For What It's Worth by Karey White
Little Blurb about yourself:
I’m a wife, a mom to four great kids, and an author. My first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award finalist. I enjoy, baking, reading and eating See’s chocolates.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
I had a few really good English teachers (I dedicated my first novel, Gifted, to them) and I loved to read. In high school, I took a creative writing class and loved it. It was exciting to take words out of my head and put them together into something other people seemed to like. It took me a lot of years to get to the place where I thought I could try to do a novel, but the love of writing has been there a long time.
2. How long did it take you to write For What It’s Worth?
I wrote most of it in about three months, but then it got put on the back burner while I worked on Gifted and went through a move. When I pulled it back out, I worked on it about a few more months.
3. While writing how many times do you go back and rewrite a plot?
I revise a lot as I’m going. I’ll write a rough draft of a chapter and then I’ll do the first revision of that chapter within a day or two. Then when the book is finished, I go back and revise it really thoroughly from beginning to end. Then I set it aside for a couple of weeks and go through it again.
4. You run into a bookstore, where do you go first?
Fiction, for sure. But before I leave, I have to hit the bargain section.
5. How many books in a month do you tend to read?
When I’m in the middle of a manuscript, I try to read a couple of books per month. When I’m not, I read at least twice that many.
6. In all the books you've read. Who is your most favorite character and why?
Oh, this is so hard. I’m going to say Abby Deal in A Lantern in Her Hand. She was unselfish, patient, and long-suffering--all character traits I’d like to be good at.
7. State 5 random facts about yourself.
I love love to travel.
I have a BIG extended family.
My childhood bedroom was the library in a renovated schoolhouse.
I used to design clothes.
I owned my own wedding cake business.
8. Your favorite Genre?
This is another hard question. I read literary, suspense, romance, and nonfiction. I guess I like most of what I read to have some romance in it, so I’ll say romance.
9. What are you currently reading?
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
10. What is the best book you've read?
In the past, it would probably be East of Eden by John Steinbeck. From a current writer, probably On Little Wings by Regina Sirois
11. Any new projects coming up?
I’m working on two things--a fictional memoir and another romance that borrows heavily from my love of Pride and Prejudice and especially the 2005 Mr. Darcy.
Twenty-four year-old, Abby Benson has dreams of owning her own wedding cake shop. An inheritance from her aunt gives her the ability to make those dreams come true. She hires Dane, a handsome contractor, to help her get the bakery up and running and soon they’re moving toward their own happy ending.
Unsure what to charge for her cakes, Abby has a crazy idea to let the customer decide what they think their cake is worth. This plan has its ups and downs, but the novelty of the idea makes her a local celebrity. When she is interviewed on television about the unusual idea, business booms and Abby has cake adventures she never dreamed possible. But as her fame grows, Abby is swept up in a whirlwind that threatens everything she values. With the challenges that face her, will she be able to determine what is worth the most?
Praise for For What It's Worth
Reading Karey White’s books, like eating chocolate cake, is always satisfying and brings a smile to my face. For What It’s Worth is light, romantic, and delicious. It’s a great pleasure read. Sit down and get lost in the charming world of wedding cakes and love. As an added bonus, each chapter starts with a recipe, so it’s a novel and cookbook all in one. A fun read!
—Teri Harman, KSL columnist, Studio 5 contributor, and author of Blood Moon, available June 22, 2013
I just loved the book – loved it. Hated putting it down and hated finishing it. Karey White is my new Maeve Binchy, her writing as warm as the bakery her novel is set in. For What It’s Worth surprised me, made me smile, say “no” out loud in a public place. I love when a character feels like my sister. I didn’t want to finish it, so now I may try the recipes that began every chapter.
—Amanda Dickson, author and radio personality
This book oozes charm, romance, and mouth-watering recipes. If you want to escape reality and curl up with a darling story, For What It’s Worth is the perfect fit. Thank you, Karey White!
—Rachael Anderson, author
This is a book worth every penny of the price. In the business of baking wedding cakes, every detail must be perfection, but this story remembers that real life is oh-so-messy. White’s clear and honest writing left me hungry for good food, a close family, and a little romance. A beautiful marriage of food, family, and faith.
—Regina Sirois, author of On Little Wings, 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
Author Karey White
Karey White grew up in Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Missouri. She attended Ricks College and Brigham Young University. Her first novel, Gifted, was a Whitney Award Finalist.
She loves to travel, read, bake treats, and spend time with family and friends. She and her husband are the parents of four great children. She teaches summer creative writing courses to young people and is currently working on her next book.
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