ABOUT AUTHOR: Karen Witemeyer Green. Two-time RITA® Finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion and ACFW Carol Award, CBA bestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes historical romance fiction for Bethany House, believing that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at: 

What inspired you to write Stealing the Preacher?

The inspiration for Stealing the Preacher actually sparked during the writing of Short-Straw Bride, the book which introduced the reclusive Archer brothers. Crockett Archer played a key role in the story, his smooth, teasing charm a balance to older brother Travis's gruff, over-protective nature. I knew in my heart that this man deserved a story of his own.

When the Archer brothers were children, growing up alone on their ranch and defending it from those who wanted to take advantage of their youth, Crockett's niche in the family evolved into that of spiritual mentor and healer. He was in charge of the family devotionals the Archers conducted in lieu of attending a church service, and whenever an injury occurred on the ranch, Crockett was the one to tend it. For years, the Archers never left their land, yet as he grew to manhood, Crockett felt God's call deepen within him—a call to not only minister to his brothers, but to a congregation of his own.

So what kind of heroine could I create for this noble preacher-to-be? Well, she had to be someone who shared his values and his calling to ministry. But if I left it at that, we'd have an awfully dull story. So to liven things up, I made Joanna Robbins the daughter of a retired outlaw, one who despises "sermonizers" and their hypocritical ways.

Since Crockett is no ordinary preacher, but a gun-toting rancher with a gift for doctoring . . . well, that meant a plot full of scrapes, trouble, and shenanigans. But amid the adventure and romance lies a heartrending tale of God's pursuit of a single lost soul.

What fascinates you about historicals? What do you look forward to when you pick up one to read?

I'm a historical romance addict. I rarely read any other genre. There is just something about escaping into a historical time period than enhances the fairy-tale feel for me. Maybe it's the long skirts or the rugged heroes, or the simpler lifestyle depictions that allow me to escape the crazy hustle and bustle of real life for a while. Whatever it is, whenever I pick up a book for pleasure, it's historical romance.

What do you hope readers take away from Stealing the Preacher?

In order to truly fulfill God's calling on our lives, we must be willing to surrender our assumptions and rationalizations about what we think that calling entails to follow him in the direction he actually leads, even if that guidance takes us in a different direction than we expect. A secondary theme emphasizes the need to never grow weary of scattering spiritual seed, for God will never give up pursuing any individual soul.

Women dressed very differently in the 1800’s, what do you think you’d enjoy wearing? What do you think you’d dislike wearing?

There is just something so romantic about a woman in long skirts. I like the feel of the fabric swishing around my legs, and it's so much easier to hide flaws in one's figure beneath those layers. Believe it or not, I don't think I would even mind the corset all that much. Well, except for when I wanted to bend over to pick something up off the floor. I actually attended a workshop once where the speaker provided each of us with corsets to wear. As long as you don't lace them too tightly, they are actually quite comfortable. They offer wonderful back support and enhance one's posture tremendously. I might change my mind if I had to wear one all day instead of just for an hour, but I was surprised by how little I minded wearing it.

My least favorite attire would probably be the shoes. All those tiny buttons, no cushioned support inside, pointy toes. Ugh. I'd probably rebel and wear a pair of men's cowboy boots under my skirts.

The hardest part would be living through the Texas summers with all those layers and pounds of fabric hanging over me with no air conditioning. As much as I love Texas, if I were transported back to the 1800s, I might have to move to Colorado to escape the heat.

Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be out?

My next project is actually a novella that features Neill Archer, the final brother in the Archer clan. I just couldn't let him go without giving him his own happily ever after. Away from the Archer ranch for two years to earn the money needed to start up his own spread with his childhood friend, Josiah, Neill takes a job repairing a little old widow's roof. Only the widow isn't old nor is she little. She's nine months pregnant with her deceased husband's child, and she meets Neill with a shotgun aimed at his chest.

Neill's story, A Cowboy Unmatched, will be part of a collection entitled A Match Made in Texas. It releases January 2014 and includes novellas by three other wonderful historical authors: Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Carol Cox.


What movie affected most you when you were young? If you didn’t watch movies what books affected you most?

When I was a teen, I went through a period where I would rent every musical I could get my hands on. Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly – I loved them all. One of my favorites was, of course, a western Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is probably my favorite musical of all time. In fact, it was the inspiration for Short-Straw Bride, the book that introduced the Archer brothers.

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?

I'm not much of an outdoorsy gal beyond the occasional hiking foray, so my skill set in this scenario is woefully inadequate. Really the only experience I have was gained from watching multiple seasons of Survivor. Since I tend to be cold-natured (even in a tropical clime), I would volunteer for fire duty. Collecting wood doesn't seem too hard, and I've seen Survivor contestants start fires with their glasses. I wear glasses, so it's a perfect fit, right? Not sure how to save the fire when those rainstorms come through, but maybe the MacGyver of the group would help me rig some kind of waterproof storage for the tinder.

 A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use if for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?

So many possibilities. I considered going back to meet Jesus, or perhaps traveling to 1800s Texas for an authentic research trip. But I think my answer would have to be much more contemporary than that. My dad died when I was 16. He never got to see my graduate, get married, or meet his grandchildren. So, if I could squish all of us into the time machine, I think I would like to take my husband and three children back to the early 1980s to meet my dad.

What was your favorite suspense show on T.V. when you were growing up? Why is it your favorite? If you didn’t watch TV what were your favorite books?

Well, since I mentioned MacGyver earlier, I guess I should choose that one for my favorite suspense show. I had a mad crush on Richard Dean Anderson and loved how his character could out-think any bad guy. He used science, mechanics, and common sense to win the day, steering clear of guns and other conventional weapons. A true hero for a bookworm nerd like me.


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1 comment:

  1. Movie: Wizard of Oz--freaked me out as soon as the Wicked Witch of the West showed up. I didn't even like her Maxwell House commericals.
    T.V. Show: Perry Mason--He always won his cases.