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The Killing Tree, Rachel Keener


The Killing Tree is about the life and love that was taken from Mercy on the day she was born and her battle to reclaim it.  To do this, Mercy will have to overcome the pain of her family history, one soiled by murder and small town rumor.  She will have to fight against her grandfather as well as her own crippling fears which work to trap her on Crooktop.  With the love of a man, who, like her, is outside of all that is considered “good” on Crooktop, Mercy will find the courage to wage this battle.  On the side of the mountain one stormy night, Mercy will make her last stand.


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Carrie:  What inspired you to write THE KILLING TREE?
  I felt trapped.  Stuck reading case after case inside my law school books. Every night writing briefs to prepare for the moment a professor would call my name to recite holdings and defend positions before the class.  I needed an escape.  At first, there was no time for new novels, no time to read about new characters or adventures.  So I created my own.  While my husband took notes for the both of us, I started writing.  I escaped to Crooktop mountain.

Carrie:  Give us an idea of THE KILLING TREE’s plot without giving too much away.
  THE KILLING TREE is about the life and love that was stolen from Mercy on the day she was born, and her battle to reclaim it.  To do this, Mercy will have to overcome the pain of her
family history, one soiled by murder and small town rumor.  She will have to fight against her grandfather, and her own crippling fears which work to trap her on Crooktop.  With the love of a migrant worker, who like her is outside of all that is considered “good” on Crooktop, Mercy will find the courage to wage this battle.

Carrie:  What is the primary message you’d like your readers to take away from THE KILLING TREE?
  Self-realization, and the courage and fight that are needed to achieve it, are the underlying themes of THE KILLING TREE . 

Carrie:  What is your favorite scene in THE KILLING TREE? Why?
  My favorite scene is the birth of Glory.  I love the sudden rush of purpose and hope that overwhelms Mercy.  I love the connection to Trout that she senses in Glory.  I love the name
Mercy chooses for her baby.

Carrie:  What was the most difficult scene to write? Why?
  I cried as I wrote the scene where Father Heron burns Mercy’s babydoll.  I hadn’t been planning that scene, but it arrived on the page.  There were already so many things to grieve
about.  Trout’s disappearance, which had just occurred in the earlier chapter.  Mercy’s reaction and sense of “death” over it.  And then this scene happened.  I think it reveals, perhaps more than any other, the cruelty that Mercy has had to survive her whole life.  There is such innocence in her voice here, as she recalls loving that Sally doll and having to watch her doll die.  It broke my heart.

Carrie:  Which character do you identify with the most in THE KILLING TREE? How much of yourself did you put into these characters and did you realize you showed up in the book? If so, while you were writing or only afterwards upon review?
  Mercy.  As I was writing I knew that some of Mercy’s impressions, about the mountains or the fields of tomatoes, were my own.  But it wasn’t until review that I realized other little things about Mercy’s personality–her discomfort among crowds, her reaction to her first day of high school–were similar to my own. 

Carrie: What are you reading right now?
  The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers.

Carrie:  Who are your favorite authors and who influenced your writing?
  There are many authors whose work I treasure. But Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God is the book that showed me just how beautiful language can be—how deeply
it can make me feel, how easily it can break my heart. I read it during the same season that I first fell in love and found myself reading passages over and over, just to savor their perfection.  The plot was wonderful, but it’s Hurston’s words that I’ll never forget. Growing up, I was blessed with teachers who influenced my writing.  My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Tester, assigned me extra poetry projects and often invited me to read my poetry and stories to the class. My high school English teacher, Mrs. Benson, encouraged me as well.  She wrote a college reference letter for me that stated she would be surprised if I didn’t pursue a writing career. When I first began to dream about publishing THE KILLING TREE, I kept her letter by my laptop. The greatest encouragement of my writing however, has come from my husband Kip.  Mercy’s song to Glory (page 308) was the first thing that I ever wrote for THE KILLING TREE, and at the time it was nothing more than a random poem. But Kip read it and urged me to explore the new voice I had captured. He took notes for the both of us during class so I could write. He kicked me under the table if I was typing too much, lost on Crooktop, and in danger of attracting the professor’s attention. And he’s the one that read the finished product and decided to send it off to New York. I said No but he wouldn’t listen. I’m so glad he didn’t.Keener, Rachel

Carrie:  Can you offer a glimpse into your “real life” and share with us a bit of your personal life—Outside of writing, what’s important to you?
  I love to cook for my family and friends.  I am always hunting for new recipes that I think they will enjoy.  Family dinnertime is a high priority in our home. It’s also important to me that
my boys learn to appreciate the outdoors. It’s easy to fill up their days with scheduled activities and sports. I try to ensure that they have plenty of time to just walk through the woods and search for little boy treasure, like interesting rocks, turtle shells, and ant “cities.” And I’m learning to garden.  Each summer I plant tomatoes, but my ambitions are growing.  This summer: beans.

