Hello, Cari! First question: Which author would you never get tired of, and why?
Cari: Rather than name a specific author that I never get tired of, I think there is a “type” of author I never get tired of. Ones who write great stories that make it hard for me to tear my eyes away from the page to do dishes, make dinner, or go to sleep are the ones I will go back to time and time again. I cannot narrow down my list to just one and don’t want to do a disservice to any authors. Those are the types of authors I love to read because that’s the type of author I strive to be. I want to give my readers a reason to keep reading and turn the page eagerly every time.
Fair enough. I love those types of stories. Especially if there is a great villain. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Cari: My favorite fictional villain is Doctor Evil from the Austin Powers movies. No, it’s not a deep and thoughtful response from a deep and thoughtful literary work. Yes, it’s sad but true. Dr. Evil is hilarious, ridiculous, and I find myself laughing riotously every time I watch. You throw in Mini Me and my stomach hurts the next day. Maybe it stems from the fact that I always hated the James Bond movies because they were and are ridiculous and yet appealing to so many. The Austin Powers movies poke fun at every aspect of those types of movies and so I appreciate it. Like I said – sad, but true.
Glad you’re honest with us. 🙂 Last question. What project are you currently working on?
Cari: I am currently working on a trilogy entitled The Yellow Ribbon Chronicles. At the airing of this interview, the first book in the trilogy will be complete and off to my editor for polishing. It is a work of fiction that chronicles the struggles of military families. I hope readers will have a greater appreciation for the sacrifices military families have made, and continue to make, when their loved ones wear the uniform. I want readers to say, “I never knew what I never knew” when they are done reading. I have collected stories from a wide range of military families who have given me permission to fictionalize them for the purpose of writing this series. There will be laughter and a lot of tears. That’s life. I promise this is not just an anthology of stories. These are fictional characters you’ll follow for a few decades, root for, cry with, and admire in the end.
Sounds like a great series. Thanks for dropping by, Cari!
Cari Schaeffer has worn numerous hats in her life. She proudly wore the uniform of the United States Air Force, obtained her Bachelor’s degree and worked as a critical care RN for almost a decade. She also owned her own Personal Chef and Catering company for six years. After all that, she chose to turn her attention back to her family and spend precious time raising her children and overseeing the household.
Closing her business hasn’t made her a couch potato, however. She cooks at the weekly Wednesday night dinners for her church, and also 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, or driving her kids to and from sports practices and games.
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.