Friday, December 21, 2012

Author Interview with Karey White

Today I get to share an author interview with you and a great new book! 
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For What It's Worth by Karey White

Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.

Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?

Rachelle: This book sounds like so much fun! Can you tell us a little about the inspiration for this novel and how you come up with ideas for new books?
Karey: I owned my own wedding cake business for about a dozen years. At one point, I delivered a cake I was really excited about. It was a tall, 3-tier cake covered in fondant with brightly colored fondant curlicues. It was a fun cake. I delivered it to one of the coolest, candy-themed weddings I'd ever seen. The mother of the bride was really excited about the cake and said she was surprised it had been such a bargain. It made me wonder what she'd have been willing to pay for the cake if she'd named the price. That was the beginning of my idea for For What It's Worth.

I find my inspiration from a variety of places. It seems when I'm ready to write, I hope and pray and look at things with a more creative eye. Pretty soon, something comes to me. 

Rachelle: This book sounds like it could be made into an awesome chic-flick. What is one of your favorite movies in this genre? 

Karey: I'd love it if it could be a movie. My daughters and I love a good chick flick, but so many of them are marred with inappropriate content. I absolutely LOVED Leap Year. It was such a fun movie and Matthew Goode was pretty charming. 

R: I haven't seen that one, better check it out. 

R:If you could share some advice with an aspiring writer, what would it be?

Karey: To be brave. It's a scary thing to put your heart and soul into something and then send it off, not knowing what the reaction will be. 

R: So true!

R:What is your favorite Christmas candy?

Karey: My mom always made See's fudge and English toffee. I'd have liked to have it year-round but she only made it during December. To this day, I have to make at least one batch of each during the Christmas season. 

R: She's making me hungry and I'm craving my mom's homemade caramels!

R:What other writing projects are you working on now?

I'm working on a short Christmas story, a romance that plays off my own love of Pride and Prejudice and a fictional memoir.
R: Sounds like fun! Thanks Karey, for sharing a little bit about yourself with us!

Praise for For What It's Worth

Reading Karey White’s books, like eating chocolate cake, is always satisfying and brings a smile to my face. For What It’s Worth is light, romantic, and delicious. It’s a great pleasure read. Sit down and get lost in the charming world of wedding cakes and love. As an added bonus, each chapter  starts with a recipe, so it’s a novel and cookbook all in one. A fun read!
—Teri Harman, KSL columnist, Studio 5 contributor, and author of Blood Moon, available June 22, 2013

I just loved the book – loved it. Hated putting it down and hated finishing it. Karey White is my new Maeve Binchy, her writing as warm as the bakery her novel is set in. For What It’s Worth surprised me, made me smile, say “no” out loud in a public place. I love when a character feels like my sister. I didn’t want to finish it, so now I may try the recipes that began every chapter.
—Amanda Dickson, author and radio personality

This book oozes charm, romance, and mouth-watering recipes. If you want to escape reality and curl up with a darling story, For What It’s Worth is the perfect fit. Thank you, Karey White!
—Rachael Anderson, author

This is a book worth every penny of the price. In the business of baking wedding cakes, every detail must be perfection, but this story remembers that real life is oh-so-messy. White’s clear and honest writing left me hungry for good food, a close family, and a little romance. A beautiful marriage of food, family, and faith.
—Regina Sirois, author of On Little Wings, 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award


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Author Karey White

Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.

She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.


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