Q&A With "Autumn Blue" Author Karen Harter
- Tuesday, March 13, 2007
How much research did "Autumn Blue" take?
Thanks to my son, much of the research was accomplished long before this story was birthed. I’d had plenty of real-life experience with the local sheriff and the juvenile justice system. Still, I attended juvenile court in another county, exploring and comparing procedures, learning that in one county a person on house arrest might be monitored with an electronic ankle bracelet, while in another the voice recognition phone system (such as the one to which Ty was subject) was employed. I studied the habits of moles and trapping methods and via the Internet other questions that surfaced were a breeze.
Is this a series?
What is your favorite verse from the Bible?
I treasure every word, but today I’ll claim two as my favorites: Luke 10:27. “… Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind,’ and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 6:10. "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." One is a commandment; one a prayer. They both speak of total submission. It’s not about me; it’s about Him. If I ever feel that my yoke is not easy, the burden not light - I know that I need only to meditate on these simple words. They pretty much cover it all.
Do you prefer to write contemporary fiction?
Contemporary I know; history was the class I skipped too often or during which I distracted myself and others with a hidden squirt gun. (No one ever suspected it was sweet, innocent little me.) I’m old enough now that I could write about my childhood in the '60s and that might be considered historical by some. But during a trip to Alaska last summer I became intrigued by stories of the gold rush era and bought books and videos just in case a novel sneaks into my head. I also toy with writing a story set in the Depression years, but from the perspective of a boy (my father) who lead a full, creative childhood almost oblivious to the tumultuous world beyond.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
My biggest challenge right now is managing my “good” time. I was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroendocrine cancer in February of 2005. Since then I’ve been fighting it naturepathically, with a health regime that is very time-consuming. When I first understood that my rare condition had no known medical cure and that the tumors on my pancreas and liver were inoperable, I did some grieving for the experiences I might miss with my family and much-anticipated grandchildren. But the Lord spoke to me. He showed me a picture of the Internet site I had been on the night before, one of many that merely offered advice on how to make the patient comfortable until they die. Beside it was a vision of my open Bible. “Which one are you going to believe?” He asked. That was a no-brainer. I absolutely trust in His Word, which says that whatever I ask for in faith, without doubting, I will receive. My healing is secure. I’ve enjoyed an incredible, rich life these past two years and I’m getting stronger every day. The best part has been experiencing an intimate relationship with the Lord that goes deeper than I had known was possible. Truly, it wasn’t until I let go of my life that I found it.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
Yes, my horizon is absolutely cluttered with projects. At present I’m working on "A Train to Somewhere," the story of two college women who can’t stand each other, but become unwilling dorm roommates. Maggie is strikingly beautiful but aloof and sarcastic. Kenzie is a flighty, impulsive art major, prone to misadventure. Maggie falls in love with Kenzie’s brother, who throws everyone’s world out of whack when He chooses to follow God. Kenzie and Maggie get into some humorous pickles as they evolve into loyal friends. But keep your hanky handy. Trust me, you’re going to need it!
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