This interview was a lot of fun for us because, not only were these our first Book Club reads, but this is also the first interview we have collaborated on since Ginger Mom became a duo!
So who is our guest today?
Karen Musser Nortman is the author of the Time Travel Trailer series (we have read and reviewed both!) as well as the Frannie Shoemaker Campground Mysteries (which are still floating out there on our extensive TBRs.
Let’s jump right in, shall we?
Crystal: Welcome, Karen! We are so excited to have you on our blog today! After reading the Time Travel Trailer series, our first question was “was there something that happened that inspired you to write these books?”
Karen: No particular event, but as a grandmother I have realized that when my own grandparents were alive, I never thought about them having a childhood or youth and never asked them the questions I have now. I have thought how great it would be if you could go back in time and see your ancestors as flesh-and-blood kids, not just black and white photos. In the book, Lynne and Dinah are able to do that.
Crystal: What was your inspiration for this particular trailer?
Karen: I became fascinated with vintage trailers and thought what a great time portal one would make. As I outlined in the story, I decided the trailer could only go back as far as its manufacture date and I wanted one that could go back to the Thirties. After research, I found that the Covered Wagon trailers were manufactured in Michigan starting in the Thirties and also found a man online who owns one who gave me a lot of information.
Crystal: I’m curious . . . how long did it take to write this book?
Karen: About five to six months.
Megan: When it comes to your books, computer or handwritten? Which do you prefer?
Karen: I do all my writing on a laptop with Scrivener software. My laptop goes with me in our travel trailer at all times. We purchased a new trailer last year and now I have a comfortable recliner to write in. Or I write outside when the weather’s good.
Megan: That sounds like a great writing environment! I, personally, love Scrivener. But okay, this last question is a fun one I always enjoy asking. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what THREE books would you have with you?
Karen: This is really tough. I have been a voracious reader all of my life. My parents admonished me to “get my nose out of that book” just as today’s parents tell their kids to put down their video games. I grew up loving the Oz books (there are thirty or forty of them), the Betsy-Tacy books about the author’s childhood in Southern Minnesota where I lived, and Nancy Drew mysteries. But to narrow down to three, I think I would have to say The Forsyte Saga by James Galsworthy, Giants in the Earth by Ole Rolvaag, and The Man with a Load of Mischief by Martha Grimes. They all have wonderful characters and that’s important to me.
Thank you so much, Karen, for stopping by! We loved the Time Travel Trailer series and can’t wait to start on Frannie’s adventures!