In this week’s Thursday Throng author interview, writer Cari Schaeffer get’s to sit in the hot seat and talk about her life as a writer. Her latest series is inspired by her life in the military, as a US Air Force veteran.
What is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?
I am tougher and stronger than I look or act.
What did the best review you ever had say about you and your work?
A reader contacted me from Louisiana. She told me that my debut novel (Faith, Hope, Love, and Chocolate) helped her heal years after the death of her father. She said my book was life-changing for her. That was the most amazing and humbling statement I have ever heard from anybody about anything. I will never forget it.
Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?
Yes. It’s a sedentary occupation, so it requires purpose to not end up looking like a blob after a year or two. We must leave the chair often!
Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?
No, I have not. This is my fourth career and one that I started out wanting to be when I was a child. I always wanted to write books because I always loved reading books. My imagination is very active and now I have an incredible outlet for it. I have served in the USAF (thus the Yellow Ribbon Chronicles were born…), got my degree and worked as an ICU RN, and then became a Chef and owned my own business. This is by far the most fun career of all, if you can believe it!
What is the single biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
Honestly, I wonder if I’m up to the challenge every time I write a book or a series. I wonder if anyone will want to read my stories. I wonder if I can finish the darn thing in a way that is both realistic and satisfying.
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
Don’t give up. Everything around you will fight you, you will see the success of others and think you’ll never get there. It’s a lonely venture if you let it be. I have found that most writers are introverts, so I’m quirky because I’m a total extrovert. I found that difficult in the beginning, but now I have a wonderful group of writers from all over this globe that are helpful, intelligent, and very generous.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from other people; mostly women. We are such complex creatures and we are harder on ourselves than anyone else could possibly be on us. We all try to put on a Happy Face and answer “Fine!” when asked how we’re doing, but the reality is we are often not fine and are not particularly happy at the moment. I like to delve deeper into the real issues of life that affect all of us at some point or another. Women are strong, but we weaken ourselves. I want women to find inspiration in the characters I write because these same real women are the inspiration for the characters I create.
What was the most important thing you learned at school?
To THINK. I am not so sure that is taught as much any more or as pervasively as it once was. My favorite teachers throughout my life have always encouraged me to ask “why” when faced with anything rather than being so open-minded that my brain falls out.
Have you had to learn new skills and tricks or attempted impossible feats in order to get a book finished?
Oh, my word, YES!! There is soooooo much more to being an author than just writing! Just as being a Chef is so much more than cooking! I have had to learn a lot of new skills, most of them involve the computer. I can now do things I never imagined I would be able to comprehend or accomplish. I am so thankful for all of it. Not to mention doing a lot of things myself has saved me a TON of money.
Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?
It depends on the time of day. I will have decaf coffee or tea if I’m writing in the morning. If I’m writing in the evening, it’s either water or wine.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Cari AND HER BOOK?
You can find The Yellow Ribbon Chronicles in Kindle and Paperback format here: :
Amazon – The Yellow Ribbon Chronicles
You can also meet Cari on her website here: http://www.carischaeffer.com
WHY ‘THE THURSDAY THRONG’?
These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.