Thursday, May 24, 2012

STALKING KATIE GANSHERT... and a chance to win an autographed copy her debut novel, WILDFLOWERS FROM WINTER!

Serena Chase corners Edgy Inspirational Romance's
latest stalking victim: author Katie Ganshert
I don't often get to stalk my favorite authors in person, but a couple of Saturdays ago I had the opportunity to meet a new addition to my "favorites" list at the book launch party for her debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter.

Between signing books and taking down names for her mailing list, Katie Ganshert handed out delicious truffles to her fans, signed my Advanced Reading Copy of her novel, and chatted with this author-stalker for a bit.

And now (drum roll, please!) the results of my sneaky peeky stalking of Katie Ganshert! (plus the deets on how you, yes YOU, can win a signed copy of this author's debut novel!)


The best book you’ve read (so far) this year:
Featuring: Katie Ganshert
That is so tough because I’ve read so many great novels this year! I really enjoy literary-type novels, so I loved Far From Here by Nicole Baart and Into the Free by Julie Cantrell. Right now I’m listening to The Book Thief and that totally has me captivated.

The one place you insist must be kept clean:
 My kitchen! Dishes in the sink, crumbs on the counter, and dog hair on the floor drives me nuts. The rest of the house can be a pit, but if the kitchen is clean, I’m good.

Pet peeve:
When I can’t find something that I KNOW I saw lying around the house a couple days ago.

Favorite memory from a writers’ conference or event:
That’s equally tough because I have a lot of great memories from the ACFW conferences I’ve attended. If I had to pick one, it would probably be the dinner I had with my editor and several other Waterbrook/Multnomah authors at the ACFW conference in St. Louis. While we were waiting for our food, my editor showed me the cover of my debut novel for the very first time. It was a magical moment. I wanted to steal her phone and stare at the picture for the rest of the evening. But man….there have been MANY great memories, especially lately. I could probably write a week’s worth of blog posts about them all.

Favorite Superhero: 

Because sidekicks never get the attention they deserve. And I used to have a giant crush on Chris O’Donnell, who played Robin in Batman Forever.

Three things on your desk: 
  • An empty can of Diet Coke (I prefer them full, but what can you do?)
  • Post-It Notes (because I use them for everything)
  • A picture of me and two of my girlfriends, bordered in Trident wrappers (my two roommates made it for me before my wedding, because wherever I went, I left behind a trail of Trident gum wrappers)

If you could spend one week within the world of one particular novel, it would be:
Ooo! That’s a total tie between Harry Potter and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I would love to visit Hogwarts, but I’d also like to hang out with talking animals in Narnia.

And in that week you would trade places with/assume the identity of:
Harry’s always in danger, so definitely not him. Probably Hermoine. In Narnia, I’d like to be Lucy. I was going to say Aslan, but seeing as he’s the Christ figure, I thought that might be a little weird. 

Your favorite not-quite-a-curse word (or, what you might say if you stubbed your pinky toe. Hard.):
Fudge bucket. No idea where it came from or what it even means. 

What sounds might I hear if I was eavesdropping outside your kitchen window?
My son making puppy noises. He’s always pretending to be a puppy these days. You’d probably also hear, “Brogan, stop barking, honey.”

What’s your definition of a perfect day?
Sleeping in. Time in the Word. Doughnuts for breakfast. A day outside with my husband and son. Reading a really great book in the shade. A date night with the hubs. Followed by a family movie and popcorn. 

One lousy job from your past:
You know, I never had any truly horrible jobs. Probably my least favorite was my very first job. I was a hostess at Old Chicago. There’s only so many ways to roll silverware before the whole thing turns dull.

Worst writing (or life) advice you ever received:
Ditch the prologue. It was from a contest judge. That prologue was ultimately what garnered the attention of my editor. If I would have ditched it, who knows if I’d be published today. Goes to show that we have to listen to our gut.
The author at her official book launch event
May 12, 2012 in Davenport, Iowa

Best writing (or life) advice you ever received:
“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”

Jesus has been the best decision I’ve ever made. Hands down.

In second place?

