Susan Barton Chats with Author Karen Whiting

I had the pleasure of chatting with bestselling author and public speaker Karen Whiting recently. Karen shared plenty of valuable information with readers, so let’s get started!


How long have you been writing and how did you get started?

I’ve been writing for almost 23 years. Many people suggested that I should write about all the great activities I developed for my family and when my oldest started college and youngest started preschool (big spread between the five children) I began writing. It just blossomed as God blessed it.

You have quite a variety of books. What’s the common thread?

Family. I am passionate about building strong, wholesome families and connecting readers to the family of God. I write for children and youth to grow skills they need to be the leaders of tomorrow’s families. I write for women to help them have hope and joy as they parent today, and I write for the military to encourage them as they face separations and stress of their lifestyle.

You’ve had three new book releases this summer, can you list them for us here?

  • 52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families
  • Girl Talk Guy Talk: Devotions for Teens
  • The Gift of Bread: Recipes for the heart and the Table

Awesome! Tell us how they fit your brand.

52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families is for elementary ages to provide parents with fun tools for devotions that are activity and on-the-go oriented with a unique twist to create a faith memory scrapbook. So many families see their children leave their faith as they grow and that’s often because they didn’t build strong faith bonds.

Girl Talk Guy Talk is all about communication. Communication is a key tool in life. The devotions in Girl Talk Guy Talk give insights that focus on different aspects of teen life to help both guys and girls better understand and communicate with the opposite sex.

The Gift of Bread invites readers to break bread together with family and loved ones, plus it offers ways to connect deeper in faith. Families are pulled apart and don’t sit together for meals. Let’s go back to making bread (the book even uses refrigerated dough) to fill our home with an aroma that beckons us to sit and talk. Let’s share time in the kitchen cooking up something wonderful that we can enjoy.

What’s in your future?

I have a few books I’m working on. I hope to do a hands-on math book (I am actually a mathematician), more inspirational craft books for girls and another book for adults that will inspire people to discover God’s calling.

Karen Whiting is an international speaker, former TV host, and the national award-winning author of twenty-five books. Karen enjoys writing for women, families, teens and military members. More information can be found on Karen’s website and on her Amazon author page.