Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Karen Arnpriester - Anessia’s Quest - Author Interview

My thanks to Karen Arnpriester for returning to Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways and participating in an author interview during the blog tour for her book, Anessia’s Quest.

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
I met a young girl while volunteering at a shelter for moms and kids. Anessia was her name and she touched a very deep place in my heart. I also loved the name. Anessia was the perfect choice. Life can present incredible challenges for us to conquer and hence the use of Quest.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, that love and forgiveness is essential to acquiring true joy in our lives. That everyone has a purpose for being here and that our decisions and actions create powerful ripples that impact many lives.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
A small portion of the book is based on my own life experiences and others that I have known through the years. It is a culmination of challenges and circumstances from many lives. I grew up in a loving family and this is not my life story, but I did face some of the decisions and circumstances that are in the story. The relationship between Pagne (the main character) and her angel are loosely based on things that either others or I have experienced, and what could happen since Heaven is limitless.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Not in the story. I would have been more organized, kept better notes. I thought this would be my hobby and remain on my computer so details weren’t so critical. Once I took is seriously, I had to go back and make sure descriptions and names of sub-characters were consistent.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Time, I own my own full-time business and became a mother again through the foster care system.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I confirmed what my values are. That my belief in love and forgiveness is much stronger than I realized. I learned that we all want to know that this life and our struggles have a point. That we are not random. I also learned that I have the ability to transport the reader to a place where they connect and care about the characters, as if they are real. I believe my characters represent people in their own lives.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I always made up stories for my kids and considered writing children’s books, but life got in the way. Our church put together a testimonial book as a fund-raiser for our women’s ministry events several years ago. Once published, quite a few people asked if I ever considered writing a book. They really enjoyed my contributions. It planted a seed that grew into a possibility. I started writing Anessia’s Quest on a whim, to see if I could. Friends were so encouraging and insisted that it was good and I should take it seriously.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t have a favorite, but I was really impacted by The Shack, written by William P. Young. I loved that he challenged the reader to see beyond the expected. I found some very important answers for questions I’ve struggled with all my life. I was the person sitting at the desk, judging. I enjoy Dean Koontz, Ted Dekker and Lynn Austin. I have also recently started reading James Patterson, the teen adventure books. I particularly enjoy books that have a base of spiritual truth, but are creative in the storyline; or filled with fantasy, conflict and triumph.

9. Tell us your latest news.
I have a new book coming out in the next few months. It is a psychological thriller. I was able to think like a angry criminal and that was fun. Raider’s Vendetta pits a man filled with hate for God with a struggling Christian woman who brings all of his rage to the surface. It is about survival, faith, forgiveness and love.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I have discovered a passion for writing in the later part of my life. My tag line is Never Too Old to Instigate. Dreams, discoveries and adventures are yours if you take the first step. I have realized that there is still much more to my life and contributions I can make. If you have a dream, go for it. The process is very rewarding, even if it doesn’t become a success by society’s standards. Someone wise said … it’s not the destination, but the journey.


About the Book
Anessia’s Quest


Book Details:
Genre: Christian, Drama, Suspense, Adult

Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: January 2011
Pages: 302
Price: $11.95 paperback, $6.99 ebook
Buy Links:
Amazon, Kindle

Synopsis:
Anessia’s Quest follows the life of a woman born into dysfunction and neglect. The story takes you on her journey. A journey that begins with abandonment, abuse, and physical injury. Pagne (Pain) believes she is all alone, thrown away, but soon discovers that she is protected and guided by her guardian angel. A powerful relationship develops between this lost child and her loving protector that manifests as a unique method of communication.

Pagne encounters other broken people that become her family, friends and community. Her grace and compassion alter their destructive paths. She moves through her life unaware of the impact she creates, her purpose on Earth.

Her life is filled with tears, laughter, joy and heartbreak. She faces challenges that include ultimate betrayal, loss and shame. Challenges that are only bearable due to her trust and faith in heaven’s love and value for her. Love that is reinforced by her angel. She discovers the events that led to her mother’s indifference and neglect, and must decide how much grace she can extend to a woman she has hated for most of her life. The ultimate test of forgiveness.

