Let’s Chat! Author Rachel Skatvold

Welcome, Readers!

Meet Rachel 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

I come 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 contemporary western romance series developed. 

Hart Ranch Series

The first book in the Hart Ranch Series, Escaping Reality, follows the lives of the Hart family on 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.

Also, I write as contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming Series which has seven books so far.

All of my books are romances but I weave in deeper themes of faith and family throughout the storyline. I’m excited for the future and what God has in store for my writing ministry.

How to Find Rachel Skatvold and Her Books

Website

Amazon Author Page

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

To Purchase Rachel’s Books: Amazon

And don’t fail to comment below. Post on Facebook or Twitter for a chance to win Guardian of Her Heart! 

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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

 

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13 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Rachel Skatvold

  1. Rose Blackard

    I enjoyed the interview and the pictured. I just love that you both love the Lord and honor him through your writing. Thanks so much!

     
     
    1. Hi, Rose. So glad to have you chat awhile. I hope you’ll come back and we’ll get to be better and better friends. God bless!

       
       
    2. Thank you for coming by and commenting, Rose. I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview. Blessings. ~Rachel

       
       
  2. Tanja

    It’s amazing, how God opened a platform for you and your ministry!

     
     
    1. Hi, Tanja! Seeing your name put a big smile on my face. Yes, isn’t it wonderful how God works through us and ahead of us (and even behind us, cleaning up our messes 🙂 You’re entered into the drawing, my friend.

       
       
    2. Hi Tanya! Yes, it always amazes me how God works things out for good. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Blessings. ~ Rachel

       
       
    3. Hi again, Tanja. When I first saw your name as a commenter, I immediately thought you were a friend in Switzerland. So my reply might have seemed a bit overboard 🙂 I realize now I’ve met a new Tanja. And I’m tickled pink.

       
       
  3. Marilyn R

    The interview and pictures added a lot to Rachel Skatvold’s interview. Thank you for sharing. Blessings on your writings–I appreciate books with a faith message and God’s love.

     
     
    1. Hi Marilyn! Thank you for stopping by and I’m glad you enjoyed the interview. Blessings! ~ Rachel

       
       
    2. Welcome, Marilyn! I’m right there with you about books with messages of faith and God’s love. I can’t imagine life without God, so reading stories without Him lack weightiness for me. If a story doesn’t reach soul-deep, it doesn’t reach deep enough. Thank you for visiting with us. God bless you!

       
       
  4. Becky Smith

    I forgot that Rachel lives in Kansas City! I may have even driven past her home! Great interview & I loved the photos!

     
     
    1. Hi, Becky! Great to see you in our circle this week. Small world, huh??!! You guys ought to get together. Have a party 🙂

       
       
    2. Hi Becky! I didn’t know you lived in the Kansas City area either! That’s great that we live so close. We used to live in the northland but now we live further north out in the country. Nice and quiet. Thanks for stopping by!

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Karen Malena

Welcome, Readers!

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!) 

Family Life

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

Janet SimcicSo 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.

More Novels for Karen

Then I released two books about golden year romance which came from that time: Love Woven in Time and Love Finds a Way.

Another of my books, Reflections From my Mother’s Kitchen, is a fictionalized memoir-type journey of some of the situations our Italian family had gone through. Conversations with a faith-filled mother guide Kate, my main character. (Click to Tweet!) 

A Dystopian Tale

I also 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

Ligonier, Pennsylvania

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 I love to encourage others to begin their own writing journey, or speak at events at senior centers and libraries. (Click to Tweet!) 

How to Contact Karen

Facebook

Twitter

Website

Where to Find Karen Malena’s Books

Amazon

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 ~

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15 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Karen Malena

  1. Wonderful interview Karen!.. I enjoyed reading your inspirational life story!!

     
     
    1. Thank you so much, Tammy for the comment! Much appreciated.

       
       
    2. Hi, Tammy. So good to see you here. You’re another inspirational author with an inspirational life story! I’m grateful to know you.

