(1) Welcome Cari! You’re the latest contributer to the Writing Prompts Crew. Tell us a little about yourself.
Cari: I am a current wife and mother and a former RN, Chef, and business owner. I have always had a love for words and for reading a great story, so now I hope to write great stories.
(2) How did you become interested in being a writer?
Cari: I actually have always admired those that can weave a good tale; I “published” my first story in elementary school. I belonged to a group called Young Authors. I not only wrote a great mystery patterned on the Nancy Drew books that filled my head at the time, but I also illustrated it and made the cover out of the most hideous floral contact paper ever to touch cardboard. I was very proud.
3) Can you tell us three unique things about you that we may not know?
Cari: Hmmm….that’s a good one. I would say that first of all, unlike most American women, I don’t weigh myself very often. As a matter of fact, I think the last time I weighed myself was…maybe in February? March? I don’t recall. Secondly, even though I am a former Chef, I like to eat hot dogs. Yes, you heard me correctly, I like hot dogs. With ketchup, no less! Thirdly, I like to study people. The words people use tell me very little; I prefer to watch not only facial expressions, but body language and where people choose to sit in any social setting. These non-verbal methods of communicating reveal a lot about a person. It reveals not just how they feel about themselves and what type of personality they have, but also how they feel they fit into the environment around them.
Cari Schaeffer has worn numerous hats in life. She proudly wore the uniform of the US Air Force. After serving, she worked as a critical care RN for almost a decade. She also owned her own Personal Chef and Catering company for six years. Finally, she chose to turn her attention back to her family.
Closing her business hasn’t made her a couch potato. She cooks at the weekly Wednesday night dinners for her church, and volunteers at the Cross Talk Café in support of the Celebrate Recovery church ministry on Friday nights. She has volunteered her time as a Mentor Mom for two MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups. When she’s not busy in the church doors, she’s happily entertaining people in her home.
She not only has a passion for writing, but also for serving. She views writing as a form of service for people from all walks of life. Jesus used story-telling to convey life principles, why can’t we do the same?
She lives in southern Illinois with her ridiculously patient husband of twenty four years, three children, and her two Chihuahua guard dogs, Snoopy and Stanley. Faith, Hope, Love, and Chocolate is her first novel.
Run, run, run… Run away. That’s what Faith Strauss has done for twenty years. She was destroyed by one tragic event. An event so horrific, she didn’t share it with anyone, not even her husband. She buried it deep inside, where it can’t hurt anyone. If God is good, then where was He? Why didn’t He stop it? How can she trust Him ever again?
Run, run, run… She’s not good enough. Never has been. Never will be. She could lose it all again, if she’s not careful. She married, had children, and carved out a life for herself. But Fear is her ever-present companion, always reminding her never to reach too far, or too high. Run, run, run… God has another plan. A plan that she never saw, even though she has walked it her entire life. Will the unexpected exposure of her secret and the truth behind it restore her or destroy her all over again? It’s time to stop running.