Interviewing Author Karen Smith
Q1. Tell me about yourself?
A. My name is Karen Sue Smith. I have lived in Wheaton, Illinois since 2003. My husband and I celebrated our twenty-ninth wedding anniversary on August 4, 2020. We have three children on earth and three in heaven. We have a Havanese dog named Clara, and a Holland Lop bunny named Lilly.
I am a Kingdom Builder’s Academy certified coach. I love helping others find clarity in their life calling and see their dreams become reality. I love helping other people write and accomplish their goals. I do laser coaching, where I help my clients develop their vision, and then break down the steps to see what they want into small, actionable steps that they can take each day.
Q2.What are your favorite books to read?
A. The Bible is my favorite book to read and study. I also love to read biographies. I enjoy learning through the eyes of others.
Q3. When did you decide you were going to write a book?
A. When I was in sixth grade I authored a book with a friend for a school conference. As I went through school I continued to love writing. It was when I learned how to self-publish that I found the freedom to see my writing turn into books that others could benefit from.
Q4. How did you come up with the name of your book?
A. I wrote the books first. As I wrote and rewrote the words of the body of the book the titles took shape. I also asked others what they thought about my titles. I used the feedback to come to the final titles.
Q5. What are you working on for 2021?
A. My next book is about movement and prayer. It will be about how your physical body can be a tool to draw you closer to God.
Q6. How long have you been writing?
A. 41 years
Q7. What advice would you give other authors?
A. Carry a notebook with you to catch your thoughts or write down illustrations as you go through your day. Keep a bank of stories and real-life examples that you can use when you write.
Q8. Where can people find you online?
A. My website is www.lifeconnectionsacademy.com.
My Books are:
Learning to Parent in the Light in a Dark World, My Journey of Sorrow and Joy
Homeschool Secrets - Discover the Path to Success
Enter In With Thanksgiving - Learn the Key to Intimacy with God
On-Location With God
Let’s Go! How to Take a Family Vacation Everyone will Love
Q9. What is your favorite coffee drink?
A. Although I love the smell of coffee, I do not like to drink coffee. I am a tea lover! My favorite tea is Vanilla Cream Tulsi Tea.
Q10. What is your favorite coffee shop?
A. I do enjoy the Passion Ice Tea at Starbucks.
Q11. Do you plan on making a new book in the future?
A. I have many book ideas for the future. I am excited to continue to write.
Q12. How many books have you written?
A. I have five self-published books, and I have also written a chapter in a book published by my seminary professors.
Q13. Did you go to college to be a writer?
A. I did not attend college to be a writer. I have my BA in Psychology from Taylor University and a Master of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.