I know our readers want to know more about you, Cari. Here’s our first question:
Which author would you never get tired of, and why?
Cari: At the moment, I am devouring works by Michael Palmer and his son, Daniel Palmer. Their books are, 95% clean of foul language (some of the characters are horrible villains, so…) and believable. One book, a medical suspense, deals with a surgical cure for PTSD. That is a hot topic today in our country. As a veteran, my heart goes out to those whose physical wounds heal and scar over, but whose minds and souls seem to be forever fractured. As a former ICU RN, I appreciated the medical accuracy of the book. It’s obvious the author did their homework. There’s nothing worse than reading a book and being thrown off because of an inaccuracy in any particular field. This book really had me thinking – could this happen?? Currently, I’m on my…sixth book between those two authors in about two weeks. Love them!
Wow. You must read fast. 🙂 On to the villain…
Who is your favorite fictional villain?
Cari: Perhaps she can’t be classified as a “classic” villain per se, but my vote goes to Mrs. Hilly Holbrook from The Help. That woman is the embodiment of everything wrong with trying to play Keep Up with the Joneses. She’s superficial – focused only on the external appearance of herself, her home, and her life. She surrounded herself with like-minded women who propped her up. She had lofty ambitions for her husband’s career without regard to anyone that was in her way. One of the most memorable statements she made was, “Be careful, Skeeter. There are real racists around here.” as though she wasn’t one. She worked hard to destroy anyone who dared put a pin to her bloated life balloon. I totally cracked up when The Terrible Awful was done to her. She became apoplectic trying to convince everyone it wasn’t Jackson, Mississippi (or her) when the book came out.
Good choice! Last question:
What project are you currently working on?
Cari: The second book in my trilogy series, “The Yellow Ribbon Chronicles”. The series is a work of fiction, but based on the experiences of several actual military wives (including my own) who’ve shared their stories with me and given permission for them to be fictionalized in this series. The trilogy will cover about twenty-five years of recent history; from the 1980s into the first decade of the twenty-first century. It provides incredible from-the-inside-out perspective of what it’s like to be a military spouse. It embodies the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are so many misconceptions of what it’s like and I appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight and hopefully enlighten readers.
Thanks so much for dropping by, Cari!
The life of a military spouse is tough for Heather. The long separations, deployments, military housing and the regulations, the rank structure and how it permeates every aspect of their life together…The list goes on and on.
Heather had no idea when she married Rick just how much she would be tested, or how their relationship would be stretched. Will they endure, or will they snap?
Sacrifice, service, heartache, loneliness, strength, and tears. This is the cost of entry into this unique band of individuals. Not everyone is up to the task.
Join Heather and Rick in this first installment of the trilogy as they take this journey together. Meet some of the unique characters and see some interesting places from the amazing, and often overwhelming, perspective of a military spouse.
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 storytelling 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.