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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 participating!  I loved hearing what you look forward to.  My winner is girlfromwva.  Just email me at kathy @ katherinegarbera.com to claim your prize.

Happy Sunday!

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 much as the annual conference for the Romance Writers of America is about business and al ot of business does get conducted, it’s also about fun.  It’s one of the few times a year when most of us get out from behind our computers and mingle with other writers.  So here is my top five best moments from RWA.

Seeing Friends: I attended my first RWA conference, which happened to be in NYC, back in 1994.  Each year I get to see some of the people I met at that first conference and I always meet new people who become friends.  

Business:  Every year I make a long list of goals. I think I’ve confessed on this blog before to being a chronic list maker and get a real charge when I check them off.

Learning: This is the best part of the conference.  I seldom get to attend a lot of conferences there are always a ton of meetings to attend and of course friends I want to see.  But I always pick one new nugget about the writing craft and the industry in general at the conference.  This year for me it was a feeling that this is the best time to be in publishing.

Awards: A lot of contests are held during the  conference including the prestigious Rita aware.  I was nominated for the Bookseller’s Best and though I didn’t win got to sit at a table with some good writing friends and editors.  We really had a great time.  

Parties:  Every publisher throws a party and my publisher’s I think is the best.  We get out on the dancefloor and shake it all night long.  It’s fun to have a conference moment where you can just relax and be with your “sisters”.  

Do you have an annual event you attend?  Or maybe something you just look forward to each year? When my kids were young sometimes it was the beginning of the school year! Tell me for a chance to win a electronic copy of my upcoming release Eye Candy!

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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9780373733910Each book I write always has a different soundtrack.  Songs that evoke for me the characters or the setting.  For Carrying A King’s Child those songs were very diverse. For Rafe he is the man who would be king and he needed to have a way to express himself. So I start with him and his love of Kayne and Jay Z but when he’s in the palace on Alma he listens to classical music, trying to be a man worthy of the throne.

Emily was all Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and beach music.  She was sunshine, sand and suds.  But she’s also a woman who is about to become a mom so her songs were sometimes touching and other times filled with longing.  Here is a sample list of some to of the music that inspired me while I wrote Carrying A King’s Child.

 

 

 No Church In The Wild Kayne West and Jay Z
Making Memories of Us Keith Urban
Sexual Healing (two versions) Marvin Gaye and Hot 8 Brass Band
Stay Sugarland
Cheeseburger in Paradise Jimmy Buffett
Over You Miranda Lambert
Lonely Ol’ Night John Mellencamp

What’s your favorite song right now?  I really love Sangria by Blake Shelton.  If you live with me and that song comes on I will tell you I love it.  Doesn’t matter if you already know! :)

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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Lisa Ricard Claro is the winner of the $10 Amazon gift card.  Thank you everyone for sharing the power of story with me.  :) Lisa, please email me at Kathy@katherinegarbera.com.

Happy Sunday!

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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Neil-Gaiman-2I read an interesting article this morning on storytelling and how it is a living and breathing entity.  The article was by Neil Gaiman, click here to read it, an author who’s books I haven’t spent a lot of time reading but who I am starting to think might tell stories I want to read.  He is my new author-crush.  Every once in a while I find a new-to-me-author, glom onto them by first reading all their published works, then after that’s done continue the obsession with internet searches that don’t end until I’ve read everything I can find about them.

Part of it I know is my fascination with people.  Why do we act the way we do?  Why do some of us have the ability to say/do things that resonate so deeply that they become part of my lexicon?  I don’t know.  But I love it.

 So back to the article I read…Neil (I’m sure if we met he’d invite me to call him by his first name!) said that stories continue to grow and develop.  Just the same way as children and plants and to be fair even cancer and tumors continue to grow.  Stories take on a life of their own.  I’ve experienced this first hand with books I’ve written that have resonated with readers in ways that I never planned.  Sometimes a reader sees an element in my books that is so relatable to them and their circumstance that they feel I must have been writing it for them. 

IMG_3600I was.  I just didn’t know it.  That’s the beauty of storytelling.  The stories that endure and even those that we read just to get us through something show us strength in ourselves that we might not have known we had.  For myself I experienced the power of story early on.  My childhood was a lovely and I had a lot of experiences with storytelling through reading books, which took me far behind the rural farm I grew up on, to hearing tales that are apart of my own story.  Italian immigrants who came through Ellis Island, my great-aunts and grandmother sneaking cigarettes instead of doing dishes, and my father and his brothers owning the streets of their neighborhood.  These stories fired my imagination with the past and the possible. 

I have used my stories to get myself through all kind of things.  Hurricanes when my kids were little and the electricity was out.  Boredom when I didn’t have a book was a stuck on line at the DMV.  And my own emotionally challenging times divorce, the loss of my grandmothers and close friends. 

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I am reassured that there is power in storytelling and that my small part it in has resonance beyond me.  When I was going through my divorce and dealing with that incredible sense of betrayal and loss, I wrote a book that was for me a statement that I wouldn’t lose my belief in happily-ever-after.  And through the books I read, the stories I heard from other women going through similar situations and the stories I wrote, I got through it and hopefully came out a little bit stronger.

 

 

So what about you?  What stories resonated with you and made you stronger?  Is it the story of you, a book you read, a movie that changed the way you viewed the world?  Tell me about your favorite story to be entered to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

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