CatholicMom.com is pleased to present the
following Book Spotlight interview with Christian author and mother Katha
Winther, highlighting her wonderful book
As I Was Saying. Katha shares insights on the accomplishment of writing and publishing a
book, and on the importance of cherishing our families.
CM: Katha, thanks for your time in
participating in this interview. Could you please tell our readers a little
bit about yourself and your family?
I’m originally from Sherman, Texas, and
have lived in San Diego, CA since 1968. I received a B.A. in English from
San Diego State University, and continued graduate studies in English at
Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.
I was an editor at a publishing company in
La Jolla, CA for several years. My career path has lead me into different
directions through the years. My most memorable job was on television, as a
shopping channel host. I was on air "live" for five hours a day, five days a
week selling merchandise in a fast-paced environment.
My hobbies are: singing, crocheting, yoga,
reading, and writing. Music has been a big part of my life for many years.
I’ve been blessed with wonderful singing opportunities, and venues. Among
those are: singing tours in Europe with the International
Christian Singers, performing our national anthem for professional
sports teams in San Diego, and singing at the White House (in a quartet) for
the Millennium tour.
My husband and I have two grown children,
one granddaughter, and a very spoiled cat. Our daughter is a screen-writer,
and our son (attorney) lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
CM: "As I Was Saying" reads like a personal journal. How
would you describe the book? What is the message you would like to convey to
"As I Was Saying..." is a depiction of a
"twenty-something" mother documenting life with her children, while it was
actually happening. I would describe the book as both "heart-warming" and
nostalgic, because it was what I wrote to my own children over thirty years
During my teenage years, I wrote "girl
things" in my diary -- it was a fad back then. Many years later, I traveled
to Amsterdam, and visited Anne Frank’s house. I was fascinated to see her
famous diary displayed under glass. As I stood there, I thought about what
she must have been going through emotionally, and mentally as she wrote
those words. Diary-writing, or journaling is a very personal way of
expressing one’s thoughts and emotions.
I would like to encourage mothers to keep
baby books for their children. No matter how tired (or busy) you may be,
please write down your thoughts about them. Otherwise, precious moments
might be forgotten. Many mothers have told me how they wished they had
written something down, and are now sorry that they didn’t. Please capture
some memories for your children, and for yourself. One day, you’ll be glad
that you did.
CM: What prompted you to write the book and how did you
accomplish your goal of having it published?
I always knew that I would eventually
write a book. As a young mother, I read many articles and books to gain some
good parenting advice. My subscription to a Christian magazine arrived in
the mail one day. As I thumbed through the pages, I found a very poignant
poem titled "Babies Don’t Keep." I read it over and over – it made me cry.
As the poem suggested, babies indeed grow up so very fast – that moments
with them are precious. I pasted the poem inside the front cover of my son’s
baby book – a place where I could readily find it. One day, during household
cleaning/organizing, I opened a bedroom drawer and discovered my children’s
baby books. As I read the journals that I had written years ago, I realized
that it would make a good book. Several months later, I attended a New
Year’s eve party. The host went around the room and asked us about our New
Year’s resolutions. I said that I was going to write a book, and I did!
CM: How has your faith impacted upon your family life and
upon your writing career?
The faith that I have today stems from my
upbringing in a Christian home. Being a person of faith has affected my
daily life within the family, and elsewhere. Having faith causes family life
(in general) to be more wholesome: activities, speech, media choices, and
daily interaction with one another. If I had no faith, I wouldn’t do the
things that I regularly do. Some of those activities are: attending worship
services, reading the Bible, being kind to others, and seeking to glorify
God in my life. I hope that the demonstration of my faith has had (and will
continue to have) a positive impact on my family.
Since 1994, I have written for a
devotional guide magazine (Power for Today). Thus far, thirty-nine of
my articles have been published. Each day, thousands of people read articles
from that publication by contributing writers. I feel a great responsibility
concerning how a person’s mind (and heart) can be effected by my words – I
share my faith in that way.
CM: Who are some of your
Some of my favorite authors are:
Mary Higgins Clark, John Grisham and Charles Swindoll.
CM: Do you have any future projects in the works?
"As I Was Saying..."
is my first book. There’s a possibility that one day, I’ll be inspired to
write another one! I am a contributing writer on another book – "The
Published Author’s Guide to Promotion: Marketing Tips for Published
Authors." It was released in 2003 by Publish America.
CM: Are there any
additional thoughts or comments you’d like to share with our readers?
Thank you for Spotlighting my book! My
advice? Please remember to create special memories for your children –
they’ll last a lifetime. Please consider this book for your home
(or church) library; also as a gift for a new mom (baby shower), or for
For additional information, please visit
Katha's Web Page