Catching Up With Karen Kingsbury

When I attended the International Christian Retail Show
(ICRS), one of the highlights was my interview with multi-published author,
Karen Kingsbury.
I first met Karen in 2002 at the first ACFW (then called
ACRW) conference in Kansas City, where she was the keynote speaker and spoke
about bringing emotion into your writing.
She’s written many books since then, and when I caught up
with her last June, she was promoting her book, Fifteen Minutes, which releases October 29th, and focuses
on a “regular guy” who has a beautiful singing voice and is easy on the eyes.
His family’s horse farm is in financial trouble and he tries out for an
American Idol type show called Fifteen Minutes, hoping to win enough money to
help save the farm. Before he leaves for the audition, his long-time girlfriend
cautions him to never change. He quickly learns how easy it is to change,
despite his strong faith.
When chatting with Karen, I asked her if she is a plotter or
a panster. She is a plotter, and she spends about as much time preparing to
write the story as she does actually writing it. Before she types the first
chapter, she knows her characters’ backstories in great detail. Not every tidbit
ends up being sprinkled into the book, but all of it goes to the character
development.
I then asked how her writing had changed since that 2002
ACFW conference and she stated that she didn’t think she had changed all that
much. The process for her has become easier, and she is a more intuitive
writer. She mentioned that because God has blessed the ministry and its scope
so much, there are many more demands for her time. Now she has to budget her
writing time a lot more.
Karen and Me at ICRS 2013 in St. Louis
Last year I read an earlier book of Karen’s and after
reading Fifteen Minutes it’s evident that Karen has grown in her writing
ability, much the same way that what was considered good writing eleven years
ago has changed. And that’s a good thing. As writers, we never want to remain
static in our writing ability. There is always something new to apply to our
craft and make our writing sing.
For those who have been writing a while, how have you seen
your writing ability improve over time? For those who are just beginning your
writing journey, what areas do you know you need to focus on and improve?

A native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin,
author Pamela S. Meyers lives in suburban Chicago, an hour’s drive away
from her hometown which she visits often to dig into its historical
legacy. Her novels include Thyme for Love, and Love Will Find a Way
contemporary romantic mysteries and her 1933 historical romance, Love Finds You in Lake
Geneva,Wisconsin,
released in April, 2013. She can often be found
speaking at events around Lake Geneva or nosing in microfilms and
historical records about Wisconsin and other Midwestern spots for new
story ideas.