"Don’t wish your life away."

It was one of my mother’s famous mom-isms. She used to say this to me all the time and I’d roll my eyes. But it’s so true. I was totally that girl who always wanted to be two steps ahead of where I was. The problem with living that way? All of a sudden you get to where you want to be, and you realize there’s something else to aspire toward. Don’t miss the journey.

If you met this celebrity___________________________, you might pee your pants or do something else just as embarrassing:

Man…how lame is it that I can’t think of anyone? In junior high, I would have flipped out over Michael Jordan. But now? I’ve been sitting here for ten minutes, racking my brain. I got nuthin’.

How you reacted when you saw your book in its final form for the first time:

I stood there in my kitchen with my mouth open, holding it out in front of me, blinking at the cover. If dead fish could blink, I’m sure that’s what I looked like. Everything felt frozen and incredibly dreamlike

Thanks, Katie, for letting us stalk you! It's been fun. And for all you other author-stalkers out there, you can also find Katie Ganshert in these places: 

TWITTER: @KatieGanshert
BLOG: (Katie blogs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday about writing, faith, and romance)

And now, the deets on the contest!
To be entered into the random drawing to win my signed ARC of Katie Ganshert's debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter, leave a comment below including the following details:
1. Your email address -- in spam-free lingo 
(such as: jane underscore doe at jmail dot com)

2. Your personal answer to any (one) of the questions I asked Katie 
(such as: "My favorite superhero is Wonder Woman because of the invisible jet." or "I would totally pee my pants if I met Johnny Depp.")

3. The title of the book you're reading now (or the last book you read)
Good luck!


  1. What a fun interview! Serena it sounds like Katie and you have a similar sense of humor! :)


    question: What is your definitions of a perfect day? Answer: any day spent with family and friends is my definition of a perfect day. Love being with my grandbabies! Of course somewhere in that perfect day has to have time spent reading a good book!

    Book I'm reading now: Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren.

    Julie@My Favorite Pastime

    1. Hi Julie!

      I don't have any grandbabies, but a day reading a good books sounds delightful!

  2. Such a fun interview! I'd love to be entered-- my email address is cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

    My perfect day includes sleeping in, a late breakfast with a friend, reading at the park, and hanging out with friends later in the day :)

    I'm reading "Cruising Attitude", a book about airline travel. :)

    1. Glad you liked the interview, Bethany! (BTW, love the name!)

  3. She sounds so cool.
    I'm the same way with my kitchen.
    (not an entry)

  4. Great interview! So interesting and funny!
    My email addy is kandrajane at bellsouth dot net

    My favorite novel setting would be the one from Pride and Prejudice!
    I just finished Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock. It was good but left me a little bit sad.

    1. Is that a newer book or a well known one? It sounds super familiar.

  5. I loved your interview! It is always fun to read about authors.

    What sounds might I hear if I was eavesdropping outside your kitchen window? John close the door! Bethany don't use the knife. Everyone out of the kitchen, now! Mommy is trying to cook dinner. :)

    My email: stacey.zink at gmail dot com

    1. LOL! Your kitchen sounds similar to my kitchen. :)

  6. I'd pee if I met Nicholas Sparks :). No entry, I'm reading her book now and looooving it!

    1. YAY! So glad you're enjoying it, Betsy!

  7. I thought stalking Katie Ganshert was MY job. Hmmm. Well, the more the merrier, I guess. I ALSO had a huge crush on Chris O'Donnell. I had a poster of Batman and Robin on the back of my bedroom door, with my face over Val Kilmer's. What ever happened to Val Kilmer? I think that was the movie that killed his career.
    I already have the ebook, so you don't have to enter me in the contest. But thanks for doing this interview. It was super fun.

    1. Yo Erynn! I have no idea what happened to Val Kilmer!

  8. I would pee my pants if I met Tom Selleck!
    Right now I am reading The Beach Trees by Karen White.


  9. Though I've read many books this year and it's hard to choose which is the best, I'll go with The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden. I just finished reading Lethal Remedy by Richard Mabry,M.D.
    I enjoyed the interview with Katie; I've read many good reviews of her book so it would be fun to win a copy.

