Coming Soon from the Pen… Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer!
Instead of the usual author interview, Margaret gave me the option of discussing some of my own “Creative Madness” and sharing one of my favorite hobbies with you. I couldn’t resist. Especially when I saw that Margaret herself shares my passion not only for reading Christian historical fiction but for cross-stitch.
I am an avid cross-stitcher. When I can find time, that is. A tricky thing to do while writing on deadline, but I try to find a way to keep a project going anyway. My best friend in high school is the one who got me hooked. She and I both worked in a little California tourist town called Solvang one summer, and we found part-time jobs in needlework stores. I might have been forced to wear a peasant blouse and a red Danish corset covered in flowers, but I found a hobby there that has given me years of enjoyment.
Most of the large artwork on the walls of my home consists of cross-stitched designs. However, during Christmas, the living room is fairly overrun. Cross-stitched stockings, wall hangings, Christmas tree skirt, ornaments . . . it can get a bit out of hand.
When each of my children was born, instead of doing a birth announcement that they would soon outgrow, I found unique alphabet patters and stitched their names. They are 12-16 now and still have those names hanging in their rooms, along with other more detailed pictures that came later. My sister-in-law liked the idea so much, that when her girls were born, she asked me to do the same for them. By then I was more confident in my design ability, and was able to add teddy bears playing dress up to one and delicate fairies to the other. I ended up liking those better than the ones I made for my own kids. Ha! Just imagine what I might be able to do when grandchildren start arriving. If I can still see the fabric holes by then.
I also enjoy making small projects as gifts. The last few years, I have cross-stitched gifts for my editors at Bethany House. I did ornaments one year, standing figures stitched on perforated paper another time, and this past year I gave them cameo-esque designs that fit my historical fiction leanings. They have done so much for me and my books, that it just feels right to take the time to give them something hand-crafted.
What are your favorite hobbies? Are any of you cross-stitches as well?
Karen will be giving away an autographed copy of her newest book, Full Steam Ahead to one lucky reader today, so please leave a comment to be entered.
(Giveaway open to US residents only.)
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Pages: 352 Trade Paperback
Date published: June 3rd, 2014
Publisher: Bethany House
The dagger cuts both ways–her family legacy or the man she loves. Claiming one means forfeiting the other.
Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston and finds her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, he’s only ever focused on what she’s not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.
Vowing to secure a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it’s too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family’s greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But when her father’s rivals come after the dagger, she’s forced to change her destination.
Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed since the fatal boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana that nearly took his life. He will do anything to stop such disasters. Even hire a female secretary. Sure he can ignore the distraction of her pretty face, he’s not sure how to proceed when drawn to her clever mind.
Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grows between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to an unsuitable candidate? And worse, when her father’s rivals discover her hiding place, she will have to choose between that love and her family’s legacy.
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Blogs – Inspired by Life … and Fiction – http://www.inspiredbylifeandfiction.com/ and
Petticoats & Pistols – http://petticoatsandpistols.com/