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!


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