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Author Spotlight: Karen Kingsbury on Storytelling with Books & Music

by Amy Currier 10/28/2013
#1 NYT-bestselling Author Karen Kingsbury

#1 NYT-bestselling Author Karen Kingsbury

Storytelling wears many hats. Music—particularly country music—is a form of storytelling that like your favorite line in a book, can get stuck in your head and make you unable to forget its meaning for, well, forever.

Have you ever read a book that had a poignant tune resonate so loud you couldn’t deny the connection? For me, it happened for the first time when I was reading The Great Gatsby back in high school. I couldn’t help but hear Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby by The Counting Crows.

So, what’s the reason for this? I like to believe it’s because art draws a connection: a common denominator of emotion that make us above all else, relate.  Karen’s book—in the form of an honest and simple love story—does just that.

In time for the release of Fifteen Minutes (a story about love and choices set against a country music backdrop), the #1 New York Times-bestselling author talks about the way music has impacted her storytelling, and the song she hears amidst its pages: All Too Well by Taylor Swift.

All Too Well by Taylor Swift

All Too Well by Taylor Swift

A note from Karen

I cannot write a novel without music.

Headphones are a part of my writing gear, and always the music takes me to the place where the story can begin. This next novel—Fifteen Minutes—I wrote to Taylor Swift. She tells stories with her songs, and her songs open doors for me to tell stories. The connection is that constant.

Music unlocks the door of my heart, and once that door is open, the words run and dance freely onto the page. Songs are the soundtrack to the movie in my heart, the one I will capture and bring to you as my next novel. Play on!

Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury

Fifteen Minutes: Now available at Reader Store

Karen’s Book Picks: Top Christian Fiction of 2013

Illusion by Frank Peretti
It Happened at the Fair by DeeAnne Gist
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Dominion by Randy Alcorn
Truth-Stained Lies by Terri Blackstock

Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury is now available to download at Reader Store.

Watch the book trailer her (it had us on the verge of tears…in a good way.)

What’s one book/song dynamic duo that resonates with you?? Let us know in the comments below!

About the Book:

Zack Dylan made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his family’s horse farm in Kentucky to compete on the popular reality television show Fifteen Minutes: If he makes it, the fame won’t change him. Read More >>


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