Carrie:  Tell us something surprising about you and/or something very few people know about you.
  If I’m sitting down to write, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is playing.  This is something that developed after I became a mother.  For some reason, this song opens up a new room of
thought in my mind, a place without grocery lists or laundry baskets.  I’m not actually conscious of the music while writing, but I am distracted if it’s not on.  To me, the song is full of notes of yearning and hope, the same things I like to write about.  Kip jokes that I’m trying to write the lyrics to Moonlight Sonata.

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The Shack, William P. Young (Bonus: Jeff Shephard Band’s Song, Traffic Lights)

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“I truly believe we are as sick as the secrets we keep,” shares Paul.

“It’s all about relationship, not religion”

ShackDescription (Amazon):
Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant “The Shack” wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!

Some of Paul’s “future tripping” blog post ~ a term now part of my common vernacular among friends:
A couple of years ago, I decided to stop ‘future tripping’.  ‘Future Tripping’ is ‘taking thought for tomorrow’, it is creating imaginations of what is going to happen and then actually take a mental and emotional trip to live there for a bit.  It is ‘what am I going to do if _________ (fill in the blank), what am I going to say if __________, what would our family go through if _____________.  I confess to you that I have experienced many un-realities and their attendant emotions this way.  Paul

I have repeatedly suffered huge financial losses, ended up living under one of the city bridges, been abandoned by my family, suffered the loss of each of my children, had my closest friends turn out to be villains, embarrassed myself in public, was put on the spot and said something stupid, been to my own funeral (more than once), unsuccessfully tried to stop something horrible from happening, failed repeatedly to live up to somebody’s expectations, been horribly maimed in every kind of imaginable accident known to man, lost all my teeth, lost every job I ever had, came down with every disease possible, regularly looked like an idiot, got my lights punched out for no reason, explained my driving to a police officer, lost my friends, went to school and found out I wasn’t wearing anything, got mugged, imagined the situation that I currently was in was permanent…that nothing could ever or would ever change…

…you get the idea.  I have written volumes of imaginations in my own head, things that have no substance, no reality, and are empty, vain imaginations.  But I treat them as if they are real.  I feel all kinds of terrifying and horrible emotions, and scramble to control my life so that these imaginations won’t actually come to pass.  THESE IMAGINATIONS ARE NOT REAL!!!!  But I had spent most of my life in or around them.  GOD DOES NOT DWELL IN ANYTHING THAT IS NOT REAL!!!  In these imaginations, Papa is conspicuously absent.  Why?  Because Papa has no interest in living inside something that isn’t even real to begin with.  So in my ‘vain’ empty imaginations, I am the only ‘god’ there is.  I have to fix things, make sure things turn out right, try to get a handle on people and events…and frankly, I do a very poor job of it…this playing god thing.  So, my life tended to be gripped by fear and I worked hard to get some ‘control’ to prevent these imaginations that I feared.  I had a habit of treating something that had no reality or substance as if it were truly real.

A couple years ago I stopped this insanity.  And here is what I discovered.  JOY has a name (for more…visit Paul’s wonderful blog website).

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  4. God Is My Coach by Larry Julian
  5. Do-It-Yourself Hedge Funds by Wayne Weddington 
  6. 8 Steps to Create the Life You Want by Creflo A. Dollar 
  7. Going Gray by Anne Kreamer 
  8. This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley 

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Finally Thin! Kim Bensen

Listen Now FINALLY THIN! is the ultimate companion to any diet–featuring ten steps that will give you the information and motivation to achieve your own success on any weight-loss plan.

Finally Thin

I had the privilege of speaking with Kim Bensen, an incredibly inspiring individual. She’s struggled with her weight her whole life and finally lost over 200 pounds and just celebrated her 5-year anniversary of keeping it off. Her book FINALLY THIN! is open, honest, and encouraging. Kim unabashedly shares her “warts and wrinkles” ~ all the embarrassing stories of her food addiction. She’s been there and relates to those who struggle. In FINALLY THIN! Kim gives an overview of all the different diet programs out there and offers her book as a companion to whichever plan is right for you. She also provides numerous Tips & Tools and over 70 Yummy Recipes.

