Fun. Friendly. Often found wearing a mega-watt smile. That’s Katie Ganshert for you.
A former elementary school teacher, Katie is now a stay-at-home mom attempting to keep up with her three-year-old “wild-child” of a son. Katie, her handsome husband, their active young fellow, and a black lab named Bubba live in the Midwest. The Ganshert family is slated to grow soon, though. Katie and her husband are in the process of adopting a child from the Congo. You can read more about that in this post on Katie’s awesome blog.
Katie is a talented author who wrote a moving story, one I raced through. Her debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter, is due to be released in May. But one lucky visitor doesn’t have to wait that long to get a copy. I’m giving away an ARC I won from Katie’s publisher, so be sure to leave a comment if you’d like a chance to get the book early. I loved this book. You can read my rave review of Wildflowers from Winter on Goodreads.
Let’s Learn a Little More about Katie
You’re a beautiful young woman, both inside and out. No. Don’t deny it. It’s true. You had professional author photos taken last year, which are stunning. When you look at pictures of yourself, what feature do you consider to be your best? Since you have so many, I know this will be a tough question. Humor me, though, and limit it to one feature, but tell us why you chose it.
Oh, Keli, if I could reach through the computer and hug you. You are so sweet. As women, I think we have a hard time seeing ourselves clearly. When I was younger, I struggled with this. I’d often look at another woman and think, I wish I could look like her. It’s taken awhile to break out of this habit.
When I find myself wishing for thicker hair or a smaller nose, I have to stop and remind myself that God fashioned me. I am His masterpiece. We all are. It’s a truth that inspired me to write this short story several months ago.
Anyway, do you like how I’m avoiding your question? Okay, fine. My favorite physical feature would probably be my eyelashes. I have very long, thick eyelashes and I love giving my son butterfly kisses with them.
You share some of your son’s antics on Twitter and Facebook, which often make me laugh. If social media had been around when you were young, what is one of the funniest stories your mom or dad could have shared about you?
Oh goodness. Where do I start? Perhaps they would Tweet about the time I ate an entire jar of olives on Christmas Eve and proceeded to throw them up. Or maybe they would Tweet about the time I thought it would be a great idea to throw crab apples over our fence as hard as I could until the neighbor came over and asked my dad why his daughter was pelting his house with fruit. (Whoops!) Or when I kept referring to Hostess Ding Dongs as donkeys. “Dad, can I eat a donkey now?”
I guess when I was really little, I used to sit in the corner and talk to myself. I like to think I was creating characters and just didn’t have the ability to write them down yet.
When I interviewed you on my former blog back in 2009, just two days before our awesome agent, Rachelle Gardner, offered you representation, you mentioned that you’re a sugar addict. What delectable treats do the best job of satisfying your cravings for something sweet?
Mint Oreos dipped in milk. Frozen chocolate chips—handfuls and handfuls. And my all time favorite: a brownie with two scoops of Whitey’s mint chocolate chip ice cream and lots and lots of Hershey’s Syrup. It’s like heaven in a bowl.
Suppose your hubby came home one day and announced that he’d gotten a nice bonus at work, had arranged to leave your son with trusted relatives, and was whisking you away for a week at a destination of your choice. (Being a wise husband, he knew not to spring such a surprise on you when deadlines loomed.) Where would you choose to have your guy take you?
A week. Hmmm….I’d love to go to Ireland. There’s a lot of Irish blood running through these veins. It would be cool to see where my ancestors lived. I’ve heard it’s a gorgeous country and I could probably sit in a pub all day and listen to people’s accents.
However, if I’m being honest, the first place that popped into mind was Colorado. I’ve been. Hubby has not. Colorado is a great state. I love hiking. I love mountains. I love snowboarding. And I’d love to meet everyone at my publishing house! Waterbrook Multnomah is located in Colorado Springs.
If we took a peek inside your clothes closet, what would we learn about you?
That I hate shopping and I wear shirts I wore ten years ago. Seriously. Shopping is the bane of my existence. The only time I ever go is before the ACFW conference. I’m being totally serious. I have a pair of boots that I have worn since my junior year in high school. And as an odd side note, they are ridiculously heavy. Sometimes I wear them around the house as a form of exercise.
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Katie’s Question for You
What is your favorite feature about yourself and why?
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A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. Determined to pay her respects while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.
Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. So when Bethany is left the land, he must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany’s vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.
For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn’t seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace she’s not even sure exists?
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Drawing for a Copy of Wildflowers from Winter
To enter the drawing, leave a comment by Tuesday, March 27. (Be sure to provide your email address in the appropriate field so I can contact you if you win.)
I’ll select the winner on Wednesday, March 28 and post the name here and in a comment.
Congratulations to the winner: ramblingsfromtheleft!