Coffee and Conversation with Karen Whiting

Happy Monday! Are you ready for Team SCBWI? We’ve got twelve – count ’em – twelve days until our conference. Time to get excited! How can you not, with the great faculty members we have lined up? And, lucky us, one of them is here today and making her way to the cyber chair for a chat!

KarenWhiting612-266x300Karen Whiting ( is the former television host of Puppets on Parade, an international speaker, and national award-winning author of eighteen books, with three more releasing in 2016. Her writing experience includes more than 600 magazine articles and over 100 puppet scripts. She currently writes for Leading Hearts and Molly Green magazines plus creates the craft page for The Kid’s Ark. Her inspirational craft book God’s Girls # 1 is in its eighteenth printing.


Welcome, Karen! Let’s get started. First off, what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?

Hot Chocolate


And your favorite snack?

Chocolate (see a theme here) and apples

I like that theme! What was your favorite book as a child?

Caps for SaleUnknown


And now, what’s your favorite book as an adult?

UnknownPride and Prejudice






You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it? (Key word: Frivolous!)

Massage and lunch with a friend

You’ve been locked in a bank vault Twilight Zone style, so you finally have time to read!  Your glasses are fine (whew!) so what’s the first book you crack open?

Latest by Laurie Alice Eakes, Julie Klassen, and Dandi Daley MacKall

If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now? 


For one day, time travel is a reality and you can visit any famous deceased author you want.  Who do you pick?

St. Paul

How amazing would that be? What’s your favorite motivational quote?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)

Definitely one of my favorites. If you could sum up your best marketing advice for new writers or illustrators in only four words, what would it be?

Connect with content

Thanks so much, Karen! We’re looking forward to hearing more from you soon!

Karen’s presentation is Turning Imagination and Play into Books Childhood days of cutting paper and making crafts became the basis of writing for children. She will share how she cuts shapes to make patterns and cut and tell stories for her craft books. Karen will also show how to use personal experiences in writing engaging nonfiction for children.


About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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