Author Interview with Karen Picard
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I never really thought of becoming an author; the idea was more of an inherited quest, but once I took on the title, it has become rather addicting.
What inspired you to write Happy Friday Life?
I have been writing poetic inspirations since 2009. Truly the inspiration for making the book belongs to family and friends. Had it not been for their encouragement and my wanting to find a way to spread positive and happy thoughts, Happy Friday would not exist.
What is your editing process like?
The editing process for me can be a challenge. The editor, I work with can be very literal, and although I can be literal when it comes to business, the creative side of my brain is what allows me to write. A second opinion is always welcome, and I am always open for minor tweaking, but when it comes down to the final say, I found being true to myself is always best. As for the editing process for the Happy Friday Life book, that is another story. Each organization has their individual method of formatting, so unless you understand the unique technical needs of each, it can be a nightmare. After hours of wasted time and added gray hair, I finally hired someone to help ease the process. Well worth it!
Do you have any writing goals for 2017?
My writing goals for 2017 are to continue creating and writing Happy Friday 🙂 inspirations and post them every Friday. Since I am such a romantic at heart, I have been toying with the idea of a romance novel. It may be time to gather all of my chicken scratches and start creating.
Are you working on something now?
As of now, I am working on stage two of Happy Friday Life storefront, both online and boutique. That’s right; you heard it hear first, Happy Friday Life is beginning a line of wearables for a daily reminder that every day can be a Happy Friday:)
About the Book
Title: Happy Friday Life
Author: Karen L.K. Picard
Genre: Poetic Inspiration
What is the greatest gift of all? HAPPINESS! In March 2009 a weekly heartfelt text message called Happy Friday H.F:) was created. Happy Friday Life features 52 poetic inspirations, full of colorful imagery. Something for everyone. these inspirations were initially Intended as a reminder to family and friends that life is only as good as you make it. Staying positive in a world filled with chaos, is your only option. more importantly, a reminder that you matter.
From my heart, embellished thoughts and everlasting pen. May your heart find an attachment, allowing you to feel emotion, satisfying you with aspirations’ of hope, desire joy, comfort, and reflection that fulfills you from within. lf you find even one poetic inspiration that brightens your day, my purpose is fulfilled. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as is the same with art, where your imagination takes you so does the reflection within you. . I hope you find your “Happy.”
Karen L.K. Picard is the creator and author of Happy Friday Life :). Since 2009 she has written over 300 thought provoking, poetic inspirations. These inspirations were initially intended for her children, family and close friends to help guide their daily lives past constant negativity that surrounds our world today. Her insights into the human spirit through her poetic inspirations have expanded to the masses throughout the past seven years thanks to social media. Today, Happy Friday Life ? inspirations can be delivered directly to your email inbox or cell phone via text message.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Karen received a crash course in cultural diversity and human behavior. These experiences have guided her passion for sharing with the world “We all matter” and we all have the choice to be better. She decided to move from Milwaukee to a quaint community over 30 years ago where she started a family and began to read positive, affirming materials. Having grown up with an appreciation for nature and living fully, Karen wanted to share her philosophy but found that she felt challenged with the application of grammar and composition, not feeling prepared to write a manuscript. By putting her inspirations to paper in 2009, she began to realize that what flowed through her with increased intensity was a gift that she could not contain. Over 53 years of life. She raised two amazing children, had multiple businesses, continued her education, and has met some extraordinary people. Now; with years of self-discovery and personal growth hopes her life’s work will not only empower, but in some small way impact the world and deeply touch each reader as if the Happy Friday ? message is written just for them. Karen’s statement of purpose is, “If the thought’s and words I write, touch but one, my purpose has been fulfilled.”
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