Posted by: rcwriter | June 2, 2009

Karen Whiting, Author Interview


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Karen Whiting is a creative and accomplished author. She has the ability to intertwine Biblical principals with fun hands on activities. Many of her writings focus on the mother/daughter relationship and strengthening that bond. I recently had a chance to get to know her and her work better.

RC: Hi Karen, can you tell us a little about yourself.

KW: I’m a mother of five (three sons, two daughters) and a grandmother of five. My youngest is still a teen. I’ve lived in Maryland on the Eastern shore for a few years now, but at heart I’m still a Floridian. My best selling books are inspirational craft books for teen girls, titled God’s Girls 1 and 2.

RC: What do you like about writing for children?

KW: Children are so much fun and so open to trying new activities that I like providing ideas that inspire their creative minds. I also believe that nurturing children’s minds and spirits through books will help them grow into great adults. I like to think I’m helping to grow tomorrow’s women as I write for girls.

RC: Karen, your latest work appears in a compilation for mothers and daughters. What’s the book about?

KW: The book contains short daily readings of real stories that involve mothers and daughters. These are struggles, joys, pain, and the whole gamut of emotions moms and daughters experience in life.

RC: It’s great for women to be close to their daughters. How can teens and moms use the book this summer?

KW: I believe the book can be great for sharing memories of childhood days, helping mothers share about their own mothers, and building a closer bond now. Each story can prompt a little discussion about life and similar situations or emotions. As mothers and daughters talk they strengthen their bonds. Read one each day, morning or evening, and then let the conversation  flow from the reading.

RC: You have a few stories in this book. Tell us first about the one concerning your oldest daughter as she struggled to be athletic.

KW: At age five Rebecca longed to be good at a sport. She had trouble with balls and didn’t have a good sense of rhythm for dance, but she could swim. We found a team that let her participate. The story shares at how she slowly swam to finish her first race. All the other swimmers completed the race and she still had a long way to go the one length of the pool. I yelled to encourage her and soon everyone joined in cheering on this tiny child. She finished to a standing ovation and remarked that she heard my voice encouraging her.

RC: A mother’s encouragement is so important, I know it is for my kids and I can see how this could lead to a mother daughter chat about past times of being encouraged or even how a mom could be encouraging now.
You also wrote a devotion for this Mother’s Day about your younger daughter who had been waiting at a red light when a truck rammed into the back of the van she was driving. Tell us about the effects of the accident and the hope you wrote about in the devotion.

KW: That created difficulties because the accident caused a post-traumatic syndrome where Darlene couldn’t remember facts well. She is a kinesthetic learner so I would have to read her textbook and walk while going over the information to help her learn it. We discovered as we walked that we could talk much easier than at home.

RC: How do these stories impact teens and moms?

KW: A friend mentioned the other day that she read about Darlene walking with me and tried it with her teen daughter. They had been having a tough time talking and it worked for her. She found it so much easier to chat while they walked together. Sometimes it gives people ideas of what to do, other times the stories bring back memories that open up talking and sharing. And the book itself is a great connection to sharing with reading together.

RC: Chatterbox isn’t a teen yet, but you’re God’s Girl books open the door of communication about Scripture between us. Thanks so much for taking time out to answer my questions.

KW: Thank you, it’s been fun.

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Responses

  1. The mother-daughter bond sounds like a great theme to explore in stories. 🙂


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