Please Welcome Karen Ingalls – Author and RWISA member

 I am so pleased to host Karen Ingalls at my blog today. Karen is a member of both Rave Reviews Book Club and Rave Writers International Society of Authors. RWISA is an exclusive branch of #RRBC, and some of the very best Indie authors can be found on its virtual shelves.

Karen Ingalls is one of those authors, and I hope you enjoy the following interview.

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  • How long have you been writing?

I began writing as a preteen journaling, writing short stories and poetry.

  • How many books have you authored? Please give us up to 3 titles?

Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir

Novy’s Son, The Selfish Genius

Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens

  • Do you have a writing schedule?

No, I do not. I think it would be good for me and be better time management.

  • You’re a member of RAVE WRITERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTHORS (RWISA). Why do you think you were accepted into this exclusive group?

I was and am quite honored and surprised that I am a member. I believe my style and quality of work is the type of writing that RWISA looks for. My many thanks for the recognition and honor.

  • Modesty aside, what separates your writing from the millions of other writers in the world?

I write about subjects of which I am passionate about. Social issues such as health related and family dynamics are my primary topics.

  • If you could spend a day picking the brain of one author, who would that be? Why?

There are so many authors who I admire and love to read their books. Picking just one I would say Mitch Albom. I like the subject matter which is primarily spirituality that is in all his books. His style is simplistic and yet very deep. He also appears to be humble and approachable.

  • Are you a die-hard INDIE writer who loves having complete control of your work, or, if you were offered a publishing contract today, would you sign on the dotted line?

If the publishing company would take away a lot of the burden of marketing, then I would give it serious consideration. Yet, on the other side, I would not to lose my control of my work.

  • As an author, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I would like to have completed the 8 short stories I am writing for my 8 grandchildren. Each story will let them know more about their Oma. And, I hope to have two more books published which are residing in my brain and heart patiently waiting for me to put the words on paper. In 5 years I also plan to be sitting in the same office overlooking beautiful Lake Dora here in Florida.

  • What is the ONE tool that has been the most beneficial tool in the marketing of your books?

I would have to say that RRBC has put me in contact with some very amazing people who have encouraged and supported me. I have learned how to use Twitter, FB, and my blogs more effectively.

  • Name one writer that you know of, member or non-member of RRBC, who you feel should be added to the RWISA Roster of elite members? Why?

Michael Lynes. His book is outstanding and I look forward to reading more from him.

  • What is the one piece of advice that you could share that would be most valuable for those aspiring to not only be writers, but those aspiring to be great writers?

Follow your dream! Do not let naysayers or your self-doubt stop you. Also, I think it is good to talk to other authors and learn from their experiences.

  • Do you believe that writers who churn out several books a year are really putting out quality work?

I have not found that authors who write many books in a year have the same quality and depth to their work. At least, I have not found any such authors.

  • If you had promised your fans a book by a certain date only to find that your book wasn’t the best it could be, would you go ahead and publish your book just to meet that self-imposed deadline and deliver as promised, or, would you disappoint your fans and shelve the book until it was absolutely ready? No matter your reason, please explain why?

I would not publish a book until I knew it was ready. My fans would understand and would want and expect only the best from me. The book is coming from a deep part of me and therefore I would hope that my fans would appreciate my quality of work even if it missed the promised deadline.

  • In your opinion, what makes a book “a great book?”

For me a book must have depth and inform or challenge me in my thoughts about life’s issues. The plot must be believable and the characters strong. I do not like “fluff.”

  • If you received a review of your book which stated that there were editing & proofing “issues,” what’s the first thing you would do? And the second?

First I would be shocked to receive such a review. I have a highly qualified editor who has done all three of my books. I would go to her and we would sort out if there are any editing/proofing issues. If not, I would then contact the reviewer to further understand and hopefully resolve the concern.

WRITING FROM THE HEART

                As a young girl and now as a mature adult, I write from my heart. When I began journaling as a pre-teen I wrote about my unanswered questions, fears, doubts, and dreams. That process continued throughout the next seventy some years resulting in three published books and several articles.

I write about subjects for which I feel passionate. As a preteen growing up in a dysfunctional home I wrote about the heavy drinking, abuse, and abandonment I feared would happen. Expressing my emotions and dreaming what life could be like helped me to formulate my goals and hopes. Unconsciously I created the person I wanted to be which was different from my two primary role models.

