we’re giving them superpowers, I’m going to grant them the superpower to look good in a leotard) are my first Readers. These would be my daughters, my parents, and my sisters. They’re a good barometer for me–if they don’t nag me between chapters, I know it’s probably not that great. If they’re begging for more, I know I might be on to something. My daughters and one of my sisters periodically change into B and become my brainstormers. They help me hash out plotting problems. My husband wears a C, since he’s not an early reader or brainstormer, but is a great cheerleader. He doesn’t wear a skirt, however.
Where is your secret lair and what does it look like?
It’s this really exciting place called–wait for it–the living room. I work on my laptop. I move from couch to loveseat so I wear my furniture out evenly 🙂 and when I’m stumped or thinking things through, I look out my windows at a lovely pond with a mountain just beyond. Once in awhile, deer or long-horned sheep come down from the mountains and keep me company.
What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Did you still have them?
I still have a few things I wrote in college. Sometimes if I’m feeling nostalgic, I’ll pull them out and read them.
What made you choose to write in the genres/time periods you write in?
I love to read a lot of genres, but my favorite is contemporary, so that’s what I write. I like thinking it’s something that could actually happen right now.
What do you enjoy most in the writing process? What parts of it do you really dislike?
I love the first draft. It’s almost like I’m a reader and I can’t wait to get back to it and see what happens. I don’t mind revising either, though. I like taking that rough draft and making it sound prettier.
If you write in multiple genres how do you make the switch from one to the other? Do you find it a welcome change, crazy-making or a little of both?
I’ve written a family saga and two romances. Right now I’m working on another family saga and another romance. It doesn’t make me crazy. I just go where I’m feeling inspired.
What do you to keep all your research information and plot ideas organized and accessible?
I scribble in a writer’s notebook. It’s accessible, but not very organized.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever gotten?
Read a lot. Keep writing.
What have been your most memorable experiences along the way?
Emails from people who have liked my books. Those always make my day!
Tell us a little about your current project.
I’m writing a family saga that’s based on my growing up. My family bought an old, abandoned schoolhouse in a little town and that’s where we lived for almost a decade. I’m also working on a fun collaboration of romances with five other authors.
What’s up next for you?
The usual. Being a wife and mom, writing, and trying to figure out how to research a novel in Iceland, Norway, Scotland, or New Zealand.