       
       
  2. Katie Perez

    Amazing that writing was to therapeutic for Karen! I write on my free time, (what free time? I have 3 kids 6 and under) but I want to ask; as a writer, is there a specific tone you go for writing wise? As in, one that will appeal to all types of walks of life? Or do you just write from the heart, and the audience will create itself? Thankful Karen for sharing your story. ♡

     
     
    1. Hi, Katie. So good to see you in our group today. Karen and I are both authors. Her books and mine are in different genres. I write historical fiction. Like Karen, I weave my family’s trials and the overcoming of hardships through faith and grit into my stories. My ancestors’ tales deserve to be preserved and shared, so that’s what I try to do. I love how Karen reaches out to others from her own experience with a family member’s mental illness, Alzheimer’s, and other brands of dementia. Please join our chat again. A new author each Wednesday. God bless.

       
       
    2. Hello Katie. Excellent question! Thank you for reaching out. I know what you mean about spare time. When I was part-time caregiver for my parents, working a full time job, and of course having a full time husband, I wondered how I found time to write. But I took small pockets of peace wherever I could find them and even if it was only ten minutes here or there, I would write what I loved. In my fiction, I usually am inspired to write a little of the truth of situations, but of course we need dramatic elements as well. I’ve been told to “keep ’em guessing, so once again, in fiction, we need to think of something to move the story forward so your reader will want to turn that page. But when I write blogs and such, I look within my heart. I, too, believe that gritty soul-searching writing is what people need. They have something that touches them in a more personal way. Thank you again for your wonderful comment!

       
       
  3. Great interview! Karen’s got a wide range of books to choose from.

     
     
    1. Hi, David. Thanks for pulling up a chair and joining our circle 🙂 Yes, Karen has quite a range, and I’m now one of her fans. Please come again. A new author each Wednesday.

       
       
    2. David, thank you so much for stopping by and for all the sharing and comments that you always do for me. It is very much appreciated, my friend. Wishing you success in your journey as well.

       
       
  4. Phyllis Scott

    I’m not sure what I am replying about. But, I do want to encourage Linda in her writing especially about mental illness and dementia. I appreciate how some are able to articulate experiences with either of these. My father suffered many years with manic depression and the dementia in his latter years and my mother suffered right along with him. God has blessed her by giving her over 12 years, after his passing to heal and build a rich life. I think the worst thing for families is they get isolated because people have a hard time loving and supporting because they don’t take time to try and understand.

     
     
    1. What a wonderful contribution you’ve made to our conversation, Phyllis. Thank you. But it’s Karen Malena who has had the life experience with family mental illness and Alzheimer’s. She’s the one who speaks and writes and ministers to seniors and others affected by mental illness and dementia. My grandmother’s mother was in and out of their home due to mental illness for several years until she was finally committed for good and lived out the remainder of her life—48 years—in the asylum, so my grandmother at 11 years of age became the woman of the house and substitute mother to her three siblings. Others in my family know what it’s like to be in Karen’s position as a child. I so admire Karen’s devotion to others through her knowledge and experience with this most devastating disease. I hope you’ll visit this blog again. Sign up on my home page, and it’ll arrive in your Inbox every Wednesday with another author to get to know. God bless.

       
       
    2. Hello Phyllis. I want to thank you for your comment and sharing your own story as well. The stigma of mental illness is one of the most difficult things a family will go through. I am always grateful when I share my story and someone reaches out and says they, too, know what it is like. My mother’s battle with depression as a young woman was devastating to our family, but we had a miracle. She returned from one of her hospital visits completely healed. I can only classify that as a true miracle because she was not only suicidal, but at times didn’t know who she was. She went on to own several small businesses in life and was my best friend. It was when Alzheimer’s robbed us yet again of her in her last few years, that all those feelings returned from my childhood. I’m so glad your mother was able to enjoy her life after all the difficulties. Thank you again for reaching out.

       
       
  5. Dianna Kennedy

    I became a lover of Karen’s writings when she first started. We became quick friends. I associated with certain things she wrote about.

    She is a very talented woman with a deep faith. God has blessed her with the talent to tell her stories which touch the lives of so many people.

    God bless her and may she continue with her path. I am so proud to say I am a fan and a friend.

     
     
    1. Thank you for joining in, Dianna. I don’t know Karen personally, but I’m definitely a fan after this interview. Please visit the blog again. A new author every Wednesday. God bless.

       
       
    2. Dear Dianna, I have been blessed in my life to get to know you through my writing. You are a dear friend and your words of encouragement always spur me on to continue. Thank you for seeing in my writing what I want to convey: that faith is the answer and goodness is not gone in the world. I appreciate your comment here and your friendship.

       
       

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