 

I became a holistic nurse and developed my own practice as a nurse therapist. My writings were now newsletters and articles based on health/wellness and spirituality.  I was fulfilling the dream of helping people to become healthier physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

My first published book was definitely written from my heart. It started out as a journal about my experiences when diagnosed with cancer. It soon became a book, which has touched the hearts of men and women facing cancer or other difficult challenges.

The two novels I have had published are about family dynamics, which are very important influences as to the type of adults we become. The loss of the “Iron John” in the relationship between fathers and sons is quite evident in many families. Men must know how to raise their sons showing and teaching them unconditional love and respect.

When one writes from the heart, the author is in touch with those things of which he/she is passionate about. It comes from the deepest part of ourselves…our soul.

Add Karen’s books to your library 

Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir – http://goo.gl/bg0CpF

Novy’s Son: The Selfish Genius – http://goo.gl/9r78rg

Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens – http://goo.gl/nIzrKX

Social Media

Twitter: @KIngallsAuthor

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Ingalls/1473379352893458 (goo.gl/mgK8xW)

Blog

http://www.kareningalls.blogspot.com

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65 comments

  1. Jan Hawke · February 18

    Good interview RHani and Karen! 😀

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  2. Stephanie Collins · February 18

    Great interview, Karen; always nice to learn a little more about my RRBC friends! Thanks for hosting, Rhani! Take care and both of you have yourselves a spectacular Saturday! 🙂 ~Stephanie

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 18

      Hi Stephanie, thanks for stopping by today. 😀

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Thank you, Stephanie. Your support is always appreciated.

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  3. Gwen Plano · February 18

    Wonderful interview, Karen. I loved your comment, “When one writes from the heart, the author is in touch with those things of which he/she is passionate about. It comes from the deepest part of ourselves…our soul.” Thank you, Rhani, for hosting Karen.

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 18

      Gwen, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’re having a great weekend.

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Gwen, I so believe in writing from the heart. That is the only way it works for me.

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  4. harmonykentonline · February 18

    Great interview and post, Karen. Writing from the heart gives us an authentic voice. Best of luck with everything! 😊
    Rhani, thank you for hosting Karen today! 😊

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 18

      Harmony, thanks for taking the time to stop by. 😃

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      As I said above, writing from the heart is the only way I can do it. Thank you, Harmony.

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  5. jhawker1969 · February 18

    Hello Karen and thank you Rhani for the fine post. As someone who also kept a journal during my former life as a foreign correspondent, I can appreciate your “journaling” experience. In fact, in the first book of my trilogy, the main character keeps a journal for most of his 100 years on earth. Memories fail us, but a journal prods us to remember.

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 18

      Hi Ron. Thanks for visiting my blog & supporting Karen. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Ron, I have been journaling all my life and found it therapeutic and a good source of my memory!

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  6. D.L. Finn · February 18

    I enjoyed learning more about you, Karen! I loved reading about writing from the heart….so true!

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 18

      Hi D. L. Thanks for stopping by. 😀

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      D.L. we have share before how writing from the heart is essential to both of us. Glad you stopped by.

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  7. jinlobify · February 18

    Karen, there are just a few of our members that I haven’t yet read! Your book, “Novie’s Son” is in line on my Kindle. I suppose it is the sequel to “Davida”! Have a great day! Thank you, Rhani for hosting her. 🙂

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 18

      Joy, thanks for taking the time out of your day to stop by. *Hugs*

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Joy, yes Novy’s Son is a sequel to Davida though I wrote it first. I did that because I had started Novy’s Son some 25 years ago and had not thought at the time of writing Davida. The two books are quite different and many people struggle with the main character in Novy’s Son though he points out a troubling part of our society…fathers unable to show unconditional love to their sons and how to be fathers themselves someday.

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  8. ~Mar · February 18

    A wonderful interview, Karen. Thanks so much, Rhani, for sharing your blog with us!

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  9. Mae Clair · February 18

    Hi, Karen and Rhani. I enjoyed the interview and getting to know a bit more about another wonderful member of RRBC. I was thoroughly engrossed with Novi’s Son and Davida is on my Kindle and my TBR.
    As a writer, I have to admit I have failed at keeping a journal more times than I can count. You’d think it should come as second nature for someone who loves to write, but for some reason I just can’t make it happen. I envy those who can spend time curled you with a journal and inner thoughts.
    Enjoy your day in the spotlight and thanks to Rhani for hosting!

