Interview and Book Giveaway with Karen Arnpriester

I'm happy to introduce Karen to you. Not only is Karen a prolific writer and graphic artist, she is also the adoptive mom of two little girls (just like me); bringing them out of a world of darkness into God's marvelous light through her love and compassion. Karen also created the book cover for my third book, In Plain Sight.





Tells us first how you came to faith in Jesus.
I grew up in church, in the Midwest. Our social life was intertwined with our church life. I was saved at 7 the first time.  Again at church summer camp when I was 16. Oddly, I was making out with a cute boy only hours later.  So don’t think it was as profound as it should have been.  I talked the talk but didn’t walk the walk for the next few years.  At 19, I pulled away totally and struggled through a difficult marriage, divorced at 21, remarried at 23. Life was complicated, painful and God felt a million miles away. I would tell myself now and then that I needed to get back to church, would try a new one, and drift out. I was very angry with God and had lots of unanswered questions. Many of the questions covered in Raider’s Vendetta were my questions. Issues that kept me separated from God for many years. When I came back, God began revealing answers. I can’t say all are answered, but I have a much stronger foundation with my faith now.  My true faith in Jesus came at the age of 40. Of all things, I was watching Jimmy Swaggart (before the drama) and God just reached in and pulled on my heart. It was time to stop running and deal with my faith head on.

What do you want readers to take away from your writing and this book in particular?
I want them to know that everyone has a story. We each process pain and disappoint differently.  That no one is beyond God’s grace. Never stop praying for that child who has refused everything Godly. Also, that once we plant the seeds of Heaven’s love, it doesn’t stop growing. We may not live to see the harvest in our Earthly life, but it doesn’t change the fact that we planted truth and God will find ways to nurture the growth.

What part of this book did you enjoy writing the most and why?
It was so fun to climb into the mind of a angry, mean person. I know that sounds odd, but we bite our tongues, play nice and pretend everything is fine. Raider just let it go, all the frustrations, anger and vengeance. I warned my husband, in jest of course, that he better watch out. I didn’t realize how mean I could actually be.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Ezekiel 1:28.  I included this experience in my book, for my character Charley. My sister had prayed for a verse to help me make some big decisions about my second marriage. I was separated at the time. I had stepped away from God, but humored her. She didn’t get a verse or word and we moved on to other things. While talking about our kids, I had a brain whisper. Ezekiel 1:28.  I thought, how odd and ignored it. Moments later EZEKIEL 1:28 blasted through my head. I jumped, realizing that God was yelling at me. This verse has been my anchor to God. Even when I thought I could be an atheist, I couldn’t explain away this experience. God was real whether I liked it or not. He knew how to keep me close enough that I would eventually return to Him. The verse clearly states that it is He who was speaking to me.

Ezekiel 1:28
New International Version (NIV)
28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

How does your faith play into your writing?
My faith is why I write.  I submitted several devotionals for a devotional book our church was putting together. Quite a few ladies asked me if I had ever thought about writing. They loved my devotional stories.  I tossed the idea around in my head for awhile, not realizing they had planted God’s seed. He wanted me to write. I started a book just out of curiosity, Anessia’s Quest. I had only taken a semester of Creative Writing in high school many, many years ago. I didn’t take writing my book seriously at all, but it was fun. Total freedom in a world I created. I didn’t know where it was going and just wrote. Several friends found out and wanted to read along. They were my cheerleaders and probably why I ever finished. I would write myself into corners, and God would download a picture of where the story should go. The story became a collaboration and God was leading. Last week I was driving, not thinking about much. I remember my storyline when I really focus, but it’s fuzzy in general. Different parts kept popping into my thoughts. I’d smile, laugh or tear up. At first I didn’t understand what was going on, but then realized that God was sharing our experience with me. We were having a conversation about the book without words. Awesome!

What is your favorite book by another author and why?
The Shack, hands down. Not only did this book speak to me on a spiritual level for my own walk with God, it showed me that Christian fiction can be exciting, entertaining and profound without being dry. I hadn’t read a lot of Christian fiction. I was a Koontz and King fan for many years. Never a romance fan and so much of what I saw advertised for Christian fiction appeared to be romance or Amish.  The Shack played a key role in my choice to begin writing.  I was given the book to read just after doing the devotional book. God had it all worked out to seed, water and harvest.


YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP5QrISKUx8
Website: raidersvendetta.com  (trailer, synopsis, reviews, first 12 chapters free download)
Amazon: Search Raider's Vendetta for Paperback and Kindle
Also available at iTunes


4 comments:

  1. Marlayne, thank you so much for hosting me on your site. I am excited to respond to comments and give a way my book.

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  2. Your blog header and title is just lovely. I would love to read this novel.

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  3. Hi Tea, good luck with the drawing ... wait I think you are the only one. Looks good for winning.

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  4. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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