Thursday, April 30, 2009

7-Step Scoop: Karen White

Hurrah!  I knew there had just been a mix-upDorothy, the wunder-brain in charge of Pump Up Your Book Promotion Tours, mislaid the email that Karen had sent back with her interview responses.  And I'm so very glad she did.  Of all the interviews I've been collecting, Karen's "scoop" is by far the funniest I've heard.

Okay, back to the book business.


I was interested in doing the tour with Karen because 1) I think she looks like Celine Dion's way prettier sister and 2) I knew Shelly liked her as an author.  (Lo and behold, Shelly's got her review of The Lost Hours up today over at Write for a Reader.)  And I really enjoyed The Lost Hours, which to me combined the earthiness of Billie Letts' characters and the gracefulness of Audrey Nifenegger's story development.  The Lost Hours is well-written (of course it is, it's Karen's tenth book!), with characters who are at once new and familiar, and a plot that keeps you turning pages.

So, let's get on with the first ever 7 Step Scoop Interview!

Step #1
LIGHTNING ROUND

  • Mac or PC?  Both!  My desktop is a PC and my new laptop is a MacBook Air. Stevie: Nicks or Wonder?  Both!  (can you tell I'm a Gemini??)
  • keep or toss?  Toss.  Although I used to be a keeper.
  • London or Paris?  London.  (I lived there for 7 years)
  • salty or sweet?  Sweet--hands down!
  • bath or shower?  Shower
  • floral or fruity?  Floral
Step #2
DESCRIBE a favorite scene or event from your memories of childhood.


Lying in bed at my grandmother's house and listening to the tree frogs outside, and the sound of my mom, her four sisters and my grandmother talking in the kitchen.  I lived all over the world growing up, but I never looked forward to anything more than the summer visits to my grandmother in Indianola, Mississippi.

Step #3
TEACH US one or two of your favorite 4-star vocabulary words.  


Ubiquitous:  Everywhere, always present.  As in "The working writer can be identified by her ubiquitous laptop."
Inevitable:  Foreseeable or expected (I learned this word from reading Victoria Holt gothic novels as a teenager).  "Lack of sleep in an inevitable occurrence when an author is up against her deadline."

Step #4
BOOK BLANK

  •  The last book I finished reading was The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
  •  I gave it 5 stars.
  •  One word to describe it is illuminating.

Step #5
QUESTION:  I'll admit, I haven't read any of your other novels.  But the style of "The Lost Hours" reminds me of a meeting between Billie Letts and Audrey Niffenegger.  What authors do you think have most influenced your writing style overall?


Diana Gabaldon, Anne Rivers Siddons, Jodi Picoult--and probably a host of others that I can't think of right now!

Step #6
QUESTION: Piper, Annabelle, Odella, Earlene.  Lots of strong, definitive names.  How do you choose (or discover) the names of your characters? 

I think it's the hardest part of the novel!  I roll a bunch around in my head for a while, and usually even start writing a character using a different name at the beginning of the book.  I find that I have to 'know' the characters to properly name them.

Step #7
GIVE US THE SCOOP.  Tell us something about yourself that's exclusive to In Search of Giants (ie, has never been publicized in print or podcast interviews.)

I've done so much blogging for my virtual tour that I think I've shared all the big stuff.  So, here's a gem:  when I was in 10th grade I went on a school trip to Egypt.  While in a bazaar near Luxor, my chaperone was approached by a man who offered him 200 camels in exchange for me.  My husband would like to find that man and see if he's still interested...

Huge and many thanks to Karen for her time!

To celebrate this, my first-ever author interview, I ran to Borders and bought a copy of The Lost Hours to send to one of you!  DEADLINE SUNDAY NIGHT MAY 10.


Here's how to enter:
Leave a separate comment for each item!

+1 comment on the most interesting part of the interview
+1 becoming a follower (Google or just through a reader)
+1 already being a follower
+1 share info about this contest
+1 comment about the 7SS format (the good, the bad, the in-between)

40 comments:

  1. I loved Karen's answer to #7!

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  2. I'm already a follower.

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  3. Posted link here: http://bridget3420.blogspot.com

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  4. Love the "Lightning Round"! Mac or PC....hate those commercials! I <3 PC!

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  5. LOL on Step # 7. A definite fav.!

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  6. Already am a faithful follower. :-D :-D

    Almighty Aerin is the greatest! (Does this buy me an extra point? Tee hee)

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  7. Two thumbs up for 7SS!
    Its crisp to the point and fun to read.

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  8. No need to enter me, my friend. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've posted this at Win a Book.

    (btw, I LOVE The 7ss!)

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  9. Great interview!! I just finished The Time Traveler's Wife so I'm all over anyone with a similar voice.

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  10. Gotta love the tidbit about a man trying to buy her for 200 camels!

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  11. I am following

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  12. Great interview! I always love to see what authors are reading.

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  13. Love the interview format! It gives you a taste of many different things and isn't too long or drawn out.

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  14. I am a follower and loved her answer to #7. How cool was that!
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  15. I loved the part about being offered to be bought for 200 camel. I would think that is a great compliment!

    I am a reader subscriber.

    Blogged to spread the word: http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/04/28/book-giveaways-0427-0503/

    I love the interview format. The questions are fun and casual, while some are serious and go into writing. A good format.

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  16. I am a follower!
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  17. booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

    I posted this contest on my sidebar: http://booksobsession.blogspot.com

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  18. My comment on the 7SS: I just LOVE this idea. You're the first person I've seen that does the 7 Step Scoop, and I think it's really creative!

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  19. My favorite part of the interview was Step #2 about going to her grandparent's house.

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  20. I loved answer no. 6.

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  21. I loved Step 2...childhood memories are always great!

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  22. I'm a google subscriber

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  23. I liked her remembering about lying in bed listening to the tree frogs, as a kid I used to lay in bed and listen to the katydids :-)

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  24. I am a follower.

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  25. I blogged this interview and giveaway, and put it on my sidebar.

    http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2009/05/lost-hours-giveaway-and-interview-on-in.html

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  26. I loved the interview my favorite part was about her being at her grandmothers laying in bed and listening to tree frogs. Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
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  27. I am a follower.
    Thanks
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  28. That scene from your childhood sounds really pleasant.

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  29. I totally agree with your Céline Dion comment! I also love her answer to #7!

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  30. About the 7SS format, I love the fact that you ask a couple of questions that are specific to this author (#5 & #6), but that you also have several questions you ask every author, including the "scoop" question (a great question!). However, I could take or leave the "lightening round" -- I don't find that style of question very interesting.

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  31. i liked her description of how she names her characters!

    pls enter me in the contest

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  32. i'm a follower!

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  33. i injoyed the interview. fav part was scoop



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  34. i am a new follower


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