Karen Kingsbury, 38, a best-selling Christian-fiction writer,
lives in Vancouver, Wash., with her husband, Don, and their six
children. Currently, there are more than 1.2 million copies of Kingsburys
books in print. Having just completed her latest bestselling book,
Halfway to Forever, the sequel to Waiting for Morning
and A Moment of Weakness, Kingsbury spoke with Kirk Noonan,
associate editor, about her faith, family and career.
EVANGEL: What are some ways you include God in your day?
It starts in the morning with reading the Bible, praying and
a quiet time with Him. We fill our home with Christian music. I
feel closer to the Lord when I surround myself with His words and
EVANGEL: How did you start writing books?
KINGSBURY: It was an amazing answer to prayer. I worked
for a newspaper and did freelance work for People magazine
when we learned we were going to have a baby. Don was still in college
and I was heartbroken because I was going to have to work after
I had our baby. But Don said we needed to pray for a way for me
to work at home. So we did. An agent in New York, who had seen a
story I had written for People, called and asked if I wanted
to write a book based on an article I had done. I wrote a proposal,
sent it in, the agent said he loved it and then I didnt hear
from him for many months. But he called eight days before my maternity
leave from the newspaper ended, and said my proposal started a bidding
war. A publisher offered me a contract that was three times my annual
salary and I got one-third of the publishers offer when I
signed the contract. After taxes and agent fees, the advance was
exactly $12.79 more than my annual salary. The next day I quit my
job at the newspaper.
EVANGEL: What are the ingredients of good Christian fiction?
KINGSBURY: Before I started writing Christian fiction I
worried there would be no way I could write in the genre because
characters might have to be perfect, always hitting their knees
at the right time and always having the right response. Thats
great in theory, but thats not always where we find ourselves
in reality. My goal has been to write fiction with real people who
make good and bad choices.
EVANGEL: Is writing a ministry for you?
KINGSBURY: I am first an evangelist, by nature. I try to
write stories that touch and soften readers hearts, making
them more open to Gods calling in their lives. I pray that
readers lives will be changed after reading my books.
EVANGEL: Why did you commit your life to Christ?
KINGSBURY: After I met Don I realized he was a person searching
for the Lord. He didnt drink or do drugs; he wanted a pure
relationship and he told me that he would always love God more than
he loved me. At the time I didnt think that a very romantic
sentiment but ultimately it has been the reason our marriage
has been so beautiful. His faith in Christ led me to the Bible.
God spoke to me through the Scriptures it was such a new
experience that it was life changing and I accepted Christ as my
EVANGEL: What brings you the most satisfaction in life?
KINGSBURY: Far and away the most satisfying things for me
are my relationships with the Lord, my husband and my children.
EVANGEL: Your family adopted three little boys from Haiti; how
has that changed the Kingsbury household?
KINGSBURY: They havent changed the way we do things,
but the activity in our home has certainly increased. Our home is
more exciting, happy and fun because of the blending. Only God could
have made it this smooth.
EVANGEL: What is your favorite Scripture?
KINGSBURY: "His compassions never fail. They are new every
morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22,23, NIV).
I try to use this in every book I write.