Do you intend to make writing a career? I currently have a day job that I enjoy and that I find meaningful. Eventually I would like to make writing a career, but am thankful right now I have a way to make ends meet and can ease myself into making writing a career.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? The messages in the Orange Karen anthology are all about strength, resiliency, and hope.
What are your goals as a writer? Aside from writing well, I want to inspire readers, and help them to escape everyday stressors, even if just for a moment or two.
Have you ever considered anyone as a mentor? The editors for this anthology are all mentors to me. Susan Ethridge, Jennifer Gracen, Steven Luna, and K.D. McCrite continue to teach me, in their own ways, how to become a better writer.
Who is your favorite author and why? Fellow Canadian author Margaret Atwood is my favorite author. First off, her books are amazing. I also love how she does not let herself get pigeon-holed into a particular genre. She’s very accessible to her fans, especially through Twitter and Wattpad, and she voices her opinions on matters close to her heart.
Can we expect any more books from you in the future? There has been idle chit chat about an Orange Karen anthology Volume 2, but right now we’re focusing on promoting this anthology. If there continues to be enough excitement and demand for these amazing stories, then we’ll talk about it more. For me personally, my first novel “Work in Progress”, published by Booktrope Publishing, will be out soon and I’ve started on the next novel in that series.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? Not only can I say I have been published, but so have 39 other authors who have become friends. And most of all, I got to be involved in an amazing project to help a wonderful person. Talk about win-win-win!
If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?
1. No matter what life throws at you, dig deep inside and dance. Our friend Orange Karen was a true warrior. She fought for her life and even when she was feeling her worst, trying to wean off of heavy pain killers, dealing with physical pain, rehabilitating from illness and trying to make sense of what just happened to her, she danced.
2. Never underestimate the value of supports, in real life and online.
3. Participate in something that speaks to your heart. Whether that be a new book or writing project, volunteering, or taking up kite surfing.
Get swept off your feet by an Internet romance
Escape from a war-torn encampment with a mystical healer/princess
Witness the murder of a NASCAR driver in the bathroom of local Home Depot
Join Miss Della and Chip as they find friendship and a new zest for life in their golden years
ORANGE KAREN: TRIBUTE TO A WARRIOR is a collection of 39 stories that explore the strength and resilience of the human spirit. From the monster in the basement to the teddy bear on a young woman’s pillow, each story uses the colour orange as a thematic element, revealing the power of love, friendship, and the will to live.
Karen DeLabar is a friend, author, and mother. In June of 2012, she was stricken with Toxic Shock Syndrome.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the anthology will be donated to Karen and her family, to assist with her medical expenses, and ongoing recovery.
Acknowledgements by Christina Esdon
Foreword by Jennifer Gracen
Introduction by Karen DeLabar
Jesse James Freeman
Steve & Zack Umstead
R. B. Wood
Elizabeth Ann West
Gareth S. Young
John Moore Walker
Andrew F. Butters
D. Savannah George
J. Whitworth Hazzard
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Genre - Short Story Anthology
Rating – PG13 (some strong language)