Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Guest blogger: Katherine Garbera

We're pleased to have Katherine Garbera back on the Playground today. In case you missed her last visit, here's a little bit about her.

Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen.

Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Today, she's blogging about her March release, which is the middle book of her Miami Nights series. You can learn more about her and her books on her website. Take it away, Katherine!

I'm one of those people who just wants everyone to get along. I'm the family peacekeeper and am not afraid to compromise to ensure we have good family gatherings.

My characters in SEDUCING HIS OPPOSITION are the same. They will do whatever they have to for family. For Selena Gonzalez this means facing down the ghosts of her past to return to her home. She doesn't count on falling for Justin Stern and as they battle their attraction and each other in the boardroom they slowly realize that they both aren't willing to compromise where each other are concerned.

What about you? Is it your way or the highway? Or are you a peace keeper who always compromises?

P.S. One lucky commenter will win a copy of Seducing His Opposition!

P.P.S. The Playfriends are participating today at Barbara Vey's blog. It's her 4th anniversary and lots of great prizes are up for grabs. Come on over and say hello and maybe you'll win something!


Playground Monitor said...

I used to be the peacekeeper who always compromised. Now I still like peace and I still will compromise, but I also stand up for what's right.

Welcome back, Katherine!

Barbara Vey said...

Just left the island party long enough to say hi to Katherine. I worked at the Disney Store in WI for 5 years and would go on castmember trips to DisneyWorld. Loved learning about the behind the scenes stuff.

Now, back to the sun, sand, food and drink. Nice seeing all the playfriends there!

Problem Child said...

I like to keep peace, but I'm the type to want *you* to do the compromising.

Thanks for being here Katherine!

CrystalGB said...

I am sort of in between. I like peace but I will fight for something that I want.

Smarty Pants said...

I'm not a peacekeeper, but I hate the drama. I'd rather back down (and let you be wrong as you obviously are) than deal with the crap. Then I get a private 'told you so' later.

Thanks for joining us, Katherine.

catslady said...

I'm the one that always tries to keep peace and to please everyone. What I've realized is that I'm so busy trying to please everyone else, I don't have a clue what I want!

Glad to see you here Katherine (do the Jaunties know you skipped out lol). And, Barbara, your party is insane lol.

Niki Bowers said...

I saw your blog listed over on Barbara Vey's anniversary party.

I'd like it to be my way or the highway, but since I like to keep my job I have to be diplomatic. I work in retail sales and most people are nice but every once in a while I get a real stinker I'd love to tell to go shop somewhere else. Can't do that.

Angel said...

I'll admit to being the peacekeeper, but as I get older (and particularly in the last 10 months or so) I've learned new ways of speaking up for myself and what I need while trying to keep the peace. Then again, some days I find that peace isn't worth the emotional toll it takes on ME, and I give 'em hell. They can like it or leave. ;)

Thanks for visiting us, Niki! I'm running late today. Must stop in at the island party over at Barbara's!!!


chey said...

I like to keep the peace, but it depends on what's at stake.

gigi said...

I feel like I am always the peace keeper and have always compromised around here. Like Smarty pants I get tired of the drama it wears me out.
It gets old after a while.
Gosh, working at Disney world that sound like a dream job to me.