3 Questions Wednesday with Karen Sargent

Happy Wednesday!  Author Karen Sargent creates characters whose imperfect faith collides with real-life conflicts, taking readers on a journey through grace and redemption to discover enduring hope. Let’s see how she tackles our questions…

First Question:

What inspires you?

Karen:  Momhood inspires me. For nearly 21 years I’ve loved being a mom, and that’s long enough to look back and realize I expected too much from myself—just like moms typically do. I expected perfection and always fell short because I compared myself to moms who loved to cook (my least favorite book is a recipe book!) and to moms whose homes were spotless (I’m good at moving clutter from one room to another and closing the door). I overlooked what I did well. Like my own mom, I’m a good listener and I have honest conversations about the hard stuff.

I try to remember what it was like to be a young adult and that my girls are still learning how to do life. It took time for me to sort the important from the trivial, but once I did, I was inspired to share. So I started The MOM Journey, a blog where moms aren’t perfect and that’s perfectly okay. Being a mom has also inspired the novels I write. Each explores the depth of a mother’s love and how that love can reach beyond possible. I love being a teacher. I love being a writer. But most of all, I love being a mom.

What a great way to look at inspiration. Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Karen: My crayon color would be passionately purple. First, purple is my favorite color…inspired by guess what? Momhood! When my first daughter was born, I loved dressing her in frills and lace, but there was so much pink!

Just to be different, I started to dress her in purple instead, and somewhere along the way purple became my favorite color. It makes my heart happy! Passionately…that’s genetic. I credit my Italian grandparents. Whatever we feel, we feel deeply.

I like that. Color should make the heart happy. 🙂

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Karen: I wanted to write before I could write. I remember sitting at the kitchen table with a crayon, pretending to write words. However, I never dreamed I could be a writer. I chose to be an English teacher instead, so I could be surrounded by books and writing. My desire to write would wiggle every now and then to remind me it was still there, but I was busy raising two daughters and 120 students each year. Little did I realize that being a teacher and a mom were preparing me for Waiting for Butterflies. Teaching students to read great literature and to express themselves in writing taught me to be a better story teller and writer. And being a mom gave me something important to write about.

It’s amazing how life prepares us for writing. Thanks so much for dropping by!

Make sure and leave a comment if you’d like to be entered in the giveaway of a print copy of Waiting for Butterflies.

Waiting For Butterflies

A mother’s love never ends—not even when her life does.

Longing for her family after a tragic accident, Maggie becomes a lingering spirit and returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family’s downward spiral in the aftermath of her death. Her husband is haunted by past mistakes and struggles to redeem himself. Her teenage daughter silently drowns in her own guilt, secretly believing she caused her mother’s death. Only her five-year-old, full of innocence, can sense her presence. Although limited by her family’s grief and lack of faith, Maggie is determined to keep a sacred promise and save her family before her second chance runs out.

A tender portrait of a mother whose love reaches beyond possible, Waiting for Butterflies will embrace your heart and not let go.

Buy the book.

Karen Sargent creates characters whose imperfect faith collides with real-life conflicts, taking readers on a journey through grace and redemption to discover enduring hope. A romantic element is woven within each story. Her writing has been featured in Guidepost’s Angels on Earth magazine and on ForEveryMom.com.

When she is not writing, she teaches high school and college English in the beautiful Arcadia Valley where she resides with her husband and two daughters.

Website: karensargentbooks.com

The MOM Journey Blog: karensargentbooks.com/blog

Facebook: Facebook.com/KarenSargentAuthor

Twitter: Twitter.com/KarenSargent_87

Pinterest: Pinterest.com/KarenSargent87

18 thoughts on “3 Questions Wednesday with Karen Sargent

  1. Thank you, Mimi, for being interested in BUTTERFLIES! ❤ I keep saying I'm going to hand out those little travel packs of tissues at book signings. 🙂 If you win the free copy, I'll have to remember to send you a pack. LOL (By the way, there are happy tears, too!)

  2. Enjoyed the interview and would love to win a copy of the book. It sounds like a good one.

  3. Thank you, Cynthia! But now you’ve done it. 🙂 Anytime anyone asks about the cover, I have to tell this story because I love the cover so much…for a specific reason. When I signed with my publisher, I asked if I could submit a cover idea. One of my former students who is dear, dear, dear to my heart is all grown up and doing graphic design on the East Coast. The pub said it’s not typical but they’d allow us to submit. The little girl on the cover is the daughter of another former students of mine (who now teaches with me…yes, I’m showing my age!). A photographer friend took the photo. And, of course, we sent it to the East Coast, and this cover is what happened! I love it so much because people I care about are involved! And…needless to say…the publisher loved it, said it “captured the very essence of the story.” 🙂 Another thing I love about this cover is it doesn’t look like my original vision at all. I told the photographer what I envisioned. She said, “I know exactly what you want.” But when she sent me the pic/pose, it wasn’t at all what I’d said. It was 100x better. Then the graphic designer put her spin on it…oh my. Love it! — So thank you, Cynthia, for liking the cover! ❤

  4. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read the interview! And thanks for the “congrats”–although I’m still waiting for it to feel real! 🙂

  5. Karen,
    How long did you have this story in your head before you decided to put it to paper? From one of your first students.

  6. Now that’s an embarrassing question, Frank! Actually, the idea “happened” in October 1999. I wrote the first half in 2010 until life gave me a four-year interruption. I started again in December 2014 and finished it in March 2015. It only took 18 years to get from an idea in my head to a book in readers’ hands. LOL!

  7. I would imagine that is probably the norm for a first book. I personally have several stories in my head that may never see paper. So, I was curious to know from a real published writer, if they just wrote the story once it popped into their head. Your time frame for your story to make it to paper, probably helped fully develop the characters. I must say this is one of my top five books that I have ever read. I have read five total, 😉 just kidding.

  8. Karen, I remember when you attended a meeting of the SEMO writers guild where we were practicing pitches, and you volunteered. After you gave the pitch, there were oohs and aahs, and Donna breathlessly said, send it to me! A special day, as I recall!

  9. Marcie, special indeed! Just another God moment in a journey filled with God moments (although that was definitely a big one!). What I remember most is it was my first meeting and there was NO WAY I was going to share my pitch, but two of the ladies in my group insisted–and now I’m so grateful I did (and that they made me)! Thanks for stopping by to check out 3 Questions, Marcie!

  10. Never say never, Frank! I hope your stories treat you like mine did me…pestered and nagged me to death until I finally had to get it out of my head! 🙂 Just sit at a laptop and start putting down words. Don’t worry about anything. Just write!

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