KI: My life has always been surrounded by books. I so love a good story with strong characters and an interesting plot.
For most of my life starting at a young age, I wrote poems, short stories, and even a novel to deal with various issues in my life. I found that whether I was journaling in a diary or writing a story I found answers, understanding, solutions, and peace to the abuse, untimely deaths, divorce, and then cancer. I never shared my writings with anyone nor did I think I had any talent for it. I just did it for me.
A nurse friend and I wrote an article for a nursing journal about the various theories of nursing. She was the main researcher and I was the writer. We were very excited when it got published and is still used today by some schools of nursing.
When I was going through my challenge of ovarian cancer, I turned to journaling each day. Months later a friend asked to read my journal and with some hesitation I let her read it. After a few days she returned the journal and said, “Karen, you must get this published. Every woman needs to read this.” I then felt encouraged enough to have a friend, who is a retired English college professor, read the manuscript for my novel. Her response was, “Karen, you blew me away. I was fearful I would have to tell you that it was not very good, but it is good and needs to be published.”
I know now that through my writing books, magazine articles, and my weekly blog, I am doing what God intends me to do.
KI: My first published book is a non-fiction titled, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir. I am proud to say it has been well received and was National Indie Excellence Book Award Winner in the category of women’s health.
My second book is a novel, Novy’s Son, The Selfish Genius, which just came out in March of this year. It is the story of one young man searching for love and acceptance from his father.
BBB: Do you ever get writer’s block?
KI: I have gotten writer’s bloc on just a few occasions. When it has happened I put the computer aside, and look out on the lake from my office and just let my mind be quiet. It is very soothing and relaxing.
KI: My third book is also a novel based on the love affair between my great grandparents. Most of the story is fiction because I know so little about her. They never married, had one son (my grandfather), but their love endured right to their deaths. He was a famous sculptor so I know a lot about him.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
KI: My website is www.outshineovariancancer.com;
my weekly blog is at www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com.
I have author pages on www.amazon.com and
www.goodreads.com. I have two FB author pages: www.facebook.com/pages/Outshine-An-Ovarian-Cancer-Memoir, and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Ingalls/1473379352893458?sk=timeline.