MeetRachel Skatvold, author of Christian contemporary romance. Welcome, Rachel!
Rachel’s giving away an ebook copy of her latest release, Guardian of Her Heart, to someone who joins the conversation below. You may also share a Facebook post or a tweet to qualify for the drawing. But be sure to tag me when you do. Or use the “Click to Tweet” links below, which makes tweeting super easy and tags us automatically.
Rachel Skatvold Before Writing
Icome from a big family and we have lived in Kansas City, Missouri since I was two years old. Now our family has grown even bigger since my brother and sisters have gotten married and have children. It always looks like a block party on my parents’ street when we have family get-togethers.(Click to Tweet!)
My husband and I married ten years ago. We have two boys that I home school. Our lives are very busy, but fun.
A Debut for Rachel Skatvold
My first book is actually still a work in progress. I submitted it to a few publishers and it got through one round of selections with one editor. In the end it was rejected because they said I didn’t have a big enough platform to promote the book.
At first, I was discouraged, but an idea for a second book, Beauty Within, popped up. This one actually started on my blog. I posted a chapter every week for my followers and read their comments to grow in my writing. However, when the story came to an end, I got such a good response that I self published it as a novella in 2014. That book flourished and grew into a three-novella series—Riley Family Legacy!(Click to Tweet!)
As for my first book, I realized it wasn’t ready for publication yet. That one is still close to my heart but on the backburner for the moment.
What’s up With Rachel Skatvold Now?
After my three book series, an idea for a contemporarywestern romance series developed.
Hart Ranch Series
The first book in the Hart Ranch Series, Escaping Reality,follows the lives of the Hart familyon their family land in Montana. (Click to Tweet!)A young movie star stumbles upon the ranch and disturbs their peaceful life, but God has big plans in mind.
The second in this series, Chasing Embers, is set to release in August 2018.
Lord, we bow before You in praise and gratitude for how You use us for the Cause of Christ. We writers of Christian fiction are privileged to weave Your story into ours. And readers of Christian fiction are inspired as the various facets of the Gospel unfold on the page. Please bless every single word Rachel writes for You. And bless us in the reading. ~ For Jesus’ sake
This week we’re visiting with Karen Malena, author of inspirational, dystopian, and fantasy fiction. Not exactly sure what dystopian or fantasy entails? Keep reading, my friends … and be inspired.
P.S. Karen’s offering “a few” of her ebooks to the winner(s) of a drawing among those who comment below. Let’s keep the conversation going!
**Congratulations to drawing winner, Phyllis Scott!
Karen Malena Before Authoring
I feel that my true writing journey actually began when I was a very young girl. My mother had a form of mental illness and was hospitalized many times. It was frightening for me, but it began my love of reading and making up stories to escape all of the seriousness surrounding me. (Click to Tweet!)
My close-knit family’s strong faith got us through this difficult time, and God restored my mother to us by a miracle. I like to believe that going through this experience as a young child, helped ready me for the journey of Alzheimer’s and dementia that we faced with Mom for the last several years.
Once again, I was able to channel the seriousness, write about it, and inspire others with my blog and writings. (Click to Tweet!)
How Authorship Began for Karen Malena
So many times throughout my life, I would begin a fictional story, but put it aside. It took me until about eight years ago, when I met a man in our small group Bible study at church who had some published pieces, to finally join a writers group and pick up my desire to write once again.
Karen Malena’s Debut
First,I wrote a book which is out of print now, Shadow of My Father’s Secret. I went with a very small publishing company. There was never a more exciting moment than actually seeing my name on the Amazon site for the first time.
Ialso went out of my comfort zone with a story inspired by the impersonal way I see our young people communicating today—only by texting and electronic devices—so my dystopian story, Sound of Silence, was born. It is a futuristic tale in an era where speaking is not permitted any longer, creepy and cautionary. (Click to Tweet!)
A Bit of Fantasy
And lastly, due to the popularity of my son Matt3756 YouTube channel, I wrote Piggy, a fun, fantasy story about his cat. It’s a great book about friendship, food and fun.
Life at Present for Karen Malena
My husband and I enjoy traveling to the quaint town of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, located in the Laurel Highlands. It was at one of our stays at a bed and breakfast that I began formulating a story while thinking of my parent’s love in their senior years, Mom’s growing dementia, and my love of that beautiful town.
Sharing Through Articles
I belong to a group, AlzAuthors, and am most comfortable blogging about my caregiving journey with Mom’s dementia and aging parents. I also have an article coming out in Guidepost magazine’s sister publication, “Mysterious Ways,” this spring entitled “The Earrings” about my mother’s near death experience. It is my hope to be a blessing to those who face the heartbreak of dementia, losing their parents, or anyone who may identify with one of the characters in my books.
Reaching Out to Others
Now Ilove to encourage others to begin their own writing journey, or speak at events at senior centers and libraries. (Click to Tweet!)
Love Woven in Time by Karen Malena Harry and Rose meet in their golden years in quaint Ligonier, Pennsylvania. A warm friendship is forged and their lives become intertwined in ways even they won’t believe.
But will Rose’s secret from her teenage years tear their new found friendship apart? Will the sins of Harry’s past revisit him and shatter all hope for happiness?
Love Finds a Way Harry and Rose McMillen from Love Woven in Time return in this story. Their love in their senior years is an inspiration to all who know them. But as Rose senses that her beloved is losing precious memories more rapidly, she begins to wonder how long they really have together before the ravages of time and age erase precious moments forever.
Reflections from My Mother’s Kitchen In the quaint, old steel town of Ambridge, Pennsylvania, Kate has known adversity. While she and her mom share the stories that molded their lives, Kate begins a journey of self-awareness and hope.
But when tragedy knocks on a seemingly innocent morning, will the warmth of a mother’s love be enough to carry her through?
Sound of Silence A dark, all-encompassing law blankets the country.Driven by one terrible secret, a powerful politician brutally suppresses speech for the sake of order and holds the country in the palm of his hand.
In Sound of Silence an ominous new society is introduced leaving us with the question: What if?
Piggy What do a cat and mouse have in common? One little kitten is about to find out.
“This is a true story, one of an unlikely friendship, great bravery, heroes and villains.”
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Lord, You are our eternal Sustainer. We praise You alone for preserving life and faith and trust. Karen Malena has walked a path few have known. Only You could have brought her into her place of security, joy, and service through writing. We honor You as we honor Karen. Please bless each word she writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake ~