Fiction Focus: Q&A with ‘For What It’s Worth’ author, Karey White

Today marks the start of a series of Q&A articles with our fiction authors that will run as part of our Fiction Focus series. These Q&A sessions will run on Wednesdays.

First up is Karey White, author of “For What It’s Worth,” which is available in bookstores and on and

CF: In 75 words or less, tell us what “For What It’s Worth” is about.

KW: It’s about a girl with big dreams and big ideas. She wants love and romance and she wants a successful bakery. She’s scared but brave. With a little help from those that love her, she has to figure out how to manage it all.

CF: Very nice! Forty-four words and a clear idea of what the book’s about. How much of Abby is based on you?

KW: There are some things that are similar. I owned my own wedding cake business and I wanted a home and family, but that’s about where the similarities end.

CF: With four kids and a husband, how do you stay motivated and find time to write?

KW: Sometimes it’s really hard but I try to juggle housework and writing so that they don’t interfere with life once the family gets home. I try hard not to let anything suffer but if something has to, I’d prefer it not be my family.

CF: Which author(s) have had the biggest influence on you?

I love John Steinbeck and Bess Streeter Aldrich. And of course, Jane Austen.

CF: Who is your favorite author outside your genre?

KW: Probably Lee Child. I don’t think I’ll ever dip a toe into crime drama, but he’s amazing.

CF: What book are you currently reading?

KW: Right now I’m reading “The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume” by Lisa Rumsey Harris. I’m enjoying it very much.

CF: Favorite band and solo artist?

KW: I love the Avett Brothers and I really like Brandon Flowers’ solo album.

CF: What’s your favorite current TV show? All time?

KW: This is really hard. I love “The Amazing Race” and I really enjoy some of the reality cooking shows. Of all time? I really liked “Little House on the Prairie” when I was a child.

CF: If “For What It’s Worth” were to be made into a movie, who would you want to play the major characters?

KW: Emma Stone as Abby and Oliver Jackson Cohen as Dane.

CF: In 25 words or less, what advice would you give aspiring novelists?

KW: Practice, practice, practice. Read, read, read. And don’t be afraid.