Interview with Karen Witemeyer & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Karen Witemeyer & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted Word——————————————————————–

Two-time RITA® Finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion, CBA bestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes historical romance fiction for Bethany House, believing that the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at:


Welcome back to the blog, Karen. I’m so happy to have you here today. Congratulations on your newest release, No Other Will Do. I’m really looking forward to reading this one!! 🙂

What was one of your favorite scenes to write in “No Other Will Do”?

Interview with Karen Witemeyer & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordActually, I had a lot of fun writing the prologue. My hero and heroine meet as children, and throwing them together in humorous yet dire circumstances really gave me the opportunity to develop their individual personalities as well as lay the groundwork for their personal growth and eventual romance. Malachi is an orphan and runaway who is nearly frozen after being tossed off a train in the snow-covered plains of Texas. He takes refuge in a barn where Emma finds him. She’s a blend of bossy compassion, and he can’t believe an angel with a riot of dark curls would ever stoop to speak to him let alone give up her warm outer clothing in order to dress him up like some kind of human snowman. With a single act of kindness, Emma gains Mal’s undying devotion – a devotion that brings him back into her life a decade later.

Where do you get the names for your characters? I love the names Malachi and Emma!

I love using biblical names. Many of my characters have been named after people or places in the Bible. Jericho, Hannah, Gideon, Levi, Eden, Joanna, Darius, Jacob, and Daniel are all names I’ve used for major characters. Malachi is another fun Bible name. For me, it projects strength of character, and represents a man who will stand up for what is right no matter the personal cost. I chose Emma because it has that wonderful historical feel (Jane Austen, anyone?) and because it seems to have a touch of softness that plays off the strength of Malachi’s name. Emma’s character is anything but soft. She’s a banker by trade and the leader of a women’s colony. She’s in charge. Yet the weight of responsibility weighs on her, and she longs to share her burden. When Malachi arrives, she finally learns that she doesn’t have to handle everything on her own. It’s okay to be soft occasionally and lean on the trusted strength of another.

Interview with Karen Witemeyer & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordHow long does it typically take you to write a story?

A full-length novel takes me about 35-40 weeks. I write at a very slow and steady pace. I try to write one polished chapter a week. This works for me because I’m one of those odd ducks that prefers to edit as I create. I basically write one draft, editing as I go.

Which of your books proved to be the most fun to write and why?

I would say To Win Her Heart. Everything just came together so perfectly for that one. The inspiration struck, then research turned up historical events I could use to fit my imagined plot together in a way I never could have pieced together on my own. Then, because of my hero’s speech impediment, I had a wonderful challenge of creating dialog that contained no “s” sounds. Talk about a crazy adventure! But all that effort brought me even closer to the characters and hopefully made them more real to the readers.

That one is definitely on my TBR list too! 😉 Have you visited any of the historical sites from your books? If not, what places are at the top of your list to visit someday?

Interview with Karen Witemeyer & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordI did visit the site of my imaged sheep ranch in Menard County (for Head in the Clouds) as I was writing that story. I turned down a little Farm to Market road, drove about ten miles, stopped and got out of my car to take some pictures of the land so I could describe it in better detail. Lo and behold, there were sheep! Right where my fictional sheep ranch would sit. That was such a fun, unexpected discovery. It was meant to be. 🙂

Even though all of my books are set in Texas, I do most of my researching online. It can take days to drive across this state. I do love forests, though, so one of these days, I’d like to spend some time exploring the piney woods of east Texas where my Archer brother books are set. I’ve driven past them on the highway, but I’ve never spent time there exploring. I would enjoy that.

Interview with Karen Witemeyer & GIVEAWAY | The Engrafted WordThank you so much for joining us today, Karen! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

I would like to let readers know that No Other Will Do is the beginning of a new series titled The Ladies of Harper’s Station. There will be two full-length novels interspersed with two novellas. Worth the Wait is the novella that follows No Other Will Do. It is already written and in development. I believe it will be released in January. As always, all of the stories can be read and enjoyed individually, but for those of you who enjoy series, I wanted to let you know there will be several connected stories to come. I’m working on the second full-length novel now, tentatively titled Down to the Wire, featuring a romance struck up over the telegraph—the 19th century version on Internet dating. Should be fun!

Oh, I can’t wait! They sound like such fun stories. Thanks for sharing, Karen!


Karen has graciously offered to give away a signed copy of No Other Will Do to one lucky reader! Enter below and it could be YOU! ;)

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66 comments on “Interview with Karen Witemeyer & GIVEAWAY
  1. Karen K. says:

    I honestly can’t think of any character names that I’ve absolutely adored. I’ve read so many books that I can’t remember everyone’s names. One that sticks out in my mind, though, is Lyndie, the heroine in Becky Wade’s novel A Love Like Ours. The name seemed a little juvenile to me at first, but it really fit the character. She was an upbeat person, and it worked for her.

  2. Connie Lee says:

    No favorite names, it’s fun to see the different ones that the author thinks up though.