Kim Bensen is a marketing and PR Expert, wife, and mother of four children who was obese for much of her life, weighing as much as 347 pounds. Five years ago, she lost 212 pounds on Weight Watchers and has never looked back. Her story has garnered her thousands of fans and followers as well as a host of national media: She has appeared on the Today Show, Extra, Fox and Friends, 700 Club, and numerous local TV and radio outlets, as well as in People, Women’s World, Prevention, and Cooking Light. She does a weekly 3-minute segment on Better TV (affiliated with Better Homes and Gardens) and her weekly column, “Here’s the Skinny,” runs in several newspapers across the country. Her website has over 7,000 subscribers who log on for diet tips and recipes, and her recently launched product line, Kim’s Light Bagels, is carried in 800 major supermarkets on the east coast. She continues to lead Weight Watchers groups in CT, where she lives.

The following is additional Q & A with Kim, not a transcription of our conversation, so be sure to click to listen!

Carrie:  FINALLY THIN! is your journey to weight loss—and keeping that weight off.  Although not always obese, you have battled a food addiction and its challenges since childhood.  Tell us a little about your own personal experience.
  I live with my loving husband and four children—ranging in age from 7 to 22 in Southern, CT. In high school I fluctuated up and down 10-15 pounds in a yo-yo cycle that would haunt me for years. In college the spread of pounds grew to 30, then 40. I lost weight for my wedding in 1984, but soon gained it all back and more. Shortly after we were married my eating got out of control and for the first time in my life I was over 200 pounds. For the next 10 years I struggled up and down in the 200 pound range; for 10 years after that in the 300 pound range. I tried every low carb, high protein, low sugar, shake-supplemented, pill popping, bar munching, body piercing weight loss program in existence. Guess what? They ALL worked! But after a while I would feel deprived or discouraged and fall off the wagon, gaining back all that I had lost … and then some.

Carrie: Eventually every-day activities became increasingly difficult for you.  How was your health suffering? 
  My cholesterol was astronomically high. Eventually even my walking was limited. When I sat down my stomach came to the end of my knees. I had no lap for my children and, if I continued along the same path, my children would have no mother at all. I was eating myself to death. Then, on October 1, 2001, I cried out to God in a desperate, broken prayer which would change my heart … and my life. Three days later, with renewed determination and hope, I walked through the doors of Weight Watchers® (again) and weighed in at 347 pounds. I “knew” I would eventually quit and gain the weight back, but I was hoping to be able to breathe a little easier and – possibly – fit into plus size clothing stores again (which I had outgrown) before that happened. The idea that I might actually become thin never even entered my mind.

Carrie: What was the next step?
  For two years I planned meals, counted POINTS™, drank water, weighed, measured, and kept track of my points on a “tracking bracelet” I had made. For two years I focused on changing recipes and behaviors from the inside out. For two years I watched the scales inch downward, and my once hopeless spirit began to soar. The more I put into it, the more fun it became! I was actually ENJOYING my new way of eating!  Week after week I stuck with it. There were challenges and plateaus. There was hope and victory. My journey was long, but it didn’t matter any more. I loved what I was doing! I could live with this! For the first time in years I was under 300 lbs … then 200 lbs … then, on October 7, 2003, I reached my goal.

Carrie:  How much weight did you ultimately lose?
  In the end I lost 212 pounds, lowered my cholesterol more than 200 points, lost an inch and a half in each wrist, and went down from a size 6x to a size 6. The weight loss has made countless practical differences in my life: I can fit in any chair, buckle up in a car, and get toys out from under the middle of my boys’ beds.  I can fit socks inside my shoes and can wear over-the-counter jewelry without extenders. I even joined Curves to help me with toning and maintenance.

Carrie:  How did your weight loss change your profession?
  My weight loss has not only changed my health and my looks, it’s changed my profession. In 2005 I became a leader for Weight Watchers® and began cooking for my members.  Today I write a weekly weight loss column called Here’s The Skinny and I’m the Diet Editor for Better TV and Parents TV.

Carrie:  How is your book a companion to any diet?
   FINALLY THIN! doesn’t sell anything. No one diet. No product. Nothing. It’s written from the perspective of someone who loves food, loves eating and has always had trouble being satisfied with a “normal” portion of food. It’s written by someone who always yo-yoed and never thought maintenance — happy, enjoyable maintenance — at a healthy weight was possible. It’s a book of hope … and a book of every trick, tip, mantra and recipe I used to get where I am today. No matter what diet you are on, whether you’ve had surgery or are “just cutting back” FINALLY THIN! can help you stick with it whether you have 10 lbs to lose or 210.

