As I’ve discussed in (quite a few) 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.
<——– Saw this photo on the blog “Eats Food Hates You”, and thought it was perfect – we’re all just a bunch of orange slices hanging out in a bowl! (Or “lost souls swimming in a fish bowl” – you decide!)
Our next guest (#6, for those of you keeping track) for the #TeamOrange edition of The Questions is Cara Michaels. Cara is another writer friend I met online. She became my hero when she dyed her hair purple. Unfortunately, her day job made her dye it back to a “normal” color, but still … ‘twas awesome while it lasted.
The #TeamOrange Questions
a. How/why are you a member of #TeamOrange?
I met Karen and the gang just about two years ago now when I first started to get into the swing of Twitter things. I knew pretty early on about Karen’s illness, back when we were all praying she would wake up and survive it. Out of that experience grew the idea to do something to help Karen and her family with the costs of recovery. I’m so glad to be part of #TeamOrange.
b. What is the title of your story? Describe it in 25 words or less.
“Change Finds You”. Big changes in life often come along without warning. My tale reflects that idea combined with a government cover up, genetic experimentation, and superheroes!
(dSavannah note: And her main character is named Savannah. And she’s a doctor. Which we all know is a fantasy, cuz me and science and math do NOT get along.)
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’m always inspired and motivated by everyday people who don’t give up. When the struggle seems too hard, it’s easier to turn your back than press on. Whether catching dreams or overcoming bad circumstances or ensuring a decent life for their families … it takes work to make it happen.
(dSavannah note: Amen.)
g. What was your first reaction when you held the book in your hands (either the ebook or paperback)?
I was just amazed to be part of a creation process for good, and to hold the results of that effort in my hands.
The (Regular) Questions
4. What’s the worst meal you’ve ever eaten and where?
Oh, what was the name of that place? I was living up in Jacksonville, FL at the time. We went out to this swank (okay, nicer than average) restaurant for … my birthday, I think. I ordered my favorite dish at the restaurant, this barbecue chicken pasta shindig. They served it in layered bowls for some unknown reason, and this one time I lifted the top bowl and discovered the bowl underneath was coated in food leftovers. Gag.
(dSavannah note: That is très disgusting!)
5. What skill(s) do you wish you’d learned as a kid?
To play the piano. I never got much beyond the stumbling, fumbling stage teaching myself. Maybe I’m not coordinated enough. To hunt. I’m entirely too squeamish and I would love to know better how to take care of myself. You know, for when the zombie apocalypse goes down. To balance my checkbook.
(dSavannah note: I’m pretty sure it’s not too late to learn to play the piano. But that’s on my list too, and I haven’t attempted to learn more than the one year of lessons I had as a kid… As for hunting, I’m sure there’s someone out there who would volunteer to help with that one. Balancing the checkbook? That’s why god made Quicken!)
18. Your work space: neat or messy?
Generally qualified for disaster relief.
22. Would you rather be lost in the forest, the desert, the ocean, or deep space?
The forest. At least I’d have a fighting chance for food and shelter. Except for that whole squeamish non-hunter bit. I’d probably poison myself in the first two hours. Oh, hey … those berries look yummy!
28. Lara Croft or Wonder Woman? Why?
Wonder Woman. Lara Croft is cool and all, but Diana is a hero. I grew up loving the idea of this gifted, amazing woman dedicating herself to helping the world and the people in it.
(dSavannah note: Wow. Wonder Woman is tops in the #TeamOrange book!)
Cara Michaels is a dreamer of legendary proportions (just ask her about the alien pirate spaceship invasion). Her imagination is her playground and nothing is quite so much fun for her as building new characters and new worlds with at least an edge of the fantastic. She’s writing whenever the opportunity presents itself and can typically be found tinkering with half a dozen projects, occasionally all at once.
Save the Day. Get the Guy.
Heroic Science Fiction & Paranormal Fantasy.
- Her Website
- Buy her books on Amazon (Kindle), Smashwords (various e-formats), BN.com (Nook), iTunes, or Kobo
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)