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Featured Author

Karen McQuestion



Karen McQuestion's writing has appeared in Newsweek, the Chicago TribuneChristian Science Monitor, Denver Post, Wisconsin Academy Review, Generations magazine and other fine publications. Her essays have appeared in numerous anthologies. In addition, she was awarded a winter/spring 2003 Ragdale Foundation residency for fiction. Most recently she served as a commentator for the local NPR affiliate, WUWM. Other samples of her work can be seen at

Her most recent anthology credit is A Cup of Comfort for Writers.

 Read the interview by Amy L Jenkins to learn more


AJ: Congratulations on having another essay published in the series. Do you have other anthology credits?    
KM: Thanks, Amy! Besides A Cup of Comfort for Writers, I've been fortunate in that I've been published in three other anthologies: Life Lessons for Women, Chicken Soup to Inspire a Woman's Soul and A Cup of Comfort for Friends.
AJ: Some of our readers are aspiring writers; do you have any advice as to how they could hone their essays?
KM: Writing personal essays requires an economy of words. In a short space the writer needs to make their point in an interesting and heartfelt way. I usually start out writing something sprawling and messy, then whittle it down as I go. I try to remember that the beginning should convey the promise of what is to come, and the ending should wrap it up, bringing a sense of completion.
AJ: You have a very specific voice. Some have called you the new Erma Bombeck. How did you develop and how do you honor that writing voice?     
KM: The new Erma Bombeck? I wish! Thank you for the compliment. I will admit my essays are always humorous. I've tried writing serious pieces and they always come out flat and heavy-handed (one trusted reader even used the word "preachy" --ack!). Like most writers, I didn't deliberately try to develop a voice--it just evolved over time. Most of my humor comes from admitting my own shortcomings. For some reason, people can relate to that and find it amusing.
AJ: Do you have any advice to our readers who wish to publish in anthologies?
KM: In my experience, "writing light" often gives a writer an edge when submitting to anthologies. So many essays that come across an editor's desk are serious and deep, which is wonderful of course, but they also need humorous pieces to balance out the book. So if you have a humorous story with a point, your submission will stand out.