Carrie:  What suggestions do you give to readers trying to find the diet that’s right for them?  How do they know if it’s a good fit?
  FINALLY THIN!offers a “Diet Quiz” with practical questions that help readers think through what their needs are.  I also have a “Diet Shoppe” which is simply a short, unbiased summary of 30 of the top diets on the market from Atkins to the Zone. There are a lot more tips and helpful guidelines, but that’s a brief overview of a few of the takeaways from the book.

Carrie:  You have created some terrific recipes including Broccoli Crunch, Jalapeno Poppers, and Angel Food Layer Cake, just to name a few. Do you have a favorite recipe?
  I would have to say my Hot Artichoke Dip … hands down. Or my Bruschette … definitely. No. No. Wait! Either my Downeast Chowder or my Chicken Pot Pie or my Family Cheesecake. It’s really hard to say!

Carrie: I understand you have a new bagel line?
  A year ago friends encouraged me to take to market one of my favorite products – a 110 calorie, high fiber, low fat bagel — in six yummy flavors. Today we ship Kim’s Light Bagels to all 50 states and are in major grocery store shelves across New England, New York and New Jersey. Our goal? To get out of the shipping business and be in the supermarkets of EVERYONE who wants a tasty, portion controlled, New York style, kettle boiled bagel! (Yummy Bagel Recipes)

Carrie: How have these experiences shaped you?  And, what will readers take away from your book?
   There’s a lot about my story that isn’t easy to share, but my goal is to encourage others. You need to feel the depths of my bondage to food, so that you can see how great the possibilities are of overcoming yours.  No matter where you are today, reaching your weight loss goal is possible. No weight is too much. No time is too long. The only way you’ll never lose weight is if you stop trying.  Come on … it’s YOUR turn now!

WIN:  Kim has not only agreed to provide a free copy of FINALLY THIN! for our book giveaway contest, she’s also throwing a bunch of FREE Kim’s Light Bagels into the mix. To be entered to win the book and/or bagels (two separate drawings), simply:

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**We’d love to hear your story ~ your challenges and successes. Whatever they are, 2009 is a NEW beginning, so I encourage you to pick up FINALLY THIN!, visit Kim’s website, and just BEGIN with baby steps to losing the weight you need to feel healthy.

Kim’s Helpful Tips for Moms:

  • To foster healthy eating habits, Kim suggests asking kids “What are you going to have for your fruit and vegetable before you have everything else?” 
  • Kim has wonderful perspective when it comes to reconciling the role model she was at 345 pounds and where she is today. “My kids see an area where I’ve struggled and how it’s never too late to turn it around…an example of overcoming.” Kim encourages other mothers:  “…don’t wear the guilt, work on yourself, and let those habits trickle down to your kids.”

On a side note: Kim and I talked a bit about emotional eating and food addiction and I got to thinking about the added difficulty of food addiction as compared to our other addictive tendencies. And, by the way, according to my therapist friend, Suzanne Maiden (Dear Zanny) we all have those tendencies, whether it’s alcohol, nicotine, even busyness or exercise–our neuroses can manifest in all kinds of “kooky” ways. Food addiction creates blatant physical side-effects that other addictions don’t ~ not to mention all kinds of judgments. As Kim shares, people can take one look at an overweight person and make all kinds of assumptions. But what about the person who spends night after night surfing internet porn sites and drinking mass amounts of alcohol and in the morning is at the office with no one the wiser? I also considered the added difficulty of beating food addiction over some other addictions. I mean, as difficult as it may be, people stop drinking and smoking cold turkey with a key component being NOT having the substance in the home. Think about it, we all have to eat ~ imagine being addicted to the very substance you need to sustain your life. My heart goes out to people who struggle with weight and food addiction and I just encourage you to read FINALLY THIN! and visit Kim’s website for added support. Even if you don’t have a weight struggle, we all can benefit from Kim’s tips and recipes for a healthier lifestyle.

Kim’s Light Bagels ~ 110 calories, high in fiber, 6 great flavors, and only 1 Weight Watchers point. 2009, unveils Kim’s Lite english muffins and breads.