When she faces her death, Pagne discovers the true value and power of forgiveness and love. She is shown how her life created ripples that spread into waves of glorious influence. She was not an accident, she was placed on Earth with divine intent.

Excerpt:

Several years crawled by, and somehow, Champagne had survived her mother’s indifference. On one summer evening, Leah finally could not take it any longer, the pounding on the door was killing her head. What a hang-over she had. When she jerked the door open, she looked into the chest of a police officer. Behind him stood her neighbor, Miss Nose Up My Butt. She could tell this wasn’t good by the smirk on Miss Butt’s face.

“We got a call that you have a toddler playing unattended on the landing,” said the officer.

“Well, I don’t see no kid out here, do you?” shot back Leah.

“Not at the moment, but your neighbor called quite concerned. She said that it is not unusual to see your front door wide open and your small daughter playing out here by the stairs. Do you understand how dangerous that is?”

“Well yes, Officer, I do. I’m not an idiot. I am always just inside the door, watching her every move. The kid has gotta have some fresh air and sunshine right?”

“Ma’am, unless you use better judgment and find a safer place for your daughter to play, we will be back out with Child Services,” threatened the Officer.

“Okay. I will figure out something.”

The officer filled out his paperwork and handed Leah her copy. “This call will be documented.” He held the paper for a delayed moment, while making eye contact with Leah.

“Thank you Officer,” Leah said sarcastically as she snatched it from his hand.


About the Author
Karen Arnpriester

Karen Slimick Arnpriester is a creative, passionate and adventuresome woman. She raised her two children, adores her seven grandchildren and is now a foster mom of two young ladies. She has been a self-taught graphic designer for twenty five years and started her own business twenty years ago. Her faith in God is strong and she believes that we are Christ’s hands, feet, arms and wallet. This translates into her involvement in youth ministries, local women’s shelter, street ministry, the elderly, as well as many other outreaches over the years. Her home has been available to single moms and their children, allowing them to get a fresh start.

ANESSIA’S QUEST is her first novel. The desire to write began two years ago as a hobby. She had an idea for a beginning and the end. The rest of the story flowed and took Karen on a journey. She cried and laughed as she followed the twists and turns of the characters. Once friends read the book, she was strongly encouraged to share her story with others.

RAIDER’S VENDETTA is Karen’s second novel. It will be released in October 2011. It is a psychological thriller between the main characters,Charley and Raider. Charley’s faith and ability to survive is challenged by
the rage of a shattered man.

Her third book, which addresses bullying, is in the works and should be released in 2012. The tentative title is HEY! LEADBOTTOM!

This author wants to take her reader to a place where they can evaluate their beliefs and who God is in their life. When asked why she limits herself to Christian fiction, she simply explains that it is where her heart is. If she commits her precious time to writing, it needs to be of value and have God’s ultimate purpose in mind. Bringing his children home to him. Karen welcomes God’s influence in her writing and prays that she is fulfilling His destiny for her life.


Connect with Karen:
Web Site

About the Tour

Partners in Crime Tours

Tour Participants:

November 1-Interview@The Musings Of A Book Addict
November 2-Interview@Tribute Books Reviews
November 3-Interview@I'm A Book Shark
November 6-Interview@Beyond The Books
November 9-Spotlight@Karen Cioffi Writing And Marketing
November 11-Review@Terri Forehand, Blog
November 13-Review@Live To Read
November 14-Interview@The Book Faery Reviews
November 17-Interview@Joel M. Andre, Website
November 18-Guest Post@Literarily Speaking
November 19-Review@Alaskan Bookie
November 22-Interview@The Book Connection
November 23-Spotlight/Interview@Double Crossing
November 28-Review@The Top Shelf
November 29-Review@I'd Rather Be At The Beach
November 30-Review@News&Reviews From The Heart Of A Dragons Den
December 1-Review@Celtic Lady's Reviews

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