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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February.  Wow, I’m going to be straight up with you and say I’m really not ready for it to be February.  We moved last month unexpectedly a bigger house came available on our street (houses in the UK are smaller than the houses in Texas) so we jumped at the opportunity.  But I had a book due January 31–which I finished! So I feel like I lost the last two weeks of January in a haze of long writing sessions and packing.

IMG_1577Do you like to pack?  Some people do or at least I like to think they do. Those folks who have beautiful, immaculate houses that are so well organised that nothing is out of place.  I like to think I’m organised but I also have the need for creative clutter.  I wonder if other creative minds are like mine.  I have to have a neat clean desk but I like my stuff too.  Toys from when my kids were young litter my desk along with sticky notes I’ve written to remind myself important things like she went a little crazy as a teen or he’s never felt at home on earth.  I also have notes that have lost their sticky backing that I have to tape onto my monitor after each move that were written in my children’s toddler hands.  Things like I love you, mommy and hand drawn faces.  

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I guess I’m okay with the clutter since so much of it is tied to memories and to my craft.  I have a vision board…okay, it’s the front of the binder that I keep my synopsis and other important story notes in, but it’s filled with a collage of photos for my latest story.  I prop it up on the desk while I’m writing and glance over every once in a while to remind myself of landscape details and other images that feed the story running through my mind.

 

 

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What about you?  Is your life all hospital-corners-neat? Or do you have a lot of creative clutter?  Tell me and I’ll enter you to win my latest release The Valentine Gamble e-book and a Cheryl’s Cookie Card.  

Happy Tuesday!

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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Hi Jaunty readers!

IMG_3626My son sent me this photo the other day.  His sister was visiting him at university and they’d spotted this and it reminded them of me.  Haha! Right?! Moms out there you know how much you love your kids and how cruel it is that the reward for doing a good job raising them is that they are functioning adults who really don’t need you all the time.  I mean great, that was the goal since they were born but they could be a little more understanding that sometimes mom just needs a little extra love.

 We are moving house this week and so my son had to come home for the weekend to pack up his room and as he worked on things I got some of that extra love I wanted.  Both of my kids kept coming to find with old pictures of them when they were little, posters they’d made as kids (Coco was student of the week!) and stories they’d written.  Then the best part was when we had packed up Lucas’s entire room, he said let’s all rest for a few minutes.  We all climbed on the bed, lying down with our feet propped up on the wall.  I was sandwiched in the middle with both of them on either side of me and I wanted to grab them close and hold them there forever.  Just like I could do when they were little.  It was better than a knitted look-alike doll could ever be.

 I got my fix in while they were both home and I think I’m good until next month when my baby will be turning 19 and I’ll see him again.  :lol:

What about you?  What’s the best part about your favorite kids? Also on a side note can any of you knit me versions of my kids?  I’m not really a knitter. ;)

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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Happy New Year! I love this month.  Though if I’m totally honest I love most months.  Can’t think of one that I don’t. ;)

 Here are Five Favorites for January.

  1. Water.  Silly, right?! But over the holidays I’ve been drinking Christmas coffee, Christmas tea, lots of wine, mulled wine, and anything else festive that I can only get during the holidays.  So my body is really craving water.  I have this cute little stamp for my planner that helps me keep track of my hydration.  Coco is doing this with me and we had a laugh about how often all that water motivations us to get up and go to the bathroom.FullSizeRender
  2. On-The-Go boots.  I know weather might not be to everyone’s liking, but I really enjoy bundling up and going outside when it’s brisk and blustery.  At first, this Florida Girl, wasn’t too happy with the weather in the UK but I’ve adapted and I got these cool new boots for Christmas that have extra cushion on the inside and are faux-fur lined.  I love them.  I’m even managing to get out of the house and walk almost daily.
  3. Television series binge watching.  That was a mouthful! But most of our television shows aren’t airing new episodes right now so we have been catching up and binge watching series we like but missed.  For me it’s THE LIBRARIANS.  Do you guys watch that?  If not you should check it out.  Another much darker series that I highly recommend is JESSICA JONES. 
  4. 7eb245e4a4a872ea11c6b02c3894e4fdGoal Setting.  This is something that I can do at any time of the year, but in January I seem to really be motivated to get my goals checked off.  I started a new book on January 4th and have been working at my goal of writing everyday.  I love the way the story unfolds and I am enjoying the writing process so much.  The new series for Blaze is called Space Cowboys and it combines two of my loves: hot, sexy cowboys and space.  A side note here: when I was growing up we used to have this “School Years” books that we were supposed to record each year’s memories on the different pages and on the back were these boxes for the GIRLS (teacher, nurse, housewife) and the BOYS (astronaut, and two more I can’t remember).  I always crossed off the word BOYS and checked astronaut.  Who wanted to be a teacher or nurse when you could go to space!
  5. No mistakes.  The best part of a new year is that it is new. I haven’t made any of the big mistakes which I will later label as learning experiences.  Right now I’m doing everything I want to do every day.  That’s not to say things are perfect…they aren’t, but I feel really good about what I’m doing and why.
  6. This is honorary one…my baby’s sister was on January 4th and that is always one of my favorites.  I used to try to carry her around everywhere and given that I’m only 3 years older that her wasn’t very easy!

That’s it! My five for January.  What about you?  Any of these speak to you? What’s you favorite part of the new year?

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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Lucas took this picture when he was in 3rd grade.  I’ve got a little confession to make…I actually like the season leading up to Christmas more than Christmas Day. Maybe because the day itself always goes by so quickly and we have those four weeks or more leading up to Christmas to celebrate.

In my house that means Advent. We take turns moving the Wisemen toward our manger throughout advent.  My kids each move them around and this particular year they were on Lucas’ dresser in his room when he snapped this picture.  

Another tradition that started when the kids were little where I’d put a little clue in my Advent box and the kids would have to figure it out and then go search for their treat of the day. Sometimes it would be practical things like new winter gloves or a beanie. Other times candy or tickets to a fun event. The kids are older now and I find myself reluctant to let go of this tradition. Lucas is at off at University and Coco is here so I can get away with it. :)

What’s your favorite part of the holiday?

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 five for December.  Susan Gorman is my winner!  Susan please email me at kathy @katherinegarbera.com to claim your prize.

Take Care!

Kathy

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