Kim’s Reading & Recommends:

**Be sure to check out TheDivaCast’s conversation with Dr. Andi Hope-Forsman, Ed.D on Childhood Obesity 

My Half of the Sky, Jana McBurney-Lin

An intimate yet epic portrait of a young woman in modern ChinaKeri Holmes, The Kaleidoscope

Half Sky

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Jana McBurney-Lin, author of My Half of the Sky, lived in Asia for fifteen years. She wrote for media in seven countries, including National Public Radio, Writer’s Digest, Hemispheres (United Airlines), Islands Magazine, Singapore Straits Times, Japan Times and dozens of others. She was an editor at ALC Publishing in Tokyo when she met her husband, a native of southern China. They then lived in Singapore, frequently visiting his family in Fujian province, China. Jana now lives in the Santa Cruz mountains of California with her husband and four children. She’s a dedicated participant in the Bay Area writing community, having served five years as President of the Peninsula Branch of the California Writer’s Club. She also founded the Writers Camp for Kids and works in the local schools to teach creative writing.Jan Lin

Carrie’s Chat with Jana

Carrie: What inspired you to write My Half of the Sky?
  One year, my husband and I were back in his village of Fujian, China. I spotted a poster painted on someone’s house, a huge ad depicting a couple with an infant. Underneath the smiling couple were the words, “A girl baby is just as precious as a boy baby.” I turned to my husband and said, “That is so cool that the government is obviously behind the valuing of little girls.” “The government can say what they like.” He just shook his head. “But a house with no male is a real problem.” That’s when I thought, “Ah-ha, now there’s a story.” What if a girl was born into a household and managed to survive? How would she continue to thrive, to succeed, in this world where the traditions are against her?

Carrie: Tell us about My Half of the Sky?
  The late leader of China, Chairman Mao ZeDong, said “Women hold up half the sky.” My Half of the Sky is the story of a contemporary young woman who is trying to do that—trying to be a modern woman and hold up her half of the sky—but the traditions of her village keep pulling her back.

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November ~ National Novel Writing Month “NaNoWriMo”

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Okay, it’s October 31st and I’m officially SIGNED UP and COMMITTED to writing 50,000 words in a month! Sounds crazy, I know, but I’m encouraging any of you writer-wannabes to come join in the craziness with me.

The deadline for sign-up is TODAY ~ Writing starts TOMORROW, November 1st

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Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking; Powerful, Practical Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Flexibility, Resilience and Happiness – Tamar Chansky, PH.D.

Negative ChildI will be taking a copy of this book along with me on the Manic Mommies Escape Cruise for a door prize. I have another copy that you can win simply by commenting below and/or calling 206-309-7318. Tell me about your child and how you think this book may assist in changing his/her focus or maybe even your own.

TAMAR E. CHANSKY, PH.D., founder and director of the Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety, is the author of Freeing Your Child from Obsessive -Compulsive Disorder and Freeing Your Child from Anxiety. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughters. 

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Carrie: Tamar, what inspired you to write Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking?

Tamar:  The first sparks for this book came to me about four years ago, when in the midst of  doing my work as a child psychologist for anxious children, I had a couple of weeks when it seemed like every other child in my office was stuck in a spin of negative thinking. These are children who are saddled with a strong negative first reaction to any situation, tend to be hard on themselves and others, are perfectionistic and pessimistic in their view of themselves, the world and the future. I saw the parents of these children trying desperately to cheer their children up and reassure them, to no avail. What these children needed was not to hear that everything was fine (they knew that somewhere deep down), but rather they needed to understand that negative thinking is not the truth, far from it, it is more of a knee jerk reaction in the brain to disappointment or failure. Rather than the brain sending helpful messages like, this didn’t go well, let’s see how to fix it, the negative brain goes to extremes—This is unfixable! You are a failure! Give up, if this didn’t work, nothing will! So these children needed to hear from their parents that these thoughts and experiences are normal, temporary, and completely surmountable.

M.I.L.D.E.W. (Mothers-in-Law Do EVERYTHING Wrong) Liz Bluper and Renee Plastique (audio interview)

Listen NowMildewM.I.L.D.E.W. (Mother-in-Laws Do Everything Wrong), now in its second printing, is a hysterical marriage companion book every woman should have in her back pocket–either to make herself laugh when those inevitable mother-in-law issues arise or to have at-the-ready for a girlfriend who may need a dose of M.I.L.D.E.W. perspective. Co-Authors, Liz Buper and Renee Plastique (okay, their names have been changed to protect their identity 😉 bring humor to an otherwise extremely frustrating dynamic. The acronym, M.I.L.D.E.W., is infiltrating today’s vernacular and every woman can relate–we all have a personal or “friend” story to  contribute when the mother-in-law topic is broached. Hear about some of the biggest challenges and funniest MILDEW stories, plus some great strategies to deal with MILDEWS.

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