As I’ve discussed in previous posts, I am a proud member of #TeamOrange, a group of writers who banded together to create the anthology Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior, with all proceeds going to help fellow writer Karen DeLabar and her family pay for medical expenses associated with her bout with Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Our next guest for the #TeamOrange edition of The Questions is Anne Baker, a complete & utter stranger to me.
This is Anne, reading her very own copy of the anthology. Doesn’t she look happy?!?!? ————————>
All I know about Anne is that we have now been published in the same book, and the answers she kindly provided for this post. Let’s meet her together, eh?
The #TeamOrange Questions
a. How/why are you a member of #TeamOrange?
I’m a member of #TeamOrange because I have the good fortune to call Jen Gracen my friend and critique partner. I remember watching Karen’s ordeal unfold on Facebook through Jen’s posts and wanting to weep at the pain of it all. When I heard about the anthology, I was all in.
(dSavannah note: Jennifer served as one of the book’s editors, and she also wrote the Foreword. Karen is her best friend.)
b. What is the title of your story? Describe it in 25 words or less.
My story is An Evolution of Orange. A closed-off aspiring fighter pilot holds her comrades at arms length during training. Can a fellow student prove friends, and a hated color, worth vulnerability?
(dSavannah note: Funny that my story also has orange as an unloved color.)
c. Karen has been called a warrior because of her fighting spirit and will to live. Who else inspires you because they fight for good?
I should say my brothers, because they’re both career military and fight for good as a matter of course. Though I love and admire them to bits, I’m not inspired by them because I know them too well. I’m actually really inspired by moms everywhere. Every mom (not including mentally whacked ones) tries so hard to raise good kids. To keep their kids safe and well-educated. To make their children’s environment a safe and healthy place to be. Every mom is a crusader for good at heart.
d. What causes/non-profits are near and dear to your heart? Why?
e. If you had enough money to name a building after Karen, what kind of building would it be?
I think a play-gym. A place where families go to play and be physical regardless of weather. Sort of a combination of a YMCA and Gymboree’s Little Gym stuff.
(dSavannah note: Fun!!!)
f. The superhero Aquaman wears orange and green, and The Thing has an orange, rocky complexion.
If you happened to be a superhero, what color would your costume be? What would be your powers?
Your superhero name?
I’ll pass on this one. (would take entirely too long… maybe I’ll write a book about it!)
(dSavannah note: I doubt she actually meant for me to share her response, but I’m doing it anyway, cuz I like it!)
g. What was your first reaction when you held the book in your hands (either the ebook or paperback)?
“EEEEEEEE!!!! Look at that! I’m in there!”
The (Regular) Questions
2. If your phone lets you have custom ringtones, what song do you use for your
a. parents/most friends = Muse’s Supermassive Black Hole (because I never get tired of it and I couldn’t
find a Hysteria ringtone)
c. significant other = Florence & the Machine’s Cosmic Love (yes, I’m that sappy)
8. Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now?
Anne of Green Gables (for SO many reasons). Favorite book now = Orange Karen, of course! (Was that a trick question?) Truly, I can’t even narrow it down to five favorite books or authors.
(dSavannah note: Ha! Yes, a trick question! And you’re a girl after my own heart. I can narrow it down to five authors, but definitely not books. And I love Anne.)
9. What is a guilty pleasure?
*whispers* fanfiction. All kinds.
(dSavannah note: How embarrassing!)
21. What one place in the whole entire world would you never go, not for love or money?
Any sort of snake pit. I have a terrible snake phobia (totally uncontrollable cold sweats, nausea, etc… can’t even handle photos very well)
28. Lara Croft or Wonder Woman? Why?
Wonder Woman! She wears color! And pattern! I’m not fond of guns, tying up bad boys sounds like fun, honesty is always a plus, and how cool is it that she’s both superhero badass and a princess?? Plus, no one ever invited Lara Croft to join the Justice League (a.k.a. mega man candy) and I’m a total team player. Wait. That sounded pretty kinky…
(dSavannah note: I find it terribly interesting that 3/4 of my #TeamOrange guests have answered this question. So far, it’s only one for Lara Croft. Well, two, if you count me, and I guess you probably can’t.
<— Here’s Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman.)
What I create:
Brain candy. That’s the shortest description I can manage. I write humorous contemporary romantic fluff – escapist fiction. I have one other published short story, called “Of Beer and Blogs”, in the anthology Sassy Singularity. It’s available for Amazon Kindle. Also, I’ve finished one full-length novel (currently under revision) and am actively working on another.
Anne Baker writes humorous, feel-good contemporary romance with heroines that could be your friends. Anne is a self-described gypsy and nerd who balances writing with stay-at-home momhood and science tutoring. Currently, she’s prepping her family for their last anticipated cross-country move; Washington will be her 9th state of residence (but only the 3rd and 4th for the kids).
(Anne says: That’s it for now, but I’m planning to do an author Facebook page after I move in June. Stay tuned.)
(dSavannah note: I’m not 100% sure, but it sounds like she wants to come back in June. )
Learn more about the authors and Karen’s story:
Buy the Book:
The anthology is available in paperback for $14.95 and in ebook for $3.99.
- CreateSpace – paperback (purchasing this version gives Karen and her family the most money)
- Amazon – paperback
- Amazon – kindle
Other ways to help:
- Donate via Paypal to the Orange Karen fund (if for some reason this link doesn’t work, go to the anthology website and click the ‘Make a Donation’ button on the right side of the page)
- Write a review on Amazon or Goodreads
- Purchase Orange Karen Swag on Zazzle (items designed by Troy Aaron Ratliff)