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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.

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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Like many of you I love bookstores. I’ve never been able to walk past one without stopping. I love the smell when you walk in…all that paper and binding. Here I am getting my book geek on in a few different places.

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The Harper Collins UK office. I am trying to convince my husband that we need a wall like this in our home. I don’t know if it would be a good weight baring wall but I live it. Since I have been fortunate (thanks to all of you readers) to have had my books published all over the world I think I could fill a wall with just copies of my own books. How cool would that be?

 

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This is Blackwell’s in Oxford. It’s one of the largest bookstores I’ve ever been in. There were five floors of books. I spent hours in there. Luckily there was a cafe in there so I could keep my energy up. :)

 

 

 

 

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This last picture is of me in front of the British Library.  I look so excited.  I mean honestly, I’m a total book geek! I was very excited to get a library card here and am looking forward to requesting some very old books.  I can’t wait to read them and then to think about the other people who have read them over the centuries.

 

 

 

Tell me about your best book experience. I have a new release CARRYING A KING’S CHILD out and I’m giving away a signed copy of it along with some fun swag.  :) 

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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Eileen A-W is the winner of all four of my Scott Brothers novellas.  Thank you everyone for sharing your friendships with me. 

 

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_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.

 

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