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 18

      Mae, I’m so glad that you were able to stop by. 😃

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Mae, thank you for sharing your thoughts. Journaling is not for everyone and that is okay. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Mae Clair · February 18

    Ack! Please excuse my typo. That was supposed to be “curled up with a journal.” A pox on keyboard gremlins! 🙂

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  11. Peggy Hattendorf · February 18

    Karen, thank you for an insightful interview. It is wonderful you have found subjects, social issues and family dynamics, that you are passionate about and can deliver that passion through your writings.

    Thanks for hosting Rhani.

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 18

      Thanks for stopping by, Peggy.

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Peggy.

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  12. Wendy Scott · February 18

    Hi Karen,
    How special that you are writing stories for your grandkids – they will become life treasures.
    Rhani – thanks for hosting.

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 18

      Wendy, I hope you’re having a great weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Sometimes writing for the grandchildren goes quickly and other times I struggle. Each story is different though about me, trying to let them know me in a different way. I love doing it but it is harder than I thought it would be.

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  13. Thank you Karen. Lovely interview!

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 19

      Julie, thanks for stopping by.

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Thank you, Julie. I am glad you enjoyed the interview.

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  14. yvettemcalleiro · February 19

    I just finished reading Novy’s Son, and I can attest that you write from the heart! I enjoyed reading more about you. 🙂

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 19

      Yvette, thanks so much for spending part of your Saturday with us.

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Yvette, Novy’s Son required me to dig deep into my family and its “secrets.” More importantly it helped me to research the “Iron John” principal and see how it applied to so many male family members and is a social problem we have in our society today.

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      • yvettemcalleiro · February 21

        I can only imagine how difficult that book was for you to write. And you wrote it with ripping-the-bandaid-off raw honesty that must have constantly been a challenge for you. I admire your courage and commitment to the truth. 🙂

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  15. Natalie Ducey · February 19

    Lovely post, Karen! Your journey inspires me deeply. And my gosh…what a beautiful gift for your grandchildren. Blessings to you. XO
    Thank you, Rhani, for the warm welcome. 🙂

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 19

      Natalie, I’m so glad you stopped by! I hope you have an awesome rest of your weekend.

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Thank you for your kind words, Natalie. As I said above each grandchild will receive his/her own short story where I am the main character. I share about my life and interesting or unusual events in my long life.

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  16. tia shurina · February 19

    what a special sharing Karen. i’m sure your grandkids will treasure their individual gifts…what a heartwarming idea. in just a few short paragraphs, I feel I’ve seen the deepest, most important, special part of you. beautiful.

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 19

      Thanks for stopping by, Tia. I hope you’re having a great weekend.

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Such kind words, Tia. Thank you so much.

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  17. lynnhobbsauthor · February 19

    Wonderful interview, Karen! Your heart, and passion for writing will have all of us waiting for those short stories and other books as well! I will be reading the books you have available soon! Thanks for sharing, and Rhani thanks for sharing your blog!

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 19

      Lynn, thanks for dropping in & supporting Karen. I hope you’re having a great weekend.

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Lynn, I am so glad you came by. My books are each uniquely different but very much a part of who I am and what I believe.

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  18. Soooz · February 19

    Hi, Karen! Lovely to see you featured here on Rhani’s lovely blog. I loved ‘Novy’s Son’ as you know, and have just had the great pleasure of reading the paperback copy of ‘Davida’. You have a lyrical way of expressing yourself which makes your work such a memorable reading experience. A great presentation ladies. Bravo!

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 19

      Hey Sooz, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your weekend has been awesome. 😀

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Thank you for your kind words, Soooz. I appreciate your support.

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  19. Bette A. Stevens · February 19

    Well done, Karen and Rhani! 🙂

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 19

      Bette, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’re having a great Sunday.

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Glad you stopped by, Bette.

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  20. Juliet Waldron · February 19

    Reblogged this on jw's historical.

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 19

      Hi Juliet. Thanks for stopping by and for the reblog.

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    • karenringalls · February 20

      Thank you for reflagging this, Juliet. Best to you.

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  21. karenringalls · February 20

    Rhani, I just learned that you were hosting me on Saturday so I apologize in my delay for responding to the comments. Thank you for hosting me, Rhani. You did a wonderful job.

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    • Rhani D'Chae · February 21

      Thank you, Karen. It was great having you visit my site. 😃

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  22. Kev · March 12

    Nice to meet you, Karen. Thanks for sharing, Rhani.

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