  3. Picking characters names is so fun but daunting at the same time. A name says a lot about a person, and if it doesn’t “feel” right for a character, it can have a negative effect on the reader. Yet, it is rather fun to name all the players in a book. I only have three children of my own, so having dozens more book “children” gives me a chance to use all those names I liked but never had the chance to use. 🙂

  4. Deanna Stevens says:

    Whenever I think of Cap’n Jack Sparrow, the visual just makes me smile 🙂

  5. Ola Norman says:

    Looking forward to reading this book.

  6. Jan Hall says:

    I don’t have any favorite names. I like seeing names that are new to me or ones that I haven’t seen in a while.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Yeah, it’s fun to see ones you haven’t seen in awhile, especially when they so fit the characters themselves. 😉 Have a great day, Jan!

  7. Bonnie Roof says:

    I can’t recall any fave character names right now, but enjoy unusual names and hearing how authors choose the names. Karen’s books always have such beautiful intriguing covers, and stories within, as well. Looking forward to reading ‘No Other Will Do’ – thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    Shared post!!

  8. emilee douglas says:

    I like Meredith and I also like Amaryllis from Dawn Crandall’s book. For a guy I like Todd, Kevin, Jason, Wade.

  9. Diana says:

    I would have to say the name Ophélie from Elizabeth Musser’s book, Two Crosses, is my absolute favorite. It is so pretty!

  10. Debbie Clatterbuck says:

    I like Cecelia. That’s my great aunt’s name and she was my mother’s favorite aunt. Mom says I remind her of her aunt. I like that.

  11. Melanie Backus says:

    I love the name Emma as well since it is my granddaughter’s name.

  12. Connie Saunders says:

    I have to mention Rhett and Scarlett. Rhett will always represent loyalty and devotion to me and Margaret Mitchell sure found the right name for Scarlet!!

  13. Becky B says:

    I like the name Elizabeth. Also Jeremy

    Can’t wait to read Karen’s new book.

  14. Susan Fletcher says:

    I like old, historical names or biblical names.

  15. Loraine N. says:

    I like Maggie who was the character in Susan Anne Mason’s A Worthy Heart and I also recently finished Karen’s book Head in the Clouds and I liked her female character Adelaide (Addy for short). Thanks for the interview and the giveaway. I’m looking forward to reading this one.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I love those names too, Loraine. Of course, I have a dear friend named Maggie, so I may be partial too. 😉 I sure enjoyed A Worthy Heart. I can’t wait to read Head in the Clouds.

  16. Joan Arning says:

    Really like Karen’s books no matter what the names are!

  17. MS Barb says:


  18. Kim Potter says:

    Would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  19. Diana Guz says:

    I like the Scottish name (and character) Leana from Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs. This is a lovely giveaway, thank you so much. I’ve only read one book by Karen, but it made me want to read more!! 😉

  20. I always love the names in Leif Enger’s books. Jeremiah, Davy, and Reuben Land for instance. Everyone calls the spunky, brilliant little girl in Peace Like a River “Swede,” and she’s stuck with me like Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. I LOVE that book. I sure loved the Archer brothers, too, Karen. 🙂 Crockett might’ve been my favorite.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Ahhh, you mentioned SO many good ones, Bethany! Just reading some of those names made me want to go pick up those books again. 🙂 I love the Archer brothers and Crockett especially. 😉

  21. Anne Payne says:

    Grey is a name I fell in love with when I read it in an Amish fiction book years ago.

  22. carylkane says:

    For female names I like Piper and Kate. For males names I like Todd, Gage, Lucas.

  23. KayM says:

    The only cool name that I can think of off the top of my head is a character in T.I. Lowe’s Bleu Streak series, Maverick King. Great character along with several others in the series.

  24. Sonnetta Jones says:

    I like the name Marcus from The Guardian.

  25. Pam K. says:

    I don’t really have favorite character names but I do like them to fit the story. Jen Turano often has characters with rather unique names (Lucetta Plum and Bram Haverstein come to mind) that fit very well.

  26. Brenda Arrington says:

    I like the name Mollie. That’s my mother-in-law’s name. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this great-sounding read.

  27. Marilyn says:

    I would like a character named Kathleen.

  28. Dianne Casey says:

    I don’t have any favorite names. I think as the story develops the character’s name develops.

  29. Not really. I just love how an author can make a person live up to the name they give them.

  30. Heather says:

    I’ve had the book Head in the Clouds on my bookshelf for too long–I need to read it soon. This sounds like a lovely story, and I love series! And I am so happy to hear a shout-out to Jane Austen. 🙂 Emma is one of my favorite names for a character. 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Me too, Heather! 😉 So happy to see you stop by, my friend. Hope you get a chance to read this book (And “Head in the Clouds” real soon!) Have a great day!

  31. Julie Jobe says:

    I don’t know that I have any favorite character names. I do know that I’ve loved all of Karen Witemeyer’s books that I have read! To Win Her Heart is probably my favorite! I get all “heart melty” just thinking about it! 🙂

  32. Karen Rochon says:

    Love Karen Witemeyer’s books! It’s fun to read books with the old fashioned names we don’t hear much anymore, like my grandma’s Lorena and Mildred. Like to see my kid’s names in print too, Drew and Lauren. 🙂 Thanks for doing a giveaway!

  33. Nayda says:

    I don’t have any favorite names. I just enjoy the ones used in whatever book I’m currently reading.

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