Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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IMG_3659Friendships have always been very important to me.  I’m very much an introvert in large groups but I crave the close bonds.  I think this was started in childhood.  My sisters and I are all 18 months apart (I feel I might have mentioned that before!) and my parents were very much 70s mother earth people so we always lived in the “country” with no real neighbours.  I’m not entirely sure of this next bit but I think the reason why I often have friendships that are a threesomes is because of this early bonding with my sisters.  

In school, outside of the safety of my family unit, I struggled to bond with other people.  In my head I’m brilliantly funny and have a lot of things to say, but in reality I sometimes didn’t know how to break the ice and actually say any of those things.  I turned to books as an escape and found some new friends.  The books I read early on inspired me and helped shape me into the woman I would become.  Those heroines like Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew and Meg Murray made me realize that there was nothing I couldn’t do and that I had no real reason to fear trying new things.  To be honest I stilly didn’t talk as much to others as I did in my head but I was getting there.

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I blossomed out of the school system.  There’s a pecking order to high school that I really didn’t fit into.  I could have but to be honest I felt–and I think this is partially to blame on all the reading I had done–that I was more mature than my classmates.  I wasn’t!  But I really felt it.  I had my mom make me clothes for school that came from Vogue and Espirit patterns (she used to make all of our clothing) because I felt like I was more fashionable than my small town.  Combine stand-out clothing with a very shy girl and you get someone who can’t speak when the boy she has a crush on compliments her on her Japanese print dress.  :) I had two very good friends in high school once again a nice safe threesome and we had nothing in common other than we were sat at the same table in Driver’s Ed.  But I soon learned that they loved books and reading as much as I did.  

As an adult I found my own way.  Stopped being so painfully shy that I struggled to talk to others…some say it was the fact that I could legally drink! But the truth is I finally accepted who I was and realized that I had things to say that people wanted to hear.  My friendships grew and I found that some of the people I could be friends with weren’t really ones who suited me.  Some people take a lot of energy.  And as the years go on and I get older I can reflected back on friends I’ve had for most of life and I’m so happy for those bonds. 

I used to try to make someone be friends with me.  By this I mean, I see someone who I think would be cool to hang out with and then I would invite them to lunch or to meet for coffee and see if my initial impression was right.  I tried this recently to not so great results but I think my internal meter was off because I know so few people in the UK.  It worked great with Nancy when she joined CFRW all those years ago! 

IMG_4883I’ve recently written a series with another friend of mine Eve Gaddy.  Eve and I had our friendship cemented over an embarrassing incident! Other people I have become friends with because when I was at my lowest they were there.  They just listened and didn’t judge. 

Tell me about your friendships?  How did you meet your best friends?  I’m giving away the complete collection of my Scott Brothers novellas to one lucky commenter.

 

Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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As an adult we probably don’t think about that little box that used to be on our kindergarten and elementary school report card.  But I’ve been working on a project with Eve Gaddy–we have a series starting later this year that is set in Texas.  We wrote a prequel to the series together. Each of us taking every other chapter and for the most part it was a very fun experience.  Except that I’ve discovered my kindergarten teacher lied. 

IMG_4883 I shouldn’t have a gold star next to Plays Well With Others because I’m bossy.  I like to take control and have things run on my schedule.  In part that’s probably why I’m good at being a writer as we are self-employed mostly. But when you are working with someone else, especially someone else who is creative it’s important to honor not only that person but also their creative process.  

 One thing that I know is different about myself and Eve since we’ve been critiquing together since about 1999 is that Eve likes to talk about her story.  I don’t.  I’m like some little miser with my words while I’m writing.  I want the “magic” to come out on the page.  For Eve the “magic” happens as she talks out the different scenarios and then figures out the right one.  Once she starts writing it’s good.

 

WTAW-mediumHere’s a teaser from Where There’s A Will.

“Come over here,” he said. He held up one arm and gestured for her to move over next to him.

There was so much strength in Ryder. She freely admitted that was one of the reasons she was attracted to him. That strength wasn’t just physical but also part of his core. He had a strong moral fibre that was hard to shake.

 “Why?” she asked.

 “I hate seeing you look as if you are trying to disappear into the wall,” he said.

 “I’m fine,” she said. She’d been weak earlier and look where it had gotten her. 

 Where had it gotten her? More confused than ever. Afraid of Ryder? 

 “Am I really scarier than the storm?” he asked. That whiskey smooth voice of his brushing over her senses and making her want to forget her gut instincts which said getting closer to him was a dumb idea.