  10. One lousy job from my past...folding mens pants. That was the whole job. Boy, does that get boring after about 5 hours of an 8 hour shift.

    I just started reading Bloom.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  11. Excited to be entered to win!

    My email is lanapacker at me dot com.

    I would pee my pants if I met Reese Witherspoon. Mostly because I have always loved her hair. Teehee!

    I am currently reading Sibella Giorello's Raleigh Harmon Novels. I am on The Clouds Roll Away.

    Happy Thursday!

  12. My e -mail is
    The best book i have read so far this year is-"Kisses from Katie"-Katie Davis
    The book i am readingnow is "Rescue"-Anita Shreve

  13. Lcenlow at sit-co dot net

    The book I would love to be a part of is also Harry Potter because I would love to go away to hogwarts to learn magic a d I love a good mystery.

    I just started The Keeper last night!

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  14. What a great interview! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    If I could spend one week within a world in fiction, it would have to be Other Earth from Ted Dekker's Circle Series. I just love how he describes it, and it sounds like an amazing place. Narnia sounds like fun, too!

    I'm currently reading Green by Ted Dekker, Along Wooded Paths by Tricia Goyer, and The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis.


  15. Hi Katie, thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of WFW. It sounds amazing.

    I'm like you -- the house could be in shambles, but my kitchen sink has to be clear and clean. And I don't think I would pee my pants over any celeb, but it would make me smile to meet Jim Caviezel. :-)

    I'm currently reading "A Necessary Deception" by Laurie Alice Eakes and loving it! Spies, blackmail, and romance in Napoleanic times. :-)


  16. best book read so far this year: Skin Of Water by Greg Johnson.

    Currently reading The loves Of Leopold Singer by K.L. Rigel


  17. Funny... I've been stalking Katie too... because here I am... Hi Katie.


    1. beckydwriter(at)gmail(dot)com
    2. I'd pee my pants if I met Katie in person - because anyone who makes me laugh makes me pee. It's just what happens after 3 and 40 children. I mean 40, and 3 children. Or Angelina Jolie. I know, I know, don't freak out. I truly believe that she's "working on her testimony" right now and I don't want to be one of those people who stood back, arms crossed, shaking their heads at her when she finally finds Jesus. I know what that feels like - and those head-shakers are what kept me from "coming home" so much longer than it should have. Does that make sense?
    3. I'm a library loiterer and have too many books going all the time. Right now I'm reading Sanctuary by Beverly Lewis AND her husband, David, Invisible, by Lorena McCourtney (hilarious heroine!) and A Case of
    Crooked Letters by Lori Copeland. Just finished The Gifted by Terri Blackstock - excellent book on gifts in the Body.

    Fun questions!

    1. Okay, this comment TOTALLY made me laugh! You are awesome, Becky!

  18. Really enjoying all these comments, everyone! Hope you all have a very fabulous three day weekend!

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  20. 1. rbooth43 at yahoo dot com
    2. I would pee in my pants to meet Nathon Fillon of Castle.
    3. The best book I have read lately is Mimi Barbour's HIS DEVIOUS ANGEL. What an amazing, suspenseful, very funny, romance book! Check it out, you won't regret it!

  21. Wow! Everyone wants this book! I forgot to mention the cut off date for this contest, so... I'd better! I'll be shutting this contest down on Friday, June 1, 2012. So tell your friends they still have a couple more days to enter!

  22. Joy and Serena,

    Love your site and I linked my readers to you today!

  23. Congratulations to Linda Kish, the winner of my autographed ARC of WILDFLOWERS FROM WINTER, who was chosen using by and who I think is well deserving of a little escapism! Anyone who has spend 8 hours of any day -- let alone many! -- folding men's pants, should get a little "me time!" Enjoy the book, Linda! I'll be emailing you soon for your mailing address!

    Thanks, everyone, for participating in this contest and leaving your fun comments! And a special thanks to Katie Ganshert and Lynette Kittle at WaterBrook Multnomah/Random House for providing this book for our giveaway!


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