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June Guest Editor: Karen White
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Every month She Writes will be featuring an exceptional writer, whether it be an author, blogger, copywriter or journalist as our guest editor. This author will share their unique experience, provide a sample of their work, and answer a few burning questions from She Writes.

This month, we'd like to welcome New York Times bestselling author Karen White as our guest editor. 

About Karen

With more than 1.8 million books in print in eight different languages, Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 23 novels, including the popular Charleston-set Tradd Street mystery series. 

Karen’s last, The Night the Lights Went Out, was published in April, 2017 by Berkley Publishing, a division of Penguin Random House Publishing Group, and debuted at #15 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. And now she's back with a new release, Dreams of Falling.

When not writing, Karen spends her time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano, and avoiding cooking. Karen and her husband have two grown children and currently live near Atlanta, Georgia with two spoiled Havanese dogs.

In a recent interview with Draper James Karen shared some of her thoughts on being a career author and writer's block:

DJ: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

KW: I’m embarrassed to admit that writing is a career I fell into rather than planned for. After reading Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, I had such a book hangover that I couldn’t pick up another book to read.

So I decided to write my own. My first book, In the Shadow of the Moon, was published in 2000.

DJ: Do you have any tips for dealing with writer’s block?

KW: I don’t believe there’s such a thing. Don’t get me wrong, there are PLENTY of days I look at my computer with complete dread and a blank mind. So I just force myself to start with something, and soon I have a paragraph and then a page and then a chapter.

This is a career for me, not a hobby, so I go to work even when I don’t feel like it. That’s the beauty of computers—anything can be fixed. I’m a big believer that it’s always easier to fix a bad page than stare at a blank page.

Stay tuned for a She Write's exclusive interview with Karen this month!

About Dreams of Falling

Karen's latest novel, Dreams of Falling is out this month and promises to offer her trademark dose of Southern charm and intrigue. 

On the banks of the North Santee River stands a moss-draped oak that was once entrusted with the dreams of three young girls. Into the tree’s trunk, they placed their greatest hopes, written on ribbons, for safekeeping–including the most important one: Friends forever, come what may. But life can waylay the best of intentions…. [read more]

“Southern Fried Fiction at its tear-jerking finest…[t]he author’s amazing empathic ability to decipher the human condition through her storytelling amazes once again.”  —4 1/2 stars TOP PICK, RT Book Reviews

“Three lifelong best friends. One dark secret that will reverberate for generations to come. Told in multiple timelines of the present and the past, this is Southern fiction at its best. A novel about dreams, friendship, and family, Dreams of Falling will make you long for home.” Popsugar

Make sure you grab your copy of Dreams of Falling and stick with us all month for exclusive Karen White content!

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