Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Gifted by Karey White

Welcome to Author Karey White!


Here are some bits of trivia about me and my life–some may be of interest. Some, maybe not so much. But all of these combined are what make me, me.

I am the oldest of eleven children, born to parents who were either saints or crazy, maybe both. They thought we were all capable of being professional athletes or broadway stars. They weren’t right, of course, but they did help us have self-confidence.

I am married to a funny, clever, handsome and hardworking man. He was an excellent choice that I’m thankful for every day!

I am mother to four clever and good-looking children–two boys and two girls. They’re not perfect, but probably a lot better than I deserved.

Through the years I’ve been a student, a teacher, a secretary, a clothing designer and seamstress, a wedding cake maker, a crafter, a scrapbooker, a cook, a housekeeper (alright, this skill I’m still working on) a homework helper (until they pass me in math, somewhere around the third grade), and a calm and ladylike fan at my children’s sporting events.

I’ve been writing since Jr. High, when I was hired by a county newspaper to do a Happenings column about our little town of about 300 people. I got paid by the word so every week I called every family in town and got their news. It wasn’t high-brow journalism but the column earned me a little spending money.
On our way to Aspen, CO, my sister, my two oldest kids and I were hit head-on by a drunk driver in a stolen car. Although we suffered serious injuries, we all survived.

Candy isn’t worth eating unless it’s chocolate. (See’s are the best.) I love to experiment in the kitchen and make delicious treats and gourmet meals.

When I was seven years old, I fell and broke my arm…on a dirtclod.

When I was a child, my family bought and renovated an old school-house. It was a wonderful place to live in spite of the bats that flew over our heads at night.

I’m driven to create. I’ve never been without a project or two (or twelve).

I’ve been told that my naturally curly hair doesn’t get longer, it gets bigger.

I love The Amazing Race. When faced with something daunting (like parasailing in Hawaii, triking down a ridiculously long hill in Alaska, trying to find a difficult address, or catching up on my laundry,) I imagine it as a task on The Amazing Race.

Nothing makes me happier than being with family and friends eating good food, sharing good conversation and a few laughs. When I’m with smart and funny people, I could stay there for hours.


What is one book everyone should read?
Aside from the scriptures, which I love reading, I’d say East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. It changed the way I look at people and is so beautifully written.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Definitely teleporting. Imagine the time saved and the places you could see.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Definitely Rocky Road, but Moose Tracks isn’t too far behind.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
I love waffles, eggs and bacon. But I usually save that for dinner and have cold cereal or oatmeal.

Night owl, or early bird?

I’m definitely a night owl, but I still have to get up early in the morning. So every once in awhile, sleep deprivation catches up with me and I have to take a nice, long nap.

Skittles or M&Ms? 
M&Ms for sure. And my favorite are Peanut Butter M&Ms.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
Because it shows how love can change lives.

Any other books in the works? 
I’m currently working on a romance called “For What It’s Worth”. For about a dozen years, I made wedding cakes and this book is about a girl who opens her own wedding cake shop
What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
I love escaping into a good book and I love words. I love figuring out how to create a mood and feelings and provoke new thoughts, all through the words you choose. It’s exciting.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Don’t be afraid to learn from criticism. I was fortunate to have people I trust who gave me honest feedback. I think it’s so important not to be defensive. My book is better because I listened.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 
I’d like to travel everywhere, but to live? I can’t imagine living anywhere except here. I love the United States of America.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
A mom. I’m the oldest of eleven children and wanted to have a bunch of kids of my own. I ended up with four of the greatest kids ever and being their mom is what I love most.

How did you know you should become an author? 
Because ever since junior high, I’ve felt like I had stories in me that needed to get out.

Who are your favorite authors of all time? 
I love Jane Austen and Bess Streeter Aldrich

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
The second book of the Matched trilogy by Alli Condie.

What was your favorite children’s book? 
It wasn’t around when I was a child, but the book I loved reading to my children when they were small was “Today I Feel Silly” by Jamie Lee Curtis.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why? 
Pride and Prejudice because I love that book and it would be worth a fortune!

What do you do in your free time? 
I love baking, reading and watching movies.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book? 
I scared my kids because I was crying. They thought I’d fallen or something. That night we took the family to Cheesecake Factory.

What is your guilty pleasure? 
The Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child. They’re intense and exciting, but sometimes they’re pretty violent. They certainly aren’t for everyone.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is…. 
“Gone With the Wind” because I’d have had Scarlett waste a lot less time on the dull and weak Ashley and I’d have given her a “happily ever after” with Rhett.

Favorite places to travel?
Almost anywhere. I love traveling. Alaska, Hawaii, Canadian Rockies and New York have been a few of my favorites.

Gifted by Karey White:

Susan and Brent Weller have been married for several years and have been unable to have children. They adopt Anna, a beautiful baby girl orphaned in a terrible car accident. As Anna grows, Susan and Brent discover that she’s blessed with unusual gifts that both bless and complicate their lives.

When Anna starts school, she meets Kelsey, a scared, poor and terribly neglected little girl who finds love and acceptance from Anna and her parents. As the years pass, Susan and Brent do their best to provide Anna with a normal, happy childhood, even as they feel a responsibility to protect her from having her special gifts exploited. But with maturity comes independence and Anna begins to make choices that threaten to shatter Susan and Brent’s happy and comfortable life. Will Susan and Brent be able to protect their daughter or will her choices change all their lives forever?

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Gifted
Open Internationally
Ends 4/20/11

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