But she did it anyway. She’d grown up in the Barrels which, let’s face it, had seemed like one big dare to make it to adulthood. And she never backed down. Maybe she could just brazen her way through the next few minutes or hours until the storm abated and they got out of here.

She tipped her head to the side to study him. His face was strong—there it was again—strength. It was hard to see him as the kind of man who wasn’t trustworthy. And she’d never really trusted anyone.

But she’d kissed him twice. That had to mean something. She never let her guard down twice. And even allowing for the storm that still meant that he was different.

“I’m not scared of you, Ryder.”

“Really? Sure seems that way to me,” he said. “I offer you comfort and you stay huddled in the corner. Looks like you’re scared…maybe it’s not me you’re scared of but yourself. Your lack of willpower.”

 Damn he was good. Turning the tables back on her. “I was thinking of you.”

 “Do tell,” he said dryly.

 “Just trying to help keep you from giving in to temptation. You did seem pretty adamant about doing things right,” she said.

She watched him carefully but he was too good a lawyer to give anything away. She knew that once they were out of this closet reality would intrude and she’d remember that she was leaving. And Ryder wasn’t going anywhere.

And she wanted him.

 His kisses were hotter than most of the other embraces she’d experienced. He made her laugh with his dry wit, and he was smart. All the things she liked in a man.

 “What are you implying?”

 “That this closet and the storm are throwing you off your game.”

 “Off my game?” he asked, shifting around as if he were getting ready to move.

She nodded her head and conjured up her most sympathetic look. “It could happen to any guy.”

He stared at her a moment before laughing. “Nice try. I was being a gentleman, Addison,” he said. “You and I have been dancing around each other since Christmas. Hell, if we’re being honest, since the day you walked into my office answering my ad. And I thought it might be nice to do this thing properly. Dinner, dancing and then see where the night leads.”

 He stood and walked over to her then crouched down next to her in the closet. He was so close the scent of his aftershave wrapped around her and all she could hear was the soft inhalations of her own breath and the heavy beating of her heart.

“But if you have a better idea, I’m all for it.”

Read more about WHERE THERE’S A WILL here.

What about you?  Are you the plays-well-with-others type? Or a bossy-pants like me?

 

 

Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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Thank you everyone for sharing your childhood memories with me.  It made me realize how blessed we all were. :)  My winner is Sheryl.  Sheryl, please email at kathy @ katherinegarbera.com (no spaces) to claim your prize.

Kathy :)

Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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IMG_2185When I was about 8 years old my family moved from an egg ranch in south Florida (one where we had 10,000 laying hens) to a citrus grove in central Florida with 100 valencia orange trees.  My father and my uncle built our house behind the grove in this half acre of land between the trees and the swamp.  

Moving there was probably the start of my storytelling.  The land was alive in a way I hadn’t experience before.  My mom wasn’t and if I’m honest, still isn’t a big fan of sitting around.  So when I was little she’d send my sisters and I outside for the day and then lock the door so we couldn’t get back in.  Very clever on her part.  

Florida_orange_groveThat grove in our front yard became our playground.  Way better than any metal structure that  a city or county could provide.  And we sometimes would got to the front to the front of the grove to sell barely ripe oranges to passing snowbirds (retirees from up North) or to sometimes “spy” on them as they drove by. 

Most of our days though were spent in the Swinging Tree.  It was mid-grove and had large branches.  It was easy to climb and when we got a decent ways up there was a branch big enough for three girls and there was a second branch that was just the right distance for us to stretch and each to swinging on.  We’d swing as fast and hard as we could and launch ourselves into the air.  And then we’d settle down.  

Each of us had designated ourselves a “room” in the tree which was really just a different branch. As the oldest mine was the highest.  We’d lay on the branches and tell each other stories.  Sometimes they’d get so good we’d have act them out in our tree.  Like the time three princess were running for their lives in the galaxy being chased by a bad guy–he never caught us so the details weren’t that important most days.

Some times when my contemporaries are sitting around talking about their childhood they will ask if I watched some show from the 70/80s and usually I haven’t.  And sometimes as they laugh about the antics of the characters on the show they will say to me…you missed out.  But in my heart of hearts I know I didn’t.  Those days in the swinging tree were the best and they gave me the foundation for my life as a storyteller.

Did you have a really cool place to play when you were a kid?  Tell me about it to be entered to win a copy of my latest release SEDUCE ME TONIGHT and a Cheryl’s cookie card.

 

Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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Thank you everyone for sharing in my joy of food and family.  :)  My winner is Pearl.  Just drop me an email message at kathy @katherinegarbera.com <no spaces> with your address and choice of backlist book. 

Happy Sunday!

Kathy

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