The Revealing of Karen McQuestion

The Revealing of Karen McQuestion

Karen McQuestion (A Scattered Life, Easily Amused coming September 21, 2010, and Celia and the Fairies for ages 7 – 11 coming November 2, 2010) proclaims to be “the luckiest writer in the world.” Why? Because her dream(s) of being published are coming true…one book following the other. The author explains:

“After years of trying to get published traditionally, I self-published my books on Amazon’s Kindle in 2009. Sales were great, and as a result, I now have five books (paperback and e-book) coming out under the AmazonEncore imprint, and one novel, A Scattered Life, optioned for film.”

Also there’s great praise for A Scattered Life:

“An emotional and engaging novel about family.” – Delia Ephron, author of The Girl with the Mermaid Hair

“McQuestion writes with a sharp eye and a sure voice, and as a reader, I was willing to go wherever she wanted to take me. After I finished the book, I thought about how I might describe it to a friend, and I settled on a phrase that says a lot without saying very much at all. It’s the way these conversations usually end: “‘You should read this. It’s good.'” –Carolyn Parkhurst, author of The Dogs of Babel, Lost and Found, and The Nobodies Album

The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of A Scattered Life for Monday, September 27, 2010. However, in the meantime, let’s meet the author by reading her “official” bio:

Karen McQuestion’s essays have appeared in Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Christian Science Monitor and several anthologies. She is the author of six books self-published on Amazon’s Kindle, one of which, the novel, A Scattered Life, caught the attention of an L.A. based production company and became the first self-published Kindle book to be optioned for film. Five of her previously self-published books will now be published by AmazonEncore. McQuestion lives with her family in Hartland, Wisconsin.

And now for the upclose/personal revealing of Karen:

Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Unpredictable, ever changing, a little messy, always interesting.

Q; What is your motto or maxim?
A: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
I made that one up just now.

Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: A weekend with nothing planned.

Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: I have a lot of anxieties, but my biggest fear is that something bad will happen to one of my kids.

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Standing on a digital scale with “120 lbs” in the display.

Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Louisa May Alcott, because both of us are writers and the second of four daughters.

Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: Erin Brockovich

Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: In my writing: seem, look, nodded. In real life: “Do you know what I mean?”

Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: It’s a tie between being invisible and flying. Or else being a really good cook.

Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Getting my older son out of bed in the morning for four years of high school. I seriously doubt many people could have done it and kept their sanity.

Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: I’m a bit of a control freak.

Q: What’s your best quality?
A: Empathy.

Q: What do you regret most?
A: Regrets, I have more than a few. Most of them involve hurting other people’s feelings.

Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: Myself, only taller, prettier, and ten years younger.

Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: I blend in well in a crowd.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: The Count of Monte Cristo

Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Hannibal Lecter

Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: To any of them I’d say, “Dude, you don’t need to be running around all the time. Have you heard of reading a book?”

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Women who are effortlessly thin.

Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: For the purpose of this reveal, we’ll say reading in my favorite recliner.

Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Stand-up comedian

Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Sense of humor, compassion, intelligence.

Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Oatmeal with raisins, brown sugar, butter, and cream.

Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: Right now:
Für Elise by Beethoven
My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)
So Happy Together (The Turtles)
Cooler Than Me (Mike Posner)

Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Ladder of Years by Anne Tyler
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Talented, determined, and very grateful, Karen McQuestion’s success is limitless. Discover what’s next for her by following on Twitter and becoming a fan on Facebook.

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Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away a copy of Leah Stewart’s Husband and Wife in a random drawing of comments left only on this specific post, Leah Stewart and Husband and Wife. Comments left on other posts during the week will not be eligible. The deadline is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winner to be announced here in tomorrow’s post. If you enter, please return tomorrow to see if you’re a winner.

4 thoughts on “The Revealing of Karen McQuestion

  1. “Getting my older son out of bed in the morning for four years of high school. I seriously doubt many people could have done it and kept their sanity.”


    Also, I absolutely LOVE that she wasn’t afraid to list “Cooler Than Me” in her list of songs, haha. (I’m into that one right now too.)

    Karen, I just want to say how happy I am for you. Your success story is so unusual and amazing. I have no doubt that it is well-deserved. Congrats again, and I can’t wait to see what else happens for you!

  2. I had to giggle at some of these answers. Taller, prettier and 10 years younger. Yup! I can totally relate to that one. Good luck, Karen, with all of your books. 🙂

  3. I’m happy to see Karen here! I’ve known her via our blogs from “way back” (way back being just a few years, but still) – I’m thrilled for her.

    I think luck had little to do with her being where she is; I’d bet it’s more her work and that she didn’t give up.

  4. Hello everyone! What a thrill to be on The Diving Wand among smart readers and authors I admire. Thanks to Larramie for creating this wonderful place and also for making me look so good. 🙂

    Kristan, thanks for the congratulations. So nice of you. I sometimes get stuck on songs and that’s what happened with “Cooler Than Me.” I liked it the first time I heard it and I doubt I’ll get tired of it.

    Janel, we must have a similar sense of humor! I can tell that you knew I was being completely serious, though, when I said I’d be me, but a much improved version. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

    Hey Keetha! When I saw that you’d left a comment I had that flicker of recognition you have when you see a friend. The only think lacking is that we haven’t actually met. The Internet is a very small world at times. I know you can vouch for all my years of not making much headway getting my books published. In retrospect, I was growing and learning during that period, but frankly, I didn’t appreciate that at the time.

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