Karen Kingsbury on the Importance of Planning for Success

Success always requires a plan. Bestselling fiction author, Karen Kingsbury, shares her insight on how to find success and enjoy the process along the way!

Karen Kingsbury on the Importance of Planning for Success

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Success always requires a plan. Bestselling fiction author, Karen Kingsbury, shares her insight on how to find success and enjoy the process along the way!


Today we’re talking with Karen Kingsbury, a “New York Times” bestselling author. She sat down with us to talk about planning for success and how the encouragement she received as a young girl helped her achieve something she dreamed about from a very young age.

“The best advice I could ever give to a young writer is to write. You gotta find…half [an] hour or an hour a day to write your story,” she shares. Whatever you produce and whatever literary acclaim it may or may not receive, you’ll have it forever and that in itself is a beautiful accomplishment.

We love this practical advice and we also love how much she values encouragement along the way. “When I was five and I started writing, my dad would say, ‘Somebody has to be the next bestselling author and it might as well be you.’”

Today, she now uses what her father said to her to encourage young authors. But success isn’t all about numbers and sales, she reminds us: “Relax, notice the beauty around you a little bit more, linger on a sunset, be patient with the process—it does take time.”

Watch the video to hear more from Karen Kingsbury about her idea of success as a writer and keep reading to discover her unique responses to fun questions we asked her to answer for us.

  1. LW: Early bird or night owl?
    KK: NIGHT OWL
  2. LW: Favorite item in your bag?
    KK: My phone. It has my Bible, my photos, my schedule, my Kindle—everything I need! My backup battery charger would be second.
  3. LW: Where do you feel happiest?
    KK: When I’m with my family.
  4. LW: What was your favorite book as a child?
    KK: “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss.
  5. LW: Hidden talent?
    KK: I’m a mean Ping Pong player!
  6. LW: What surprised you most about the current role/job you’re in?
    KK: The profound way my books have touched the hearts of readers and how they’re sold around the world.
  7. LW: Do you have a pet? What do you think it’s named you?
    KK: Toby and Gus Gus, a yellow lab and rescue cat. They would call me Mom.
  8. LW: What’s your least favorite word in the English language?
    KK: “Can’t.” We raised our kids to avoid that word.
  9. LW: And your favorite?
    KK: “Love.”
  10. LW: Set the record straight: is it “caramel” (CAR-MUL) or (CARA-MEL)? Is it “apricot” (AY-PRI-COT) or (AA-PRIH-COT)?
    KK: Well, for the record, I say “CAR-MUL” and “AA-PRIH-COT.”

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